TJ or JK
Just sold my YJ and after deciding this 06 Unlimited rubicon http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/3810343181.html should be my next jeep, even if a bit pricy. Now I have realized a JK could be found in this price range. It has to be an unmolested Rubicon. When the JK with its V6 was first introduced, it was laughed at by some purists. Does the JK really get better mileage, how's reliability? I would need to get the TJ within the next few days since the guy hasn't gotten his price in 2 weeks and will sell to highest bid later this week? If I wait and let this one go, I'm sure I'll find something but I don't want to later regret not getting this one. I'm 67 and don't hang out with guys with jeeps so any comment is appreciated. I use a jeep to go camping and explore the Sierras.
93 4l, 5sp, 4"springs, SYE, CV drive shaft, 32" T/A KO's, DT3000's, reciever hitch
I owned a JK and I now own a TJ Rubicon. The JK is, well, horrid. The VSC is a constant aggravation going off in corners so much the tires cup. I tried to go to a larger tire and could not because the VSC became unpredictable and would sometimes go off when changing lanes and snatch the steering wheel. The engine was a gutless POC. No power and it began burning oil at 40,000 and stabilized it seems at 60,000 but still burned oil. The engine would not start sometimes unless I jiggled the shifter. The dash lights would occasionally all light up and go blank, the car would lurch and then everything return to normal. The top leaked bad. Lift kits, parts and accessories cost much more on average than for the TJ and as I said, unless you can defeat the VSC it is a challenge putting larger tires on the vehicle. The sheet metal is very thin. I think the front fenders (flanders) are hugely ugly. The door sill looks like a minivan entrance. The 2 dr, which I had, is too wide and out of proportion, the 4 door looks like a Model T, too long. I had engine work done to correct the oil burning, spent a ton of money trouble shooting the shifter jiggle, fixed it all and told it good bye. My new TJ is so much Jeepy, the JK is so much like a minivan.
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