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Old 08-05-2009, 01:53 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I am a newb to this great site, I am from the UK & not Texas but the registration would only allow me to put in a place in the US.

I am already an owner of a Jeep GC Overland 2007 Version, I have owned it for 18 months she is full spec including the on board DVD system, this is my 4th 4x4 I have had a Landrover TD5 Disco II ES, a Shogun LWB Animal & then another Shogun LWB Warrior, I must say I love the jeep you get a lot more for your money, and the V6 engine is awesome.

Now on to my question, I am in the process of trying to sell a Porsche 911 Cab (964 Version) I have had her years but as the kids have got bigger she has got a little to small for the job, & my son & I play golf so its not ideal, anyway I have a few interested people in her so when she goes I will use some of the money to buy another vehicle but as a 2nd car.

I was thinking of getting a late 90's to about 2004 dated Jeep Wrangler soft top, I have never driven one, but I love the brand & I felt that I could keep the wind in my hair type of thing but with a bit more space for my son & I lower the back seats & chucking our golf kit in, now I have been doing some research but its proved very hard, I want to get the best type of spec I can, so what sort of wrangler should I hunt for any do's or avoids/don'ts I see they seem to be very good value 2nd hand etc, I see some advertised with both soft top and hard top options for winter driving.

What are they like to own & drive, they look great fun!! :mrgreen:

any help will be really appreciated, thanks

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Old 08-05-2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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oooooo PORSCHE!

First off I would suggest driving one, get the feel of it first, don't jump right into it.
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oooooo PORSCHE!

First off I would suggest driving one, get the feel of it first, don't jump right into it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:01 AM   #4
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Try to go test drive some YJ's, TJ's, and some JK's and see which you prefer.

With the TJ to be honest you don't really NEED a hard top for winter. Their stock heater is more then enough to heat it up and melt off anything QUICK. You can either burn your skin off or deep freeze your passenger.

I have been in two pretty big snow/ice storms since I have had my jeep. One in Missouri while I was staying in a hotel in St Louis. I was one of the few people out driving. They warned everyone to stay inside untill the storm let up and the roads melted some. You couldn't see ANYTHING! All white! I had to go out and try the beast out in the blizzard and of course It was just me driving around a deserted town with random people stuck in mounds of snow all over the place.

Second was around the first of this year. The day I moved to Kentucky we got snowed in pretty bad.




My heep was sitting on a lot of ice in those pictures. Our Diesel was stuck for a few days and we could only use the Jeep to get supplies. Made a lot of new friends while we were snowed in pulling everyone out of snow banks and getting them out of their drive ways.

You can't really go wrong with any of the models, and the newer they get the more comfortable they are. What I like most about my TJ is it's comfortable but still rugged enough to feel like a "Jeep" to me.

I can say a lot of things I don't like about the JK but they may be things you like. It is all personal preference so have fun picking out what kind you want. From the base model to the Ruby they all do great at what they were built for and that is off roading.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:31 AM   #5
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I'd start finding various onces for sale and start driving them. Once you do, you'll start building your wish list. If you want the TJ body style but need extra room, look for the Unlimited (LJ) from 2004 to 2006.

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:00 AM   #6
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A good web site in the UK is Difflock.com. They have an active forum with a Jeep section. It's fun to listen to them complain about Jeep parts being super expensive, and Land Rover being plentiful and cheap. I think they're mostly into Cherokees, but the Wranglers have a solid fan base.

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Old 08-05-2009, 11:27 AM   #8
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Thanks guys, great to see, I will get out and have a ride in a few when I get back from the Alps, off there in a few days for 3 weeks of sun, climbing, MTB, hiking & a bit of golf etc, can't wait for that.

Thanks for the pics & the link to Difflock I will go and have a good search round.

Watch this space I will get the right wrangler for me.
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