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post #16 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 04:55 PM
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Not to disuade you from a CJ, but maybe you would be better served with a newer vehicle. The newest CJ is 27 years old at this point. Even the Mopar MPFI system on this particular Jeep is a 20 year old design. If you are not going to be doing any of the eventual repairs yourself, you may want to look for something that has OBDII. This is a universal diagnostic protocol that all vehicle manufacturers have been required to incorporate into their powertrain management systems since 1996. All modern mechanics will be familiar with this diagnostic system.

In addition, the 4.0 HO engine available in all Jeeps from 1993 to 2006 will have more power and (probably) better fuel efficiency as well.

I'm sure you can find a pretty rugged looking TJ that is well within your budget.

Again, not trying to talk you out of your heart's desire, just providing some more food for thought...
I think SLO_Ken makes a good point here. If you're not able to wrench on it yourself, and it's going to be your daily driver, you ought to at least consider a TJ.

I too, am partial to the CJ-7, as that was my first car. And while I sometimes get nostalgic and wish I still had it, my LJ (TJ Unlimited, in case you're unfamiliar) is superior in almost every way - safety, fuel economy, reliability, etc...

By all means - get the CJ-7 if your heart is set on it. I'd be pretty stoked if I got one again too. Just trying to offer a nickle's worth of free advice. Feel free to ignore it.


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post #17 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Not to disuade you from a CJ, but maybe you would be better served with a newer vehicle. The newest CJ is 27 years old at this point. Even the Mopar MPFI system on this particular Jeep is a 20 year old design. If you are not going to be doing any of the eventual repairs yourself, you may want to look for something that has OBDII. This is a universal diagnostic protocol that all vehicle manufacturers have been required to incorporate into their powertrain management systems since 1996. All modern mechanics will be familiar with this diagnostic system.

In addition, the 4.0 HO engine available in all Jeeps from 1993 to 2006 will have more power and (probably) better fuel economy as well.

I'm sure you can find a pretty rugged looking TJ that is well within your budget.

Again, not trying to talk you out of your heart's desire, just providing some more food for thought...

It's ok, this is the sort of response I need. I get a little carried away in my excitement. I'm not against doing repairs myself within reason, I am not going to buy welding equipment for instance, and I am willing to pay for maintenance by a professional. I know if I go with a later model there will always be the needling "what if" in the back of my head and I'll regret not taking the risk. But now when things go wrong, I'll be thinking "SLO_Ken warned me!!!" :P
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I think SLO_Ken makes a good point here. If you're not able to wrench on it yourself, and it's going to be your daily driver, you ought to at least consider a TJ.

I too, am partial to the CJ-7, as that was my first car. And while I sometimes get nostalgic and wish I still had it, my LJ (TJ Unlimited, in case you're unfamiliar) is superior in almost every way - safety, fuel economy, reliability, etc...

By all means - get the CJ-7 if your heart is set on it. I'd be pretty stoked if I got one again too. Just trying to offer a nickle's worth of free advice. Feel free to ignore it.
Haha, I won't ignore it. Like the thread title says, I'm 2,200 miles away from that seller and he may not even want to deal with the hassle. I know I would at least be hesitant if I were him. And maybe it's not meant to be... If it falls through, I will turn my sights to include the newer models. I am looking for that peace of mind (safety, reliability..) in addition to the all out bada$$ery of a Jeep, so I'm really glad you guys brought this up.
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post #19 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 05:50 PM
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Surely there must be hundreds of CJs for sale local to you that meet your needs. Of course, you'll be paying in Texas dollars, not American dollars, so you might have to put in another couple of months at work before you can afford it. Consider it time you'll need to think about it and find the right one, though.
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Also, consider the CJ's towing abilities. You say you'll be pulling a boat sometimes. How big/heavy? CJ's weren't intended to pull very much weight. I pull my boat, but I built it myself and it only ways a couple hundred pounds. I wouldn't pull a ski boat or a loaded horse trailer (since that happens to be something I deal with alot :-) - except for shifting things around at the stable.

Now, to be really badass - get yourself an older CJ that needs some work (for, say, $1000 or less) and learn how to do it all yourself! :-)

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post #21 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 06:33 PM
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Canna,

If it is helpful, I can go take a look for you. 510 area code is not that far from me. PM me if you care and are serious.

EDIT:never mind, the seller is in the state of Washington...not close to me...

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Canna,

If it is helpful, I can go take a look for you. 510 area code is not that far from me. PM me if you care and are serious.

EDIT:never mind, the seller is in the state of Washington...not close to me...

Aw well I appreciate your offer!
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post #23 of 23 Old 06-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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Also, consider the CJ's towing abilities. You say you'll be pulling a boat sometimes. How big/heavy? CJ's weren't intended to pull very much weight. I pull my boat, but I built it myself and it only ways a couple hundred pounds. I wouldn't pull a ski boat or a loaded horse trailer (since that happens to be something I deal with alot :-) - except for shifting things around at the stable.

Now, to be really badass - get yourself an older CJ that needs some work (for, say, $1000 or less) and learn how to do it all yourself! :-)
This. These are only rated as 1/4 ton "trucks", and the old military trailers they pulled were rated at 1/4 ton also. Not saying that is all they can pull, but don;t plan to pull anything like a speedboat or party cruiser with it. A john-boat, a couple canoes, or maybe a jet ski would be ok.

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