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1) I know this is a YJ forum
2) I'm keeping my YJ
3) My wife wants something more civilized due to back, and now neck, injuries
4) I'm wanting pro and cons of each
 

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A great part of your decision will depend on your budget.
If a mid sized pick up will fit your needs, think about a Gladiator.
If a 4 door vehicle will work better, then a JK or JL might work.
If the budget is tight, a TJ is the Jeep for you.

A low miles TJ in "perfect" condition might compare cost wise to a JK with more miles and normal wear. In that case, I'd go with the TJ. I prefer the straight 6 to the next gen V6 engines. The newer V6 engines seem to be a bit less problematic, but a newer JK will cost more.
They all have their little glitches. You can ask in the TJ, JK, JL and JT forums what to expect and what to look out for.

I know this is a Wrangler form and I might get flamed, but have you considered a 4 Runner? If you're just looking for a reliable and comfortable vehicle with 4wd that can be a good grocery getter and still take all the gear camping, the 4 Runner is hard to beat.

Keep us posted on what you get for Mrs. Jarhead. Many of us have SOs that aren't getting any younger, so we could end up in the same situation that you're in now.

Good Luck, L.M.
 

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Since you already have a Wrangler (the YJ), I'd probably lean toward the 4dr JK. I think my JKU is a more comfortable ride than the two previous TJs I had.


If budget is a concern and she wants some comfort, then I would recommend a Grand Cherokee. Same room as a JKU but a lot cheaper, plus the GCs offered something the Wranglers never did......a V8. I like the 4Runners too (ducks under the table).
 

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Back and neck discomfort....

I would think that besides seat comfort, a smaller rig may be able to get into and out of parking spots easier, into and out of easier, less maneuvering to see blind spots. My ex had a Grand Cherokee, it was ok comfort. Maybe even consider a Patriot? Liberty?
 

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For back and neck injuries I'd say neither...
More refined 4x4 on road, gm silverado, tahoe, suburban, etc
More refined top down around town, convertible car....
More refined off road, grand cherokee...
 

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TJ's are just as uncomfortable as YJ's and the JK is just a Fiat Bus, get a 4runner.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

@agalloch, your reply was much kinder than I anticipated.

We also have a 2015 Tundra Double Cab, which is quite comfortable. We want to stay Jeep for a variety of reasons.
 

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I just bought myself a used toyota matrix. That's what I drive to keep my back feeling good throughout my work week. I could've gotten a TJ.... but why buy a revised version of something I already own? The TJ will ride better but not worth the price tag. Spend 3k on a used sedan, it'll save you money in gas, ride better and allow you to be comfortable. That's what I did. Keep in mind im running possibly the softest suspension setup a YJ could have. I too have a back injury from my army days. My girlfriend loves the toyota, 30 mpg, we can a actually talk while we're on the freeway and ice cold AC. Costs me $50 to insure.
 

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As long as You keep the YJ, get the Wife whatever she wants. I sometimes have to "Suffer" with driving her Accord. Soft seats, Nice stereo and Good A/C are a pain to put up with, but I manage to muddle through.

Happy Wife, Happy Life.
 

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We want to stay Jeep for a variety of reasons.
If back/neck injury is a concern, and you want to stay in the Jeep family, look at Grand Cherokees. TJs are almost as rough as YJs on the suspension front. JKs are softer than TJs, but still bounce you around more than most other vehicles on the road. Plus the driving position and stepping over the tub lip for entry/egress is not as ergonomic as most vehicles.

My dad has been a Jeep guy since an ~87 Cherokee, and a Grand Cherokee guy since the '93 ZJ. I don't think he's ever traded one in with less than 150k miles, and even then it was just to get into something newer, not mechanical failure. They're much more comfortable than a JK, similar fuel economy, and reasonably capable in rough conditions. They're not rock crawlers, but they can handle snow and unmaintained fire roads.

I think the last one he traded had 264k on the original driveline.
 

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^Agreed, wife has been through '96 Cherokee, '98 G.C. and lastly 06 G.C. before a minivan and most recently her Accord, mostly due to the size of the family, she always enjoyed the Jeeps for the ability to go wherever she needed to go. Mostly to meet up with me on outdoor outings, Camping for her these days requires indoor plumbing, showers and nothing resembling an air mattress, Back in the day she follow my anywhere that didn't make her butt pucker, All our Cherokee's filled the bill for that admirably. She is even thinking about going back to a newer G.C. over the Honda in self-defense on the Freeway because of all the Yahoo's out there these Days. Always had a great sense of security in her G.C.
 
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