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Old 07-15-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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totall newby, need some help

hey guys, it my first time posting on this forum. i have never actually owned a jeep (or any other car) because im only 15, but i am saving every penny i can find cleaning cars at my fathers car lot. alright, so i was looking for a 1999 jeep wrangler sport. i heard that the 97-98 all have some problems because they were new models, and i dont really remember, but i thought i heard something about ignition problems from 2000-20006. i'm trying to keep it really cheap, but i still want the 6 cylinder. if anybody knows a good place to look for them, i would be so happy to hear about it. i live close to New Orleans Louisiana. and this post is getting entirely to long, but i wanted to put a lift kit (preferably a cheap 2'') some spacers, and put my mechanics old winch stuff on it. if anybody has any types of tricks and pointers, and things to look out for when buying a jeep, please let me know. (and im only 15 so please dont get to technical lol)

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Old 07-15-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum I have a 97' and have never had a problem since I got it.It has 161xxx on it and I keep the flud changed and so on and just drive it. There are 2'' spacer lifts out there (I would not get them) for apx 200 dollars and on. It really depends on what size tire and so on you will want. A stock TJ will tuck a 31x10.50 15 no problem.

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Old 07-15-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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Hey first timer!

Right off the top of my head (after reading your post) my first thought is to ask your dad to help you find something.
Dad's are amazing. They have already made a ton of the mistakes that you have not yet had the pleasure of enduring. Since he has a car lot you should be able to access the auctions and save yourself some real money. HOWEVER, as you may already know, cars are sent to the auctions usually because they have some problems.

When looking for a Jeep there are SO many things that to list them all would be a lengthy post to say the least.

In many ways they are not unlike other vehicles. You want to look for evidence of:
-Is it a flood car? In your area, that would be a concern.

-Has it been well cared for? Not just a detail job by a lot or previous owner, you can tell the difference. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear no matter how much Armor All is dumped on it. Look for signs of abuse

-Fluid leaks? (engine, drive train, front and rear axles, anywhere that has any kind of fluid) Most of the 4.0s DO have a minor leak at the rear main. For some reason it's the nature of the beast.

-How do the fluids look? Is everything nice and clean or does it look like it's been neglected?

- Crawl under it. Look for scrapes and dents underneath it. If so, chances are it's seen some time off road. Not that it's a bad thing, but it will give you an idea of what kind of use it's had.

If you have access to a trusted mechanic, have him (or her) look at it. For that matter if you have something like a 4Wheel Parts in your area, take it there and have them check it out for you. They will know where to look for potential trouble spots.

There is a lot more, but really... ask your dad to help you. He's going to know a lot more than you might think he does. Good luck and I hope that you find a Jeep that makes your grin go from ear to ear!

Hopefully some of the folks will chime in here and give you more guidelines.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:08 AM   #4
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Def check out craigslist in your area...And x2 on getting Dad to help you out. He might be a PIA sometimes, but he knows stuff. He has to hes old haha. Good man working to get that Jeep you want. Keep it up, before you know it you'll be on here asking about modifications and cruising topless
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First off, Welcome to the forum. Kate makes some very good points. Your Dad is in the business, so he should be a tremendous help. My recommendation is to always buy a Wrangler as close to stock as you can get it. I know sitting way up in the air with big tires looks appealling, but you never know exactly what you are getting and if the po did a proper job on the mods or cut corners that will eventually come back to bite you. Try to put a little money back for the little things that you will want to do right away.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:51 AM   #6
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Good luck on your search and welcome to the forum!
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Welcome and good luck with the search.
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welcome to the forum and good luck with the search
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Welcome to the forum!... Like some of the others said... tap your dad for the knowledge.... and don't buy anything from a guy named Chadwick as it has most likely been under water
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I had a 1997 first and absolutely loved it. Cried when I got rid of it. (the trade for minivan conversation pops back up-ick!)

Anyway, stock would be best for your first one in my opinion, especially since you are 15. I told my boys that their first one would not be set up, as you need to learn to drive first. Then, once you learn to drive with all the distratractions, you could lift it up. Ditto about not knowing what someone has done to it.

