Hey everyone. Names Chris. I am from Arkansas. I have the Jeep itch. I am a light off road enthusiast. I like being able to drive to my water holes and sand bars....and take the occasional turn off pavement where I am not supposed to. I've always bought trucks. Been to scared to buy a jeep. Not practical...no bed...reliability issue due to the age of vehicle I could afford. I dont pay over 10 grand for anything that gets me from point a to point b.
Well, I wont take my truck to some of my watering holes and sand bars. It has too damned many pretty body panels in the way that are expensive to fix. The itch has gotten bad enough I am going to take the plunge. I am selling my truck and will have around 6K to spend. I am gonna buy from an individual and have one paid off. I really am tired of making payments on vehicles.
I am intending on making this my DD and light off road vehicle. I am thinking about buying an old beater truck to have for hauling and as a backup. I can swing a late YJ or early TJ with the funds I am going to have. Reliability is a big issue since I intend to make this my daily driver. Should I avoid a lifted one with big tires? A stock TJ would get me where I go and I believe a 2~4 inch lift with 31 inch tires would be plenty for me. Would that much lift effect the life of the motor/driveline? Do these things get 200K or 300K miles on the motors or transmissions? I am familiar with the little cars that run forever and the big 3 are making trucks that last that long. I honestly have no idea about the reliability and life of jeep vehicles.
There are several nice YJ's for sale in the price range I can go. Most of the TJ's are fairly stock from what I am seeing. I am just really unsure. Help guide me here. I want to take this plunge. Is the second beater vehicle a good decision?