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Old 03-02-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Hello all,
After lurking for a bit I decided to join and hopefully get some info. I'm brand new to the jeep world and I'm trying to decide what would be the best body style for me to purchase. Hoping some of you guys could point out the pro's and con's to aid in my decision. I'm a ASE certifed and GM trained tech at a Chevrolet store here in AZ so fixing anything wouldn't be a problem, I just need to know what to look for. I almost purchased a 2007 wrangler new, but decided the employee lease incentive was to good to pass on the new Silverado so I went that route instead. I've got about a year left with the Silverado but the miles are closing in so I need something else to drive, so I'm looking to pick up a Jeep maybe early 90's to early 2000's depending on the price. Thanks ahead of time for any help, I'm looking forward to some infomative discussions.

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Old 03-02-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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for daily driving and trails? I'd look at the Rubicon TJs to get the 4:1, d44s with 30 spline shafts and lockers. They arrived in the 2003 model year. Phoenix is chock full of rock crawling so the rubicon TJ is ready right out of the box. add a little armor and lets go wheeling!

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lets get some more info. what do you wanna do with it, how much do you wanna spend. you are right in the middle of two jeeps, a yj and a tj.
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lets get some more info. what do you wanna do with it, how much do you wanna spend. you are right in the middle of two jeeps, a yj and a tj.
It would be used to go to and from work once in a while and run errands to keep the miles off the Silverado lease, but it would also see it's share of weekend off roading, but nothing crazy. Most of my "off roading" took place on the drag strip so 4x4 is new to me. Basically I want to put a lift on it with some bigger tires and be able to get back into some hiking and biking trails. The Silverado works but it is 2wd drive and has developed some desert pin striping that I'm sure the leasing company is gonna love. Ideally I'd like to spend around 5k on the Jeep, but I'd go up to 8k if I found one I fell in love with. I searched auto trader and craigs list and found some late 90's 4 cylinders with 60k or so miles in that range and some early 90's 6 cylinders with over 100k on them. Is there a major difference between the 2 motors, how many miles are people getting out of the 6 cylinders? Thanks!

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so you are basically in the middle of the two with your price range also. 5 grand gets a nice yj, or a cheap 4 cyl tj.

don't bother with the 4 banger, i've had one, and they last forever, but they are sluggish. both engines are known to go 2 and 300k. i've had 4 at least, my dd has 123 that i bought with 70, and i've had ones with 150 and 175k still going strong before i sold them.

the yj is my choice, its less computerized, and lift parts will be cheaper. you gotta look for rust on the floor, rockes, windshield, and rear of frame

the tj has coil springs, better suspension, but lifts get more expensive and complicated. also more computerized, where i'm at yj's being pre 1996 are not inpsected for emissions.
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so you are basically in the middle of the two with your price range also. 5 grand gets a nice yj, or a cheap 4 cyl tj.

don't bother with the 4 banger, i've had one, and they last forever, but they are sluggish. both engines are known to go 2 and 300k. i've had 4 at least, my dd has 123 that i bought with 70, and i've had ones with 150 and 175k still going strong before i sold them.

the yj is my choice, its less computerized, and lift parts will be cheaper. you gotta look for rust on the floor, rockes, windshield, and rear of frame

the tj has coil springs, better suspension, but lifts get more expensive and complicated. also more computerized, where i'm at yj's being pre 1996 are not inpsected for emissions.
Thanks for the info. Here if it is 97 or newer the emissions test consists of hooking up and scanning for codes, no codes and you pass. 96 and earlier is the dyno run every 2 years. Auto trans or manual trans? A couple years ago 2 of my buddies who had jeeps had a pretty comical and heated disscussion on which was better, easier to 4x4 with. Thanks for the info so far.

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Thanks for the info. Here if it is 97 or newer the emissions test consists of hooking up and scanning for codes, no codes and you pass. 96 and earlier is the dyno run every 2 years. Auto trans or manual trans? A couple years ago 2 of my buddies who had jeeps had a pretty comical and heated disscussion on which was better, easier to 4x4 with. Thanks for the info so far.

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it is now considered the auto is the way to go for wheeling. i'm a die hard manual man. i like the strength and control of a manual. auto seems to be the way even in the competition rigs. i also like the manual cuz if it takes on water, you can drain it and refill it and it is fine. auto, not so much.
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