I want to get a Jeep. I want to customize it, I want to ride it hard, and I have a couple questions.
I understand there is differences between the TJ and a new JKU. I'm not asking for a specifications comparison. I want some wisdom from the experienced Jeeper's on things that may be considered common knowledge.
I want to make this baby my own, make it mean looking, and of course I intend to use it to it's full potential. I understand a JKU will cost a pretty penny and I have heard rumor that mods/upgrades/ect. are very costly, however it will be more reliable being that it's new, hopefully. Whereas, a TJ will be half the price giving me MUCH more cash for mods/upgrades/ect. What I'm worried about though is the fact that I will be purchasing an older vehicle that may or may not have been beat up pretty good by previous owner(s), or that it might break down more often resulting in more repair fees making me ultimately breaking even with a JKU.
I am a bit spoiled by my 2000 Toyota Camry LE V6 in the fact that it drives smooth and pretty quick and all you have to do is change the oil and go. I don't really care that the jeep is basically the polar opposite and that's kind of the point(in comfort and speed I mean), but a smoother riding JKU vs the TJ would definitely be welcomed.
I am single, no dependents, so I could care less about a back seat. However, thinking logically, I do want a family one day and purchasing a JKU now might save me money in the long run because I wont have to sell and purchase a new jeep plus mods later on.
As you can see I'm pretty much in the middle on this one, and I think either one would be an absolute blast. So I'm asking for your opinions, biased or not. Why would you go with one and why wouldn't you go with the other? Do you have any good/bad experiences going either route? What are things I should be mindful of when determining which Jeep to buy? Also, can you make either one sound mean/aggressive with an aftermarket exhaust system?
Things I plan to have done to Jeep:
33" Tires and good rims
LED Headlights and spotlights
Maybe some engine work for extra HP(don't know much about that right now)
New metal front bumper(maybe one of those rock crawling bumpers)
New metal Rear bumper
Metal mesh behind grill
[That's all I can think of right now]
I'm really hoping for a good read and I LOVE learning about Jeeps, so please share some wisdom with me.