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Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: Crossroads of Keeping Jeep, Buying Used Car, e
Well, first I'll tell you what I did when I was in that spot. It was 1999. Had the YJ, and my old 79 4WD Ford F250, which was "rough" at best.
I still had 2 years of Grad school, and a new job that was a long trip, and all highway. The YJ was not a "rapid transport" vehicle, and that's what I needed. It was January, the YJ had some issues from being my daily driver since 1993, and I needed a solution. I actually drove the F250 to work and school for a few weeks, and that put an exclamation point on the fact that I needed a real commuting car. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
I found a 1990 honda CRX for I think $1700 (I forget, somewhere around there.) Bough it from a girl who took incredible care of it. It was a get-in-and-drive car, complete with a nice newly installed CD player. Finished grad school with it, and drove it to 175,000 miles with essentially no work at all. Was a great car, for what it was. Jeepchick called it "RT", for "rapid transport."
So, here you go. You're in Illinois -- there's a bunch of BBS guys out there by you I think. If you're emotionally attached to your Jeep, don't sell it. Find someone who will let you put the jeep in their yard for a while, if your Dad won't let it sit in the yard.
Roll all your change, look under the couch cushions, borrow from friends, sell some stuff you really don't need, and go buy an older honda civic/crx/mazda miata/toyota corola/Geo metro 4 door(which is really a corola)/etc./etc. You can likely find something worth buying for $1000-1500. Finance it if you have to. I'm no financial whiz, but a loan like that should be really cheap.
Then, find out where you will work, and go from there.
Unfortunately, I've given in to the economical daily driver thing. I travel too many highway miles to have it be a jeep. You need a good commuting car.