Join Date: Mar 2002
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Re: why did you pick that model jeep??
I just got a 2002 TJ Sport. I highly recommend one.
No Vacuum disconnects on axles
D-44 axle available
Strong transmission and engine
Good u-joints in front axle
Easy to put on and remove both soft and hard tops -- 5 minutes for either. One person 5 minutes with soft top -- try that with a stock CJ.
disconnect swaybars and you can do magic with the jeep.
Low/no major repair costs for 3yr-36k miles.
7-year 100k mile powertrain warranty
Good financing deals
And one more that is worth mentioning -- not already ratted out by the last owner. I know what has happened and how it was taken care of. I know what has broken and what was fixed.
I would say that the choice depends on what you have a budget for and what you want. Do you want AC/Heat? Doors? Hard top? Strong brakes? Modern conveniences -- CD player, cruise control, over drive? Are you willing to do maintenance and major repairs yourself -- especially on a trail? A stock engine swap will cost a normal person $3000-$4000 if you pay to have it done professionally at a shop. Are you willing to put up with the weirdness of older vehicles -- carbs off camber, vacuum disconnects on axles, weak transmissions, locking hubs, questionable electrical system, rusted bolts, leaky engines, etc. Just worth asking yourself. I think that sort of thing is fun, but not for a vehicle that I have to drive back and forth to work every day.