XJ are simple to work on and build up. WJs have available V8s and are damn comfortable for daily use. If it was my only rig I would rock a mildly built WJ over an XJ for lighter trail duty. If your into harder core wheeling then the XJ is the better choice. can't really go wrong both are great rigs
I am trading in a sports car for a vehicle to be a DD but tear up trails and mud on the weekends with buddies. I have some family members who have had both and they loved the XJ. I think it may come down between the wj and xj as to had you rather have luxury or less luxury. That's my thinking. I am new to the jeep thing and I want to use it for both, but if it doesn't go through my weekends of wheeling then I dont want it. Thanks for the response!
Considering it's your first jeep to get into wheeling with, I would suggest an XJ. Things are that much simpler, it's lighter, and a lot cheaper. Plus you wont feel as bad if you get battle scars.
XJs are very simple to work on and being new to Jeeps you might need that. WJs are very comfy however. It really is up to how much wheeling you plan on doing. The more you go, the more youll want the XJ.
I've dealt with both, and will pick the XJ every time. The Grands have typical Chrysler electrical problems and transmission issues. XJs seem to be able to take more abuse, so I'd go for one of those unless you find a Grand that has been well taken care of.
I appreciate the help. BTW, awesome panda pic lol. I know you guys will hate to hear this, but it seems I might be getting a WJ soon with a v8. I know you all are xj guys, but I think the WJ is just going to fit my needs to the T. Thanks for all of your help!
XJ without a doubt my choice, I have has an XJ since '93 and have never had a more reliable vehicle. They are basically a YJ in an SUV format. They are so universal at home on road as well as on the trail. The XJ doesn't have as much room as the Grand though, but it makes up for it in performance. Easy to work on and to upgrade with more aftermarket kits for the XJ.
So I have been browsing and the wj's are pricy compared to the xj. I guess it is for comforts and not that it is an actual superior vehicle. Btw, so far, you guys and the gc people have been most friendly. I greatly appreciate that. I guess i like the look of the wj (curves lol). But I like the ruggedness look of the Cherokee. Guess they are called grand because of the luxury. I have a 2003 350z and I am going to law school or graduate school very soon, just waiting on acceptance letters basically. I will wheel only maybe 3 weekends a month, other than that it will be driven to the library and class. I will be camping some too. No family so the tons of room isn't needed. I will mod on a budget. Really want 35s, lift, suspension, etc. So my only concern is that it is older than my current vehicle. So should that factor in? Or is the xj superior on those weekends to make up for the lack of creature comforts and newness? Thanks.