Howdy guys, I'm a college student from North Carolina, and I hope to be a Jeep owner in the very near future!
However, before I enter this brother/sisterhood, I had a few questions from you vets. I am very serious about buying a Jeep; I have always loved them. Though, I have also found a lot of horror stories here on the net...I was just wondering if Wranglers in general are a pain in the neck to maintain, and how often you really have to keep in the shop? I read all about "death wobbling" and so that's something I'll deal with if it comes to me. (But, is this something "normal" wrangler users experience i.e. not off-roading?) I am looking at either a used 2006 Unlimited with 19k miles on it (So, pretty new) or a brad new Wrangler X from the dealer. The reason I'm even considering a new one is that Consumers Reports indicates that 2006 was Wranglers worst year. =( So, that's my real question. Did Jeep improve their mechanical design significantly, or are they essentially the same? I have no real intentions of heavily off-roading or modifying the car, so does that also make it less of a headache?
Anyway, thanks a lot for any insight. I will certainly use it and come back with the decision I've made!
First off, Welcome! (from another college student)
The death wobble sucks, but only happens to some wranglers and it can be fixed. I had it when I lifted my rig 3 inches and messed something up. If you are looking at newer, stock Jeeps, you don't have anything to worry about.
When you mentioned taking it into the shop, I have to admit, I giggled.
A lot of Jeep owners do the work themselves or with other Jeepers, its a great learning tool. Well thats all I will say for now, I'll let someone else pick this up
Welcome ... and keep in mind when reading posts on a forum, it's here to help when you do have problems. So therefore it may seem there are lots of issues, where the truth is most run just fine. There just aren't postings about how well things are running ... maybe we should
'14 Wrangler Unlimited, Anvil (traded '14 Cherokee)
'09 Wrangler Unlimited X, Red
'00 Cherokee Sport, Blue - gone but not forgotten
'90/'91 4dr Montero's - gone but not forgotten
Impulse eliminates planning ... that's a good thing
Welcome. Jeeps are like any other vehicle in that they can have problems often or never. The great thing with Jeeps is someone on here has usually had the problem and posted the question/answer/solution for everyone to benefit from. We like wrenching on Jeeps and usually start with maintainence issues. Then you move into cosmetic mods to be followed by more serious mods. It indeed is a learning experience. Even if you never attempt any of the jobs, you will at least have a better knowledge of your vehicle and feel more confident when someone else has to work on it. My kids got me an Autozone giftcard and the Jeep Owner's Bible for Father's day. I haven't owned my jeep but 23 months and they understand the pleasure I get from learning about my toy. There is a fine line between hobby and obsession
98 Sport Red 5spd
RC 2.5 lift/Daystar 1in BL/BrownDog 1 in MM/4.88 Yukon gears/Ford 8.8 rear/Spartan lockers/RC stabilizer/JKS quicker discos/FabFour Hardcore Bumper/SB XRC8 winch
Cragar 365 series V5's/35x12.50 BFG MT KM2/Grant Tire carrier bumper
well stated so far... if you just drive it on the road and don't do anything that it was made to do then you will probably NOT have any issues. but if you are going to use it for what it was intended for then it will prob need some "wrenching". But then it isn't really YOUR jeep till you have fixed/upgraded most of the "essentials"! if you really like Jeeps it WON'T stay Stock for long
Never be afraid to dive into your jeep and do a little exploring. If you did indeed get the used one, just give it a once over and see what you can find. I equate it to a nice little bonding experience. But if it does need maintinence or upgrades, jeeps are straight forward in their design. I frequently work on my own 89 YJ and on my friends 08 liberty and the only difference I have truly found is the added digital components. Simple design for a strong build results in a great vehicle to last a life time. The forum is great for questions and concerns. Welcome from California!