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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-16-2001, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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I\'ve had it!!!

Alright, screw all this, im going with reliability. im going to keep looking for a 91 YJ for under 6K that is going to run good and last long. i dont want some project right now so early in my driving life, to complicated and to much of a budget. anyone disagree with me, and if so, why? thanks
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I don't disagree..... You just need to realize that they are ALL projects. You just need to size up your projects, and take small steps. You'll be in over your head in no time!!

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Re: I\'ve had it!!!

look do it the easy way, buy a old cheap good jeep, leave it for the weekend. Drive a toyota pickup 2wd to work daily. You can wheel on weekend and still get to work when it breaks

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hahah, i dont have anough money, 2, i work part time, im only a teenager, 3, i dont need a big project only because im a teenager, ill save that for when im older.

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6k is enough for a good daily driver and a decent cj or crappy yj. Yj's are crap anyhow they are plastic and duct tape waiting to break. I know if you spend 30k you can have a nice yj h8 but other than that they all need to be buried. 8P

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i realise yj's arent solid steel like cj's, but come on, no need to put them down, there are hundreds of people out there that have YJ's that do good and dont break. no need to make fun of poeples jeeps

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Andrew, think real hard and real deep about this purchase. A Jeep is kinda like a dog.... you're going to have a love hate relationship. A dog's great until you're searching for it at 2am or cleaning up it's messes week after week. Well a CJ or a YJ ain't much different. Any Jeep you can afford will have high miles, and problems to fix. Now that's not bad if you're willing to start working out the bugs one by one. Look at the posts of Joey, everytime he turns around that Jeep is asking for a little more time, a little more money just to get it back to where it was before! This can get old pretty quick. If your looking for a reliable vehicle and you buy a used vehicle it will be you who has to make it reliable. That means time, money and energy. Those are prerequests for owing a Jeep. As you progress into College a Jeep can easily become a millstone around your neck. IMHO, I'd a lot rather see you get that good education as unfettered as possible. Someone once said: "Wanting is usually better than Having." Perhaps it would be better for you to go the next four or five years Wanting that Jeep than Having it. I'd sure hate to see you buy a Jeep and gain a bitter taste in your mouth. Yep, it's a hard decision, and I'm just glad I ain't your age trying to make my way in the world... you've got a lot to think about. On the bright side, you're asking all the right questions to come to a correct decision. Best of luck to ya.

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haha, well, CRAP, you have no idea how hard it is to accept that, and i dont even know if i could, i want this so bad, this has been my dream ever since i was 6. and plus, teenagers never listen. ive planned out the budget and i imagine only like 1500 dollars worth of repairs to get it running good, and thats not to bad and i can aford that if i get a jeeop for aruond 5k. am i right there, or am i totaly wrong. i mean i am doing what you all said and waiting until i find that right 91 or a lil after 91 jeep for that right 4L EFI engine that is in prety good shape. so while im waiting, im saving money.

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man I feel for you buddy. I was just curious as to the market in your neck of the woods. Are jeeps really that hard too come by. Seems to me that every summer about June/July(Arizona Heat) we have a million nice jeeps in that price range. But as to your question I would say go with what your gut says. If you want the 91 then have at it. But always remember Murphy and his laws, If it can go wrong it will, ie maybe give that budget a few more days to grow. When i first got my Yj i had the clutch /slave/master cylinder go out a week after getting her home.

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Here's my opinion:

In your case, it's all going to be about being able to 'have' a jeep. If you're looking at having it be reliable for a while, that means not taking it offroad every chance you get, possible breaking/denting/hurting it too much. Unfortunately (not for us, but for your advice-getting) that's what a lot of us do. You may also need to live with some other compromises to have a jeep. Maybe you get one without a hardtop, or get a 4 cyl. These things will keep the price down. Also, maybe you don't do any modifications to it quite yet, just drive it, with a big smile on your face. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Bigger tires, lifted suspensions, etc., cost money, and put an added strain on the components of the Jeep, making it therefore less reliable.

It will still say JEEP on the side though [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] an you will have a jeep. Drive it to McDonalds with the top down, and have a great time. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

If you don't beat the snot out of it, an injected Jeep, with a 4 cyl. and a soft top can be a whole boat load of fun. (It can be a boat load of fun if you 'do' beat the snot out of it, too, but, you get the point.)

You've gotten a lot of good advice here, and you've likely made a good decision by not taking on more than you can chew at an early age.

I drove an MGB all through college - winter, summer, the whole time. Sure, I could have gotten a Ford Escort, but I was willing to deal with the compromises to have a cool car, so I know what you mean. No, it didn't start every day, and it was murder getting it to run in the winter, and then when it 'did' run, it was cooooooooold as..... I also had to go outside and brush the snow off of it every 2 or 3 inches or so so it wouldn't collapse the convertible top. I notice you're in Atlanta, so that may not be a problem for you. Keep in mind that some of the compromises with a soft top are also reduced security level, more noise on the road, etc.

You get the idea.

Just my opinion.
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