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Mattse.cx
03-27-2007, 04:26 PM
I've decided that I'd like to pick up something that I can put scrapes and dings on and not feel too badly about it. It will still be a daily driver, but not driven terribly far. I'd like to get more into wheeling, but for now it won't be too hardcore.

I'd like something with an open top with plentiful and cheap parts - hence, Jeep (TJ/YJ) or Sami. Ideally, it would already be slightly modded with a small lift and tires, maybe winched or locked.

I'm reasonably well acquainted with wrenches, but the simpler it is to work on, the better. For this, I'm thinking the Sami has the edge with it's smaller, simpler engine.

Cheap and plentiful parts are also a bonus - and for that, I think the Jeep has the edge, as they're common as dirt in this part of the world.

Space is of no concern. I rarely carry more than myself and a passenger. Fuel efficiency is reasonably important, however. Also important is a certain amount of reliability (but as I said, I'm pretty good with a wrench).

I'm looking to spend in the neighbourhood of $5000.

Which would you choose, and why? Any engines/trannies/years to shy away from in either vehicle?

(please keep in mind that I'm not currently in the market. I have to sell my veggie oil powered Prado before I can replace it. Please don't post specific vehicles, I'm just looking for a general idea of the two candidates)

BrentG
03-27-2007, 04:29 PM
I like suzukis,
nice and simple, and I can change a timing belt in about half an hour

MR.MIKE
03-27-2007, 04:30 PM
i second a zuk

StinkFinger
03-27-2007, 04:42 PM
suzuki

jakerngr
03-27-2007, 06:31 PM
zuki
jeeps are for girls [32]

youngun
03-27-2007, 06:49 PM
suzuki....

barracuda
03-27-2007, 06:51 PM
I've decided that I'd like to pick up something that I can put scrapes and dings on and not feel too badly about it.

seriously folks would you feel bad about damaging a JEEP :dontknow:

NeoAnderson
03-27-2007, 07:12 PM
JEEP












:D












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ray
03-27-2007, 09:50 PM
zukis

MUD CHILD
03-27-2007, 09:52 PM
suzuki[36] [36] [36]

WagoneerXJ
03-29-2007, 09:23 AM
JEEP :party0010:

Papa Pete
03-29-2007, 09:27 AM
Jeep .....................................

Jeepnut
03-29-2007, 09:40 AM
Stupidest question of the year.....................[16]





JEEP OF COURSE

brandonf250
03-29-2007, 10:05 AM
ive had both id say jeeep cause of the power difference,and two guys sit shoulder to shoulder in a zuk

Tunabomber
03-29-2007, 10:30 AM
jeep because parts are plentyfull and i dont think you can say the same bout sami


oh and chicks dig jeeps[36]

barracuda
03-29-2007, 10:32 AM
for more shoulder space get a tracker , still really light and the mods you can do are limitless

slowdodge
03-29-2007, 09:00 PM
I have jeep but still say sami,wicked crawl ratio way easier attained with the sami. but either is a ford so whatever you can't lose

Tunabomber
03-29-2007, 11:27 PM
I have jeep but still say sami,wicked crawl ratio way easier attained with the sami. but either is a ford so whatever you can't lose



fore shame [16][16][16][16][16][16]

ottoman
03-30-2007, 08:44 AM
zuki
jeeps are for girls [32]


:D they're both for girls[15]

England
03-30-2007, 09:13 AM
Jeep parts are cheap

Honky
03-30-2007, 09:22 AM
You get what you pay for. The CJ Jeeps have a HUGE cool factor but if you only have $5000 to spend you are better off getting a Zuki. Both are capable trucks and will do what you want.

As far as the cool factor Itís like the ridding a Harley or a Honda The similarities are almost identical. Yes the Hondaís are cheaper and will get you around but you cant dispute the huge cool factor you have with a CJ series Jeep.

Jeepnut
03-30-2007, 09:28 AM
You need as much cool factor as possible bro cause you sure weren't born with any.:happy0045:

Honky
03-30-2007, 09:38 AM
Why do you think I hang around with you …..just hopping some of your cool will rub off on me:D

BrentG
03-30-2007, 09:39 AM
Ö..just hopping some of yours will rub off on me:D

Ewwww

Honky
03-30-2007, 09:39 AM
Wait a tick did I just say I was hanging on my bro and hopping he will rub one off on me? :eek:

UU
03-30-2007, 10:18 AM
Pics





and get the only true 4x4

Mr Vic
03-30-2007, 01:44 PM
go for the jeep, if you get a 4cyl the gas milage sucks bad unless you re gear axles, stock axles aren't worth re gearing, find jeep YJ with 6 cyl (91 and newer) you will be happy with it.

