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Old 05-30-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
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What's up everyone? My name's Steve, I'm a 24 year old bartender a few nights a week and I drive a street sweeper the other nights of the week. I've always been a Mustang fan and have owned 5. I currently own 3. I've always liked Jeeps and and considering buying one as my next toy. I figured I'd join a Jeep forum to learn a little about them.

I guess I'll give a little background on what I'd like to do with it before I start asking questions. I plan on doing VERY little off roading while I'm living here in Oregon but I plan on moving to Vegas within a year and would like to make a few trips a year to the dunes with it. Maybe some trail riding but again, very little.

My budget is about 10K. I'm unsure about the models. Being a mustang fan the models break down like this


They have many different models such as saleen and roush but I won't go into detail...I enter the jeep world and have no clue what the difference between a SE and a Rubicon is...(Stop laughing and pointing at me)...Bassically I want the best wrangler I can buy for my money. Is there a year or period of years that Jeep produced better wranglers? Are there things I should look into or special areas that need to be inspected better than others? And can someone plaese explain to me what the difference is with these models...YJ TJ and so on? I'm guessing they're body styles etc, but what are the years that they fall in. Thanx guys! I'll keep the questions rolling!
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Welcome to the forum Steve. The designations are the years in which they were produced. They are all great vehicles. Find something you like in your price range and post it up. These guys can look at a pic and give you a lot of info. You have come to the right place. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
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welcome to the forum... for 10 grand you will probably be looking at a pretty nice TJ and maybe a rubicon if you go that route
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Welcome! For that price, and since you said only a little offroading, I would probably shoot for a TJ (or a nice YJ if you prefer square). The Rubicon is more pricey because it has more goodies on it
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Welcome to the forum! Good luck on your Jeep search!
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome guys. And thanks for clearing things up for me also!

I spent most of the day looking around town and made a small trip to check out one that caught my eye in a neighboring town. This is the add off of CL.

2003 Jeep Wrangler X Sport Utility 2D

I took the wifey down and looked it over, and really liked it. Took it for a test drive and it drove great. No rust issues underneath...some slight surface rust on the inside behind the back seat under the carpet but I guess the old top leaked some so there's a new top it now. Shifts good, 4wd works great. Over all pretty happy with it. The lot has had it for almost 4 months and I bought one of my Mustangs from this same lot about a year ago so they remembered me (hopefully that helps when if I decide I like it and want to get the price down).

So as I understand it...a SE would be a base model followed by the X, then Sport, then Saharah, then Rubicon?

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