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Old 09-23-2012, 01:00 PM
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Well I am not officially a newbie yet. It has always been a dream of mine since I was a kid to own a Jeep. Now I have an opportunity to get one but have no idea what to get. I live in NC where it is really hot in the summer, but rest of year isn't bad. When it rains it is a hurricane, but never rains more than an hour. So I need help as to what type of Jeep to get? I see people saying they have a TJ and I have no idea what that means. I know that I want a 4-door casue of my wife and son. What should I do? What do I do about rain and it getting in the Jeep? Are there special seat covers I can get or floor mats? Do I go hard top or soft? Also what are the differences in Sahara, Rubicon, and Sport? I have done some reading but thought that I would ask the real professionals, the ones who own and have owned Jeeps for years. I have heard from "professionals" that Jeeps always break down but have never met a person who has had a "lemon." How much upkeep do Jeeps require? A lot of questions but I appreciate anyone who can help me. I'm going to start looking next weekend for a Jeep.

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Old 09-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Hey man, I am from bc myself,(Winston Salem) but live I'm sc right now. I recently bought a jeep myself back in may. When people say TJ they mean the year model. TJs are the models before 2007-2013 before TJ was YJ and it was CJ before that. The TJs are awesome but if you want a 4 door it's gonna be a 2006 or newer. The Sahara and rubicon are all just package options. I have a sport which is baseline, but still awesome. They are all great though. As far a tops go, it's really your call man. I have a hard top an love it but, when it gets smoking hot and you wanna go topless it takes a little more effort and space to take it off and store it. Although you can remove the front 2 panels and just have the driver/ passenger exposed without the back. But if you do get caught in the elements you're suckin then. I would be glad to tell you anything else you would like to know a well.

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Old 09-23-2012, 01:09 PM   #3
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I meant NC not bc.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Wow, lots of questions and the Wramgler Forum is the best place for answers.
Overall Jeeps are good vehicles and Wranglers are in a class of their own. A Jeep requires no more upkeep than any other vehicle and you can modify them to siut your needs/wants.
Since the only 4-doors are JK models, I suggest you check out this area for more information:

JK Jeep Wrangler Forum - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Also, here is some general info on Jeep Wrangler history:

Up until 1986 the civilian Jeeps were given the CJ designation. From 1987 until now, the model designation has changed roughly every 10 years. The model's identifying letters don't really mean anything to anyone other than the manufacturer, but that hasn't stopped people putting words to the initials. There are many special editions of each model, but here are the basics.

Wrangler YJ = 1987–1995 (some people refer to it as the "Wide Jeep" because it is larger than all of the CJ models). They can be easily identified from the front by their square head lights.

Wrangler TJ = 1997–2006 (Some people call them the "Tough Jeep"). Additionally, from 2004-2006 they also made the Wrangler Unlimited (Also known as an LJ or "Long Jeep" because it is longer than standard TJ's much like a CJ-7 vs a CJ-5) They are easily identified from the front as they have round head lights their turn signals are square and are on the fenders.

Wrangler JK = 2007–Present. (Some "haters" say Jeep was "Just Kidding" when they made this model, but I prefer to call them the "Jeep King" ) From the start they made the Wrangler JK (2-door) and Wrangler Unlimited (4-door). Sometimes people refer to the 4-door JK as a JKU (JK Unlimited). They are easly identified from the front because they look similar to the olds Jeep CJ's in that the have round headlights with round turn signals under the headlights.


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Old 09-25-2012, 05:38 AM   #10
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Welcome to the world of Jeeps. It sounds like you might be concerned about getting a ragtop because of the rain in your area. I think you'll find that the ragtops do a good job of keeping the elements out.
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Thanks for all of the people who have responded. It has helped me out a bunch. And I will continue to be on here cause this weekend I am getting my Jeep!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:30 AM   #12
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Did you decide which model to get?
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:21 PM
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I bought a 2013 Sport Unlimited. Figured since I wasn't sure what I wanted I would just go base and add on from there. I am wondering if anyone knows where I can get some waterproof seat covers? I went with the soft top so that I can take it on and off myself.
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Everything you will ever want can be found on Quadratec.com but beware, it is highly addictive. Happy hunting and congrats on the jeep. Got any pics yet?
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Everything you will ever want can be found on Quadratec.com but beware, it is highly addictive. Happy hunting and congrats on the jeep. Got any pics yet?
Highly Addictive! As a former Newbie, I've had my YJ a year now, I have used this forum to answer a lot of questions. The search bar is your friend! Welcome also from W-S!
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