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schumy 08-03-2010 09:52 PM

Best model year TJ to buy, and which to avoid
 
Like the title says, what's the best model year Jeep to buy, and maybe what model (sport/rubicon)?

I will be lifting the vehicle and putting on at least 33s. It will be doing 75% pavement and 25% off-road.

And I just thought of it... What should i stay FAR FAR FAR away from :doh:.

nick50471 08-03-2010 09:55 PM

What can you afford?

if you can afford a 04-06 Rubi that would be a good choice.
If you can only afford 4-6k get a 97-99 Sport.

stay away from a 2.5l 4cyl. It is a good engine just not as much power as the 4.0.

djw97tj 08-03-2010 10:05 PM

i second that, stay away from the 2.5, im speaking from experience. There not "bad" they just really don't have enough power.

Ken Steele 08-03-2010 10:08 PM

There's no such thing as a bad year TJ, but Nick is right about staying away rom the 2.5. It just doesn't make enough power to push oversized tires on the highway. If you plan to wheel it, then a Dana 44 rear is a good option to look for. Rubicons have D44 front and rear. All LJs have a rear D44. It was an option for the rear on Sport models, but I don't know what year that started. And I think the D44 rear was standard on Sahara models starting around '01 or '02. But all year model TJs are well built and dependable.

InfernoGirl 08-03-2010 10:37 PM

Honestly, if you aren't going to wheel it that often, or that hard and money is an issue, a Sport or X with an I6 should be fine. If you have the $ then a Rubi is worth it, but not necessary. Sports and X's wheel just fine too, just maybe not as easily as a Rubi...

darin.1701 08-03-2010 10:49 PM

i would vote for the LJ (which i believe was only made in 04 and 05).

InfernoGirl 08-03-2010 11:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darin.1701 (Post 711734)
i would vote for the LJ (which i believe was only made in 04 and 05).

'04,'05 and '06..... Hard to find replacement top parts for them tho'....

secondhandloser 08-03-2010 11:24 PM

going newer doesn't hurt. Stay away from the 4 banger though...

greene91 08-04-2010 03:52 AM

try to find one with the lowest miles that you can, and I agree with staying away from the 2.5L

schumy 08-04-2010 07:07 AM

Thanks for your help guys! I'll look into the rubicon and LJ.

What should I look out for or pay close attention when going to inspect a TJ?

PTaylor 08-04-2010 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by schumy (Post 711862)
Thanks for your help guys! I'll look into the rubicon and LJ.

What should I look out for or pay close attention when going to inspect a TJ?

Rust underneath depending on where you buy it. Check the 4X4 to see how it shifts, if it works, etc...

An odd thing to check is to see if the seats flip up. Depending on year make and model. Just one of my pet peaves with the TJs.

Alignment and breaking. acceleration and any noises. underneath to see if anything is bent or loose.

Are you planning on installing new tires on those rims? Will they fit? Is there enough clearance? That question has been brought up many times so you might want to look at some of the past threads to see.

schumy 08-04-2010 07:56 AM

For the rims/tires I will be lifting the jeep and changing the wheels, so I should be ok as long as I do my homework and math beforehand.

I have to say... the TJ section is very helpful! So many replies in one evening. Thanks!!

PTaylor 08-04-2010 08:13 AM

check this out also:


Car Buying Tips - Jeep

http://www.righthanddrivejeeps.us/gu...-used-jeep.htm

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/thin...-yj-55099.html

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6070152AAWU0HT



There's a lot of members here that I'd like to see post things to check with good reasons for doing so.

530ktm 08-04-2010 08:30 AM

I could not answer your questions any better than all the above advise.


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