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KickGeo 06-21-2013 09:36 AM

New to Jeep: Input on Models/years
 
Hello,
I am new to Jeep and am looking for a good used Wrangler for my daughter. The climber/outdoor girl that she is, she will likely use it off road. Given my ecnomics, I will be looking for one 8+ years old. I am just seeking some good honest general feedback from you guys to help me get started in the right direction. Are there certain years or models to stay away from? Which ones have the best track record in your opinion? Knowing what you know, what should I look out for or be aware of? Any other tidbits that will help me begin research.
Many thanks, George (P.S. As I've started my search for her, I really wish I could get one!!)

jeepers29 06-21-2013 10:35 AM

Welcome to the forum. As far as I'm concerned the older TJ's is what I would look for, 97-02. I look at it as the more electronics on a vehicle, the more to go wrong. I have had very few problems with my 98. Happy hunting, and hope you get one as well.

KickGeo 06-21-2013 10:52 AM

Thanks Jeepers29!

Beastmaster 06-21-2013 10:53 AM

Given that this forum covers all Wranglers and CJs, you'll undoubtedly get allot of opinions. Generally there are no models or years to stay away from, but I have a few generic thoughts for what they are worth:

The model years you will be looking for, given your 8+ year requirement, will be all but the latest model, the JK
  • TJ 1997 - 2006
  • YJ 1987 - 1996
  • CJ 1944 - 1986
Unless you are willing and able to do the upkeep necessary for and older vehicle, I'd recommend you stick with a TJ.

There have been many special editions through out the years but there are 3 basic sub models.
  • Sport (also known as "X") is the basic model
  • Sahara is much like the sport but with more creature comforts inside
  • Rubicon is for the off road enthusiast and has many features to make it more capable
For a first vehicle, I'd recommend you stick with a sport model

hooper 06-22-2013 12:13 AM

If your looking for one with an automatic trans I would recommend a 2003 or newer. The years prior to 2003 were 3 speed auto without overdrive. If she plans on a lot of driving or road trips the engine won't rev as high plus better fuel economy.

Lithium Lotus 06-23-2013 01:03 AM

Even though this is a Wrangler forum, if she likes doing a lot of outdoors stuff, you might want to look into a pre-2000 Jeep Cherokee. She will have a lot more cargo room and four doors. They are a little cheaper then a same year Wrangler as well. The aftermarket is big for the Cherokee.

Jeep_Gypsy 06-23-2013 01:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Lithium Lotus (Post 3890369)
Even though this is a Wrangler forum, if she likes doing a lot of outdoors stuff, you might want to look into a pre-2000 Jeep Cherokee. She will have a lot more cargo room and four doors. They are a little cheaper then a same year Wrangler as well. The aftermarket is big for the Cherokee.

I second this but as an outdoors person and climber I have a YJ and its what I'd suggest. I've used mine for everything from hauling all the gear and crash pads to using it as a slackline anchor to hauling 8 kayaks to camping in/on it.

Jvs45 06-23-2013 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by KickGeo (Post 3885184)
Hello,
I am new to Jeep and am looking for a good used Wrangler for my daughter. The climber/outdoor girl that she is, she will likely use it off road. Given my ecnomics, I will be looking for one 8+ years old. I am just seeking some good honest general feedback from you guys to help me get started in the right direction. Are there certain years or models to stay away from? Which ones have the best track record in your opinion? Knowing what you know, what should I look out for or be aware of? Any other tidbits that will help me begin research.
Many thanks, George (P.S. As I've started my search for her, I really wish I could get one!!)

Sounds like your climber can use a rubicon model. They are made for the back country with knob tires rock rails and a larger rear end. Not a smooth rider on pavement but in the back country it's perfect, you could probably get a used stock model for 10 or 12K in good condition .


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