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Old 07-10-2007, 11:17 PM   #1
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cj vs tj-daily driver?

Looking to get a jeep real soon, still driving my f150.

So i'm either going to cough up lots of money to get a 00-06 tj and have to take out a loan to help pay for it (depending on the year) , or no loan and plan on getting a good condition cj7 for $5000-$6000. Then take whats left over and get a chev 350 dumped into it.


But i cant decide which to do since this will be my daily driver. I'm leaning toward the cj7 since i miss the hardcoreness of my old chev and i'm not the type of person that needs the newest ride on the block. I dont wanna be in debt, but im worried how the cj7 will be in the winter.

I mean do they hold heat well in the passenger compartment? How would the cj7 be as a daily driver?

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Get which ever one you will like the most. I have had both as daily drivers. I prefer the TJ as I was driving about 40 miles one way to work and it rides much nicer, has AC etc. The heater in my Cj was fine even with the soft top. Just when driving the CJ you never new what item may not be working that day, part of the fun really.

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Looking to get a jeep real soon, still driving my f150.

So i'm either going to cough up lots of money to get a 00-06 tj and have to take out a loan to help pay for it (depending on the year) , or no loan and plan on getting a good condition cj7 for $5000-$6000. Then take whats left over and get a chev 350 dumped into it.


But i cant decide which to do since this will be my daily driver. I'm leaning toward the cj7 since i miss the hardcoreness of my old chev and i'm not the type of person that needs the newest ride on the block. I dont wanna be in debt, but im worried how the cj7 will be in the winter.

I mean do they hold heat well in the passenger compartment? How would the cj7 be as a daily driver?
This is like comparing apples to oranges.In this case more along the lines of lunchboxes to chit boxes.
Your debating on DD a late model TJ against a mod'd(350) CJ and all your worried about is heat?
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Personally you should shop around for an early TJ. Why does it have to be 2000+? My 98 is a cherry and got it for pretty cheap.

Just search around abit never know what your going to find. Check craigs list.
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You could probably find a 97 or 98 TJ for less than what a nice CJ would cost.
97-98 TJ - $2,000
Vortec from a wreck (all components + computer) - $2,000
..and you'll still have $ left over for suspension or whatever...
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I would run a TJ if you have to travel any kind of distance.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:51 AM   #7
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You could probably find a 97 or 98 TJ for less than what a nice CJ would cost.
97-98 TJ - $2,000
Vortec from a wreck (all components + computer) - $2,000
..and you'll still have $ left over for suspension or whatever...
Wish my 98 had been that cheap! Mine came lots of stuff and was worth what I paid for it.. I stock 98 with no x-tras and in decent condition wont be to bad depending on where you live. Kbluebook for my area quotes private deals for about 9k for great condition.

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Wish my 98 had been that cheap! Mine came lots of stuff and was worth what I paid for it.. I stock 98 with no x-tras and in decent condition wont be to bad depending on where you live. Kbluebook for my area quotes private deals for about 9k for great condition.

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There's alot of variation in pricing of used vehicles. In the $2k - $3k range you're looking at a four cylinder with well over 100k miles. But if your intention is to replace the engine then you won't be needing a low mileage truck. Keep in mind you can also sell your old parts to recover costs..

Here is a TJ in NJ i just looked up for sale in that price range:

1998 Jeep Wrangler - $3500
This Wrangler has 170K, 5 speed, XM CD stereo with overhead sound bar. Tires, motor are good. Throw out bearing whines but it drives ok. Passenger fender is dented and grille is pushed in a little. Windshield is not repairable, needs replacement. On the good side, it is a fun Jeep to ride around in, soft top in good shape. And it's RED. Not one dollar less than $3500 will be accepted.

