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post #1 of 4 Old 09-18-2015, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Future Jeep Owner - suggestions?

Hello all,

I have finally decided to cash in my old janky 2000 Camaro I've had the past 10 years. She is my very first car and I love her, but I'm pretty sure she's ready to be buried and thrown in the grave at this point. If I don't put her out of her misery soon its very probable she'll leave me stranded on some road conveniently inhabited by the Deliverance Family. In short, its time.

So for my next lady I am really looking into getting a used Jeep Wrangler.
Here's my preferred ranges and preferences:
-Year: 2009-2015
-15-20K (I may go a bit higher depending on how awesome the Jeep is)
-Less than 60,000 miles
- A bit of a lift
- Big *** Wheels
- Brush guards are cool too
- Soft top
- Rugged looking fenders, I think that's what they are called

So I'll admit, I know nothing about jeeps other than I love how they look. So I am asking for some help!
What are your favorite years in the range I have listed above and why?
What pain points or issues might I expect to see - other than road noise?
What is there to know about lifts (Do they affect performance?)
I'm fairly handy with a wrench and a ratchet for a female, but how are these in terms of fixing if something breaks?


Who has some suggestions for a lady who wants to go a bit more rugged?

Thank you!

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2015, 06:45 AM
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you will need to increase your budget.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-19-2015, 07:34 AM
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Yeah, that'll be a tough on your budget. Without the accessories it'd be a base model (no power locks/windows). A lift, big tires, and a regear can pretty easily run $10k by itself. The 2012+ got a much better engine
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-30-2015, 05:29 PM
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Might I suggest a '05' Wrangler? They are nice. One of my buddies has one and that thing rides nice. Also, you would be more likely to find one of these that matches your budget and MIGHT still have some cash over for aftermarket parts.

In terms of the lift affecting performance, DEFINITELY. It can affect the performance very well if done correctly though. My main recommendation for lifting is to not go cheap on it or else it will cost you WAY more in the long run. Also I noticed your location is Texas, so a soft top Jeep might be a good option since it wont be seeing any snow (unless you drive it to a trail in Colorado or something).
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