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Old 01-15-2011, 10:43 AM
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Iíve been bit by the bug and thinking about a Wrangler lately. Not for what I see as the usual reasons, but more for the durability and apparent parts availability. My current daily driver is an ancient Honda Accord, supplemented with several motorcycles in warmer months. The Accord runs fine, but is starting to get the rust-through youíd expect on a 20+ year old unibody vehicle in the salted Midwest; another winter and it wonít have any value. So I started thinking about what vehicles out there are:
1. Simple
2. Relatively durable/reliable
3. Cheap
4. Easy to maintain
5. Has very good parts availability (OE or aftermarket)
There are a lot of choices that meet 4 of the 5 criteria, but as vehicles reach 20 the parts options become fewer and expensive. In college I had a buddy with a CJ and it occurred to me that it might meet my needs. It will be 99% in town miles running errands when the bikes are impractical. I have a 3 year old daughter so I need a back seat. I donít need off-road capability and I plan on keeping it more or less stock. After looking around here I think Iím looking for a YJ with fuel injection (4 cylinder or a 6 with MPFI), air would be nice because I understand the extra venting can be used to route heat when itís 20 below. A hardtop would be nice, especially when itís cold (can you tell it's cold as I write this?). Plus I think it would be great to have 4WD when it snows. Iím not in a hurry to get one so I will be patient waiting for the right one.

Is heat going to be an issue and if so is there an easy fix? Iíd appreciate any other suggestions on what I havenít thought of or what else might be an issue/should look for.

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Most people say that their heaters blow fire. That hasn''t been my experience this winter with my TJ, but I may have a blend door problem or something, as I have already backflushed my heater core. I think you will be happy with the amount of heat it produces.

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My heater works pretty good, when it isn't 20 below.....I have had ice on my shifter this winter up here. Brrrrrrrr
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Heat is definitely not an issue, but rust is. Check it out thoroughly before you buy. If you can give a little info on what you are looking to spend on your new ride, we can give you a better idea of your options. WARNING: Wranglers aren't just a means of getting from point A to point B, They're an addiction!!
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Yep, they better much covered it all. Welcome to WF!
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Thanks for the feedback. I've found a '90 in my "Under $2000" range. It's an auto with a 6 which I understand might be trouble. But it's a hardtop so that's a plus. Looking at it sometime this week if I can get out of work.
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Thanks for the feedback. I've found a '90 in my "Under $2000" range. It's an auto with a 6 which I understand might be trouble. But it's a hardtop so that's a plus. Looking at it sometime this week if I can get out of work.
Update: Sold the day was going to look at it. Glad I've got time to wait for another.
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