Just joined the forum...seeking knowledge and wisdom from my fellow Jeepers!
I am a long-time Jeep driver - got my first used CJ when I turned 16, and have been hooked ever since. Funny story with that, actually. As you can imagine, my parents weren't too keen on the whole Jeep thing, but my Grandma said "Just let him get it, and he'll outgrow it soon enough." Ironically, that was the only thing that Grandma (God rest her Soul) ever got wrong. In fact, I still love my Jeep as much today as ever. "Go anywhere, do anything. Jeep." Yep, still holds true 30 years later!
So, I'm one of those Jeepers that's embraced the years of change and evolution. Here's a list of my Jeeps to date:
1978 CJ-7 Golden Eagle, Stock with an 8-cyl and 3-speed. Bought it used. Awesome vehicle...wish I still had it! Will always be my favorite - it was virually indestructible!
1985 CJ-7 Renegade, 6-cyl and auto. Bought it used. This one had a 2.5" lift, winch, bumpers, grill guard, and saw a lot of off-roading, including a tour in Germany courtesy of the US Army. Good vehicle, but it cost me a lot to maintain.
1987 Wrangler Sahara, 6-cyl and auto. Beautiful vehicle, bought it from my Brother. Great vehicle, but those square headlights just didn't seem right. Perhaps a little too nice for wheelin'.
1997 Wrangler Sahara, 6-cyl and auto. My first brand new Jeep. The TJs were a great improvement all around. Unfortunately, I had to sell it.
2000 Wrangler Sport, 6-cyl and 5-speed. My second new Jeep. It was a dandy - I really liked the Solar Yellow body color with all the black trim and other accessories. Sold it only after the odometer turned 120k...time for a new one!
2010 Wrangler JK Sport, 6-cyl and auto. My first JK; custom ordered with 1/2-doors and other options. I really like the improvements and refinements, but it does have a few nagging problems. Great vehicle so far, though. I would have to say that it has probably the best 4WD system of any Jeep to date (IMHO).
I continue to use my Jeep as a daily driver, but I also love to take it offroad as well. My JK has an ARB front bumper, MOPAR rock rails, and a Pure Jeep rear bumper for armor. An OME 2" lift is waiting in my living room for installation (too cold in the garage right now). Then it'll be time for some bigger tires and some new adventures!
So that's my history with Jeep. Still love 'em after all this time. As we all know, they are "rough around the edges," but there is nothing in world like a Jeep, right?
If you've ever interested in any advice or assistance with the older Jeeps, please let me know! I used to do all my own work and modications, so I know CJs and TJs really well!
I hope to see you on the trail sometime!