I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: I\'ve had it!!!
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.
...I also have a Honda. You could buy one of those too, but the top doesn't go down. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
88 YJ - trails/beach trips only![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
79 4WD F250-hauler/tower of my toys
70 Jaguar E-type - the best car England ever made. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
90 Honda CRX - Daily pavement-pounder. 42 MPG. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]