it is a "6 in 1, half dozen in the other" kind of situation. which one do you like better (looks, features, mileage, etc.)? i have an 05, and i love it, but i would have loved an 03 just the same. when i bought my jeep in 05, there were 2 that i liked one was green with auto trans, the other orange with manual. i went with the green auto, but i sometimes kick myself for not going with the orange one (i LOVED the color). as long as you want a jeep (and except its short comings) you will be extremely happy with either choice.