I'm glad to meet you all and learn from your experience. A little about myself and then on to some serious questions.
I always wanted a Jeep since I was a kid. You see, I remember being 8 or nine and my dad letting me sit in his lap as he drove his crazy high school buddy's jeep down a back woods Oklahoma dirt road. The other memory of a Jeep that I have was of my Uncle Tom's Jeep; and he was just plain nuts with the stuff he did.
Anyway, I bought my first Jeep when I was 29 in the the year 1999. It was a Jeep Wrangler Sahara of course, with the hard and soft top. I loved it. I only drove it on the weekends, sine I had a company car. (No commuting for my Jeep!) However, three months before the warranty was due to expire, so did the transmission. It was a standard transmission and the gears became gummy and way out of joint. I took it back to a dealer and they fixed it; saying that something just wasn't tightened correctly at the factory. Okay, so I happily get my Jeep back and a month later, it happened again, this time however, the shifter came right out of the rubber boot!
At this point, the warranty would expire in another month and I probably couldn't afford what the dealership would have charged me to fix it on my own. So I sold it. I hated to, but I had no choice.
So a few years down the road and I'm again thinking about getting a Jeep. Should I consider buying an older TJ and fixing it up, or buying a new TJ again?
(Yeah, that's a big question, but that's why I'm here in this forum.)
I now own an 06 rubicon (new). I have owned many older jeeps including a 76 cj (used). My new stock rubin will go places I would not even attemted in the stock cj, but if I had that stock cj back I could outfit it to outperform my rubin for much less than the cost plus you don't worry about dings and scratches as much. my thoughts
You really need to consider your goal for your Jeep first. If it's going to be a daily driver with occasional wheeling then a late model is probably more appropriate. If its gonna get modded significantly then old enough to be of less value but still have some miles left on it. If you are inclined to swap axles/engine/tranny/t-case and mod the crap out of it, then get the cheapest one you can find .
I have an '06 Rubi that is probably in the middle of that. At times I wish I had gone with a '97 SE, swapped in a stroker and dana 60's and an AEV Brute kit. I would have been out less $$.
I have an '04 Wrangler Unlimited that I really love. It's my DD and my offroad vehicle. Took it a year ago to my first Jeep Jamboree and look forward to the next opportunity. as it performed well beyond my expectations. TJs are great but the price of a new basic '07 Wrangler Unlimited is about "dollar for dollar" the same as what I paid for my '04 new. I might suggest taking a look at the new model before sinking bucks into one that's a few years old because of the pricing of the new ones. Just a thought.
__________________ Nothing special; No impressive mods; Never going to let it go. No se preocupe. Todo esta muy bien con Dios. (I Corinthians 4:8-9)
You need to take into consideration of what you are going to use it for. When I purchased my first Jeep it was new but I off roaded it alot and in the first year rolled it twice!! But it was fun the down side was I should of purchased a used one because my 1 year old Jeep looked 10 years old.
I have an '06 TJ unlimited. I went new b/c of the promotion from the dealers. $3.500 off. Jeeps appear to keep their resale value, so I decided to go new and start with a clean slate for almost the same price of a used one with no warranty and no idea where it may have been nor what it's been through.
it all depends on what you want to do with it. Will it be a DD (day to day) will it just be used for off roading on the weekends. Will it be used around town and off roading, but not for commuting. ARe you a good mechnic, do you enjoy working on cars. Would you rather just buy it, turn the key and go??
It really dpends on what you want. Personally if I had the time and $$ I would buy an XJ and mod it a little, and buy a CJ3B and restore that, but that is not your question
I would keep your eyes open, and if you can stand it wait unitl the fall. Lots of people sell their Jeeps in the fall, becasue they were going to sell it in the spring, but then decided to hold onto for the summer. In this way there is a huge supple and not a big demand so the prices are about 2k cheaper!!!!
Look for a babied 98 or so TJ that was used by like a 29 yr. old girl who bought it b/c it was cute, you get the picture, an "old" TJ could be in better condition than an 04 that has been abused, plowed with, off roaded with, etc.