Best model year TJ to buy, and which to avoid - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 20
Best model year TJ to buy, and which to avoid

Like the title says, what's the best model year Jeep to buy, and maybe what model (sport/rubicon)?

I will be lifting the vehicle and putting on at least 33s. It will be doing 75% pavement and 25% off-road.

And I just thought of it... What should i stay FAR FAR FAR away from .

schumy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
nick50471's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Bushwood Country Club
Posts: 13,888
What can you afford?

if you can afford a 04-06 Rubi that would be a good choice.
If you can only afford 4-6k get a 97-99 Sport.

stay away from a 2.5l 4cyl. It is a good engine just not as much power as the 4.0.

__________________
License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
nick50471 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
djw97tj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Castalia, N.C.
Posts: 304
i second that, stay away from the 2.5, im speaking from experience. There not "bad" they just really don't have enough power.
djw97tj is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 10:08 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Ken Steele's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fallbrook
Posts: 128
There's no such thing as a bad year TJ, but Nick is right about staying away rom the 2.5. It just doesn't make enough power to push oversized tires on the highway. If you plan to wheel it, then a Dana 44 rear is a good option to look for. Rubicons have D44 front and rear. All LJs have a rear D44. It was an option for the rear on Sport models, but I don't know what year that started. And I think the D44 rear was standard on Sahara models starting around '01 or '02. But all year model TJs are well built and dependable.
Ken Steele is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 10:37 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
InfernoGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newburgh IN
Posts: 11,419
Honestly, if you aren't going to wheel it that often, or that hard and money is an issue, a Sport or X with an I6 should be fine. If you have the $ then a Rubi is worth it, but not necessary. Sports and X's wheel just fine too, just maybe not as easily as a Rubi...
__________________

Dirty Mudder column covers|

'01 Wrangler Sport, Sienna Pearl Mine
'07 Rubicon 2D, Flame Red His
'11 Wrangler Sport 4D, Black Ours...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kate View Post
Not every girl, is a Jeep girl. We're a special breed.
InfernoGirl is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 10:49 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California (Inland Empire)
Posts: 341
i would vote for the LJ (which i believe was only made in 04 and 05).
darin.1701 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 11:18 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
InfernoGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newburgh IN
Posts: 11,419
Quote:
Originally Posted by darin.1701 View Post
i would vote for the LJ (which i believe was only made in 04 and 05).
'04,'05 and '06..... Hard to find replacement top parts for them tho'....
__________________

Dirty Mudder column covers|

'01 Wrangler Sport, Sienna Pearl Mine
'07 Rubicon 2D, Flame Red His
'11 Wrangler Sport 4D, Black Ours...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kate View Post
Not every girl, is a Jeep girl. We're a special breed.
InfernoGirl is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2010, 11:24 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 30
going newer doesn't hurt. Stay away from the 4 banger though...
secondhandloser is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 03:52 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
greene91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Parrish, FL
Posts: 156
try to find one with the lowest miles that you can, and I agree with staying away from the 2.5L
__________________
GO STEELERS!!

'99 TJ Sport, 4.0L
greene91 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 07:07 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 20
Thanks for your help guys! I'll look into the rubicon and LJ.

What should I look out for or pay close attention when going to inspect a TJ?
schumy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 07:34 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
PTaylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 718
Quote:
Originally Posted by schumy View Post
Thanks for your help guys! I'll look into the rubicon and LJ.

What should I look out for or pay close attention when going to inspect a TJ?
Rust underneath depending on where you buy it. Check the 4X4 to see how it shifts, if it works, etc...

An odd thing to check is to see if the seats flip up. Depending on year make and model. Just one of my pet peaves with the TJs.

Alignment and breaking. acceleration and any noises. underneath to see if anything is bent or loose.

Are you planning on installing new tires on those rims? Will they fit? Is there enough clearance? That question has been brought up many times so you might want to look at some of the past threads to see.
PTaylor is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 07:56 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 20
For the rims/tires I will be lifting the jeep and changing the wheels, so I should be ok as long as I do my homework and math beforehand.

I have to say... the TJ section is very helpful! So many replies in one evening. Thanks!!
schumy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 08:13 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
PTaylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 718
check this out also:


Car Buying Tips - Jeep

http://www.righthanddrivejeeps.us/gu...-used-jeep.htm

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/thin...-yj-55099.html

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6070152AAWU0HT



There's a lot of members here that I'd like to see post things to check with good reasons for doing so.
PTaylor is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2010, 08:30 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
530ktm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 3,705
Images: 3
I could not answer your questions any better than all the above advise.

530ktm is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:39 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC