The Jeep TJ sprung from a line of Jeep Wranglers. The Jeep Wrangler, a four wheel drive SUV and off road vehicle has served postal workers in rural areas and have earned the nickname “army jeeps” due to frequent use by the military. In addition to being deemed a Wrangler, each generation of Wranglers has a corresponding designation.
YJ was the first generation, spanning from 1987-1995, then came Jeep TJ whose generation began in 1997 and ended in 2006. The military uses particular generations for their army jeeps. The TJ was an upgrade from the YJ, boasting a coil-spring suspension that made for a smoother ride, and featured adjustments to its headlights.
The TJ featured several models, including the Wrangler Rubicon, and the TJ Wrangler Unlimited. The Wrangler Rubicon was presented in 2003. The Rubicon featured alloy wheels, differential gears, and diamond plate rocker panels. Although in the years 2003 to 2004 Jeep featured a typical transmission in five speeds that was manual, in 2005 this was altered to a six-speed that was Mercedes sourced. Rubicons, as well as other models of Jeep TJs make great off-road jeeps because there is so much capacity to control the vehicle.
In 2003, an extremely limited number of (about 1,001) Rubicon “Tomb Raider” models were introduced in a promotion for the sequel to the Tomb Raider movie. These models contained all of the perks of a Rubicon, but also featured interior features such as red accent stitching and red seat belts. On the outside were options such as a bumper guard that was diamond plated, and 16 inch aluminum wheels. Needless to say, because of the small amount of these Rubicon models that were released, the “Tomb Raider” editions are quite rare and very sought after collectables.
Army Jeeps were used in the movie Sahara, and the model was a Wrangler Unlimited. Introduced in 2004, the Wrangler Unlimited, followed by the release of the Rubicon Unlimited which had both the off-road features of the Rubicon but also the wheelbase of the Unlimited. Because of the increased wheelbase size, this particular model of the Jeep Wrangler could almost double its capacity for towing.
The Jeep TJ is a good choice for the everyday casual driver that enjoys a smooth ride, the off-road driver, or for army jeeps. To see what type of Jeep TJ might be best for you, look at these aspects of Wranglers and see the recommendation below.
For the casual driver
- It is easy and safe to navigate through inclimate driving conditions. Jeep TJs have been known to rescue other cars in three feet of snow.
- Jeep Drivers often talk about the perks of being part of the “Jeep Culture,” often remarking about how Wrangler drivers wave to each other on the road and strike up conversations at the gas pump.
- Drivers will doubtlessly enjoy the fact that with a Jeep Wrangler, you can take the top off of it.
For off road drivers
- Wranglers are reliable, and have a lot of strength to push through even the most dire situations
- Overdrive makes driving over hills easy and painless.
- Big Tires help the Wrangler travel over rugged terrain