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Re: CJ for TJ, even trade. What do you think?
regarding the whole CJ or TJ thing.... that is personal preference. TJs are new now, not much time or use has passed to age parts and wear out parts - so they will be more reliable. When CJs not yet classics but AMC cookie-cutter models without many years or miles... seems like to me - they also were reliable. The trick then is to replace everything on your CJ... (hehe) yeah right.
You make that call, on which to drive. I've owned both. I liked both. Each has good & bad points... already mentioned in this thread.
Which better suits your needs and wants? My wants are a CJ-7 w/258 and 33s but my needs are a reliable second car for work and family, that uses less fuel. So... I have a '95 Neon to meet the needs and a rusty CJ w/leaky 258 and 30s which I am excited for every foot I get to drive.
regarding working on a TJ because it is too complex... don't sweat it. You can fix it. An '83 CJ is more complex than a '53 CJ ...think about a while. Yet we still consider the '83 CJ "simple". A TJ is just about the most "simple" and "archaic" (good things) <font color=red>new</font color=red> vehicle available today. TJs have computer controls on the engine... what else? In a world of computer controlled transmissions, climate systems, sound systems, traction systems, headlights, brakes, all wheel drive, etc, etc, etc ...TJ keeps it simple. TJs are not packed into a 'cab forward' unitized platform where engine mounts need to be removed to replace spark plugs. TJ still uses the same basic technology that has been building trucks since the 50s.
You can maintain, modify, fix, repair and whatever else on a TJ. You may need to buy a few more special tools and you may need to use a shop for diagnostic service if you don't want to purchase a home model diagnostic computer. Don't be afraid of aluminum, fuel injection and plastic interior... it is still nuts, bolts, clips and plugs - same as it ever was.
last - I agree with the others... do not trade the CJ in to a dealer. 99 times out of a hundred, a CJ is worthless to a dealer. That poor Jeep will likely not get the treatment or home it should have. You, the Jeep too, will be much better off to sell it outright. Much.