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post #1 of 12 Old 03-09-2007, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Buying CJ

I currently own a 98 TJ. I've always wanted a Cj, so I am planning on replacing my TJ with one. Is there anything issues or concerns that I should keep an eye out for?

Anyway advice would be a help.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-09-2007, 10:09 AM
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have you ever road in a cj?..Its a different breed entirely,leaky noisy,break down often..Sorry but I wouldnt give up a 98 for a cj,but I would own both though

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I agree, if this will be your daily driver and you drive a lot, then a CJ isn't for you.

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have you ever road in a cj?..Its a different breed entirely,leaky noisy,break down often..Sorry but I wouldnt give up a 98 for a cj,but I would own both though
I'd agree if it were a daily driver but the leaky, noisy stuff is what makes the CJ a real Jeep in my book. ....and as far as breaking down often, well, that varies from CJ to CJ. ....knock on wood.

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I currently own a 98 TJ. I've always wanted a Cj, so I am planning on replacing my TJ with one. Is there anything issues or concerns that I should keep an eye out for?

Anyway advice would be a help.

Thanks
One concern to keep an eye out for.......how deep are your pockets? I have always joked about saying it, but a CJ will "Hundred Dollar" you to death. I would not trade mine for another, but most will agree that the saying above is pretty true. Either you need to repair something, or there is one more thing you want to upgrade. Go for it. You will not regret it.

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I wouldn't plan on "replacing" your TJ with a CJ. Maybe add to the stable, but don't replace.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-09-2007, 12:36 PM
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Main issue is rust...........check the rear of the frame, the floorboards, especially if there is carpet in it. Do a complete look over, and evaluate how much work your willing to throw into it. I love my CJ. I have the CJ, YJ, and a TJ...........and love them all. My TJ is my rocker...........the YJ, is going to be my son's, and the CJ, is going to be my "fun thang" Right after the V-8 swap.

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main issue i know of is rust. check out the body and frame real good. i have only had my cj for two weeks and already replaced the gas lines and pump. found out the pump was bad when i broke down in the turning lane. not fun but now funny. i agree with the above postings. my cj is just a recreational jeep. keep the TJ and add one to the stable.
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I'm selling my CJ 7 on Ebay right now. I hate to do it, but it's not made for a family. If you don't mind the rough ride and take care of your vehicle, it's not that bad. But I now run my 2002 TJ as my DD, and love it.

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post #11 of 12 Old 03-11-2007, 10:42 AM
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if you do decide you want one dont buy the first one you see. keep an eye out, there are plenty out there. find one that isnt going to need months of work before it can be driven daily because i know your not used to months of work on you tj. it took me over a year to fall in love with one and buy it.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-11-2007, 10:51 AM
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I currently own a 98 TJ. I've always wanted a Cj, so I am planning on replacing my TJ with one.
Hey, I'm with everyone else on this one.. as long as it isn't your daily driver you can enjoy it.

I had a 98 TJ, and I ended up getting rid of it to buy my z28. But I missed the jeep feeling so much I went out and bought an 86 CJ. Now I have both the car and the jeep.. the car is the DD and the jeep is the toy/hobby.

It's hard to enjoy a CJ if it's your only, because like everyone said you're always going to be fixing/upgrading it, and then it'll just put so much stress on you to get it running so you can get to work tomorrow!

Give it some thought first.. time spent on them is rewarding however. Good luck,

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