Levinoss - i'm sure your truck is much nicer than this one..

if you keep checking, eventually you will find someone trying to unload one for cheap.. a few weeks ago i saw a 97 TJ on craigslist for $2500, 4cyl, 130K+miles, soft top w/half doors...
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There's alot of variation in pricing of used vehicles. In the $2k - $3k range you're looking at a four cylinder with well over 100k miles. But if your intention is to replace the engine then you won't be needing a low mileage truck. Keep in mind you can also sell your old parts to recover costs..

Here is a TJ in NJ i just looked up for sale in that price range:

1998 Jeep Wrangler - $3500
This Wrangler has 170K, 5 speed, XM CD stereo with overhead sound bar. Tires, motor are good. Throw out bearing whines but it drives ok. Passenger fender is dented and grille is pushed in a little. Windshield is not repairable, needs replacement. On the good side, it is a fun Jeep to ride around in, soft top in good shape. And it's RED. Not one dollar less than $3500 will be accepted.

Levinoss - i'm sure your truck is much nicer than this one..

if you keep checking, eventually you will find someone trying to unload one for cheap.. a few weeks ago i saw a 97 TJ on craigslist for $2500, 4cyl, 130K+miles, soft top w/half doors...
My *Jeep* is much nicer, but I get your point, and if thats what he is looking for then 3grand is not a bad deal at all.

I searched far and wide for the "perfect" vehicle for what I wanted to use it for. DD/4x4 and what I found matched what I wanted to spend on a reliable DD'er with No needed repairs, which was the main thing, off roading is just a plus.

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I dont know where you guys are getting 97 tj's for $2000-3000! in the local truck trader here in Salt Lake City, Ut, lowest i can see is $9000. I cant even see a yj going for that little cash.
I checked the KBB for what you might find for a good buy.


And i dont mind repairing things on an old cj but i think on a tj, it would just piss me off since they arent that old yet. So i'd get a good condition one to try and avoid repairs.

If i'm going to pay 10,000+ for a tj (thats what they basically start at around here in decent condition), i may as well get a year or two newer for some of the changes they made like standardizing the 19 gallon fuel tank in '99.

And i was just using heat as an example on the cj.

I like working on vehicles but i do need this to be reliable. I am leaning more towards the cj. I haven't looked to close at those yet- since you cant go to the local dealer and see one just like that. So we'll see how good the "good condition" ones are.

btw. i drive about 160 miles a week.
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I was looking for a Jeep (until I found it), and was only looking to spend $13k, no more. When shopping I found that they are expensive new or old, and I didn't want an old vehicle I had to keep going. I'd rather have a new one w/ a warranty. I ended up spending more than originally planned but I couldn't be happier. I got a new Jeep. 06' but w/ no miles, so it's still new. As far as a commute like that, I'd say the TJ might be more reliable. As far as mine when it's 20 years old, I'll at least know everything about it, so it'll be easier to keep running for a long time. A CJ would be a fun project though...
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I dont know where you guys are getting 97 tj's for $2000-3000! in the local truck trader here in Salt Lake City, Ut, lowest i can see is $9000. I cant even see a yj going for that little cash.
I checked the KBB for what you might find for a good buy.


And i dont mind repairing things on an old cj but i think on a tj, it would just piss me off since they arent that old yet. So i'd get a good condition one to try and avoid repairs.

If i'm going to pay 10,000+ for a tj (thats what they basically start at around here in decent condition), i may as well get a year or two newer for some of the changes they made like standardizing the 19 gallon fuel tank in '99.

And i was just using heat as an example on the cj.

