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Old 07-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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New to Jeep, value your opinion on possible purchase

Hello all:

Looking at purchasing a Jeep, never had one so thought I would run this one by you all. Heres what I'm thinking about purchasing:

1998 hardtop wrangler with 82000 miles. Has a 4 inch softride lift (is this good or bad??). Its got 31 inch tires on it and its a 4 cylinder manual. Price is $8500.

Anything I should be worried about or know regarding this model jeep? Or any other info in general will help as well.

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Depends on what you used it for...
search 4 cyl vs. 6 cyl..

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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price seems a little high
the lift would depend on who installed it and how hard it was used
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:02 PM   #4
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I will probably just drive it around town and use it for hunting, not going to seriously off road it.

I thought the price seemed high as well, it looks really clean and well kept but around here (AR) any jeep goes for a high price.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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Its not the offroading which it isnt capable for...My 4cyl on 35's can hang with anyone on the trails...i just have to catch up to them after we go up hills on the highway haha.

But really, the price does seem a bit high...i can understand them going for high prices where you live, though. Finding a clean one in Iowa before i moved here to Colorado was almost impossible. Finally found my 4cyl with 60k on it at a dealer down from my place (i went and looked at it the same night they got it on trade). Originally i wanted a 6 cyl but couldnt find a clean one so i settled for a 4 since it had everything else i wanted

The 4 isnt bad at all...i love mine. It isnt a great highway runner but it does perfect in town and can do everything offroad.

I'll be getting my axles and gears (4.88's) done in about 3 weeks so i'm sure that'll make it even better.

Dont be scared of the 4cyl because of the power...just remember it isnt fast and thats all.
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Its not the offroading which it isnt capable for...My 4cyl on 35's can hang with anyone on the trails...i just have to catch up to them after we go up hills on the highway haha.

But really, the price does seem a bit high...i can understand them going for high prices where you live, though. Finding a clean one in Iowa before i moved here to Colorado was almost impossible. Finally found my 4cyl with 60k on it at a dealer down from my place (i went and looked at it the same night they got it on trade). Originally i wanted a 6 cyl but couldnt find a clean one so i settled for a 4 since it had everything else i wanted

The 4 isnt bad at all...i love mine. It isnt a great highway runner but it does perfect in town and can do everything offroad.

I'll be getting my axles and gears (4.88's) done in about 3 weeks so i'm sure that'll make it even better.

Dont be scared of the 4cyl because of the power...just remember it isnt fast and thats all.
Yeah I'm thinking I would enjoy the 6 cyl but for the next 4 years I will be living in dallas for dental school and only be driving usually for about 10mins one way (and never get above 45mph). Then I would prolly get something once I get out of school and turn this into more of a off roadish hunting rig.

Only downside is that I dont know how driving around the interstates and going home (4hr drive at about 65mph) would be in it. Haven't got a chance to drive it yet so hopefully next week I can get a better feel for it.
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I agree with Owen_TJ, the 4 cyl is perfectly capable, its just not fast. One of my best friends has a 4cyl manual, and he offroads with it just fine. Even pulls out 6cyl rigs on many occasions. It really is a beast. But I've been in it on the highway, and it is not ideal for that, lol. You can do your 4 hour trip home, sure, but it probably won't be particularly quiet, and it won't save time. Above 55mph you'll really know its a 4cyl.

See if you can find out any history. That is rather low mileage for a 98, so see if you can find out what they did for most of those miles. Then see if it is similar to what you'll be doing with it. Low mileage is great, but it can produce issues for a subsequent owner (like you) if your style or purpose varies a lot from what its used to. Like if it was granny-driven, and you hot-rod, you could have issues not far down the road. Granted, this isn't always true, but it can be. And yeah, some people have major issues, and some have minor. Its all in the vehicle and the drivers and the maintenance. I'm just suggesting that you might want to consider that factor in your decision.
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This is good info I have a 4 cly and good to know that it will be good at off roading just not fast on the road so eventually I will get a 6 cyl
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Yeah I'm thinking I would enjoy the 6 cyl but for the next 4 years I will be living in dallas for dental school and only be driving usually for about 10mins one way (and never get above 45mph). Then I would prolly get something once I get out of school and turn this into more of a off roadish hunting rig.

