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Old 10-29-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Wife wants a jeep wangler but not a new one

My wife wants a wangler for her next vehicle but does not want a new one. I have always looked at them but i don't know much about them. So what are good years and models to go with also what to look out for with a used one.

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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From what i know there is this. YJ's are cheap and easily modifiable. Tj's are more comfortable because of their coil springs and other creature comforts. JK's are newer and even more modern. Most people prefer 6 cylinders but, I'm happy with my 4. Hope this helps.

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Read this and it will give you a high level overview of the Wranglers

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Whatever you do, tell her she needs to go topless as often as possible!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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If compare new price at invoice, it's hard to buy used. They don't lose much value.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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depends what she wants it for. If she wants to use it for real (offroad) id go TJ or YJ depending on the direction of modification. I love my TJ. CJ is always a winner but a good one is hard to find and parts are getting fewer. Not a fan of the new JK but it does have its advantages. Would highly advise not getting the 4cyl. Depending on what she plans to do with it i would research axles as well. If she wants to be a mall crawler i would say stay away. If she wants a Jeep to be a Jeep. GREAT and welcome
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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what's her budget?
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:31 PM   #8
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depends what she wants it for. If she wants to use it for real (offroad) id go TJ or YJ depending on the direction of modification. I love my TJ. CJ is always a winner but a good one is hard to find and parts are getting fewer. Not a fan of the new JK but it does have its advantages. Would highly advise not getting the 4cyl. Depending on what she plans to do with it i would research axles as well. If she wants to be a mall crawler i would say stay away. If she wants a Jeep to be a Jeep. GREAT and welcome

Woah now, if it wasn't for the mall crawlers where would we find our cherries wating to be jacked up? I always buy used 4x4 from the city they're usually prime condition compaired to us country boys toy's.

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Woah now, if it wasn't for the mall crawlers where would we find our cherries wating to be jacked up? I always buy used 4x4 from the city they're usually prime condition compaired to us country boys toy's.

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This is a very good point! I hadnt thought of that before!
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #10
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97-06 might want to look into a LJ for the lady.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #11
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Woah now, if it wasn't for the mall crawlers where would we find our cherries wating to be jacked up? I always buy used 4x4 from the city they're usually prime condition compaired to us country boys toy's.

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Quote for truth on that.. My LJ is exactly that, it has miles on it but was never beat on.. Funny though I had to go more out in the country to find Wranglers.

Your wife needs to read about wranglers a bit and then she can make a list of wants/needs. Then you can take your budget and see if they match up.

I had my list:
OBDII - need
4.0L - need
auto/manual - open
Axles - open - not a trail truck
Hardtop - need
Long wheel base - space and stability in snow - want
Budget firm

That list matched up to a TJ. Which is good cause I like how they look best. I looked a lot of them short and long wheel base. I found lots of SWB that were busted up for premium money around me, when I expanded my search say on cars.com to 50 miles I found two of the LWB one auto one manaul. Also found better quality of the SWB. I drove the manual LWB and we didn't get along, strange since I drive manaul so I opted for an auto. Which is the one I bought..

My mechanic gave me a tip which I thought was strange but after learning more it made sense.. Always check beyond the rust, leaks and accident damage, make sure the jeep you are looking at has the axles its supposed to have under it. Since swapping them out is so common.. Bonus if you get the upgrade, big red flag if you are looking at the downgrade!

I wish you guys luck..
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #12
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If you are not gonna off road don't buy a Wrangler. It's an off road vehicle! It's like the Big-Boy version of my quad. If you're staying on road get an Acura or Honda or Mitsubishi....who cares. For serious off road go w/ standard length. For 50/50 I love my '06 LJ (TJ). Drives better on road and OK off road (just larger turning radius). And....it's a JEEP!

I prefer to shift myself so I like the 6 speed. but an auto is convenient and good off road (no slipping the clutch).

Plus the 4.0 6cyl is supposed to be indestructible and it's got good power and torque

Good Luck.
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If you are not gonna off road don't buy a Wrangler. It's an off road vehicle! It's like the Big-Boy version of my quad. If you're staying on road get an Acura or Honda or Mitsubishi....who cares. For serious off road go w/ standard length. For 50/50 I love my '06 LJ (TJ). Drives better on road and OK off road (just larger turning radius). And....it's a JEEP!

I prefer to shift myself so I like the 6 speed. but an auto is convenient and good off road (no slipping the clutch).

Plus the 4.0 6cyl is supposed to be indestructible and it's got good power and torque

Good Luck.
Haha the best rigs I know are Lj's. I guess it all depends on what your idea of "offroad" is.

Do you not have a clue how many jeep never get wheeled?
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #14
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This guy wrote an ebook on buying used jeeps. All jeeps--- including wranglers. He goes into safety, history and pricing ! Good informational read fir any jeep lover
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #15
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Was in the same spot last month. My wife wanted a jeep wrangler 2 door and I was going to look at used. Then I figured that it was easier to start with something new and a warranty vs something old and who knows what it had been through or needs. Also I liked the fact new was 285 hp vs 220hp. Found it very easy once I knew what we wanted, to search on the computer.

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