My 17 year old son had been after me for years to buy a jeep. He would always kid about what color and type I would buy him if I ever won the lottery - -
Bought a 97 TJ back in March of 11. Actually bought it for my boys (3 - 2 are away in college so the one at home gets to benefit.) to share after the 17 yo totaled the other vehicle I had purchased for them.
So, after several weeks of teaching him how to drive a stick shift (5 speed) he came to me one evening and told me "Dad, I think I'm going to end up wrecking the Jeep and killing someone cause I can't drive a stick shift"
Seems he just couldn't get teh knack of finding the friction point for the clutch
So, now he's driving an '01 Yukon XL - and gas is eating his wallet.
Meanwhile wife and I have gotten to enjoy the top down, doors off and getting 20 smg (smiles per gallon)
I actually bought mine to replace my DD Hyundai Accent. It needed a full exhaust and steering rack, so rather than throw $2k+ at that thing, I decided to get the Wrangler I always wanted. $5k later I'm driving my 97 TJ.
I had a Sport in 93 that I had to sell in 97. In-between I drove a Grand Cherokee and a Liberty. I Always missed my Wrangler. I wanted to buy a new one for a long time. I was always worried about saving for retirement BUT this June I bought a totally loaded Rubicon when I found out I had Cancer. So now I drive to radiation every day with the top off and a big smile on my face. And yep, I wave at all Wranglers!
My wife has her 4-wheel SUV and I have my older Ford F250 with the big V8. I'll keep that truck garaged and ready for duty 'til it can't tow the line anymore .... but for playtime and family weekends the TJ is something we should have done years ago.
The 16 mpg is a windfall compared to the F250 and it's a ton more fun to drive. Yesterday afternoon when the sun came out, we loaded the cooler with Bud and broke out the Triscuits and Swiss Cheese while we traveled back roads for a couple of hours.
Just bought mine...about three weeks ago because a co-worker told me she was selling it and I could have the "home-boy hookup" (4K). Since then I have put about $1800 in just needed repairs and now doing a bunch of don't have to's but want to's.
I have been wanting a 4X4 for a Surf Fishing vehicle and decided to buy the jeep. Not sure it was a smart move considering the rust buckets they seem to be and my "home-boy hookup" doesn't seem to be such the great deal I thought it was. It is fun though and I haven't made it down to the beach yet but hopefully soon and that will make it all worth it.
Was going to buy another Harley this year as I sold my E Glide Classic a few years ago and miss being in the wind.
Unfortunately in May I had to have my rotator cuff reattached to my left shoulder which made another Harley ( at least this year) out of the question.
Having owned a CJ back in the early 80's and enjoying it with the top and doors off, I figured why not buy another Jeep, remove the top and doors, and get myself back into the wind on four wheels for now.
Presto, picked up the '02 Sahara and here we are...
Bought a 1990 YJ in 95. PO ragged the snot out of it. 4.1L carbbed POS. Spent the first year in the shop getting engine rebuilt only to have it STB 2 years later. Needless to say bought my 1998 in Feb of 99 with only 100 miles from test drives on it and still have it to this day now with 163,025 miles.
4.0L, 5spd, 4.25 Zone lift, Currie Anti-rock, Trutrac D30, D-locked D35 w/4.56 gears, MCE GEN I Flares, 33" Trxxus ATs, Engo 10K# winch, rear disc brake conversion.
My idea of help from the man above is a sniper on the roof.
We replaced our Cherokee with a 2007 JK Unlimited, hardtop, automatic. We sold my wifes Kia too and she drove the new Jeep. I drove our pickup. I had a 2001 TJ back before I owned the Cherokee. So after four years of driving automatics and rarely taking the top off the JK I went out in search of a clean 5 speed TJ. I bought a stock 2004 with 81,000 miles and I am loving driving again!
I bought mine to be two things: First, as an interim car between my Camry, which has 240K and my next car, probably an Outback; and second (maybe first), to have an open car in Summer again - I'm 68 and haven't had a droptop since I was 20.
Well, Summer's over, and I have every intention of keeping the Jeep, bouncy, topheavy, fuel-inefficient, cramped, and generally clunky though it is. I've put the Subaru on "back burner" pretty much indefinitely.
Never thought I could have so much LEGAL fun for the money. F'rinstance, in that recent "pre-season" snowstorm, the local road-crews did their usual "plow in their driveways" routine, and it felt GOOD to just drive right through the 2-foot windrow !!
Initially bought mine to be a fun, top down vehicle for the weekends, only. My other car is a sedan.
After my pups and I figured how much more fun it is to drive the Jeep, poor little sedan has lots of time in the garage. I'll be putting the hard top back on the Jeep soon, and the sedan will be almost permanently banned to the garage until I take the top back off the Jeep and need AC
i bought my jeep (just 3 days ago) cause i grew up in jeeps and i missed riding in them and i decided i wanted to own one now and i was tired of getting 4wd vehicles with IFS and them not being worth anything off road. So i bought a jeep!
