This past Easter weekend I was sitting around shooting the breeze with my father-in-law when the following conversation happens: fil: So, how has car shopping been going? me: Hit and miss. I've found a few worth buying, but they were priced too high for the mileage and condition. fil: Still looking for a Jeep? me: No. For the most part anything worth buying is outside of the range I am wanting to spend. (I received a little less than 6K from selling a car a few weeks ago, and have been looking for a used car to buy with that money. I just bought my wife a car and we did not want to have two car payments.) fil: Well, here's an idea... Why don't we go in together and get a Jeep? That way you can get something a little nicer than what you were looking for, and I can get one cheaper than what I was wanting to spend. I was going to get a Jeep but I don't think either one of us would use it "as a Jeep" that often. You drive it, and when I need or want to use it I'll let you use my other car for a few days. me: :huh followed by So, if one was looking for a Jeep Wrangler in the $10-12K range, what should he look for? This will be my first Jeep, so although excited I do not want to buy the first one I see and then regret it due to something I should have known before hand. It will be used mainly for daily driving when I do not feel like taking the bike to work, or when raining or snowing or zombie attack (folks still want their pills from the pharmacy). However, I will also use it taking my kids camping and also the occasional usage in Arkansas or Colorado whenever I can get to either. The only thing I know for sure is I want the 4.0 inline six engine. I have never heard anything bad about that motor, so I am hoping that nothing real serious would happen to whatever I buy. Impart thy knowledge upon me inmates!