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Old 01-13-2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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Smile Hi, I'm new. Need opinions on what to buy!!

Hey guys! Great to finally be a part of the community! I've been browsing through these forums for months now and never got around to joining.

I'm in desperate need of your experienced opinions. I'm a senior in high school living in rainy Portland, Oregon, and I've had a 2003 Mercedes e500 sport for a year now. I'm going to college in California next year (Santa Barbara, San Diego, LA, or Irvine) and I really want to either keep my car, or sell it to buy a Wrangler (leaning more towards this decision).

I'm not sure even where to start, for example, I hear ya'll throwing out different terms for different models, like "TJ," "CT," "JK," and "CJ," and I'd be happy if you guys can help me understand what they are, and the differences between different models I can buy.

Also, I don't know if I want a 2-door or 4-door, but I'm leaning towards a 2-door. I definitely want to be able to put the top down, and ofcourse take the doors off, and I will be doing some mods in the future when I have one. I also want to be able to "comfortably fit"* four or five people (they can cram). So what's best for my situation?

I think I can sell my car for around $10,000, and I'm willing to spend an extra $2000 on buying the car, so what year and model is best?

*indicates a controversial term on this forum, so please no flame wars lol

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Old 01-13-2014, 01:30 AM   #2
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Those name are models of years from generation of Wranglers.
The current one is the JK and the only available in 4 doors and you will probably not have many choices for $12K because Jeeps hold their value.
The previous generation was the TJ last model year was 2006. It was a great Jeep and a model you should be able to find in the $12K in the 2000-2002 models. Make sure it has not been wheel'd to death.

The TJ is on the small side and the back seat is cramped. You can stuff 3 of your buddies in the back but most adults and some dogs will balk at even climbing in the back.

This is a much different vehicle than your e500 and a whole lot more fun. It's also not the best the vehicle to be driving 1000 miles back and forth when you go home. Good luck in your search.

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What degree are you pursuing?

If you're going to UCLA or UCI .. Keep the Mercedes.

USB or USD... trade the Mercedes for a Jeep.


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Thanks spinlock, that's helpful (non-sarcastically)
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I would look for the newest TJ (97-06) wrangler in you budget with the 4.0 engine. No I don't hate 4 bangers but they just don't do as well on the highway if you drive long distances. Also if you want an auto transmission the started putting the 4 speed in the 2003 models
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What degree are you pursuing?

If you're going to UCLA or UCI .. Keep the Mercedes.

USB or USD... trade the Mercedes for a Jeep.


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I'm majoring in Bioengineering. And now that I think about it those are pretty valid distinctions between the UCLA and UCI crowd compared to the UCSB and UCSD crowd haha.
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I'm majoring in Bioengineering. And now that I think about it those are pretty valid distinctions between the UCLA and UCI crowd compared to the UCSB and UCSD crowd haha.
Yep... very.

Surfboards and flip flops in SB and SD...

Philharmonic and Salvatore Ferragamo's in LA and Irvine..

Btw.. great major. Back it up with a MBA and you're in the money.

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Yep... very.

Surfboards and flip flops in SB and SD...

Philharmonic and Salvatore Ferragamo's in LA and Irvine..

Btw.. great major. Back it up with a MBA and you're in the money.

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I've been more familiar with the "Philharmonic and Ferragamo" game here in Portland, that's why I have the Benz in the first place, so I don't know how well I'd fit in around SB and SD.

And Backing Bio-eng up with a MBA is a great idea, that way I won't be a scientist without entrepreneurial skills....
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Yeah... the great thing about the west coast is everyone fits. Maybe it's time for a change?

Believe me, you don't want to be a scientist without a PhD or MBA... At least not in the corporate world. I've worked for one of the large medical instruments companies for 38 years.. the R&D scientists were always first to get cut.

Work your way up through management and you'll earn more quicker with much more security.

Or invent your own test instrument and make millions.

You saw what that high school kid did in his garage.. developed method for testing pancreatic cancer.

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Yeah... the great thing about the west coast is everyone fits. Maybe it's time for a change?

Believe me, you don't want to be a scientist without a PhD or MBA... At least not in the corporate world. I've worked for one of the large medical instruments companies for 38 years.. the R&D scientists were always first to get cut.

Work your way up through management and you'll earn more quicker with much more security.

Or invent your own test instrument and make millions.

You saw what that high school kid did in his garage.. developed method for testing pancreatic cancer.

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Yeah, that high school kid had a pretty amazing story, and all he had was his high school science teacher and a couple of scientists in the community to advise him.

I already plan on getting my PhD, but I like the idea of having an MBA as well. I want to eventually start my own research company, but I don't know much about starting a career in Bioengineering, especially because I'll be around 28 when I get my PhD which is 6 years of potential full-time employment somewhere. I'm interested in cancer research, artificial organ growth, stem cell research, biotechnology utilization, etc.

I wonder why the R&D scientists were first to be cut. Was it because the company didn't think their role was as important as others or because of something else?

And these days, it's impossible to avoid the corporate world.
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Hey guys! Great to finally be a part of the community! I've been browsing through these forums for months now and never got around to joining.

I'm in desperate need of your experienced opinions. I'm a senior in high school living in rainy Portland, Oregon, and I've had a 2003 Mercedes e500 sport for a year now. I'm going to college in California next year (Santa Barbara, San Diego, LA, or Irvine) and I really want to either keep my car, or sell it to buy a Wrangler (leaning more towards this decision).

I'm not sure even where to start, for example, I hear ya'll throwing out different terms for different models, like "TJ," "CT," "JK," and "CJ," and I'd be happy if you guys can help me understand what they are, and the differences between different models I can buy.

Also, I don't know if I want a 2-door or 4-door, but I'm leaning towards a 2-door. I definitely want to be able to put the top down, and ofcourse take the doors off, and I will be doing some mods in the future when I have one. I also want to be able to "comfortably fit"* four or five people (they can cram). So what's best for my situation?

I think I can sell my car for around $10,000, and I'm willing to spend an extra $2000 on buying the car, so what year and model is best?

*indicates a controversial term on this forum, so please no flame wars lol
OK - so really the only controversial term is "CAR". Jeeps are not cars, and when you call them one, a kitten dies - so the legend goes.

The 4 Door as others have said, is only available in the JK, 2007 and up I think. Even then the middle rear seat is pretty weak, so that person better be 105 pounds or less.

One of the awesome things about Jeeps - is you can rebuild them pretty much from the ground up. So find one that fits your budget and is mechanically sound, then enjoy, mod as your budget allows and allow plenty of extra money for fuel! Welcome to the forum - hope all goes well with school and your search for a Jeep!

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