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Old 01-03-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Need advice to buy new Wrangler

Hi All,

I am new to this forum and never owned a Wrangler but I am now thinking of buying one. I need some help in selecting the right wrangler for me. I am overwhelmed by the available options and packages for purchase. How should I proceed with my decision process on which wrangler is right for me? I am a novice to wrangler and would like to develop off road driving as my hobby.

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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A couple of questions you'll need to answer before you can begin.

What is your purchase budget. You can range anywhere between low $20k to high $50k range depending on model and options.

Will this be your daily driver or an addition to your fleet.

Do you need the unlimited (4 door) or not? Kids, young, old?

What part of the country do you reside? Forest/Service road trailing, mudding, rock crawling are all very different beasts and require different setups.

Knowing nothing except that you mention you'd like to develop this as a hobby (you don't even know if you'll like it), I'd recommend that you start reading up on this forum and start test driving Jeeps regularly. There are a lot of former Jeep owners that thought this was the ride for them only to learn (expensively) that too many of the creature comforts and technology benefits that are standard on other vehicles aren't even options on a Wrangler. Things like Homelink, etc.

Read up here, do your homework and get some seat time with dealerships. Read up on gear ratios so that you choose right. Think about what top(s) you want.

Read up on the forum (many others have asked this same question in the past), fill in some of the blanks above, and I'm sure you'll have more info than you'll want. Most importantly, make sure that a Jeep is what you'll be happy with and will accommodate your lifestyle before signing the dotted line.

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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If your buying it for an offroader/hobby and can afford it I would buy a Rubicon as it already has Dana 44's with lockers front and rear as well as a 4.1 T-Case. Now if you want to build from a base model consider the cost of axle replacements and a 4.1 Tcase upgrade kit before you make a choice. Then I think the gearing it is worth it to get the 4.10's from the factory as you can run up to a 35' tire and really not have a problem. The cost is so minor to get the 4.10's that I think it is a good option.
The rest of the differences are cosmetic in nature and comes down to what you like 2 or 4 door, hard or soft top. Plenty of threads to read on pros and cons to all of this.
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If you want to start it as a hobby....I would consider starting with a YJ or TJ as opposed to buying a brand new vehicle (unless you have deep pockets).
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If you want to start it as a hobby....I would consider starting with a YJ or TJ as opposed to buying a brand new vehicle (unless you have deep pockets).
As a guy who has spent WAY too much money on a classic car (65 goat), I can tell you that there is no better deal going in the classic car market than an old CJ. I routinely see classic CJ's on craigslist already converted to small block chevy, with good drivetrain components, solid bodies, and decent paint for $5k or thereabouts.

It is a good thing I am out of driveway space.
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As a guy who has spent WAY too much money on a classic car (65 goat), I can tell you that there is no better deal going in the classic car market than an old CJ. I routinely see classic CJ's on craigslist already converted to small block chevy, with good drivetrain components, solid bodies, and decent paint for $5k or thereabouts.

It is a good thing I am out of driveway space.
Hmmmm...
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Hmmmm...
To be fair, I live in Spokane and there are quite a few rust-free classics in the high desert rain shadow of the Cascades. I don't know how likely you are to find something like that on the east coast.

Although I can imagine worse things than a road trip in a classic CJ from eastern WA or Oregon back east, through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and whichever Dakota you prefer.

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