hello, i found this site today. i am looking to buy my first jeep.i have been reading for hour's trying to see what year's to buy,or stay away from. i have been told to stay away from 97's. but not no reason found yet.i have been driveing all kind's all week. will be looking at a 98 from chatanooga this comeing week.
I have no idea why or were you seen anything bad or any differant for the 97 than other years of TJs but in my opinion they all are pretty well built and are a lot of fun to drive and play with.By the way I own a 97 TJ anyway when I was looking I wanted a 97 or newer with the 4.0L or bigger with standard trans but ended up settleing for 4.0L /auto.But it is all in what you want.Oh and Welcome from KY!!!!
I read in a post that the first year of the new generations tended to see more problems....however i don't know anyone that has had anymore problems than any other year. BTW I really like my 98. TJs are just a tough vehicle to beat
98 Sport Red 5spd
RC 2.5 lift/Daystar 1in BL/BrownDog 1 in MM/Ford 8.8 rear/Spartan lockers/RC stabilizer/JKS quicker discos/FabFour Hardcore Bumper/SB XRC8 winch
Cragar 365 series V5's/33x12.50 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs/Grant Tire carrier bumper/Uniden pc68ltw with red 4 ft Wilson FGT,
i got to look and drive the jeep wrangler from chattanooga today. it drive's good and tight.it need's a new top and fender flare's.has two dent's were the tail light's are.other then that, just a good cleaning and seat cover's. it has the 4 cylinder and 5 speed. it is also a salvage vehicle.that don't matter thou. i will get it next week. i have picture's,but don't know how to post them.the jeep is 3200.00
Welcome to the forum.
I wish I had found this forum before buy my Jeep.
I did a good choice but it would be better if it was aware of the difference between rear axles (D44 & D35)
Look for the D-44 rear axle.
Biggest issue with the 97's over and above any other years was the color selection!
thanks for the welcome, there is alot of knowledge on this site.the 97 i looked at last week was hunter green.nice color,but it had that butterscotch interior. that stop me from buying it.this 98 i am getting is black with grey interior.i may change the out side color when i paint it to some other color.
Welcome. I had a 2007 X, and recently bought a 2004 Rubicon. I'd say the 2007 was a 'smoother' ride, but I'd take the 2004 I have now over a new one anyday. I drove lots of Wranglers before I bought this one and there was something cool about each one. I came to the point where i eventually had to 'pull-the-trigger' or else I would've been test driving them until they were extinct! Good luck wiht the hunt.