I currently own an '08 KJ, but may soon have an opportunty to get a beautiful fully restored '82 CJ. I'm a college student and would love to make the switch, but I'm worried that it's not the wisest choice. Any opinions?
as a cj owner and enthusiast i say, "DON'T DO IT!!!" cj's are awesome, but most people, myself included, would not like them as a daily driver. if you are college student, you need a vehicle that is reliable and will start every time you turn the key. even a restored cj will be a pain in the arse for you. the cj will b much less fuel efficient, ride very rough, and they are borderline dangerous at highway speeds. do yourself a favor and keep the KJ and wait for another cj to come along that you can afford with out having to make it your only means of transportation.
x2^ The CJ's are nice, my neighbor has one on 40's. It's a nice jeep, but he constantly has issues with keeping it running. And in general, if you aren't familiar to Carbs, now is not the best time to learn. I've been around Carbed vehicles for quite awhile now, and sometimes getting them to start can be a pain. You're in Florida, so you don't have to worry about the cold weather like up North, but still. Especially with gas prices going up, right now would not be the best time to go to an even less fuel efficient vehicle.
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As the owner of two CJs and a Grand Cherokee, I'd also say don't do it.
Save that dream for a bit later in your life.
In the next few years you're going to live a chaotic life with lots of moving, strange new cities, a new job you need to get to every single day, and a cheap apartment with street parking. Have a car that helps stop some stress, not adds to it.
CJs are now old enough to be classic cars, with classic car problems. Long waits for parts. Everything breaks. Gas mileage is HORRIBLE. Practicality is nonexistent. Handling is horrendous in city traffic. Security is nonexistent.
CJs are like boats: tons of fun on the weekends, but basically space-takers that you toss a twenty dollar bill at every time you walk by.
This is the response I both feared and expected. The car would essentially be a trade as my dad just got it as a result of some work he did. The gas mileage was my biggest concern. Driving a car that already has less than perfect mpg (I meant KK, my mistake) makes me a bit reluctant to cut fuel economy in half. Anyway, I'll have all summer to drive it as my dad may keep it as a toy and he's at a better point in his life to have one, I guess...it is beautiful tho. (That's not me in the pic. Little bro)