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Old 03-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Looking for a used Wrangler. Could use some guidance...

Hi all,

I bought a '97 Sport when they came out. Had it for a little while then sold it. I had a company car and didn't drive it much and decided to cut the expense.

I'm now looking for another one. I'd prefer a '97 so I can have real A/C but would consider an earlier model due to my budget. I'm limited to spending $5-6K. I've seen a couple here on CL in my budget range. One says it needs the A/C coil replaced. Is that expensive?

I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you could give me. I called a place in Houston that solely specializes in Jeeps. They said to expect to pay ~$8K for a '97 Sport.

While I prefer to get a I-6, is a 4 cyl. that bad? I work for an airline so it will mainly be used to go to and from the airport once a week and just to run errands when my wife is at work. We have kids so they'll be riding along at times too.

So far my preferences are: Full doors, post '97 and a 6 cyl.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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The 4 banger lacks power on the highway. I'm unsure about the AC Coil pack. And the 8k for a TJ sport is about right, you might be able to talk someone down some. Do you plan to lift it or add larger tires?

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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The 2.4 liter I4 in the later TJs doesn't seem to get much mention, but at 150hp it doesn't sound like a slouch. Regardless, either the 2.5 or 2.4 sounds ideal for quick trips to the store and work.

I just bought what was probably distress-sale TJ X, a 2006 with 71k miles for $11.8k. $8k seems OK for an I6 '97, possibly a tad high unless its really clean with lower miles. Good deals can be found out there with a little patience.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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...Do you plan to lift it or add larger tires?
No plans in the near future.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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Is there anything wrong with a '94? Looking at ad for one locally. It's a 4cyl, 33" tires. My biggest concern with the older ones is lack of air in a really hot environment.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:45 PM   #6
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you can add ac to any YJ for about $950

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