I don't have a Wrangler yet, but I drove one a while ago and loved it, so I'm thinking about taking the plunge and this seems like a nice place to get advice hence I thought I'd sign up and learn more about it.
Although my profile says PA (lived there for a while), I'm a Brit living in the south of England but have a great affinity for the US and will be in CA later this year for a holiday.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all as time goes on.
they are all different, the old ones are the cj's. very cool, and fun, high maintenance, will require work. 87-95 was yj. 87-90 were basically cj's with new suspension and body, and a lot of emissions. i'd steer away from those. 91 -95 were great jeeps, i'd recommend 4.0 motor, and they're cheaper now, cuz everyone is buying the newer ones. i prefer yj, i'm a mechanic and i'd love to own a cj, but i don't have enough time to keep one up, i'm building a yj now.
97 on up made big changes, suspensions are much improved, coils instead of leaf springs. ride smoother, actually perform better off road, but more car like. every change makes them further from the real jeep.
newest wranglers look awesome, but just another step closer to domesticated.
they're all a different creature, thats where personal preference comes in.
hope thats helpful
Dave - thanks for that. Much appreciated. I ought to have made myself clearer in my first post. I'm looking at a TJ. The European specs are a bit different to North America, but I think that mostly comes down to model names and features. Mechanically I don't think there were many differences at all.
Not too many YJs kicking about over here, the TJ is far more plentiful.
Welcome! A bit of an Anglophile here, as, way back, my family was from Warwickshire. I have a 2000 TJ Sport, last trip, I drove up some rocks that I couldn't walk up, except on all fours! Very minor upgrades, budget boost (2"), Body lift (1.25"), 33"X12.5 BFG MT's wrapped around 15x10 AR Outlaw II's. Absolutley amazing, what the JEEP will do!
i can't think of any golden years, the later years 4.0 had direct ignition, and ram style intake manifold, little added power. the rubicon is a great buy, comes set up a lot stronger than wranglers before.