Hey all, I'm new here. I apologize if this has been discussed elsewhere, but I did a quick search and it didn't yield anything.
I'm looking into getting my first Jeep for my next vehicle (would be using it as a daily driver) and was just curious if some of you could give me a little insight. Obviously I'll be doing some test driving, but an opinion from avid, lifelong Jeep owners would be great as well.
I haven't been in a TJ since I was really little and really don't remember much about how it rode (noise, bumpiness, etc). I have ridden in numerous JK's and actually test drove one recently. I was actually surprised at how smooth (relatively speaking) it drove. From all the reviews I had read, I was expecting a lot worse. It was a 2007 X with a hardtop. I had it up to 70 and it wasn't overly noisy and it wasn't terribly bouncy on fairly rough roads.
My question is, is there a big difference in terms of that stuff between TJ's and JK's (comparing hardtops, not soft)? The reason I ask is because a JK with what I'm looking at getting in terms of miles is probably out of my 15k-ish price range, so I'll probably have to settle for a TJ. I'm not overly fussy about ride quality. I mean, it's nice to have a smooth, luxury car type of ride, but I don't have to have it.
Also, a side question, is the rear visibility any better in the TJ's? That's one thing that sort of troubled me about the JK on my test drive. Pretty hard to see out the back.
I hope to get a Wrangler as I've always wanted one (thanks MacGyver!), but I'm really between a Wrangler and Xterra. Both have advantages and disadvantages, so I'll just have to see what I can find in my price range.
Thanks for any advice!