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Old 04-16-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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YJ or TJ?

Hello, I am wanting a new car. Not really "new" but new to me.

First off let me say that I am 18 years old and I live in central Florida. So going to the beach is a normal thing. I did alot of research on Wranglers and found that the Tj and Yj are the two best. The main thing is that my old car is a Dodge stratus that is poorly designed and problomatic. That kinda makes me scared of the TJ for is Chrysler electronics. But looking on autotrader I see that I can get a good TJ with 25k-80k miles or a Yj with 100k-150k miles.

I'm well aware of what I will be buying, and know what I'm getting into. Im just currious as do what would be the better deal.

Also if this is the wrong section please move it for me. I just thought General was fine.

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Old 04-16-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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TJ guys will say a TJ and YJ guys will say YJ. I personally like the coils and springs and interior on a TJ. Plus real Jeeps have round headlights!

But it all come down to what you want to spend, what deal you can find, and what your goals are.

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Old 04-16-2010, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yea, I guess that is pretty true. I just am hopeing I don't get a lemon. A test drive wont tell me weither is will be good or not.
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Well you can judge alot about a wrangler in a test drive.....esp a modded one.

Best advice is to go take a look and test drive a few then post up tons of pics and info on here and we can help point you in the right direction.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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YJ all the way! Screw round eyes!

But in all seriousness, I got my 94 yj with 80,000 miles for $3,000 and I LOVE it. I'm 17 and it's my first jeep/car so i can't say anything about tj's really since I've never had one. But I honestly like the look of Yj's better.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. I'll have to do that. And to me it doesn't matter if its modded or not, because I'm going to slowly do stuff to it any way. But that being said. Would it be practical to just get a cheap one and do what ever I was to it?
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I have a YJ and I love the simplicity of everything. My buddy has a TJ Saraha package and it rides a 1000 times better on the road and dirt than my YJ. A YJ in my opinion is an easier platform to start on, especially on a budget. Both perform great off-road. Either way you decide, you will find a fun vehicle. Good luck.

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Both are nice vehicles and great Jeeps but YJ are more rugged and dont have as many modern amenities ... they ride a bit rougher and arent as cushy inside but i like mine and i am not a great mechanic type so it is easier to work on for me personally... TJs are nice too and the 4.0 engine will go forever in them and dont be scared that it is a Chrysler its one of the only vehicles that they have ever actually done right lol ... main thing is the budget you have to spend and what you feel looks better and feels better to you... have fun in the search
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:34 PM   #9
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Get a 6 cyl for sure ,you wont be sorry
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:00 PM   #10
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Get a 6 cyl for sure ,you wont be sorry
Agreed^^ and make sure to get fuel injection!!!! trust me...

Honestly, as long as you get one thats been well taken care of, you cant go wrong with either one. I've had two tj's and my buddy has a yj, they both have their good points.

On a side note, I like my XJ alot more than I did my TJ's and they are alot cheaper. (wranglers hold their value like crazy) The xj has pretty much the exact same drivetrain options too, the exception being about half the XJs out there have a stronger rear axle than any wrangler (besides the rare D44 in a TJ) and 97% of all XJs have a better front axle than TJs too. (besides a rubi) And XJs have WAY more room roo

Just sayin, shouldn't rule out an xj, but you really can't go wrong with any of them
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:06 PM   #11
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YJ= cheeper insurance and no speeding tickets . Many would argue and please its just an opinion, but I'd stay away from any carb I4 or any pre 91 Yj w/ no fuel injection as a starter Wrangler.
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What is your price range any ways?
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Honestly, owning a YJ and working on a YJ nothing beats it! the experience you gain from working on a Jeep is priceless! A few of my buddies own TJ's or have owned a TJ in the past, they will tell you that a YJ has the superior interior in the sense that if it rains, it wont ruin anything if you forget to put your top back up during a rainstorm. But as a person being biased toward the YJ, I will say go with a YJ, but it really does boil down to personal preference. People who YJ's think that the TJ's look more feminine with the lowered nose and the round headlights, but hey, didn't the CJ's have round headlights too? But when it comes to either Jeep, the YJ or the TJ. it's personal preference. You can have any Jeep you want, as long as it's a YJ. lol. I hope your seach goes well for you and I hope you get the Jeep you want.
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YJ= cheeper insurance and no speeding tickets . Many would argue and please its just an opinion, but I'd stay away from any carb I4 or any pre 91 Yj w/ no fuel injection as a starter Wrangler.
I have to agree. I own a 92 YJ 4cyl. with MPI, I agree, stay away from anything pre 91.
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What is your price range any ways?
Any thing under 15k perferably. I can get the price knocked down a few.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #16
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For sure, steer clear of an 87 (1st Canadian Chrysler) or a 97 (1st TJ). They had bugs in'em. I would personally suggest an older CJ or even an MJ to fix up. Won't be many of your buds sporting a ride like that.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #17
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Also, how easy is it to go from a hard top to a soft top? I would assume easy. I would prefer a soft top, so if I have to buy a nice hard top one and but the soft top on myself.
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I have an 87 YJ straight 6 (with no bugs)and I love it I also owned an 03 TJ and really liked it. The YJ is a little more rugged as someone else said, I can leave the top off at nite wake up to wet seats and I just wipe them down it takes 2 mins. TJ's are a little more complicated but more comfortable. I would really just pay attention to the upkeep of the vehicle look for rust paint can hide a lot and be sure to drive it a good 20 mins or so.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:17 PM   #19
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I'm looking at stuff and I'm likeing TJ's a little more. What is a big difference between sport, sahara, and X. I know about the Rubicon.
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I have a YJ and a TJ and I couldnt pick between the two there different and I love them both. It’s a decision your gona have to make on your own. When it comes to Sport and X to my knowledge there the same thing just depends on the year. but i may be wrong
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Just depends on the options that were put in it for example Dana 44's could be included in saharas and sports from what I have read. Not sure what the base models had sorry. I think it was just flashy stuff untill you got up the Sahara I could be wrong though.
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"NOT all saharas come with the 44. They have painted flares, the 2 tone interior, and badges. thats about the only difference that the sport doesnt have. Sorta like the black tie edition"
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:21 PM   #23
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I love my TJ...I favor the round lights..modern interior..coils spring suspension..4.0 fuel injection. I think the TJ is perfect. Its not too new like JK and its not too old like a YJ.
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Get a TJ with the 4.0 6 cylinder and a D44 rear end if at all possible. The rest is up to you.

For $15,000, you might even find an LJ (TJ Unlimited). ALL of those have the D44 rear.
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For 15k he might even find a nice used Rubicon.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:45 PM   #27
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Yea I was going to get the inline six for what ever I get I'm liking some 2000 sahara's. I'd have to check to see about the dana 44. As for the LJ I've looked a a few of them and I think it kinda looks different with the longer wheel base and fram. But these are just pictures and most have little wheels and are not lifted. Sooo.. haha. I'll take that into consideration.
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I have a YJ and love it!! however, the aftermarket support is better for the TJ's and the YJ's are just getting old. If you are not handy with a wrench go with the TJ.
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Well I don't know alot about cars but when ever I help my dad or brothers or they help me with something. He always spend the time bitching about how stupid cars are getting with so much useless technology.
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YJ all the way! Screw round eyes!

But in all seriousness, I got my 94 yj with 80,000 miles for $3,000 and I LOVE it. I'm 17 and it's my first jeep/car so i can't say anything about tj's really since I've never had one. But I honestly like the look of Yj's better.
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