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Unread 11-12-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
Treleaven
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Want a Jeep again...what to do?

So near the end of May I got rid of my Jeep ZJ and picked up a 02 Jetta TDI. The fuel efficiency is rediculous but now that snow is here and the forest roads are looking extremely fun, I am craving another Jeep. I am hoping to find something under $1500 as it will only really be used on the weekends in the bush minus the pavement traveling to the bush. I really enjoyed my ZJ and how capable it was, but I am also intrigued with XJ's and WJ's.

Is there anyone who has owned all or driven all who can compare the quality, comfort, maintenance, price of upgrades, and capability?

It will be used in terrain in British Columbia so no boulder crawling or dunes. Mostly forest roads with snow and the odd washout here or there.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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I'd say stay with Grand Cherokee. I've had three ZJ's and one WJ. I've never owned an XJ before but I have wheeled a couple. For me it just came to body style preference and the extra room in the Grands.

I browsed your local Craigslist for ZJ's under 1500. You have a pretty good selection of Jeeps.

In fact here is a Niner.
http://bellingham.craigslist.org/cto/4131444438.html
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Unread 11-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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I have a JKUR, XJ, and my wife drives a WJ. I love them all. The XJ is probably the cheapest all the way around tho. Fixing and upgrading
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Unread 11-15-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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We are leaning more towards the WJ. It has a bit newer styling and with a little effort it can look pretty beefy, not to mention the spare tire is hidden with the WJ and not taking up tonnes of room in the cargo area and also doesn't require a spare holder on the back adding excess unwanted weight.
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