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Old 07-20-2005, 06:52 AM
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Talk me out of trading in my YJ for a 2005! PLEASE!!

I have a 95 YJ, 132000 miles and going strong. I just purchased it (my first jeep) about 3 months ago, and I am in love. My husband calls it my tent on wheels... sort of affectionately. Bottom line is I have 2 small daughters that he would rather have in a bit more comfort than my YJ. It's only a 4cyl (only manual trans I could get my hands on) and the A/C works but, might as well not even get turned on due to it's lack of power... The engine lacks power as well... But I could replace that right?

I need to figure out exactly what benefits I would get with a new wrangler... Can I achieve the same upgrading my YJ??
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Well, a newer used wrangler 97- to present with a 6cyl will of course have way more power.Price wise your looking at 8-15k depending on year, condition, location, miles etc. It will ride much nicer on the street, AC works nice, etc To upgrade your YJ you would need to replace both the engine and the trany. You could upgrade to some better riding springs, but I think you would be better off spending that money towards a newer jeep.

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Thanks for the input... I have not even been brave enough to test drive a newer model... I'm pretty sure there will be no turning back if I get to see in person all of the improvements!
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I hear you on the test drive.. going to most likey get our 2nd one this weekend...
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Yeah, I have to agree with 4Jeepn. Sounds like for what you are looking for the TJ is going to better suit you. YJ's are great and you can pick them up cheap and modify them pretty easily, but if you have kids and need the A/C and only have the 4 banger then the cost of upgrading all of that is going to be greater than the worth. Most people that engine swap in a YJ are going to the same engine in the TJ or a V8 of some kind. Throw in the Tranny and Tcase changes along with the computer and wiring setup and you are talking a bit more than a shade tree mechanic job.

Oh, and you will love the ride of a stock TJ when you drive one.
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If you can afford a brand new jeep, go for it. I won't part with my YJ for anything though.

Maybe you could keep your YJ and get you a another vehicle to haul the kids around in.

As long as you have a Jeep, you're doing good.
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Sorry, but as the owner of 2 YJs and 1 TJ, I say trade it in, employee priceing is not to be missed.
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Sorry, but as the owner of 2 YJs and 1 TJ, I say trade it in, employee priceing is not to be missed.
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They'll get you somewhere in the end.
As a dealership employee, I would not bother to purchace a car now, why should I when everyone else gets the same price I do. It will go away eventually.
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As a dealership employee, I would not bother to purchace a car now, why should I when everyone else gets the same price I do. It will go away eventually.

So is all this employee discount thing for real? I thought it was just a gimmick. You seem a little more straight forward than a salesman. I betting that's not what you do. What's the scoop on all the employee discount stuff going on? More than that, what's the point. Is there a drop in sales they are trying to battle?
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So is all this employee discount thing for real? I thought it was just a gimmick. You seem a little more straight forward than a salesman. I betting that's not what you do. What's the scoop on all the employee discount stuff going on? More than that, what's the point. Is there a drop in sales they are trying to battle?
GM definitely did it to spike sales. They are hurting pretty bad. But the spike that they caused in GM vehicles started hitting home with Ford and DC so they followed suit to not be left out in the cold.
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As the owner of many previous CJs, one TJ, and now a YJ I'd suggest that for what you seem to be needing I'd recommend looking at a 6 cyl TJ. They're a bit more plush on the interior, good A/C, and much smoother ride. As for the JK....I'm not a fan of any of them to be honest. As for my YJ - I'm a fan of the carry over from the CJs....easy to work on and parts available everywhere.
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trade it in on a 6 cylinder tj
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Cough... the original post is 12 years old
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This is hilarious.
Wonder what the OP did?
By now she probably traded her YJ for a JK, kids have graduated, so she's back to a YJ.
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they say things happen for a reason... I believe this post may have resurfaced for my needs. I desperately want to find another 1993 Green Sahara like I used to have. I sold it to buy my wife's wedding ring. I also sold it because I was driving 6 hours round trip every weekend and the suspension made me want to puke. Maybe this post was to tell me it is okay to buy a Jeep without square headlights.
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Even though this was a mega necro-bump, it's worth continuing a good discussion. I think anyone who goes in buying a YJ before they do some research could be a bit disappointed.

We love them because of the 'old school' factor. You take a current 16 year old and they just can't appreciate it like some of us can (not saying they can't appreciate a YJ though of course...and it's a great starter Jeep for a teenager who is in to learning how to work on things).

I love the sound of the horn, love the front quarter windows on the hard door, love that you can mod them so easily (added a 'headlights on when you open the door' alert on mine for $5.00 and about 15 minutes of time)...all things in common with a bunch of the cars and trucks that were the norm when I was a teenager.

If one isn't in it for those kinds of things, go for a newer one! I have a 16 JKU and love it for the 'comfort' (relative term), but love the YJ too.
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Even though this was a mega necro-bump, it's worth continuing a good discussion. I think anyone who goes in buying a YJ before they do some research could be a bit disappointed.

We love them because of the 'old school' factor. You take a current 16 year old and they just can't appreciate it like some of us can (not saying they can't appreciate a YJ though of course...and it's a great starter Jeep for a teenager who is in to learning how to work on things).

I love the sound of the horn, love the front quarter windows on the hard door, love that you can mod them so easily (added a 'headlights on when you open the door' alert on mine for $5.00 and about 15 minutes of time)...all things in common with a bunch of the cars and trucks that were the norm when I was a teenager.

If one isn't in it for those kinds of things, go for a newer one! I have a 16 JKU and love it for the 'comfort' (relative term), but love the YJ too.
Personally I love them BECAUSE they're old school. The way things use to be made (old school), things were made to be fixed because we knew they would break. Today's manufacturers also know that things will break; however, they make things unrepairable or only repairable by the OEM. It's all about sucking the pockets of the consumer dry.

Personally, I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy fixing something that breaks on their Jeep (and they will break) in 30 minutes by themselves. But maybe I'm different that most Jeep owners of today. I do know I'm different in the sense that I understand the Jeep wave and understand the phrase "It's a Jeep thing". I didn't buy my Jeep as a SUV substitute or grocery getter. I bought it for the flexibility that's offered by a Jeep. It's my 4 wheel motorcycle and my "get outta town" vehicle.

Having said all that, I'm sure everyone knows by now that I'm an old school Jeeper. I love the CJ, YJ, & TJ (although I don't like the additional plastics). I can relate to some owners of JKs & JKUs (mostly modded) although I don't want to spend an hour trying to figure out how something is removed to change a light bulb. But - to each his own. I'll still wave at all real Jeepers.

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