Originally Posted by Burb
I want a fun first car so I researched for used cars and a wrangler seemed to fit my life style. In my research I discovered that Jeeps that are post 97 are better because they have a better suspension, but if I replaced the suspension on a Jeep that is pre 97 would it be worth the money, I just need help on buying a jeep my budget is only 5 grand also.
You are unlikely to find a post 97 jeep for 5 grand, at least one that is drivable without a salvage title around where I have lived (midwest, south, and now west, way way west).
Yes there are better suspensions, but plenty of people drive CJs and YJs as daily drivers (me included). I went from the newest generation (JK) to a YJ. Does the YJ have less safety features and have less technology than the TJ, JK, volvo? Absolutely. However, the trade off was better for my life situation (wanted to get rid of the loan, own the YJ outright).
Test drive CJs/YJs/TJs/JKs and see what features you want, and decide what its worth to you. If you have $5k, you could also put a down payment on a lease or buy even a JK with credit.