Potential Jeep Owner Needing Advice
Hi guys. I'm pretty new to the forum so I'm gonna go ahead and apologize for anything out of line. I'm still learning forum etiquette. I also apologize if what I ask has already been covered. There's so much helpful info on here that it can be a little overwhelming if you're not looking for something specific.
I don't own a jeep yet, and never have. But I have wanted one for a long time. Unfortunately, depending on what way you look at it, I had some one total my Harley Sportster with me on it. I'll be ok, just have some bruised ribs. On the brighter side, I think I'm going to take the pay off value of the bike and throw toward the next adventure.
I've spent a bit of time on this sight (for info on the different models etc.) and looking around to see what's available in the area. I've pretty much decided that whichever I get, I want the 6 cyl and preferably 5 speed tranny. And I'm trying to find one as close to stock as possible. And 31x10.5 approx tire size. I'm in college and work so this will be a DD. Pretty much my only form of transportation. It'll also be used hunting, camping, etc. So, gas mpg is a concern for me. Not looking for 40 mpg, but anything under 14 mpg mixed isn't going to work (which is what I get in my Nissan Hardbody right now).
Now the part that I get stuck on and i guess what I'm getting down to is, I need advice on which to buy. I'm really torn between a CJ (5 or 7) and a TJ. I'm going to be limited to about $6k, maybe a bit more for initial purchase. I'm fairly good at doing things mechanical, or at least figuring them out once I get some grease on my hands. However, I'm not looking for something that I have to break into every weekend, unless it's planned. And I'm sure, if owning a jeep is anything like owning a bike, there will be plenty of those weekends.
What are some pros and cons of each? I love the older, no frills look and build of the CJs but is that going to be outweighed by maintenance? I'm all about picking up a project, but I honestly don't have time for a restore right now. Maybe I'm just looking for someone to convince me not to bight into more than I can chew... or convince me to jump in head first.
Sorry for the long introduction