Only downside is that I dont know how driving around the interstates and going home (4hr drive at about 65mph) would be in it. Haven't got a chance to drive it yet so hopefully next week I can get a better feel for it.
as i mentioned, highways going uphill just simply sucks...then again, i'm lifted on 35's with the stock 4.10's at the moment so that has a big hand in that.

if you regear the 4 cyl, you'll be just fine...being in texas you're not going to have that many ups and downs like i do in Colorado so i think you'd be just fine. I could maintain speed just fine when i had the stock tires and setup going on...its justn ow where i have the problem.

I'll be regearing to 4.88's in a couple weeks so that'll make a world of difference i'm sure.
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I agree with Owen_TJ, the 4 cyl is perfectly capable, its just not fast. One of my best friends has a 4cyl manual, and he offroads with it just fine. Even pulls out 6cyl rigs on many occasions. It really is a beast. But I've been in it on the highway, and it is not ideal for that, lol. You can do your 4 hour trip home, sure, but it probably won't be particularly quiet, and it won't save time. Above 55mph you'll really know its a 4cyl.

See if you can find out any history. That is rather low mileage for a 98, so see if you can find out what they did for most of those miles. Then see if it is similar to what you'll be doing with it. Low mileage is great, but it can produce issues for a subsequent owner (like you) if your style or purpose varies a lot from what its used to. Like if it was granny-driven, and you hot-rod, you could have issues not far down the road. Granted, this isn't always true, but it can be. And yeah, some people have major issues, and some have minor. Its all in the vehicle and the drivers and the maintenance. I'm just suggesting that you might want to consider that factor in your decision.
It appears to be in great shape, an older man had it and suppose to be all highway miles and no off road....but its a jeep so i don't know about the no off road part lol

thanks for all the replies....good info. know if i could get him to work on the price but he seems pretty strict on 8500 which is about 1000 over the dealer suggested retail
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yeah...you could regear to 4.88's and i think you'd be just fine...i can tell you more of a correct opinion when i get my 4.88's to turn my 35's in the next couple weeks.

You'll most likely put a larger tire on there when its time since the 31's probably look a bit small against a 4" lift (a 31 fits stock without a lift)

as for the price...just do what feels right. Some jeeps sell for high prices depending on where you live.

In iowa, its so hard to find a clean one that when you do they're usually price pretty high...even the beat up rusted ones are priced high. My 99 was on the dealer lot for 13,500 (i bought it in october of 2010) and i ended up paying 9 out the door for it and it had 61k on it...2 piece hardtop, all stock besides that.
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yeah...you could regear to 4.88's and i think you'd be just fine...i can tell you more of a correct opinion when i get my 4.88's to turn my 35's in the next couple weeks.

You'll most likely put a larger tire on there when its time since the 31's probably look a bit small against a 4" lift (a 31 fits stock without a lift)

as for the price...just do what feels right. Some jeeps sell for high prices depending on where you live.

In iowa, its so hard to find a clean one that when you do they're usually price pretty high...even the beat up rusted ones are priced high. My 99 was on the dealer lot for 13,500 (i bought it in october of 2010) and i ended up paying 9 out the door for it and it had 61k on it...2 piece hardtop, all stock besides that.
I feel you. Utah, Wyoming isn't anywhere better either. People are jeep hoarders. there is this conclusion: more jeeps on sale near the coast( NJ, FL, CA...), Midwest got nothing.
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97 Jeep Wrangler Sport

not sure if you can post links or not, but here is another one that is close to me that is a 6cyl

I've just never bout anything with 100K plus miles so thats why i'm a little worried about it, buy hey at least i'll have a jeep right?
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97 Jeep Wrangler Sport

not sure if you can post links or not, but here is another one that is close to me that is a 6cyl

I've just never bout anything with 100K plus miles so thats why i'm a little worried about it, buy hey at least i'll have a jeep right?
I think jeeps up to 120k are still acceptable if the price is right. Below 100k is gonna hard to find, as many wrangler owner won't feel the new to sell at that mileage.

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