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Old 12-10-2009, 09:02 PM
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College or Jeep?

Dont worry, im not actually deciding between college and a jeep, im doing both! Im in Kansas City and will be heading out in fall of '10 for college. At the moment i have a '01 Cavalier, and while it runs and works wonderfully, i cant stand it. I have had jeep lust as long as i can remember.
The first question i have is what jeep should i get? Obviously there will be lots of different opinions, but keep in mind that i will soon be a poor college student who needs to drive home every now and then. I understand that jeeps arent gas savers at all but i am willing to undertake that.
So, what is a good starter jeep that wont punish my wallet too much? Throw it out there, i need some direction.

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2.5 L jeep wrangler either a YJ or a TJ. It'll give you the true jeep feel a liberty can't :P

You should get a stick shift also. you can decide what fuel economy you'll get then

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Hey neighbor,
I would recommend a TJ with 4.0 6cyl. Stay away from the local used stealerships. Watch Craig's List and go out and drive a few. When I was shopping for mine I found alot of abused ones out there. Look for a nice bone stock one and take your time (and money) to trick it out the way YOU want it.
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i would suggest a 4cyl yj or tj. the tj will be a lot nicer and cost a little more.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:58 PM   #6
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You can haul more beer in a Cherokee.
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Welcome to the Forum. As stated above, take your time and you will find the right Jeep Wrangler!!! Personally I agree with HarleyHarv a 4.0L I-6 TJ is the way to go. But I am a little prejudice.
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what is the difference is a TJ and a YJ? Is it just the manufacturing years?
And wont a six cylinder make a pretty large difference in fuel economy? is it worth it?

Thanks for the comments!
And im looking at some colleges in iowa and nebraska, i am hoping to play some college football but dont quite have the size for D1. otherwise i would be all over KU!
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A YJ (square headlights) was made from 1987-1995
a TJ was made from 1997-2006
I would definitely go for the 6 cylinder (this is from another poor college student). There is more power and there is very little change in gas mileage.
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any thoughts or comments on those?
personally i would rather have a six, but my dad is pretty convinced that it would kill the mileage.
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I got my wrangler just before going off to college. I have a hard top I put on it during school so highway travel isn't a big pain. I tend to avoid the highway in the summer when my soft top is on. Gas is my biggest expenditure (yes, even more than beer.) But, I still love it to death and it is the perfect vehicle for me. Plus, and this is a big plus, it gets chicks. You will find in college a certain demographic of girls who have a "thing" for wranglers. But, that could very well just be the college I go to.

Anyway, my recommendation? A TJ with one of those bulletproof 4.0L 6 cyl. engines. Really can't go wrong there.
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2.5L are more prone to failures = \ yea you might get a little less gas mileage but heck that money youd save on gas might be spent on repairs
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Plus, and this is a big plus, it gets chicks. You will find in college a certain demographic of girls who have a "thing" for wranglers. But, that could very well just be the college I go to.
Couldn't agree with this more. Everywhere I go there is at least one girl that is like "you drive a wranglerrrrr?"

I'd say a YJ or TJ with either 2.5L or 4.0L. I have a 95 YJ w/ the 4cyl, and at 127,000 it's still running strong (for what it is).
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I went with the TJ 4 cyl. Why? It took me so long do find one that wasn't beat to death or built a way I didn't like. I looked for over a year, I'm just picky. It had to be clean, pretty much stock and definately not abused. I got one from a guy on craigslist who drove it to work, hardly any off road use, AND kept it in the garage so it the paint was like new. If you find one you like your also going to find another next week and the week after an so on and so on.
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what do you guys think of this one? he sent me some pictures of it but i cant figure out how to upload them.
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what do you guys think of this one? he sent me some pictures of it but i cant figure out how to upload them.
i would say try not to trust anyone make sure you have a good mechanic look it over then do a car fax
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what do you guys think of this one? he sent me some pictures of it but i cant figure out how to upload them.
Pass, has bad title of some kind, grinds in gears, has rear locker in a weak rear axle and big tires on a little engine.

Get a cherokee XJ.. 4 doors 20mpg, secure for stuff you leave in it and you can carry more stuff.. plus they are cheap, and most have AC.
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My vehicle in college was a shovel head and my other car was walking. So, I learned to ride in ALL weather. That being said, get a YJ/TJ lean toward the T/J most of the YJ's around here had been beat to snot long ago. Maybe not in your area ?? Watch CL and the corner supermarkets. Soft top is cheaper (normally) but colder. One thing to think about is security. You going to pack ALL your books for the entire day with you ? What about a split class schedule ? Point is, GET SOME WAY TO SECURE YOUR STUFF. I know, it sounds really crappy, but people will know you attend a class at certain time every day, for a give amount of time. Cars get jacked, stereo's anything and everything. Just throwing that out there. If you go with a rag top, buy a security box or do something to secure all your stuff during class or lab.
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I as well suggest a TJ (:
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i had a 4 cyl tj, too slow after you out a bunch of stuff and lift it, which you will want to do. i recently got a 6 cyl, couldnt be happier, much more power with not really any loss of gas milage at all.
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TJ... as new or as good of shape as you can afford for dependability.

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