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Unread 09-02-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Cherokee or wrangler?

I'm about to buy a jeep and not sure what to get. A Cherokee or wrangler. I know wranglers are good for rock crawling and what not but I live in florida so there's really no mountains to crawl I would mostly be going through mud. I don't care about cargo room body style doors no doors roof no roof. I just want to know which is better for plowing through the mud and not getting stuck ( I'll obviously get stuck eventually but you get the point) I'm also not the wealthiest so price is kinda low

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Unread 09-02-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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in initial purchase, you dollar will go a lot further with an XJ (at least in AZ it did for me) but after market parts are a lot more plentiful for a wrangler, and a wrangler is a lot more mod friendly.

My recommendation is to figure out where you want to be in 5 years with your vehicle. look at pictures of what others have done, figure out what your "reasonable dream" would be, and buy in that direct line. If you do not, then you will always be chasing that, and spend a lot more money in the long run.

For me I wanted to fit my family (a wife and 3 kids) so that kinda forced me into an XJ, but also my dad had an XJ (85 with a 4 banger) when I was growing up, so I had very fond memories of that vehicle. and I love the look of a low cog cherokee with big tires. I am installing a 3.5" lift, which I do not plan on going bigger than but I hope to some day fit 33"s or even 35"s with some major axle upgrades (and a lot of trimming). that is my goal and my xj is exactly what I'm looking for.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 12:10 AM   #3
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Xj is cheapest to buy. If you plan on slogging it through the mud, it won't last you five years anyways. It will keep the most mud off you, but its harder to clean out. You can buy two or three XJs for the price of a YJ
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Unread 09-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #4
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Considering I have owned 2 cherokees, 1 comanche, and 2 wranglers over the last few years...

Your 16, on a budget, and want something to romp around in the mud with. Cherokee hands down. Cheap to buy, cheap to insure, cheap to mod.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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XJs are cheap and if you want to do well in mud get lockers and gears
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Unread 09-04-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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An XJ is the best buy. Look for a 98, 99, or 96 to get the best years. There's lots of info on this forum as to why, so I won't regurgitate all of that right now. What I found when I was shopping for Jeeps was that the Wranglers were running about 2 to 3 times as much as the XJs. The engine, transmissions, t-cases, and lifts are are comparable between the two vehicles, so it comes down to one thing: how much more are you willing to pay to be able to take the roof off?
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Unread 09-04-2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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my votes for the XJ- owned 2 wranglers, a cherokee and 2 grands... miss my XJ the most and honestly it wheeled better than my wrangler and was cheap to mod.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 12:04 PM   #8
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i prefer a wrangler. can't go wrong with either though.
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Unread 09-09-2014, 01:29 AM   #9
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I can tell you from experience, YJs and WJs aren't really cheap to modify. XJs however, are like everybody is saying... cheap. Think of it as an AK, plenty to go around, sturdy, and cheap to buy/maintain.

If I was on a tight budget and starting out into the Jeep thing all over again, I'd go 2 door XJ.
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Unread 09-10-2014, 12:26 PM   #10
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If by 'plowing through the mud and not getting stuck' you mean 'getting chicks to beg you for a ride', then I'd go wrangler.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 06:23 AM   #11
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For me I wouldn't want to build anything that wouldn't last for a long time. The Xj is a unibody and I just don't see it lasting as long. The only reason I would get a unibody vehicle is if it were going to get me 30+ mpg.

If both space and longevity are a concern than I would widen my search.

If longevity isn’t a concern for you than I wouldn’t worry about the unibody. If space isn’t a concern than for sure the Wrangler.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:02 AM   #12
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For me I wouldn't want to build anything that wouldn't last for a long time. The Xj is a unibody and I just don't see it lasting as long. The only reason I would get a unibody vehicle is if it were going to get me 30+ mpg.

If both space and longevity are a concern than I would widen my search.

If longevity isn’t a concern for you than I wouldn’t worry about the unibody. If space isn’t a concern than for sure the Wrangler.
So far my unit body has lasted 13 years with some small rocker rust and she loves playing in the mud and snow in the winter months. Its all how you take care of them not how they are built I see tj's in pa rot out faster than xj's.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 08:10 AM   #13
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So far my unit body has lasted 13 years with some small rocker rust and she loves playing in the mud and snow in the winter months. Its all how you take care of them not how they are built I see tj's in pa rot out faster than xj's.
Thirteen years isn't long. I am not talking about rust but the body itself coming apart. Not sure what is unique about PA that causes TJs to rot.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 08:05 AM   #14
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Thirteen years isn't long. I am not talking about rust but the body itself coming apart. Not sure what is unique about PA that causes TJs to rot.
Lots and lots of road salt and bad weather,after years of working in auto body and I very rarely have seen a unit body come apart flex a bit yes but not come apart.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 03:42 PM   #15
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Thirteen years isn't long. I am not talking about rust but the body itself coming apart.
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