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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Guidance needed: Which generation?

Hey fellas.
Crossing over from the Toyota forum, though I haven't really been there much lately either.

It's time for me to start thinking about the next vehicle, and I'm starting to think Jeep. I no longer need the towing ability of the 4runner, and don't really need the "payload" capacity either.

What I do need is a vehicle that can get me up the hill without a whole ton of modifications. The trails I regularly run aren't anything to write stories about, but they kill or maim a dozen or so vehicles every year. CJs and wranglers with 31s or better have little trouble on these trails if handled smartly.
It'll need to do about 7000miles/year of roadwork, though highway manners aren't really a concern.
It might or might not be a daily commute vehicle.

I'd love to pick up a CJ, but I suspect that I'd have trouble finding one in suitable shape within my budget. My problem is that I don't have much experience with post-CJ generation jeeps, and I need to do some homework so I can avoid kicking myself later.
Can someone give me a rough breakdown of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different generations? Or point me to a webpage that does?

Thanks in advance for the help.
-MH
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Re: Guidance needed: Which generation?

[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] The fact is, the TJs .....the newer round-headlight models.....are the most capable out-of-the-box Jeeps that were ever made. With very few modifications, a TJ can be a fairly respectable wheeler-climber. If I wuz you I would start with a TJ. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Yeah, go with a TJ for minimum hassles. If you can find one with the Dana 44 rear axle grab it. Some guys have had luck using the standard Dana 35 with bigger tires and a locker, but I wouldn't count on it lasting.
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Really? Wow. I wasn't expecting that.

I guess I was just thrown off by the pansied-up ergo-riffic interior design of the ones I peeked into the other day. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Thanks for making it so easy.
Now to get the wife to think that it was all HER idea....
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Interesting responces.... and your budget?

CJ's are the sh..

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yea TJs are good for min hassle....

Late YJs are good too cuz leaf springs make it easier to swap in axles. and most of the stuff they make for TJs can be found for YJs
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The budget question kinda depended on whether or not I could find something to do double duty (trails and the daily commute) or not. I can swing about $11000 (including mods) on a doubleduty vehicle. If I go TJ, I'm thinking that doubleduty could work.

However, I could still be persuaded to spend $7000 on a scrambler and then the other $4000 on an old tercel as a reliable commuter..... Still might happen if the right scrambler crosses my path before the right TJ does.
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Re: Guidance needed: Which generation?

commuting in a jeep gets old after a while.....

i just got a toyota echoo to replace the TJ as the daily driver. and i am a LOT happier with my commute, weekend trips to see family/and girlfriend, and my gas milage.

if you can afford the split, i say do it. its also less of a hassel when you need to work on your jeep...which will surely have issues at some point
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I've been commuting in my CJ for years. It's not old yet. That's about 24 miles a day at 10 mpg too.
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I have a short (22 miles roundtrip) commute I've done for 3 years in a TJ and still look forward to it each morning. But I'm the same one who drove it to Texas, Virginia and Missouri for vacations. I just enjoy driving my jeep. Go figure!
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