For your budget if you shop around you can get a fairly nice Rubicon! I have owned 7 Wranglers; 1 YJ, 5 TJ's, and 1 JK. By far my favorite was my '03 or '04 Rubicon! Something about the Rubi just makes you feel invincible! Where you live, you get a fair amount of snow, so the axle lockers could certainly come in handy and be a lot of fun in the winter time. I hope this helps, if you have any other questions or need more advice feel free to private message me!