Thoughts on which Jeep to buy?
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I recently retired, and also recently had a motorcycle wreck. I am now thinking of buying a Jeep and taking up back-country exploration instead of motorcycling. It's a bit safer, plus the wife will go with me. Anyhow, I'm trying to decide between a 1997 or so Wrangler, which will easily fit my budget, or a similar vintage Rubicon model for roughly double the money.
I am strongly leaning toward the Rubicon models, but wonder if the extra cash is really warranted. Maybe I should go with a non-Rubicon model??
Here's where I'm leaning, and I would appreciate any thoughts from those who have traveled the same path. My Jeep would be for fun only, and would not be relied upon for daily transportation:
1. In-line 6 would serve me better than I-4, in case I need to tow my fishing boat (2,000 lbs.) 2. Tranny doesn't matter. I generally always prefer a stick; wife would prefer auto for the rare occasions when she drives.
3. Soft top would be better than hard top for my intended use.
4. Soft/half doors would be better for my off-road escapades.
5. The more robust drive line/suspension and other gear on the Rubicon is worth the added cost for my expected uses.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions.
If you can afford the cost of the Rubicon, that probably going to be your best bet.
In my personal case, I was looking for a daily driver that was going to see some sand and snow...my budget was what I had cash in hand for and the price of a Rubicon was not worth financing (avoiding a monthly payment) for me.
So the choice is going to be up to you and your situation. Which ever you decide, you are likely going to become a Jeep addict like most of us! :thumb:
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