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Old 03-24-2014, 09:54 PM   #1
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Need Advice: What Jeep is for Me?

Hey guys, I'm very new to this forum and I'm not even quite sure I'm doing this right. Let's see how this goes. I am in the market for a Jeep Wrangler and I'm having a hard time deciding what type to get. Which Model, Manual/Auto, Year, You guys know way more than me and I just need some advice from some older Jeep owners. My budget will be roughly 15,000. I will be using it as a daily driver and would not immediately use it for off roading, but I would like to get into in the near future. I'm also not sure the pros and cons of auto vs manual transmissions. If you guys could give me some advice that would be great. Thanks Guys!!!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:50 PM   #2
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Auto vs manual is your preference. Which do you prefer driving?
Regarding what to buy, with your price range, you should be able to get a second-hand low mileage TJ.
I bought my 06 a year ago with 36k miles, 3 inch suspension lift, and 33 inch tires for just over 17k.

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Old 03-24-2014, 11:57 PM   #3
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At $15,000 you should be able to find a nice low mileage 2003, or 2004 TJ, with a automatic, 4.0 engine and Dana 44 rear differential.

Stay away from the 2005 and 2006s, because they have a OPDA, oil pump drive gear, serious issue.

The 2003, is pretty much known to be bullet proof, with the 4.0 engine.

I would look on craigslist, the auto trader, and car gurus.

Good Luck!!!!!!
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys that will greatly help my decision. Is the 05/06 issue a really substantial one. If its gonna cause me great stress I'll stay away there are just a bunch of those out there.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:28 AM   #6
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In the vast majority of cases, if you have to ask "auto or manual" then you will be happier with an auto. The manual has more nuances than benefits and those that prefer the benefits know it in advance. Go to a dealer when customer traffic is slow and most sales people will let you drive as Jeeps as you may need to make the right choice.

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