I'm on the hunt for my first Jeep and I have a few questions I wanted to go ahead and have cleared up before I decide to buy.
-Are there certain years that Jeep just had a home run that I should look for?
-I'm on a $5,000 and under budget so I'm probably going to end up with a TJ or YJ so any years that just stick out that I should look for?
-Where would be the best place to look? Craigslist is normally the answer as well as eBay but are there any other sites I should be looking at that will give me a good price on a Jeep?
-What are some things I should look out for when inspecting the Jeep? I'll probably take it to our family mechanic and have him look it over but it would be nice to know a few things so I can keep from paying him to look over a junker.
I'm mainly wanting to put a lift kit on just for looks but I wouldn't mind being able to take it and do some minor off-roading. I know that the best thing is to just piece together a kit with the best parts from each manufacture but since I'm mainly going to be using this for my semi-daily driver instead of going off-road, I didn't think I would need a top of the line kit for just around town use. I'm not a big fan of the stock ride height and just want to raise it a bit so would it be better to just use spacers (2.5" kit I guess) to lift it a bit (if so, who makes a good spacer kit?) or would it be better just to go to a full lift (3.5" or so) and be done? I know that RC gets mixed reviews and I'm mainly looking for an all around kit that will get the job done, put me in the air, give me a good ride and won't break the bank. Would RE be a good kit that would fulfill my needs?
I do have one question about spacers vs. a full lift though. RC is known to have their lifts wear down after a couple of years, can this happen with the spacers or does that only happen with full lift kits that aren't of the best quality?
Jeep Wranglers are known for not having the best MPG in the world so I was wondering if there is any way to maybe bump it up a bit or is it just one of those "what you see is what you get" type things?
As far as the tires, since I won't be taking this into the mud that often, what is a good tire for around town use but will still work well in the mud? Like I said above, if there is a tires that will help me out on gas mileage, that would probably be a winner.
If there is any additional information you guys can help me out with, that would be great! Thanks