Originally Posted by madryan
I'm wanting a jeep and don't really know much about the different models. I have always liked the CJ-7 and I like the brand new jeeps. I'm not as wild about the square headlight models but I could live with one. Here's my question...
I'm looking to get the more capable 4X4 rather than the best looking. I live in Oregon and as such have tons of nasty little backroads to explore. I want a jeep with the stock motor (straight 6) rather than a V-8 that someone's sandwiched in there. I don't want to pay huge money, and I don't mind a project. (I'm a machinist and have access to a shop that's got everything I need)
So... What's the best bargain (Model wise) in the jeep world?
Well, as far as capability, they're all what you put into them. As far as most capable off the lot, the new Rubicons come with Dana 44 axles, 32" tires, selectable lockers (front and rear) along with the modern creature comforts. (The CJ's did come with a 304 V8 as a stock option)
The newest model is refered to as a JK. The previous generation was a TJ, YJ (square headlights) before that, the CJ's (5,6,7, and 8) and then the real old school military, willies etc.
If you're wanting to build your Jeep, the sky's the limit. As far as the best model to start with, everyone has a different opinion. It's really all about how much money you want to spend. If you do lean towards the CJ route, understand what you're getting into. You WILL have to eventually work on it. They require a bit of TLC. Most creature comforts are out the window. I read someone else compare the CJs to motorcycles. Theyre a lot of fun but not too practicle. I drive mine every day but every now and then when I hop into my truck, I forget how big of a differernce modern vehicles are.
Anyway, do your research and make the decision thats best for you. (CJ's are cooler than the rest