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Old 02-10-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I just joined the forum and am currently searching for a Wrangler as a daily driver.

I think part of my decision to buy a Wrangler is due to the recent weather conditions that we've received in the Mid-Atlantic and also the fact that I'd like to go off-road driving this year when time permits.

Any tips on finding a Jeep, where do I start?

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:08 PM   #3
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Welcome! Have you narrowed down your choices at all yet? Like do want the old-skool stuff (like JR!) or are you going with a new or fairly new model?

Give us some directions, and we'll all be more than happy to help you decide how to spend your money! It's like a hobby around here.
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Welcome to the forum. First decide what kind of $$ you are looking to spend. Then determine what kind of mods you would like it to have. Are you mechanically inclined or will you have to pay for repairs and mods? These all should be taken into consideration before you buy. There IS a Wrangler out there for you, you just have to decide which one you want. As stated above, we will always be eager to give you our opinions. Personally, I would go with a TJ. See what I mean?
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:11 AM   #5
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Hey guys, thanks for the warm welcome!

I'm specifically interested in getting a Wrangler that can be used as a daily, I've always done my own maintenance on my cars.

I'd prefer to spend less than $5000 and something that would pass the state inspection (Maryland) without any issues. I'd prefer a manual transmission with a 4.0 I-6.

I'd also like to take the kids out on the weekends so it would def need rear seats.

I think after certain time I'd like to start modding and go on trails.

Please let me know if i can provide more info.

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Old 02-11-2010, 10:26 AM   #6
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Your price range and options your looking at buying a YJ 87-95 is the years for these jeeps
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #7
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Thanks, what kind of items should I look out for those years? If there is a high mileage TJ should I still opt for it?
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:32 AM   #8
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Drive them both, but I'd say yes. You can find a lot of higher mileage TJs for around that price, although they may be the 4 bangers. Whatever it is, make sure you inspect the underside for caked on mud, and lift up the carpet to look for rust. They're all pretty sound, mechanically. Just make sure that everything that is supposed to work, actually works.
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:34 PM   #9
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Not sure where you are located this seems like a decent deal for a 4cly TJ
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Another question for everyone, does it really matter if I got with the 2.5 or 4? Could someone give me some real world experience.
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:18 PM   #11
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If you hang around here, you'll see a bit of bitching about the anemic performance of the 2.5, especially trying to achieve highway speeds. So, I'd say try for the 4.0. They are known to last a long time and provide decent power. Mileage between the two seems comparable, so that's not an issue.

Since you are in the mid Atlantic, your area probably uses road salt and brine. This wreaks havok on the underside of vehicles. Check any rig for excessive rust, especially on the frame near where the springs mount and the floorboards in the front footwells. The exhaust system and brake lines are also affected by this, but they are much easier replaced, so rust here may be considered normal wear and tear.

You really need to drive a wrangler before committing. They aren't for everyone. They tend to be noisy, bumpy, drafty and spartan. Get behind the wheel and be sure to drive in different conditions, including at highway speeds and on bumpy roads. If you can live with that, youre likely to fall in love, and the relationship could last a lifetime.
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:48 PM   #12
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Thanks RedWrangler. I'm hoping I can find a solid 4.0 with minimal issues. As far as the ride quality I'm used to it since I also own a track prepped car.

Again great input thus far, now the search begins.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:12 PM   #13
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yeah im with red wrangler... if you get a 2.5 you will wish you got a 4.0... you can find later YJs or early TJs for around $5000... also, if you can find one try to go as stock as possible because you dont know the person who modded it before you and if they knew what they were doing... good lick with the search and welcome
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I'd almost always recommend a TJ over a YJ to a new Wrangler owner. They're a lot more civilized, so the ride quality will be smoother and the handling better for a daily driver.

The 4.0 liter is a nice engine, but you are pushing your price point a bit with that.

YJs are great, and they obviously have a devoted fan base here, but most of them are batshit crazy. Oops, no, that's not what I meant. I meant to say that most of them really enjoy wrenching on their Jeeps, and building them up exactly the way they want them. A nicely built YJ is a beautiful thing. But you gotta work to get there.
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but most of them are batshit crazy
Hey, I resemble that remark!
No, really Geoff is right. If you don't like getting your hands dirty and balding early, try for a TJ.
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I'd almost always recommend a TJ over a YJ to a new Wrangler owner. They're a lot more civilized, so the ride quality will be smoother and the handling better for a daily driver.

The 4.0 liter is a nice engine, but you are pushing your price point a bit with that.

YJs are great, and they obviously have a devoted fan base here, but most of them are batshit crazy. Oops, no, that's not what I meant. I meant to say that most of them really enjoy wrenching on their Jeeps, and building them up exactly the way they want them. A nicely built YJ is a beautiful thing. But you gotta work to get there.
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