I am thinking about getting a Jeep and wanted some advice of Jeep's that I should get and Jeep's that I should stay away from. If there is a thread with this info already please point me in the direction. I am looking at the Wrangler's ('05 or '06) and wanted some info on them (if I should stay away or go after). Thanks.
Driving around (work and normal places), I go Geocaching so that might take me off-road, I have been mudding a couple times and would probably do that as well, and maybe driving it on the beach here in South Jersey.
If your not going to do any hard wheeling, or steep hill climbs, I would go with an X/Sahara/Sport. The Dana 35 will hold up decent if you are keeping it stock and just putting around with it. If you plan on a lift and some mud tires, I would go with one with a Dana 44.
The Rubicons have 4.10/4.11 gears, not 3.73s. They also get a good bit less mpg wise driving around because of the heavy MT/R tires, and the gear ratios. Most people who buy Jeeps don't care about that, but lets face it. Gas is 3.40 a gallon and rising
Anyway, Rubicons still pull a premium and if you don't need it and aren't going to use it, I would save yourself some cash and get an X/Sahara/Sport. Like I said above, if you plan on muddin a little, just look underneith the back. A rubber drain plug on the rear diff is bad. A square metal plug is good I also agree with the above. Go for the I6 if you can.
Don't know if you are looking for a manual or auto, but if a manual is what you desire get one with the 6 spd, I know 06's have them, not sure about 05's, but they are night and day difference over the 5 spd.
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South Jersey, don't know any beaches you can go on but I suppose there are, Pine Barrens yes, alot of mud and sand. One thing you need to do when you do go play there, take it to a carwash afterward and get under it with a washer to get all the sand out or you will be replacing hubs, bearings and universals on a regular basis.
I prefer rocks, back in the 80's I drove my parents chevy caprice estate wagon on Daytona beach back when it was legally Rt1, then headed home, lost all my front wheel bearings around half way thru Georgia by not doing that. Sand and mud get into EVERYTHING.
Those of us that like surfishing know lots of beaches to run. Brigantine, Ocean City, Strathmere come to mind. Correct about the afterwash. Especially after the Pine Barrens sugar sand. Don't forget to air down.
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