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Old 06-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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i am looking to purchase my first car, but need some advice on doing so, i've been looking through different articles and reports on different styles of jeeps and i have fallen in love with the TJ. Right now i am currently looking at an '05, 2.4L version. i was wondering if you guys would be able to give me some advice on if the TJ is a good starter vehicle, and also give me the pros and cons!!
i need help and would love to hear your opinion!!

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Old 06-26-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Get a Ford Taurus as a first car....

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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I think a TJ would be a great first ride. Easy to park, good vehicle to learn about mechanical stuff on, pretty easy to work on, mileage isn't great, but not terrible either, you can take it off road, and I know the biggest and most important question my daughter had when she was looking for her first car was, "How do I look in it?" In a TJ, you'll always look good....

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Just so you know calling a Jeep a car is a big no-no on any Jeep site. I think a Jeep TJ would be a great first vehicle. I do wonder why you would want the 2.4L over the 4.0L though. They get about the same gas mileage. 97-06 are all TJ's. In 03 the auto tranny changed to a 4 speed tranny, but from what I have read most prefer the older 3 speed found in 97-02 models. Checking for rust is probably the biggest thing. Also most off roaders prefer automatics over sticks, but that is a real personal choice. What specific questions do you have?
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Go for it. I bought my daughter one and she loves it. I would opt for the 6 cylinder 4.0 also, but many people on here love their 4 banger. It's just a matter of what you like and can afford.
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For a First VEHICLE ya can't go wrong with a Jeep !
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1. Fun Fun Fun

2. You will look Good in it

3. It will teach you to NOT be intimated by your ride. You can fix and maintain it yourself for the most part.

4. You gain a whole Family of Jeep people who are cool and will help you out !

5. People will envy you ! Lol. No , Seriously ! Instacool !

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1. Fun Fun Fun

2. You will look Good in it

3. It will teach you to NOT be intimated by your ride. You can fix and maintain it yourself for the most part.

4. You gain a whole Family of Jeep people who are cool and will help you out !

5. People will envy you ! Lol. No , Seriously ! Instacool !

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Another pro that immediately comes to mind to have the TJ as your first vehicle is visibility. You can see all the way around the vehicle (hard top/soft top/no top) just by looking over your shoulder.

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We dont' have the best HVAC circulation. You will be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer (but at least you can drop the top & doors in the summer )

Also - I would STRONGLY encourage you to get a STOCK ride height TJ for your first vehicle. Jeeps don't slide, like long wheel base vehicles do, they roll. The good news is it comes with a factory roll cage If you get a jacked up jeep that someone did poorly, you will have a bad experience as an owner (drive line vibrations, high center of gravity, short wheel base). Please stick to stock, you will be MUCH happier in the long run.

I don't say that bit about rolling to scare you. --I'm just trying to be as honest as possible. If you drive carefully, defensively (avoid the usual "don'ts" like texting, partying, drinking, etc) you increase your chances of avoiding the "wrecked first vehicle" statistic.

Plus everyone else is right, Jeep as first vehicle = insta cool.

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I agree with the above: a jeep is a great first vehicle. No blind spots, easy to maneuver and park, plus the jeep community will always be available whenever help is needed. Benefits far outweigh the cons. Also, you'll have to try to roll a jeep.
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I say get a stick shift. The jeeps clutch is very forgiving compared to most and the torque of the 4.0L is enough for you to just let the clutch out slowly and get the vehicle rolling. I taught my niece how to drive stick in 10 minutes (basics) with my TJ 4.0L. Knowing how to drive stick is very valuable. And it intimidates guys who can't.
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I bought my son a '00 TJ Sport 4.0 5sp for his first car and he absolutely loves it. We got it in stock form and he drove it for 6 months like that. At Christmas we got him a set of 31s (taller tires). Now he is starting his first build and very excited. As stated above, I would buy stock to get used to it and driving in general. You will love rolling into school or work with the top down and the tunes up.
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I love love love my stock 2001 tj! 4.0L
kids love rolling top down...stereo blasting...
great first vehicle.
insta-cool is exactly right!
I have kids all over ask me questions about my jeep.
yes, a jeep is not a car.... LOL on that one
if you do an emergency lane change at 65, you might roll it. (I almost did)
my wife vowed to never ride with the top down, until she actually did, now she loves it too.
Easy fixing, although expensive.
Get pictures, plenty of them, have somebody who knows wranglers come with you to do your choosing.
if you feel any vibrations when you drive, take it to a professional and get an opinion, check repair costs.
Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #13
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Get the Jeep!! I still have my jeep that was my first car. Bought it when I was almost 15 and it hasn't let me down and I absolutely love it!
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #14
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go for it. i love my tj and would never drive anything else. but i gotta say (speaking from experience here) that the 2.4/2.5L jeeps have thier downfalls... mine used to have a 2.5 in it. i hated it once i put bigger tires on my jeep. and i went through a lot of money and trouble to swap in the bigger 4.0 engine. i have to say im much happier with the 4.0.

so, get a jeep! get a manual! if its got A/C - cool - if not - dont worry about it! get a 4.0L

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To give another opinion on the 2.5L. Mines a 4 banger with 33" mtr's on it and its fine around town and up to about 55 mph. Faster than that and it starts to suck but it'll do 70-75, you just gotta be patient. But remember, that's with tires that are 33" tall and 12.5" wide, much larger than stock. And you can regear the axles to avoid swapping an engine.
And offroad, the 2.5L is just as good as the 4.0L for probably 90% of people who wheel their jeeps. It's only when you get onto trails that are technical and tough trails that you'd see a difference in offroad performance. But good luck in your search!
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To give another opinion on the 2.5L. Mines a 4 banger with 33" mtr's on it and its fine around town and up to about 55 mph. Faster than that and it starts to suck but it'll do 70-75, you just gotta be patient. But remember, that's with tires that are 33" tall and 12.5" wide, much larger than stock. And you can regear the axles to avoid swapping an engine.
And offroad, the 2.5L is just as good as the 4.0L for probably 90% of people who wheel their jeeps. It's only when you get onto trails that are technical and tough trails that you'd see a difference in offroad performance. But good luck in your search!
i couldnt agree with you more. everything you said is the truth. with my old 2.5 i did fine offroad. but its also my DD, and i commute 600 miles from home to school a few times a year. going 65-70 a couple feet behind a box truck for 9 hours sucks. i just hated not even being able to get out of my own way.
i did look into regearing, but decided that for just a little more money i could swap in a 4.0. and i did. it took about a week, but i love it.

anyway, im sure you will be happy with whichever you get. just be sure to think about what you will be using your TJ for in the longrun. mine is not a trail-beast. i offroad it as often as i can, but its also my DD. so i justified the 4.0.

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jeep will serve you well as a first ride. especially a 4 cyl. the reason I say that is you will NEVER be busted for speeding. lol. my 97 2.5 is the best ride ive ever had and I wouldn't trade it or anything. I would say if you can afford a 4.0 get it since most first timers hate not having power. but around town the 2.4 will do you well. I highly recommend it.
when looking for one try to find one without any mods, check for rust, and look underneath for scrapes and dents in the crossmember or on the axles. this could be a sign of hard wheeling and abuse. it wouldn't deter me from buying one, but I'd rather buy one that hasn't been driven hard. especially a first rig.

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