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Old 09-13-2010, 08:21 AM
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Re: NEW AND STUPID but need advice

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only concern is maintenance. jeeps arent the cheapest vehicles to keep running good.
first car....does that mean mom/dad will be paying for repairs and everything or what's the deal? be sure to consider this. tires for a honda civic are a lot cheaper than for a jeep.
I have to agree on this 100%. My 03 Grand Cherokee is a decent amount more expensive to maintain than my buddys 01 Cherokee and a lot more than my old Ranger.

To give you an idea of cost, here's what I just did last weekend w/ the parts cost (I did all the work so no labor). Front brake pads ($50 for ceramic b/c the WJ is prone to warped rotors), rear brake pads ($30), 2 front rotors (both were warped, $50/each), front passenger caliper ($50), driver and passenger outer tie rod ends ($20/each), 2 upper ball joints ($25/each), and 2 lower ball joints ($40/each). Total cost: Over $400 after taxes. Just doing simple brakes and rotors is going to be $200.

With only making $12.50/hour I think you're going to find that maintenance adds up quickly. As an honest opinion, I think you would be better off going with a small truck like a Ford Ranger. No offense to Jeep, I LOVE mine and wouldn't go back to my old Ranger. But having a Jeep in high school/college would have sucked due to the cost. The Ranger has lots of hauling space and is better on gas. It still has room for your sister and dog. Plus, it's MUCH cheaper to maintain (ROUGHLY 1/2 price of my WJ). Get a 4x4 and you can still go offroading.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:31 AM
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Re: NEW AND STUPID but need advice

Those pointing you toward an XJ are giving you sound advice. Yes, less luxury touches, but a sound platform to work with, and less costly to work on. My daughter's '02 SE 4.7 just needed the power steering pump replaced. Very expensive part due to also working the fan. The XJ's 4.0 is semi-bulletproof, the transfer case doesn't use sophisticated parts, and it's a body on frame vehicle that is easily modded for lifts. Nice Jeeps, and will do what you want under your budget...but don't go too far over $3k...you'll need the additional cash!
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Re: NEW AND STUPID but need advice

I agree with all that has been said, but I would consider maybe getting a Grand with the 4.0. The 4.0 is one of the best built motors ever built and they can be modified quite easily. The Chrysler V8 motors can be quite expensive to work on. Jim in the previous post gives a good example about the power steering pump and hydralic fan.
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Seriously dude...hunt around for a low mileage XJ. Oh, and just to correct an earlier post, they are not body on frame. XJ's are unibody trucks, just like the ZJ and WJ are. Suspension lifts are easy to do and cheap to come by on them. Coils in the front, leaf springs in the back, and the Chrysler 8.25 rear diff is pretty stout, so no need to upgrade.
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...XJ's are unibody trucks, just like the ZJ and WJ are....
I stand corrected...my bad!
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