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Hey guys i am new here. I plan on buying a jeep which will be my first vehicle (im only 15). been saving up for a long time and finally that shall pay off. I need to find which model will fit my needs. I need something to be a daily driver but also to take me a friend or 2 and some dirt bikes to hollister or carnegie for riding. also a little wheeling. I know jeeps towing capacity i have all math done on what i plan on towing. I plan on offroading the wrangler but no heavy duty things because as i have stated i need something to drive myself to school or work. so yea i need kind of a dual purpose jeep. and one that i can put a back seat in. more cargo space the better. thanks all. oh yea $8000 spending limit
 

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not that important...school is a mile away and only real trek i will be taking is a 2 hour trip once a month or so to hollister. or along haul (no more than a 4 hour deal) to a camping spot. i also have a motorcycle i will be using to be a gas saver. the jeep will be for offroading, hauling my dirtbikes and stuff to go camping. some friends, and in the winter or raining. so yea if i need to cut back on gas take the bike but for things i need a vehicle with than my jeep is the tool of choice.
 

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I drive a four door. Love it so much. Only put a 3 1/2" bds lift on it with 36" tires. Fun in the woods n stuff. Rides a little different. Love the extra space over the 2 door.
 

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A couple of different ideas.

If you are able to take on a little bit of a car payment, look for something in the 8K - 10K range. Put 4K or 5K down with the rest set back for incidentals.

Or, if you can't take on a payment, look for something in the 4K to 5K range with the rest set back for incidentals.

Either way, you will be looking at a relatively high mileage Jeep but you've got a little bit of padding should something need to be fixed.

One way you may be able to save some money is to get a Wrangler with the 4 cylinder. I know it's not the most fantastic motor, especially if you're a gear head but they are generally cheaper than the equivilant 6 cylinder and from what I've heard, the 4 cylinder with a standard trans and the right gears is still a pretty capable rig.

I don't recommend going all in on your first rig. Leave some money in the bank for just in case stuff and give it about a 6 month to a year long shake down just to make sure that there aren't any big ticket problems before you start dumping a lot of money into mods.

Found these within about 150 miles of Hollister (assuming CA):

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=101073472&listingRecNum=0&criteria=prMx%3D8000%26sf1Dir%3DDESC%26prMn%3D0%26mkId%3D20021%26stkTyp%3DU%26mdId%3D22306%26rd%3D150%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId-pseudoPrice%26zc%3D95023%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dprice%26sf2Nm%3Dmiles%26isDealerGrouping%3Dfalse%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national&listType=1

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detai...pp=50&feedSegId=28705&aff=national&listType=1

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detai...pp=50&feedSegId=28705&aff=national&listType=1

Another item that may work for you:

Bikerjunk.com Item 14383541 - Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier Ramp

Trailer Hitch Mounted Dirt Bike Carrier - Carries 2 Bikes - Raises and Lowers Oldenkamp Hitch Cargo Carrier RHDC2

http://www.powersportsplace.com/sea...s/part-type/motorcycle-racks-receiver-mounted

Best of luck and welcome to Jeeping (if this is your first step) and to the forum.
 

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i honestly have found plenty of jeeps on craigslist with all under 100000 local. It's not finding one that's the problem in my opinion and none really look in bad condition. Also the 4 door wrangler is wwaaaay out of my price range. Ive been finding plenty of yj's and tj's. I just don't know which would be the best to go light wheeling than drive her back home and go to school the next day. Tj? YJ? is the cj most reliable? i am new to the jeep world so i don't know most features on them what to look out for and so on. And im definitely not getting a 4 banger, i despise them unless it has quite the bit of things done to it. I am located in east bay area CA. I am also fine with wrenching on things kind of my hobby. Also i appreciate the listings you pulled up and the dirt bike hitch carrier. I plan on getting a light enclosed trailer. but i may also pick up one of those. i dont know what kind of spacing i'll have.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/3320862882.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/3335209343.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/3357761133.html

some i just pulled up in a quick search.
 

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If you get a well kept Jeep, any of the three can be as reliable as the others.

One thing to keep in mind, the 88 and 89 are more than likely carburated though which can bring other headaches.

Unfortunately, my experience on the older Wranglers is limited to my short time in the mid 90's working at a Jeep dealer. My current JK is the first one I have owned. Definitely check in on the more specific model forums for more detailed information as there may be some issues that aren't readily visible.
 

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Flyingpunchtotheface said:
i honestly have found plenty of jeeps on craigslist with all under 100000 local. It's not finding one that's the problem in my opinion and none really look in bad condition. Also the 4 door wrangler is wwaaaay out of my price range. Ive been finding plenty of yj's and tj's. I just don't know which would be the best to go light wheeling than drive her back home and go to school the next day. Tj? YJ? is the cj most reliable? i am new to the jeep world so i don't know most features on them what to look out for and so on. And im definitely not getting a 4 banger, i despise them unless it has quite the bit of things done to it. I am located in east bay area CA. I am also fine with wrenching on things kind of my hobby. Also i appreciate the listings you pulled up and the dirt bike hitch carrier. I plan on getting a light enclosed trailer. but i may also pick up one of those. i dont know what kind of spacing i'll have.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/3320862882.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/3335209343.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/3357761133.html

some i just pulled up in a quick search.
As far as getting the most jeep for your money, I would recommend a tj. I know im somewhat biased, but very briefly the cj is a tank for reliability but they are getting to the point where they are restored and worth 15-20k or they are complete rust buckets. They also will not have AC or conventional heat. As for the YJ. The YJ is a great rig but I've always had two problems with it. The leaf spring suspension and carbureted 4.2. They are also getting to a point where the whole fleet so to speak is getting aged. For the TJ. There are still a lot of TJs in the market that are lower milage and not rusted out. It is true that the 4 bangers are cheaper and that they are somewhat gutless at highway speeds but all the tj 4 banger guys who have them do like them. It is possible to find a 4.0 for the right price, you just might have to look longer/further. In my opinion the tj is the right combination of modern convenience and rugged durability. No offense to you jk guys but I can't imagine spending 30-40k for a jeep. What I recommend is to test drive all three and decide. There are plenty of threads on this site on what to look for/over when looking at a new rig. Good luck without your search.



Edit: the first post that you listed is for a rio grande with a 4.0 i4. The rio grande was a dressed up se and came with a 2.5 (I believe) not 4.0 i4.
 

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thanks for the advice lando and i have plenty of time to find a rig, Tj it is. Are there any things i should look out for when i go to check one out?
 
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