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Old 04-14-2011, 07:18 PM
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Looking to buy a Jeep Wrangler style and wondering what the best year is? This would include use of standard oil, ease of changing, engines, etc. Also, are the backseats actually easily removable? That would be my only cargo area so ghat would be helpful. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Old 04-14-2011, 07:21 PM
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Looking to buy a Jeep Wrangler style and wondering what the best year is? This would include use of standard oil, ease of changing, engines, etc. Also, are the backseats actually easily removable? That would be my only cargo area so ghat would be helpful. Any thoughts? Thanks!
IMHO Jeep YJ's are a good bet for inexpensive, proven and have tons of parts available. 1989-1993 are best.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:49 PM
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What are you looking to do? I've had a YJ and liked it, but these days actually would prefer a Cherokee if it was more than just me. My best friend has a really nice Cherokee with a 4.5 inch suspension lift and 32 inch tires and it works really well and has room for his whole family. Personally I have a Suzuki Samurai, but the YJ or Cherokee are easier to get parts for.
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any year that does NOT have a minivan engine, traction and stability control and CV joints.
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american motors jeep > chrysler jeep
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:35 PM
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How much money do you want to spend? The JK is very nice, despite the comments above. I have over 35k miles w/o zero problems (other than avg 16 mpg). My friend has a CJ5 that he thinks is the best model ever (v-8). If you find a good condition Wrangler TJ or JK, I would choose whichever I could afford.
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Coil spring suspension, 4L I-6 engine, 5 sp manual. My 1999 TJ is very good.
The only jeep I do not like are the new mini van thing called a liberty.
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I haven't liked them since they stopped making the CJ's, had a 78 CJ-7 myself.

Would have went with a "5", if I couldn't find one. There was a good reason for the shorter wheel base, to squeeze through tighter spaces !
But lawyers screwed that up.
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Dittos 30WCF, I had an '83 CJ7. Loved it.
Old 04-15-2011, 12:25 PM
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I had a 2003 Wrangler Rubicon, it would go any where I pointed it. 0 problems in the seven years I owned it. The Rubicon has a pretty much unbreakable drive train with stock engine and tire size. The back seat took about 30 sec. to remove.
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Yes, the back seats just fold, then lift out.
"Standard oil"??? You can run Dino-oil in any Jeep, as far as I know.
Wranglers Pre-1997 used leaf spring suspension, and had generally had a sparser interior.
Wranglers post 1997 & up have coil spring suspension, and more of the 'creature comforts' that people have come to expect in their cars.
The I6 4.0L engines are very reliable. Wranglers do not do well on gas, 16-18mpg is normal. The more you mod them, the worse the mileage tends to be.
I would suggest joining a Jeep form if you're serious about buying one.
I'm on Jeepforum.com, and Wranglerforum.com.
I love my 99 Sport.
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IMHO the older the better. Jeep went to a "Gremlin" rear end in 1976 (junk). Before that they had Dana front and rear ends (much better). The older Jeeps are easier to work on too. They also don't have electronics, so EMP is no issue. I've had several old flat fenders, and a CJ-7 (1977). In the CJ-7 I replaced the "Gremlin" rear end with a Dana and changed out the front ring and pinion so that the front and rear matched. Had a 304 V8 in the CJ-7 (283 and 327 chevy engins is some of the older ones). They served me well and took me anywhere I wanted to go.

Just one old man's opinion.

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I enjoy my Mother's 2010 JK, Its lifted 3 inches, and 33 inch tires are in the mail. compared to the SAAB's i work on everyday, service is extremely easy. And the "mini van" engine has decent power and very few issues so far.
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IMHO, each generation of the Wrangler has been more capable than the one before it. However, you'll hear people complain about each new generation for various reasons - square headlights were the END OF JEEP AS WE KNOW IT, then purists thought coil springs were the END of Jeep, automatic transmissions were the end, a V6 spelled the end. It goes on and on. There are still people who think a CJ is the only "real" Jeep.

At the end of the day, each new generation has been more CAPABLE than the last. Put a stock JK up against a stock CJ off road and see what happens. That said, they can ALL be modified to be total beasts off road. Just get the most capable one you can afford and then work from there. Jeeps are BUILT, not bought...

Also remember what J.E.E.P. stands for: JUST EMPTY EVERY POCKET
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well, the end of decent vehicle was when they implemented airbags.

i do like the tj and with a brute aev conversion, that's instant love.


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IMHO, each generation of the Wrangler has been more capable than the one before it. However, you'll hear people complain about each new generation for various reasons - square headlights were the END OF JEEP AS WE KNOW IT, , then purists thought coil springs were the END of Jeep, then they thought a V6 spelled the end. It goes on and on. There are still people who think a CJ is the only "real" Jeep.

At the end of the day, each new generation has been more CAPABLE than the last. Put a stock JK up against a CJ off road and see what happens. That said, they can ALL be modified to be total beasts off road. Just get the most capable one you can afford and then work from there. Jeeps are BUILT, not bought...

Also remember what J.E.E.P. stands for: JUST EMPTY EVERY POCKET
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well, the end of decent vehicle was when they implemented airbags.

i do like the tj and with a brute aev conversion, that's instant love.
I'm with you. I don't like all the electronic do hickies that come with the new ones. Traction control, anti-lock brakes, hill assist, tire pressure sensors...I hate them all. They can all be overcome, turned off, wires cut, re-programmed though...

At the end of the day my JK is more capable than my TJ was...and there's more room for even bigger tires.
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70k miles on my 2004.

Zero hiccups what so ever.

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The best Jeep is the one in your price range that is modd'ed to fit your lifestyle and functionality.

Stock Jeeps are extremely capable, but every stock Jeep of every year can be improved, and the Jeep crowd do just that. I'd look for upgraded axles and drivetrain before worry about which model year, and suggest you take a look at the For Sale section of Pirate4x4 dot com. In this economic misery, Jeeps with $000s of upgrades and functional aftermarket parts are being sold for way less that the $ put into them.
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I want a Jeep. Badly.
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IMHO Jeep YJ's are a good bet for inexpensive, proven and have tons of parts available. 1989-1993 are best.
Hmmm... Be sure to swap out the rear axle for D44 or something other than that C clip D35 those came with.
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