Best of luck! Once you have one, you will never want anything else!
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:46 PM   #11
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Ya, at his car lot he has a mechanic, and a paint and body specialist. But my dad only fools with Japanese (Honda, Toyota, infinite, Lexus, you get the idea) and the mechanic only fools with foreign cars (bmw and Mercedes mostly). But the mechanic has had an old (more like ancient) Cherokee. He said he doesn’t know much about jeeps, so he can’t really help.
Yes, the auctions do help A LOT, I just cant always jack the cars up and look underneath, but thanks a lot for that advice. Usually me and my dad get there early and check all the cars for jacks and how clean they are and all the good stuff you can check just by starting it and moving some stuff around.
Its just hard as heck to find a 99 there!!
The oldest wrangler I have seen there was and 05, and it was totally whacked out.
This is a first car, so I don’t mind it being a little rough around the edges as far as leaks and noises. And I’m probably not going to be doing a lot of modifications to it ( I am very big into music and have many instrument and hope to expand and maintain my collection haha)
I did some research, but there is no amount of knowledge that can take the place of experience, so, how much should I pay for a 99 wrangler sport, with working air condition, and not to much aftermarket things done to it.
I know it’s a very broad spectrum, but I really need an idea, because some places say six grand, others say up to fourteen. Everything helps me, so don’t forget the small details!!
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Agree with Kate

I'm 23 and ask my dad advice on just about every big decision I make in life.

As far as the jeep Goes I own a 2004 and I love it. Ive had it about a year now and its like driving a big go cart.

Its a safe vehicle!!! aside the rollover risk I got into an accident this winter and T boned a car. the jeep drove away and she had to have her car towed. there great vehicles.

INLINE 6!!!! Best Motor you can have in one of these things there bullet proof!

Keep doing research and good luck!
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Getting a car used is bound to have any sort of problem. The best you can do is just be prepared to fix.

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Ya, at his car lot he has a mechanic, and a paint and body specialist. But my dad only fools with Japanese (Honda, Toyota, infinite, Lexus, you get the idea) and the mechanic only fools with foreign cars (bmw and Mercedes mostly). But the mechanic has had an old (more like ancient) Cherokee. He said he doesnít know much about jeeps, so he canít really help.
Yes, the auctions do help A LOT, I just cant always jack the cars up and look underneath, but thanks a lot for that advice. Usually me and my dad get there early and check all the cars for jacks and how clean they are and all the good stuff you can check just by starting it and moving some stuff around.
Its just hard as heck to find a 99 there!!
The oldest wrangler I have seen there was and 05, and it was totally whacked out.
This is a first car, so I donít mind it being a little rough around the edges as far as leaks and noises. And Iím probably not going to be doing a lot of modifications to it ( I am very big into music and have many instrument and hope to expand and maintain my collection haha)
I did some research, but there is no amount of knowledge that can take the place of experience, so, how much should I pay for a 99 wrangler sport, with working air condition, and not to much aftermarket things done to it.
I know itís a very broad spectrum, but I really need an idea, because some places say six grand, others say up to fourteen. Everything helps me, so donít forget the small details!!

I would suggest you get the details on the Jeep and run a Kelly Blue Book Value on it. It is free to do online. That will give you the price range. My experience from looking recently is that a good 1999 would be somewhere around $7-9,000, but it depends on condition, mileage, options, etc. I just got a 2002 and paid $11,500--inline 6, 5-speed, AC, and 4-inch lift with 33-inch tires/15-inch MT Wheels.

As far as what to look for, you can lay down under it and look for obvious damage from offroading (rust, dents, etc). Inside, look to make sure everything works, pull the carpet back and look at the floors for rusting out, and drive it.

If it is the right one, she will "talk to you." You will know.

As far as lifting, find a mechanic who owns Wranglers and knows what they are doing. There is more to it than just putting the lift on it. For example, mine was lifted when I bought it. However, the dealer that lifts all the Jeeps he gets and sells them did not take into consideration how it affects the angle of the shifter, so I had to have a local mechanic help out with that. Having a mechanic that understands how the lift affects it as a whole will be invaluable. If you can find a good mechanic before you make the purchase, have that person check it out for you. It can save you a lot of headaches in the long run.

Post pics when you find the right one! Good luck!

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