Looking at buying a TJ. . . NEED ADVICE
I have been looking for a TJ for a while now. I have narrowed my search down to 2. First I would like to know if there were any major changes from '97 to '98? Just wondering if there was anything that was changed since '97 was the first year the TJ was made that would have prompted a change in '98. The first of the two TJ's I am looking at is a white '97, 6cyl, tan softtop, 5 speed, alloy wheels, 59k miles, soundbar, 235x75 BFG All Terrains, towing package, pampered vehicle for $12,000. The second is a white '98, 6cyl, black hardtop with full steel doors, 5 speed, basic wheels, 45k miles, 215x75's for $13,000. I live in Tennessee where it is only cold for about 3 monthes so the hard top is nice, but not a necessity. I am leaning toward the '97 because I like the tan, I like the wheels, I like the tires, and it has been well taken care of by a 65 year old man. If I chose to go with the '98, I would have the instant cost of a softtop, as well as wheels and tires because they look like the most basic package one can get when buying a TJ. This Jeep would be 90% ON-road driving, and 10% off-road. I know it sounds like I have made my mind up, but I would like your opinion on whether EITHER one of these sounds like a decent deal, and whether I am looking at this the wrong way since the '98 is a year new, has a hardtop, and 14k less miles. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
'95 Cherokee, '86 CJ-7