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Old 11-28-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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Buy or Wait?

I am about to buy my first Wrangler (also my first car). Now here is my question: Should I buy a YJ now, or wait to buy a TJ once I save enough money. Is there a major difference? If youve had both give me some pros/cons of each. Thanks!

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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Go drive one of each and see which you like better. The major differnce between the two is the YJ has leaf springs and the TJ has coils. The Heat and AC are said to work better in the TJ. How much of a budget are you working with?

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Go drive one of each and see which you like better. The major differnce between the two is the YJ has leaf springs and the TJ has coils. The Heat and AC are said to work better in the TJ. How much of a budget are you working with?
I have about $3000 worth of trade in value with a car I inherited, plus right now I have about $1500 cash. If I were to wait until Spring I would have about $2000 cash, if I had to wait until the end of next Summer, about $4000 cash. I also have to keep in mind the value of my trade isnt getting any higher, if I were to buy from a dealer.
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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See if you can sell the trade. Then look on criags list you should be able to get an early TJ for around 4500.
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Thanks, I'll try to sell. Just going to be rough to find a buyer.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:00 PM   #6
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As stated sell it yourself you will make far more than trade in... Craigslist is a good place to start.. lots of junk on there too so ask questions and don't buy the 1st thing you find. What kind of car is the one you are trying to sell?
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:35 PM   #7
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A 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II with 172,000 miles. Great Condition though.
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You should be able to sell that better then any other vehicle. At least they hold a little value. But like what was said earlier. Sell it yourself. Then buy a TJ. I'm not saying YJ's are bad. But the TJ has coils, and I believe rides better. On top of all this make sure you get a 4.0 6cyl. Don't settle for a 2.5 4cyl. As for what year TJ, the early ones before 2000 had slider controls for a/c heat. 2000 on-ward had knobs. 2001 had the sub intergrated into the center consol. Also had the blinkers/lights all on one arm switch on the colum. Anyone can correct me if im wrong here. Im going on what I remember. One other thing-try to buy from original owner, and don't bother looking at used car lots. You never know what you'll get at those places. They can make a dead horse look like a young pony. LOL.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:52 PM   #9
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Luckily in Mass. we have a Lemon Law. BTW: It is important that I get an automatic, also full doors with hard top or both tops. I'm going to keep a look out, and to anyone on this forum, Id trade the Rover for a Wrangler and wouldnt mind taking a road trip
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:28 PM   #10
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Get the hard top. You can always get a soft top later for less $$. Also, drive several jeeps before you buy. They're not for everyone. I agree the coil suspension in the TJ is superior, but you also get an increasingly car-like interior and more and more equipment that you may or may not really want, like air bags. I agree that you can get one in decent shape for less than $5k. Consider looking in the southwest for older rigs with less rust if you're really into a road trip.
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I had read that there is less rust if I got it from the south. Will I have an issue finding a hard top w/ full doors in the south?
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They don't use road salt or worse, the liquid melter they spray on the roads around here in winter, so there's far less corrosion in the south. That being said, my buddy lives in Cocoa Beach, FL, and the salt water corrodes everything in no time flat. That is why so many of the best classics are from AZ, NM an Nevada. There is little or no moisture and no road salt, so the metal just lasts. I think you'll find plenty of hard tops in the south, as people NEED AC in the summer. Look on Craigslist and Ebay, and you'll see what's out there. My neighbor just picked up a TT roadster on Ebay.
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Go drive one of each and see which you like better. The major differnce between the two is the YJ has leaf springs and the TJ has coils. The Heat and AC are said to work better in the TJ. How much of a budget are you working with?
>Heat

>AC

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Get the TJ dude. Coils > Leaf springs anyday.
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>Heat

>AC

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Get the TJ dude. Coils > Leaf springs anyday.
Thats what I going to do. Can wait to start modding. I dont even have a Jeep and im already planing what to do
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Get the TJ dude. Coils > Leaf springs anyday.
Get the YJ ......You can always find a Toy Jeep.
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Better yet, find an old restored CJ or flat fender. Like I said earlier, before you buy any jeep, you really need to drive a few and get a feeling for what you're getting into. It's not a car or even an SUV. It's a jeep, and at least for the older models, that means few if any creature comforts, like insulation, smooth ride, great sounding audio. The interior climate controls are rudimentary at best. There's not a lot of extra room for anything, and mileage isn't particularly good. It's like driving a brick on wheels, especially at highway speeds.

That all being said, once you love your rig, you get it, and there's nothing else like it. You learn to embrace the simplicity of the design and build. Road noise is just a reason to get a louder audio system, even if it will never sound as good as the factory unit in a newer sedan. The bumpy ride is the other side of the ability to go up and over and through so many obstacles that would stymie cars and bigger rigs, and the turning radius is great for no point u-turns, parking lots and other urban obstacles. Driving naked (No top-no doors) is one of the great pleasures of jeeping, as is getting out during the latest snow emergency just for fun, knowing you can get wherever you want to go. As for what model is best, there's reasons to love all of them. That's why you should vive la difference, and then figure out which model for the $$ is right for you. It seems like once they get more than 8 years old or so, they all seem to level out in cost around $4k-$5k. Anything less is usually a basket case. There are an infinite number of mods for all models, and if someone hasn't designed and sold it yet, you can always find someone to custom fabricate just the thing you're looking for.

You've seen it on windshields all over -"It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand." Well, once you have one, you get it.

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