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Old 10-16-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Question jeep advice needed

Hi all!

I'm trying to satisfy my inner child and want to get a jeep. The problem is that I don't know which one would suit my needs or whether it's actually possible to match what I want. Here's the criteria:

1. Cheap (thinking ~3k)
2. 6-cyl (4L)
3. 5-spd
4. Can play in mud
5. Can play in snow
6. Can pull a motorcycle trailer with two ~600lb bikes
7. Can pull #6 for 3000 miles in a week
8. Can do all of the above without major work

Am I smoking crack and need to readjust the above criteria or is this theoretically achievable?

Please, any and all responses are welcome!

Thanks!!!

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Old 10-16-2007, 01:54 AM   #2
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In my opinion your gonna need to save more money. also look at the cherokee for better towing. I wouldnt tow behind my jeep unless its under 1500 lbs and a very short distance.

to get a wrangler in good shape ready to roll your gonna need more like 8k

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Old 10-16-2007, 03:06 AM   #3
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All the way up to # 6. you can go just about anywhere in a JEEP, but the short wheelbase doesn't make towing a good thing. Unless you get into trailer brakes and other things...not recommended. The Jeep is fun, and can go just about anywhere, at any time; but it is not designed to pull trailers.
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:18 AM   #4
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x2, any jeep I got for 3k$ I wouldn't drive for 3000 miles a week let alone tow something. Got my 99 tj with 86,000 miles a couple months ago for $10K. Dealer wanted close to 12K, came down to 11K and said he wasn't moving. I laid the 10K in cash on his desk and said YOUR SURE? I got other jeeps to see. I got the deal. Definition of a jeep: hole in the dirt where you throw money.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:02 AM   #5
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You either need to raise your $$$ amount or go with an XJ. The XJ will increase your towing capability plus I wheel with a few guys who have XJ's and they go just about anywhere I go in my YJ.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:20 AM   #6
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As much as I hate to say it, but I'm inclined to agree. A Wrangler just isn't the way to go to do all that much towing. Now a Scrambler might be better suited to what you want to do, but finding a Scrambler in anything resembling decent condition under $10K will be a challenge..
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:15 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your answers.

So seems like the towing is definitely not the best idea for a regular Jeep (especially an older Jeep). I'm going to say forget the towing then. What about this revised list?

1. Cheap (thinking ~3k)
2. 6-cyl (4L)
3. 5-spd
4. Can play in mud
5. Can play in snow
6. Can take me to nearest Home Depot / Beer Distributor
7. Can do all of the above without major work

Creature comforts: would require heater, AC optional, radio optional
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:28 PM   #8
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there are some yjs on ebay right now that are pretty reasonable, probably looking late 80s to early 90s with alot of miles. the 6-cyl. are a great powerplant though so you'd definately have something to build on. Just look out for rust on the older models. Good luck hope you find a jewel.
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Thanks, i'm hoping for one too
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Thanks everyone for your answers.

So seems like the towing is definitely not the best idea for a regular Jeep (especially an older Jeep). I'm going to say forget the towing then. What about this revised list?

1. Cheap (thinking ~3k)
2. 6-cyl (4L)
3. 5-spd
4. Can play in mud
5. Can play in snow
6. Can take me to nearest Home Depot / Beer Distributor
7. Can do all of the above without major work

Creature comforts: would require heater, AC optional, radio optional

It's a Jeep...so.....1 through 6 your golden
As for #7 you may want to think about your price range alot ...for 3k you limit yourself to the older jeeps as stated above. YJs are great but they are getting hard to find in good shape. with your $3k price range you can pretty much garrenty high milage meaning something going to need to be fixed :weather it be as little as a starter or as big as a motor/transmission. Good luck with your hunt for your Jeep.
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Whats up bro, i see you finally made it to the forum. Welcome to WF. There are many people here who will give you good advice. I really hope you'll find what you're looking for.
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Old 10-16-2007, 02:45 PM   #12
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NJ-In...QQcmdZViewItem

Is this much rust normal for a YJ?
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It's a Jeep...so.....1 through 6 your golden
As for #7 you may want to think about your price range alot ...for 3k you limit yourself to the older jeeps as stated above. YJs are great but they are getting hard to find in good shape. with your $3k price range you can pretty much garrenty high milage meaning something going to need to be fixed :weather it be as little as a starter or as big as a motor/transmission. Good luck with your hunt for your Jeep.
I just started looking and based on what I'm seeing i will probably raise that a bit. It all depends on whether I want a DD jeep or not. So far I haven't made up my mind yet.

but yeah, jeep is definitely
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Old 10-16-2007, 02:54 PM   #14
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Whats up bro, i see you finally made it to the forum. Welcome to WF. There are many people here who will give you good advice. I really hope you'll find what you're looking for.
Hey man, thanks for the link here! I wish all the other auto forums were as friendly.

Did you get the mud off from the weekend yet?
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Up here in the rust belt, yeah, that's pretty normal, in fact, I've seen a lot worse! If you can up your budget some, I'd definitely lean towards an older TJ 97 or newer, just watch out for trail damage..

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