I have never owned a jeep personally, but my dad has and I fell in love with it! But he ended up having to sell it. So I am looking to buy one myself, and I think it would be a lot of fun to get an older one that needs a little work. Are there any models/years that are not very newbie friendly? I really want to do some off roading stuff with it... When I find it. Lol
Have owned a few 95 YJs, a 97 TJ, 99TJ,and my current 01 TJ... The best years in my opinion are the 97-99 TJs. There were some changes in the later years like 0331 and OPDA there need possible fixing that can get expensive! Sometimes early 97s had parts that don interchange with later 97s and up but it's very rare and nothing to worry about!
Get a YJ with a 4.0L motor, which would be the mid-later years of that era. If you want round headlights, swap on CJ fenders/hood/grill, but keep the advantages of fuel injection and good transmissions that that era of 4.0L motors were bolted to.
I have had my 93 YJ 4.0, 5 speed manual for about 3 months and am very happy with it. I use it as a weekend toy(third vehicle.) I have found that it is easy to work on, and I am a novice....I had literally never changed my oil. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you will have to do some repairs on your own....JEEP...Just Empty Every Pocket, refers to mods and repairs, especially if you are doing to good off-loading!
Sadly I have a college student budget. Lol they do use salt out here in Kansas city. I have heard about the steering box on the frames going bad. I found a 1992 rubicon 6 cylinder manual but it had so much rust by the box on the frame that it couldn't be driven. is that even something u can really fix?
I believe the 04 LJ RUBI is considered the best jeep ever by many.
In the TJ flavor, anything with a 4.0 and 32RH seems to be bullet proof- as per general consensus.
As for YJ's, well you can't go wrong, and they are cheap. To buy, to fix, and to repair. All the ones I know of have blown up but they were 2.5s. I think the 4.0s were much more reliable. I would still go for a TJ just because I like coil suspension but leafs have their advantages too. Pick your Poison.
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig. Bolt-ons are boring