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Old 04-12-2010, 09:19 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I have a few questions about my next venture in life. My family is considering buying a Wrangler to have some fun in. We are looking at about $10,000 for a nice manual transmission Jeep to tool around in. It will be a daily driver for us as my wife and I both have to get to work but we figured we might as well have a nice ride getting there.

Biggest concern is my four year old daughter. Wondering about safety and all. I don't know anything about Jeep other that the Wranglers look like so much fun to drive. We will be using for camping trips and running around on the weekends as well as daily work transport.

Any help you could provide on year models and trim as well as fun "add-ons" would be most appreciated. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:42 AM   #2
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if you want a jeep with a few more goodies for the family, the JK '07+ would be the way to go, but also the TJ which is '97-'06 are also great models. Anything below the Tj will not have airbags so you may want to stick away from those since you have a 4 year old. Fun add ons are bumpers, lift, bigger tires. You can find any part for a wrangler that you need or wanna upgrade to something else. Its a very addicting thing after awhile and is a lot of fun! Good luck and hope you love it once you find one!

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:45 AM   #3
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Oh, sorry forgot about your price range, then definitely the TJ is gonna be the way to go. A JK will be a pretty penny since they are so new still.
'04 TJ X, 5.5" lift, 33's, locked front. smittybuilt 10k winch.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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In your price range, you'll be looking at TJ's most likely. They are very much fun and plenty safe, as safe as anything else out there, just use common sense, same as any other vehicle... You and your family are sure to love it, nothing like having a convertible 4x4 Loads of fun to drive, not every modern convenience known to man, but TJ's are plenty comfortable for daily driving. If you will be wanting to go topless often, I'd recommend a soft top, easier up/down, no storage problems. Half doors are great too, if you can find them. Many Jeepers keep a carseat for their little ones and the kids love riding in the Jeep! Take some test drives, top down to get a feel for the wind, keep in mind, just like every other convertible the back seat is a lot windier than the front, so pony tails will be in order Ball caps and sunglasses help too...

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:03 AM   #5
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Thank you all for all of your responses, sorry for the delay in posting again. I found a possible Wrangler but I am having trouble getting pricing info for it. It is a 1987 Wrangler (YJ) With a 4.2 L engine, 5 speed manual, with a hard top and full doors. 126000 miles and the owner wants 3995.00. How does this sound as far a price for an 87. Thanks again.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:16 AM   #6
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I know most will agree but some always disagree but the YJ's ride ruffer then the TJs due to the new suspension. YJs have the leaf springs and TJs of coils.

I picked up my 97 TJ for 5 grand

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