I like working on vehicles but i do need this to be reliable. I am leaning more towards the cj. I haven't looked to close at those yet- since you cant go to the local dealer and see one just like that. So we'll see how good the "good condition" ones are.

btw. i drive about 160 miles a week.
I was in the same position as you are last August.. I drove a 98 TJ for four years and when my lease was up (2002) i was given the option to purchase it for $10k. I though that was too much money and i could drive anything i wanted for that price..
I ended up buying a 1974 Landcruiser FJ40 ($3,500). I didn't know much about FJ's but as i quickly learned, i got ripped off bigtime. i had to put $5k plus into it over the next 3 years and it's still not my daily driver. I bought a Volvo 240 for $900 from a co-worker and that worked out fine for about 2 years until i got tired of fixing it.
I bought the 2003 TJ, certified pre-owned, and despite having some squabbles with the dealer over brake issues (and most recently finding out there was a brad stuck in my spare since i've had it) i still wouldn't drive anything else... except maybe a CJ (or YJ)...
BTW: 160 miles / week is about 8,320 miles / year... you would be well within lease mileage allowances..
If i were you, i would look for both CJ & TJ and get whatever one was the most reliable in that price range... some TJ's can be in worse shape than CJ's (barring rust)...

BTW: my twin brother had (p.o.s.) CJ when i had my TJ and he still sold it for what he paid for it..
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in would say if your getting the jeep for a DD then go for the TJ, if your getting it to look cool/ be cool then go for the CJ, the TJ will be WAY more comfortable, but more expensive

and you should be able to find TJ's for around $8K that are in pretty good shape, but then again a $8K CJ is a pretty good one if its sellingf or that much!
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Jeeps are amazing creatures, and they last forever. You really can't go wrong either way.
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Well, I will never lease a vehicle. Ever. But i am young (barely 20) so im thinking dont need any debt and i wont have the energy later in life for the old school stuff like this.

I have been looking at both in the ads, and test drove a good handfull of tj's at dealers but i've only rode as a passenger in the cj's (years ago).
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I dropped $5000 on my 97 TJ with 80k miles on it. No cruise, no a/c, and an automatic. For $5000 you may find a CJ, but you are prolly gonna find it with cancer because their values are really high for what they are. And why a V-8? The straight six will drag a 350 around like pulling a civic around.
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I agree with Walker I dropped 5k on my 98 with 80k on it with upgrades already on. I love it, if you take out the 2.5 and stick a 350 in that with upgraded axles I'm sure that you would be more than impressed (especially if you put a nice lift, tires, bumpers etc...) I'm pretty sure that if I had to do it again I wouldn't change my mind. gotta love that 4 coil suspension.
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cj vs tj, What about the yj? There are a few yj's around here in good shape that are selling at a decent price.
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i cant stand the square headlights on the yj.

and i'd only get the 350 in a cj. i'd keep the 4.0 in the tj.
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Sorry I'm really late, but what did you end up doing???
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I dropped 8k on my tj with 85k miles on it came with bumper, warn winch, kc lights new 33s on it and a sky jacker budget boost. I havent seen one cheaper than 9k. I think i got lucky. Its my dd and its great
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I dropped 8k on my tj with 85k miles on it came with bumper, warn winch, kc lights new 33s on it and a sky jacker budget boost. I havent seen one cheaper than 9k. I think i got lucky. Its my dd and its great
Wow congrats you got a real good deal. My grandpa bought me a 04 Jeep wrangler Tj for my 16th birthday. When he bought it, it had 60,000 miles on it and was bone stock. He payed $16,000 for it in 2011
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Wow congrats you got a real good deal. My grandpa bought me a 04 Jeep wrangler Tj for my 16th birthday. When he bought it, it had 60,000 miles on it and was bone stock. He payed $16,000 for it in 2011
2009 i paid 14k for a 2001 with 60000 miles ... jeeps def hold value but wow yeah you def got a deal
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I dropped $5000 on my 97 TJ with 80k miles on it. No cruise, no a/c, and an automatic. For $5000 you may find a CJ, but you are prolly gonna find it with cancer because their values are really high for what they are. And why a V-8? The straight six will drag a 350 around like pulling a civic around.
Are you joking??? My 350 will blow you out of the water any day!!!
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Are you joking??? My 350 will blow you out of the water any day!!!
Don't think he will see your post.

According to his profile he hasn't logged on here since 2010.
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Sorry I'm really late, but what did you end up doing???
Yep about 6 years late to be exact.....

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