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(copied from old FAQ section 1.4)
Jack Elias (a former Jeep salesperson) posted the following explanation:
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, kvvick at aol.com (Kvvick) wrote:
> Jeep "new guy" here. Would someone please help me out with the acronyms.
> Go ahead, shake your head in disgust, groan, roll your eyes, and then
> help out this pathetic newbie, will 'ya? :-)
SJ...Wagoneers, Old (Big) Cherokees
CJ...C'mon...you know what these are
DJ...those cute little postal Jeeps
TJ...The '97 Wrangler
ZJ...The Grand Cherokees
Did you know
FJ...The Eagle Talon
What do they mean? CJ meant "Civilian Jeep". The rest don't mean
anything...they're just body model codes...for instance:
TJJL77...A Wrangler 4x4
XJJL74...a Cherokee 4x4
XJJL72...a Cherokee 4x2
I'd like to think that "TJ" means "Todd's Jeep", but that really applies to me only.
(copied from old FAQ section 1.3)
Most people seem to think so, and I'd agree. The ride is smooth on the freeway, yet it still has the off-road capability of before. I had a friend who owned a Wrangler several years ago, and he told me that I shouldn't think about buying one because it would rattle my kidneys all over the place. Well, after 5000 miles in my new TJ, my internal organs are still attached.
As far as off-road capabilities go, I've found that it can handle most of the territory I've thrown at it, except for a few places where I'm too sensible to risk body or component damage. (It IS a new vehicle, after all.) Bill Doty (bdotyjr at hiwaay.net) posted the following comparison:
Please note: My friend and I are beginners to 4-wheeling (as I think most of the people in this newsgroup asking about the new TJ are), so this article is aimed at all the beginners out there.
My friend and I finally got a wild hair and took our Jeeps deeper into the woods than we ever had before. In North Alabama, its hard to find a good place to go, so neither of us has a lot of experience off-road. The trails we found were a combination of both wet and dry river beds, limestone rock step-ups, and sloppy Alabama red clay mud holes.
I have a stock '95 Wrangler Sport 4.0L, with P225/75-R15 tires, off-highway suspension package, and the Trac-Lok differential. My friend has a stock '97 Wrangler Sport 4.0L, with the 30x9.5x15 tires, off-highway suspension, and Trac-Lok differential. Since we both paid the same for our almost equally equipped Jeeps, I thought this was as even a test as one could have between the YJ and TJ.
I'm sorry to say that his TJ outperformed my YJ in every category. The extra 2 inches of clearance helped him over obstacles that I bottomed out over. The Wrangler GSA tires on the '97 also provided a much better bite in the mud and on the rocks. And finally, the extra 7 inches of suspension articulation from the new quadra-coil suspension kept his wheels more firmly placed on the uneven ground. He even had to pull me out of a mud hole when my transfer case skid plate got stuck on a half-submerged rock. (Thank goodness for recovery straps and tow-hooks!) We both survived with only minor rim scratches, and are ready to get even deeper into the woods next time.
TJ - 1, YJ - 0
YJ owners take heart, because I'm just about ready to put on a 2 inch lift, some quick disconnects, and 30" tires! I think that will even the score!
On the other hand, it isn't perfect - one person pointed out that there was a Jeep Jamboree where TJ's and YJ's got stuck at exactly the same point on the trail.
(copied from old FAQ section 1.9)
Many prospective Jeep owners wonder if they're likely to roll over their Jeep, or if it's as safe as a car. This concern is amplified by news reports about CJ's rolling over, or other SUV's (the Isuzu Trooper comes to mind). The short answer is: You are unlikely to roll your Jeep over as long as you drive it safely and don't take corners excessively fast. That said, the Jeep Wrangler is no more likely to roll over than any other SUV, as far as I've noticed or read.
Here are a few web sites that can help you out:
I've read a few random reports and Usenet news articles about people who have been in crashes involving a Jeep Wrangler and who have survived with only minor injuries and damage. Still, it's possible to get killed in an accident with any car. Drive safely and defensively, whether you're in a Jeep or not.
What Edmunds.com Says
It has a stiff ride, offers about the same noise isolation as a motorcycle and has a soft top that's a nail-buster to operate, but if you're dying for a cheap convertible or an off-roader that can go just about anywhere, it's hard to beat the Wrangler.
Cheap, fun to drive, classic styling, go-anywhere capability.
Soft top a handful to manipulate, difficult ingress-egress, slow steering, bouncy suspension on the street.
(copied from old FAQ section 1.2)
When I had a 4-cylinder Wrangler, I got about 18 MPG driving my 4-cylinder Wrangler in mixed city/highway driving; some people report getting up to 20 MPG. I now own a 6-cylinder Wrangler and I seem to get somewhere around 16 or 17 MPG. Some people with the 6 cylinder Wrangler say they get between 15 and 18 miles per gallon. As they say, "your mileage may vary."
(copied from old FAQ section 1.5)
Being in Minnesota, I'm well-qualified to answer that question. :-) We've gotten a lot of snow in mid-November, which is kind of early. I'm happy to report that the TJ handles really well in the snow, as long as you watch what you're doing. I haven't had any problems losing forward traction when using four-wheel drive. However, like any other car, it CAN slip sideways or fishtail in slippery conditions. This behavior might depend on what kind of tires you have, but be aware that you need to reduce your speed and drive sensibly in bad weather.
Some people ask, "Isn't it cold with a soft top?" Surprisingly, it isn't that bad. It can be pretty cold after being parked outside for several hours, but a hard top would also get cold after being parked outside for a while. (It's just that the soft top loses heat faster.) The heater is well-designed, though, and it starts heating up and getting things nice and warm within a few minutes of starting. I've heard that you can buy heated seat covers and possibly even a heated headliner, but I'm not sure who sells them.
(copied from old FAQ section 1.10)
Jeep owners have a custom of waving to each other upon passing on the streets or on the trail. It began with CJ owners, who recognized that they were driving different vehicles than everyone else and started waving to say "hi" to each other. I'd like to see the tradition continue. I always wave to other CJ, YJ, and TJ owners, just to show that I'm a heck of a nice guy and that I can carry on traditions -- even if I can't tell the difference between a Spicer T-18 and a Spicer T-20 transmission.
(The Jeep Waving Rules page explains this in detail, but spends way too much time segmenting owners based on vehicle usage and modifications done to their vehicle. <RANT> I'd rather not see Jeeping turned into a hierarchical thing where new TJ owners have to pay homage to CJ owners with big lift kits. I think all Jeep owners should stick together, regardless of what they've done to their vehicles. </RANT>)