Currently im finishing my last year in the marine corps and when i return home i want to use the money i have saved to buy a jeep. However, im not to studied on them and not sure even what model of wrangler to get.
I live in the willamette valley in oregon, so i will be taking it into the woods, trails, and snow. but i wont be doing any crazy offroading/mudding. I just want to make sure it can handle what ever i happen to toss at it, but nothing too extreme.
well as of right now i have 12k cash that i can use plus what ever i end up adding to it in the next year. Im not too worried about budget honestly, im the type of person that i want this vehicle to last me forever, my dad replaces his vehicle every 5 years or so... i just want to buy one and have it for good.
But like i said, what ever i do get.. it will mostly be in town/highway but i want to be able to take if hunting, camping, snowboarding ect and not be worried about getting stuck anywhere. I was told a ruebicon is the best to get from one friend but i would like info from actual jeep owners.
I have a 98 tj sport with the 4.0l engine. I have a two inch suspension lift and 31 inch tires and I never get stuck anywhere.. I've been in a foot deep mud, on trails, everywhere except snow (I'm in South Carolina) and I've had no problems. It runs well in all of those conditions as well as in town and on the highway. I love my wrangler and wouldn't trade it for anything else, however I think you should pick any jeep you like- don't matter if it's 1970 or 2011. All of them are amazing, but I have absolutely NO complaints about my TJ. She's my baby and handles anything she needs to whenever she needs to. Whatever you do, make sure the seller is trustworthy and get the jeep checked out before you buy it.. Better to know then that it's got a bad clutch than when it blows out on you.. Right? Glad to see another person interested in joining the prestige
__________________ It's a blessing to own one. Glad my girl found me when she did.
can any one explain the main differences between... sport, x, rubicon, sahara, unlimited, ect... on the websites there are so many diff models im not sure what each one is "for"
"X" means base model, and they changed the designation to "sport" for '10 it means the same thing, bare bones plain 'ol Jeep.
"unlimited" is the longer wheel base 4 door, except for the early TJ unlimiteds wihich were just stretched 2 doors. In any case it denotes a long wheel base (long for a Jeep that is)
"Rubicon" is the factory off road optimized model (better suspension, sway bar disconnects, stuff like that)
"Sahara" is the "street edition" - larger wheels, and fenders (and hard top on the new '11 models) that match the body color
"islander" and "mountain" are basically just appearance packages.
Sahara and X/Sport come in normal or unlimited, and all others are short 2 door only (I think there were Unlimited Rubi's for a year though... '05 or '06 maybe)
When you go back to YJ/CJ eras, all of it changes... These are TJ/JK designations mostly, but there's a little overlap, and there are a whole slew of "special editions" out there.
They are all "for" off roading really. Differences are more personal taste than anything practical ANY Jeep, even stock, will get you to 99% of the places you wanna go. (with the exception of 2WD Jeeps... beware! there are brand new Jeeps driving around missing important parts in em...)
'71 DJ-5 (that isn't a typo)
'10 JKU Sport RHD
I'm no expert but with 12k. My personal choice would be to go with something stock or close to it (i always worry about buying something lifted/modded, not sure how its taken care of, are you buying someones problems?)
Spend 8-9k cash on the purchase of the Jeep. that leave ya 3-4k to do all the upgrades yourself, and spend good money on what you like, knowing exactly what and how it was done..Since you aren't at this time planning any heavy/extreme off road. I think thats plenty $$ for a lift, tires, and a few extras as a start...the rest will come as you save up for more
And as i said..."my personal choice" My TJ is stock, and i'm taking the slow route to upgrade, as i have the $$. You'll be surprised as to what the jeep will do as stock..i was!
Make sure you get the inline 6cylinder engine. Especially if you want it to last for a while. The I6 is bulletproof and 2-300,000 miles is commonplace. 2006 was the last year they were made, after that they are V6.