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Old 09-20-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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Seeking Advice for a New (to me) Purchase

Im getting ready to purchase a Wrangler. This will be my first ever Jeep, or 4WD for that matter. It will be used mostly to do my daily 40 mi. round trip commute to work. Im looking forward to using it on dirt roads, but doubt that it will ever see any serious off-roading. Of course Id like to buy a new one, but in my price range I might have to go with a slightly used one. Dont want to spend over $24,000. Id like to get something in the middle between the high-end and low-end models, but I dont know which model that would be. Id appreciate any advice on which model that I should zero in on, ie; new base model, X, Sahara, Rubicon, My only must have is an auto trans (which may rule out a base model). Also wondering if there are any concerns between the newer v-6, and the pre-07 six.

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Old 09-20-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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No need to spend the extra on a Rubi, if you don't plan to seriously offroad, an X or sport model should suit your needs well. Both are quite capable in stock form offroad. Nothing wrong with the auto's, and I believe they are available in all models. Lots of folks like the ride of the longer wheelbase LJ (2 door unlimiteds) '05/'06 I think. I have a TJ and don't mind the ride at all, but I'm not really a sedan kind of girl . I don't know much about the JK's engine wise 3.8L I6 iirc. But I've heard nothing but good about the 4.0L I6 in the older Wranglers.

Welcome to the forum, good luck with your purchase, and don't forget to wave! Post some pics up when you buy one!

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Old 09-20-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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1.dont get a 4cyl
2. get a TJ(JK's are to regular car/suv like) 97-06
3. get a 6cyl
4.check for rust!!!
5. the 4.0 is the best motor jeep will ever make, yes the 3.8l has a little more horsepower, but you hve to reach very high RPM'S to get the extra HP while the 4.0 reaches it max at much more resnoble RPM'S
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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OK, I see now that the TJ are ’97-’06 and the JK are ’07 to current. I’m sure that I’d be fine with a JK and that’s what I hope to get, but judging by all the posts here in the TJ forum, sounds like I’ll be happy with low mileage TJ too.
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OK, I see now that the TJ are 97-06 and the JK are 07 to current. Im sure that Id be fine with a JK and thats what I hope to get, but judging by all the posts here in the TJ forum, sounds like Ill be happy with low mileage TJ too.
it is a matter of what you like and what you like the feel of. we jeep people bicker amongst ourselves (usually jokingly) about which style jeep is better. yj or cj, tj or yj, tj or jk, etc. the newer the jeep them more "creature comforts" it has. if you post this in the yj forum, the guys are going to say go with a yj, if you do it in the jk forum they are all going to say jk, and so on. the best thing you can do is pick out which styles are more appealing you, and then test drive those models.
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it is a matter of what you like and what you like the feel of. we jeep people bicker amongst ourselves (usually jokingly) about which style jeep is better. yj or cj, tj or yj, tj or jk, etc. the newer the jeep them more "creature comforts" it has. if you post this in the yj forum, the guys are going to say go with a yj, if you do it in the jk forum they are all going to say jk, and so on. the best thing you can do is pick out which styles are more appealing you, and then test drive those models.
That is some of the best advice EVER!
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:25 PM   #7
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Just remember to consider your fuel NON-economy for a 40 mile daily trip.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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Just remember to consider your fuel NON-economy for a 40 mile daily trip.
Definitely consider the mileage you are running. I drive about 40 miles a day, I am looking getting a gas friendly POS as a second car.
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it is a matter of what you like and what you like the feel of. we jeep people bicker amongst ourselves (usually jokingly) about which style jeep is better. yj or cj, tj or yj, tj or jk, etc. the newer the jeep them more "creature comforts" it has. if you post this in the yj forum, the guys are going to say go with a yj, if you do it in the jk forum they are all going to say jk, and so on. the best thing you can do is pick out which styles are more appealing you, and then test drive those models.
Tj's look the best and have everyting you need! They have just the right amount of updates without the new plastic POS feel of the ugly Jk. TJs are the best looking jeep made! J/k buy what you like. I do favor the tj looks. Also I don't like that they are using more plastic on the newer jeeps.
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ya i don't like the elephant ears on the jk.
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Tj's look the best and have everyting you need! They have just the right amount of updates without the new plastic POS feel of the ugly Jk. TJs are the best looking jeep made! J/k buy what you like. I do favor the tj looks. Also I don't like that they are using more plastic on the newer jeeps.
Tj's look like jeeps should(up and down grill,not slanted!!,mostly metal not cheap plastic,not 4 doors or extremly long,nothing against a scrambler though!) and have just enough comforts!! JK's dont look like jeeps anymore, I mean when i see a 4 door coming at me down the road I think its a HUmmer!! also the big stupid plastic fenders need to go!!!

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