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post #1 of 3 Old 02-23-2019, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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New to Jeeps.... Need Advice :)

Hi all.. I joined to get some advice from the experts.

The wife is looking to purchase a Jeep to tool around in on the weekend with the top off... looking to spend up to $8K.. must be automatic. What should we be leaning towards or staying away from?
I'm a total Jeep ignoramus... so please be gentle

I have a lifted/armored 4Runner that I use mostly as a winter ride... but in the past it has seen its fair share of off-roading.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-24-2019, 06:27 AM
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So your wife is wanting to drive around with her top off, neat. What city do you guys live in.

For $8k you should be able to get a early TJ, 97-99. If you aren't going to heavy mod or off road it, a 4 cyl shoukd be fine. Most guys don't care for the 4 cyl as it can be underpowered, but in stock form for top of tooling around, is a good platform.

Starting checking Craigslist in your area, and go look at/test drive as many as you can. Take your wife along also. Modded, stock, even those that are over/under your price. All of this effort will educate you guys. Test drives are still free.

Be aware that in many areas of the country, wranglers can suffer from rust. Other issues can be fixed, but major rust is like a cancer.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-03-2019, 02:48 PM
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agreed - my wife and I found her 97 TJ many years ago with the MPI 4 cylinder and it's been a honey of a little ride. we paid 7K cash then and other than a 2" lift and 4 new rims/tires, it was bone stock with a hardtop and hard doors. Closer to stock is good, only because it will be easier to understand and make changes to: Fewer things have been molested.
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