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Old 05-13-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Which of these Wranglers would you rather buy?

First up is an 02 TJ with 90,000 miles on it for $10,500. It's very good condition. Here's a picture.

Then there is this 06 LJ with 103,000 miles on it for $11,900. Also is good condition. I would also buy a Trektop NX for it since it only has a hardtop. Here's a picture.

Right now I'm leaning towards the LJ since it has more space and a D44 in the rear.

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one vote for the LJ

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:38 AM   #3
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Definitely the LJ
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LJ,
If I had the $$ 04-06 Unlimited would be my purchase.
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Lj. It's got a dana 44.
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LJ. it's not even close
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:05 AM   #8
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I missed out on an LJ for $12000 the day I bought my TJ. As much as I love my Jeep I wish I would have held out for an LJ like the one you are looking at. I think there resale value will hold up well in the long run when they are embraced as the Scrambler of this generation. Is it an automatic?
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:14 AM   #9
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:31 AM   #10
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seriously booty nobody intelligent is going to say the tj over the lj. you should definitely get the lj.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:59 AM   #11
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seriously booty nobody intelligent is going to say the tj over the lj. you should definitely get the lj.
What he said...
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #12
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Yuuuuuuup lj...but I'm bias
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:56 AM   #13
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The LJ, most definitely. Your getting four more years on a newer version, so the resale value alone would make up the difference in the mileage and the $1400.00, more! :-)
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The best thing I ever did in my opinion was sell my TJ and buy my LJ.
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Well, somebody has to play devil's advocate. Let me put my hockey mask on for the onslaught to follow.

Being a fan of the Scrambler, years ago I traded my '04 TJ in for an LJ and had regrets ever since. It wasn't as "nimble" and I kept looking at other TJs and thinking what the hell. Oh, and the 180 miles on a tank of gas was a kick in the groin as well (not that I expect any Jeep to be good on gas, but damn).

Just .02 from someone who has been there.
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Lets say the Tj and Lj are the same year and mileage... what make the Lj that much better of a buy? I have never looked at or considered one so I am curious for future purchases.

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Old 05-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
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LJ. The wheels alone make up a fair amount of the difference in price.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #18
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Is an LJ really a Jeep? Just askin'
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Is an LJ really a Jeep? Just askin'
It says "jeep" on the front grill doesn't it??
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So does the liberty, but LJ is jeepjeep, no doubt. Start questioning the 4 doors now.
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Lets say the Tj and Lj are the same year and mileage... what make the Lj that much better of a buy? I have never looked at or considered one so I am curious for future purchases.

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Longer wheelbase and more interior space.. Whether that is better for you or not is merely preference as to A) whether or not you need the extra cargo space. AND B) Whether or not the longer wheelbase will be of help to you on the trail or hurt you. The longer wheel base is also said to create a slightly better on road ride

All LJ's come with a D44 rear. With the TJ you have to look for it
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #22
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LJ thanks to the d44. otherwise I don't like the color, the chrome inlay grill, or the hard top. but you can sell both of those, as for the color I hope you like white. Either way I don't think you can go wrong, so have fun
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #23
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LJ hands down. love the hardtop, color looks like silver. i am biased:
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Lets say the Tj and Lj are the same year and mileage... what make the Lj that much better of a buy? I have never looked at or considered one so I am curious for future purchases.

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They are just so much easier to drive... The handle better with the longer wheel base... I have both and id much rather drive the lj then the tj...
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Anybody got another mask???? While the LJ seems to be more desired....the point that would push me is the model year. The mileage is nothing to worry about IMO and the LJ is newer......but if they were same year same mileage same options both "stock"...I would prefer the TJ....I don't like the look or handling of the LJ...but it is just MY opinion...do what you want.

I by something to keep it not because I MIGHT make money if I decide to sell it.
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LJ dana 44 and the wheels make me like it lol
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Yeah I love my TJ - but a longer wheelbase would be nice. The wheelbase on the TJ is so short the front and back wheels hit the same bump at the same time. I miss my lil truck - I used to have an '88 longbed ranger that drove on the road better than the new ones due to the longer wheelbase. I spent more getting the engine rebuilt than I did on the truck just to keep it a while longer. LJ, for sure. It's newer and gives you a little more resale value if you need it.
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Me Personally would buy the TJ. I don like the look Of the LJ as much.
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LJ! but hey thats just me...
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:09 PM   #30
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Really depends on the trails your going to run. The LJ is a great price though and with it already having a D44, that is a plus.

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