As I still wait for my tax return to come in, so I can get my Jeep, I'm faced with the decision to buy a '99-'02 TJ fully, or go newer and get financed for the extra $5,000-7,000ish.
I will be driving this 30 min. each way to work 5 days a week, and plan to also take it off-roading when I can, but nothing extremely serious. I'd like to go over fallen branches, through mud and over rough terrain, more so than climbing any rocks or going on advanced obsticles.
I was thinking about a 3" suspension lift, a 1" body lift and 33" tires. Maybe re-gearing and new axles if needed.
Now, if I go for the more expensive Wrangler ('04-'08) I would use just about all of my spare money on the down payment, and finance the rest, but if I buy a '99-'02 out right, I will have some left over to star working on it right away.
Besides the possibility of less rust on the body, is there a worth-while benefit to buying newer? I'm leaning toward the '99-'02 Jeeps I've been looking at that are going for around $4,000-$6,000.