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Old 05-14-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Question YJ or TJ ??

My daughter turns 16 in a couple months and we bought her a 94 wrangler. I've been driving it once in a while and I'm really liking it and thinking about buying one for me.....
I'm looking at years 90 to 2000. I see 97 starts a new generation. Is there any advantages or disadvantages to one or the other gens??
I like the look of the round headlights of the 97+'s better but if there are no advantages I'm thinking maybe I should stick to the same gen that I already have and be able to "mix & match" parts.
Are the tops (hard & soft) all interchangeable?

Thanks for any info.

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TJ gets my vote. are the tops interchangable on the tjs? Yea.
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4.0 TJ, hardtops are interchangeable, I know not all soft tops are, but there may be one or two off branded ones.
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TJ 4.0 all the way
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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As simple minded as it may sound even if for no other reason TJ because of round head lights.I guess I started out with a CJ-7 in 1977 and have just gotten too use to them being round.As far as I-6 engines they are both OK. One of my sons has a 91 4 cyl which I just don't like as well.If he saves any money on the gas end he loses much more on the performance side of things.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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+1 for the TJ
+1 for the 4.0L engine

The TJ will ride nicer, and has airbags - which I would prefer for my kids to have. TJ parts are more readily available than the YJ parts. TJs are somewhat easier to lift and build into a crawler if you ever want to go that route. Finally, the typical 16 year old girl would probably prefer the interior look of the TJ - it's more like a car/SUV inside. The AC units on the YJs were also not great, if that is a consideration for you in PA.

Read here for the TJ:
Jeep Wrangler TJ Buyers Guide - Jp Magazine

Read here for the YJ:
Jeep Wrangler YJ Buyers Guide - Jp Magazine

BTW, I own a YJ, and personally like the simplistic interior. I like no air bags - keeps it simple and easy to work on.
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TJ w/ 4.0L I6 & 6 speed manual. Look for years 03-06. Rubicons will run $10K - $20K for those years.
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TJ w/ 4.0L I6 & 6 speed manual. Look for years 03-06. Rubicons will run $10K - $20K for those years.
+1, got an 05 Hardtop 40kmi Rubicon for 15k
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #10
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Nothing wrong with a YJ. With me it came down to what got me the most bang for my buck. I like them all. Good luck to you!
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Whichever one gets you the best vehicle for the best price.
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My daughter turns 16 in a couple months and we bought her a 94 wrangler. I've been driving it once in a while and I'm really liking it and thinking about buying one for me.....
I'm looking at years 90 to 2000. I see 97 starts a new generation. Is there any advantages or disadvantages to one or the other gens??
I like the look of the round headlights of the 97+'s better but if there are no advantages I'm thinking maybe I should stick to the same gen that I already have and be able to "mix & match" parts.
Are the tops (hard & soft) all interchangeable?

Thanks for any info.
A yj (88-95) is leaf sprung and a plain, simple interior. A tj (97-06) has coil springs, air bags, and a more in depth interior. Air bags, soft things, ect.
If your looking for a nice smooth dd with little or no modification I would go tj. Their softer. If ride quality and fluff are not important. Or if you plan to modify extensively a yj can be had cheaper than a tj. And modifications are cheaper usually. There is more aftermarket support for tjs though. There are also exceptions to all these things but I would say those are the main differences for me. ( I have a yj by the way. )GL. And just remember there both jeeps. So either way, it's not a hummer.
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Nice rig! I'm pretty sure that my YJ won't do that either
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HungerFatz bought a YJ, everyone is doing it!
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LOL my wife parks her excursion the same way, with a lot more damage of course!
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My daughter turns 16 in a couple months and we bought her a 94 wrangler. I've been driving it once in a while and I'm really liking it and thinking about buying one for me.....
I'm looking at years 90 to 2000. I see 97 starts a new generation. Is there any advantages or disadvantages to one or the other gens??
I like the look of the round headlights of the 97+'s better but if there are no advantages I'm thinking maybe I should stick to the same gen that I already have and be able to "mix & match" parts.
Are the tops (hard & soft) all interchangeable?

Thanks for any info.
TJ is a great Jeep to start with. The 4.0L will run forever.

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