Well, I bought the wife a 99 4cylinder 5 speed tj when we got married about 5 years ago buy made me trade it in about 3 yrs ago for a more family friendly vehicle( I wanted to keep it cuz I loved driving it). My DD was a 01 f350 4x4 7.3 diesel truck for 5 years, loved the truck just hated paying the fuel bill and rarely drove it after I got a smaller commuter(ranger). Paid it off earlier this year and decided it was time for me to get something with a backseat, 4wd, standard and have a/c so I could haul my daughters around with ease. Found an 04 jeep tj soft top 4.0 5 speed with 63k and looked like new. Went and test drove it and decided I wanted it. Been having fun ever since, I upgraded it with some Mickey Thompson black sidebiter wheels and 33x12.50 Cooper stt's, also just finished installing a Novak kit so it will stop kicking out of 4wd. Still have big plans for it, I have a list of things I want, it's just convincing the wife that the upgrades help is the problem.
My DD was a 2001 Silverado 2500HD Duramax that I use to pull our camper, so I decided I needed a more practical vehicle. Found a 97 Sport and couldn"t be happier.
pretty much the same cept mine's got the 8.1L, CC, long bed. had a daily 3 hr commute and the 2-3 fill ups a week were killing me. can't get rid of it but it's been deligated to towing duty. jeep still needed 2-3 fill ups a week(got different job now) but at less that 1/2 the gas tank it wasn't bad. now 1 fill up lasts me the week(week ends included) that's not even counting the fun. growing up, friend had a 49 willies in hi school. always wanted a jeep, just took 40 yrs to get it.
I got mine because the rust-bucket, hand-me-down, grandma Mercury Topaz wasn't impressing the women. The Jeep worked well in that department but for some reason my wife doesn't like my Jeep too much. Everytime I work on it she just rolls her eyes at me and calls me a redneck.
I got mine from my brother last June cause he needed a pickup for fishing,(he needed to tow his boat, and needed more room). He picked up a 2011 Ford F-150, and said I just had to pay off the rest of his Wrangler, and it was mine. $2000 left, it's a 2006 Wrangler 4.0L Golden Eagle(which is basically the Sport edition with decals on it, and a Dana 44 I think). I had the option to either get that or keep my 1997 Nissan Maxima with 212K on it. Clear decision I picked up the Jeep, and have loved it everyday since.
I had been driving many other vehicles before hand while learning to drive(santa fe, legacy, ram1500, and ford taurus) but I have always wanted either a 4wd offroad vehicle or something classy like a 76' impala. (im 16) I bought my 97' tj sport as my first car. After a few repairs, I can say that I will most likely never go back to driving anything that isn't standard, 4wd, and carries the jeep name (except maybe the impala). Its loud and bumpy and thats the way I like it. Besides the repairs I havent done any modifications, however I eventually plan to get a winch and lift kit someday.
I have always wanted a jeep, last March I bought a 04 Honda shadow to save a little on gas. My son gets his license next month, we looked all summer for a car in my budget just couldn't find one. So I decided to trade one summer toy for another and found a 2000 TJ sport with 74500 miles on it. all stock no a/c 6 cylinder 5 speed. I picked it up last Friday, threw my son the keys to the 99 zr2 blazer and we are both happy.
Location: Toledo, Oh (Where Jeeps are born THEN raised)
My grandfather bought me and my cousins a Power Wheel Jeep Wrangler when I was about 4, loved every minute in that thing. Friends had them in high school, also loved it. Just bought my 1999 Tj sport 4.0 5spd, drive it for work 8 hours guarenteed and every other day and still cant get enough of it. Forgot to mention my grandfather also retired form the old Parkway Plant in 1995, that had a little to do with it.
'Cuz im Mr. OOGIE BOOGIE and you ain't going NO WHERE.
Bought ours last December. I was looking at convertibles all summer wanting one. But never found one I liked. Snow was coming and the other half started bit..ing about driving her PT GT in the snow again. She won't drive my GMC Z71 as it is to "big" Started looking at another smaller 4 wheel drive. Looked at a Jeep Grand Cherokee going to work. Then started looking online and saw the Wrangler and thought "hey!!!! convertible with 4 wheel drive!!!!" Then we found a 97 sport for 5K and bought it. One day I know there will be another one in the drive way. She takes it ALL the time on me. I want my own!!!!
Just bought mine here a couple months ago ( first vehicle and im 19 lol ). Bought it because ive always loved Jeep Wranglers, so i saved for years and finally got what i wanted . and when i say saved i mean it i didnt spend a penny LOL!
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