Throttle
03-30-2007, 04:33 PM
all depends on what you really intend to use it for really. I love my Yota's and have had a nice wheelin machine of a zuk, but I myself found that I enjoy my Cherokee a lot better. Great power, large enough to fit most of my camping gear, and keep it warm and dry. If you're already driving a vehicle that runs on biodiesel then I'd imagine you're fairly gas price oriented, therefore I wouldn't suggest a Jeep, as the 4.0L is thirsty on fuel (you could go for a 4 bangar Jeep... but why? haha).

Mattse.cx
03-31-2007, 04:19 PM
Well, the votes are in, and it seems those that really have something to say about it recommend the Sammy. Yes, the Jeep has more of a 'cool' factor, more power and room, but the Samurai is more economical and capable (with a few mods), and has a large following of parts makers.

That said, I'll be looking for a Samurai soon. Thanks for the replies.

BrentG
03-31-2007, 04:30 PM
good choice.... come to the other side

OldEnuff
03-31-2007, 07:58 PM
Pics






and get the only true 4x4



You must mean a full size Bronco.................right :D

Ginger Snaps
03-31-2007, 08:47 PM
[stupid] nothing like 78 or 79 bronco[36] early bronco would be wicked[36]

BeerBaron Sr.
04-04-2007, 01:15 PM
Stupidest question of the year.....................[16]





JEEP OF COURSE

Thats the wrong answer John,you failed this test:happy0045:

Stoleit
04-04-2007, 01:39 PM
Im sorry ladies.. but JEEPS ALL THE WAY...
They are hot no matter fe/male driving them..:eek:

BOVINE
04-04-2007, 02:39 PM
Well, the votes are in, and it seems those that really have something to say about it recommend the Sammy. Yes, the Jeep has more of a 'cool' factor, more power and room, but the Samurai is more economical and capable (with a few mods), and has a large following of parts makers.

That said, I'll be looking for a Samurai soon. Thanks for the replies.

[16] [16] [16]

Honky
04-04-2007, 02:57 PM
Just another dork with a Sammy :dontknow: .....what someone had to say it:)

In The Zone
04-04-2007, 03:47 PM
FORD [36]

only because i have a Jeep....

Magna
04-04-2007, 08:22 PM
What's with all the Zuk responses here? Are you all 5' 4"??
Don't get me wrong....Zuk's are a capable off-roader without breaking the bank....but good lord, even taking a deep breath in one is a challenge :)

titan
04-04-2007, 09:50 PM
Samurai for sure. $5k gets you a decent samurai and leaves you with money left over to modify it. You get 30mpg (25 in US gallons) and reasonable performance. Its 1.3l engine is pretty weak, but the vehicle is under 1000kg so its got an adequate power/weight ratio for getting around, just don't expect to haul much.

While they're surprisingly good off highway stock it doesn't take much to make them really good, either a spring over kit (4.5 or 6" of lift) from Breeze in Coquitlam or maybe some more arched springs from BDS if you want to avoid welding for a bit of cheap lift. Throw on some 31" LTBs or TrXus MTs if you think you'll be doing a lot of driving and you'll go really far off road, especially if you toss a locker in the back. 31" doesn't seem big, but as the Samurai is small it's like putting 35s on a new Wrangler. :)

The TJ with the coil springs and bit longer wheelbase rides noticeably smoother than the samurai. But you won't find one for under $8k. You can get YJs for $5k now, but you won't get much.

The Jeeps have lousy fuel economy, even the new ones. They're relatively heavy and have absolutely horrible aerodynamics. But this means the i6 gets practically the same mpg as the 4 cylinder. So don't settle for a 4 if you get a Jeep unless it's a really good deal, you'll wish you had the 6.

titan
04-04-2007, 09:59 PM
BTW I have a Samurai and I'm 6'2" and don't find it cramped. Sure, sometimes I find I'm looking at the roof at lights and I'll certainly never sleep in it again if I can help it, but they've got enough room inside. I've got a friend who I'll guess is 6'6" who drives a samurai too.

I guess I'm saying yes, are small, but they aren't too small.

bassman69
04-05-2007, 07:22 PM
i have a buddy here in vernon bc that has a sammy with 31" tires and uses it as a 30 min dayly driver every day its jacked up and has a new paint job with full inside rollcage, i still need to find out what he wants for it but it is a really nice machine and im shure lots of you ahve seen it its the black ad orage one that always sits at seaton school.

Mattse.cx
04-10-2007, 09:04 PM
i have a buddy here in vernon bc that has a sammy with 31" tires and uses it as a 30 min dayly driver every day its jacked up and has a new paint job with full inside rollcage, i still need to find out what he wants for it but it is a really nice machine and im shure lots of you ahve seen it its the black ad orage one that always sits at seaton school.

I talked with Todd (the owner) about this one, but decided against it. It's very nicely modded, but the cage looked a bit too awkward for a daily driver, and the orange paint didn't do anything for me. Not to mention the big 'HARLEY DAVIDSON' sticker on the hood... on a SUZUKI! Talk about identity disorders...

Instead, this weekend I'm picking up a nice LWB Zuk in Kelowna, SPOA and 31s plus a few other goodies.