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Unread 04-05-2005, 09:16 AM   #1
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Looking into getting a jeep--need advice

Well I知 off to college (miami of ohio) in a few short months and between the price of college and the car payments, I知 really digging deep into their pockets. My parents haven't asked me to sell the car but I really want to help them out. It think it would be a really nice gesture help, sorta thanking them for all the -=-=-=-= they've had to deal with. Plus, I don't want to take the R32 to college cause the weather and kids will take a huge toll on the car. So with that said, I知 looking into a cheaper beater-car to take to college that will reduce payments, on both the car itself and insurance, and be capable in -=-=-=-=ty weather that may come. I知 looking into getting a late 90's jeep Cherokee or wrangler but I need advise on what years, engines, body styles, etc. to look at/stay away from. And because I mod everything I own, a jeep that I can mod out.


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What jeep (Cherokee/wrangler) should I get to replace the R32, while reducing payments and giving me flexibility in moding.

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Unread 04-05-2005, 09:57 AM   #2
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Not a Jeep, but a used Honda would fit your needs. Cheap. Cheap to insure (just get liability coverage). Reliable. Cheap to fix. Front wheel drive.

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Unread 04-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #3
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if it had to be a jeep what would it be?
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Unread 04-05-2005, 11:07 AM   #4
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i think he is asking wat jeep. not which car. wouldn't the AWD R32 be nice in the winter though?

u can find a used TJ Wrangler ('97 and up) now for around $10k. make sure u get 4.0L engine and then the 5 sp mannual (if yea like mannual trannies) w/ FULL DOORS. <----- i think those ought to be the things u should look for.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 11:07 AM   #5
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Ok, so I have no idea what an R32 is, so I don't know what you got.
For cheap, go Cherokee
For style, go Wrangler
For College, go practical

Mid 90's Cherokee for about $2500 with some life still in it.
Carry more friends, more beer, more security than a Wrangler
and it has more room for naughty in the back.

Wranglers at college are like fat girls at flea market. Everywhere you look.

but until the Cherokee is built, it's total "geek" factor
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Unread 04-05-2005, 11:13 AM   #6
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VW R32 = a beefed up GTI with 245 hp, AWD, w/some nice *** seats, and a 6 spd tranny.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 04:31 PM   #7
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Ok, so I have no idea what an R32 is, so I don't know what you got.
For cheap, go Cherokee
For style, go Wrangler
For College, go practical

Mid 90's Cherokee for about $2500 with some life still in it.
Carry more friends, more beer, more security than a Wrangler
and it has more room for naughty in the back.

Wranglers at college are like fat girls at flea market. Everywhere you look.

but until the Cherokee is built, it's total "geek" factor
AGREED! that's so true. yeah i need the extra space for hockey -=-=-=-= and friends. i really like hooked up cherokees. what engines do the XJ's have?
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Unread 04-05-2005, 04:33 PM   #8
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i think he is asking wat jeep. not which car. wouldn't the AWD R32 be nice in the winter though?

u can find a used TJ Wrangler ('97 and up) now for around $10k. make sure u get 4.0L engine and then the 5 sp mannual (if yea like mannual trannies) w/ FULL DOORS. <----- i think those ought to be the things u should look for.
yeah untill the snow is over 3 inches, then it becomes an awd snow plow with nice *** seats.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 04:43 PM   #9
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AGREED! that's so true. yeah i need the extra space for hockey -=-=-=-= and friends. i really like hooked up cherokees. what engines do the XJ's have?
As far as I know the only engine on that Jeep that you would want is the 4.0L I6. They made a 2.9(?) V6 a while back so I am not sure when they stopped making that engine but it was a good thing they no longer make it

The 4.0L is a great engine, runs forever and very durable in my experiences with it.

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Unread 04-05-2005, 06:04 PM   #10
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The 4 cyl is actually an option - easier on the pocketbook if you're buying used. The 6 is nice but it's not a necessity. I have the 4 and I'm quite happy...
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Unread 04-05-2005, 06:26 PM   #11
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yeah i think i'll go with the 4.0 I-six.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 06:29 PM   #12
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Where in bethesda are you? Do you go to BCC(I do)? This is Ben(bulk if you know me from crew), junior and obviously, on crew. If you have any questions on jeeps whatever just approach me during school. Also WTF is an R32? Who is this, what senior are you? Get back to me or IM me at thebulkinator on AIM.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 11:01 PM   #14
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Gotta be carfeul when you buy used. Something can go wrong, like a cracked radiator, or a bad transmission, or a multitude of random things that just happen when the miles accumulate.

I hear you when you say you are on a $$ contsraint. At least you recognize it, unlike other people who buy new 300C's and then have them inpounded 5 months later cuz they cant make the payments....

But if you have a steady job at college, even if it's 20 hours a week--- you should buy a new vehicle with minimal options and then trade it in for something you really want when you graduate and get a real job.

See if you can go to a GM Chevy dealer and see if they have any Blazer's left. GM is practically giving away their model year SUV's at 1/2 price. Just get the basics--- AC, 4WD, power locks, ABS, nothing unnecessary like sunroof etc.

If you want to get a Jeep though I would suggest either a Wrangler or Liberty 4 banger with minimal options. Although your best avenue would be to get a Liberty Sport 3.7L 4WD with no options. THey have great reliability rankings and are on the low side of insurance.

If you must buy used--- like you said, a Cherokee would be the best way to go. Good luck.
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Where in bethesda are you? Do you go to BCC(I do)? This is Ben(bulk if you know me from crew), junior and obviously, on crew. If you have any questions on jeeps whatever just approach me during school. Also WTF is an R32? Who is this, what senior are you? Get back to me or IM me at thebulkinator on AIM.
i go to landon. and this is an r32...mine. like it was said earlier... 240hp, AWD, 6-speed, *****in seats, and other stuff.
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