I am in the market for a Jeep, but cant decide between a YJ or a TJ. Long story short, im looking for a daily driver / weekend tinker toy / occaisonal trail rig. Either way i go, i will get the 4.0 with a stick shift. Im hoping some of you guys who have owned both can help me out here since this would actually be the first Jeep i have owned myself. I have driven my sisters TJ enough times to know that i like Jeeps, a lot! I am looking for the initail purchase cost to be between 7000 and 8000 dollars.
This vehicle will be my primary winter driver, but in the summer i would only need it when it rains since i religously ride my motorcycle everywhere. I consider myself to be smarter than the average joe when it comes to working on vehicles, and im actually looking for something that will require some work done on it because i enjoy doing the work. These are my top 5 priority's
1. Simple design/easy to work on
3. Utilitarian (i dont want any bells or whistles, EFI is about as fancy as i want to get)
4. Good on the trails and in snow with minimal modification (all id put on it is a simple 3'-4' lift, some 33ish' tires, selectable lockers, and dana 44's)
5. Towing ability (this would tow a pretty light aluminum "camp boat" pretty regularly, and my motorcycle trailer occaisonally)
Well i think thats about as thurough as i can be, hope you guys can help me out!
I've owned both and would highly recommend the TJ. Leaf springs and the vacuum 4WD system would be my biggest gripes with the YJ.
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I drive a TJ and will always stand behind the design, but a couple of friends drive YJ's and they say the same. I only see minor differences between the two, and it all depends on the convenience level you want to have...i.e. top removal, rough ride, lift install, etc. Bottom line, if it's a wrangler then you are OK whether it is a cj, yj, tj, or jk.
If you don't mind your daily drive to be a tad rough then get a YJ, if you like creature comforts then TJ. I've driven both and the TJ is a very nice jeep, but i wouldn't trade it for my YJ no matter what.
Keep in mind that every generation is evolution. The YJ drives better and is more comfortable than the CJ'S, the TJ drives better and is more comfortable than the YJ'S. We then get to the JK'S whick have the best ride to date. Every jeep loyalist says that the model they like is best. CJ guys hated the YJ when it came out, the YJ guys hated the TJ and the TJ guys hated the JK. It's all in what you want, I personally would love to have a nice CJ7 as a toy but I would not want to drive it every day. In your situation I would pick the TJ because the ride in a YJ will rattle your teeth out. Be prepared to pay a little more for a TJ but you should be able to find a good foundation for what your budget allows.
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I went through this about three months ago when looking for a weekend driver, hunting/fishing rig. We ended up with a like new 2000 model TJ that had 57,000 miles. I bought it from a friend who has a used car lot for $8,200. He told me he had $7,500 in it and was going to ask $10,000 (still a bargain) if I didn't want it. After having it for 3 months now and adding new tires, lights, winch etc. I don't think I would sell it for less than $12,000, mainly because my wife and kids would kick my butt while I was sleeping. The thing rides great a 75mph on the highway has just the right amount of creature comfort. We looked at several of both types. My friend strongly recommended the TJ and I'm glad we held out for one.
It also seems as though there is a wider variety of accessories available for the TJ, which is good or bad depending upon your monetary situation.
I was looking for a TJ and settled for a YJ when a clean rig couldnt be found. In town the ride is the same. The YJ is super bouncy offroad and doesnt have a lot of the creature comforts that the TJ does. I will say that the YJ will be cheaper to buy and cheaper to mod.
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