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Old 04-18-2017, 03:37 AM
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So I'm considering saving up for a jeep wrangler(Preferably a 4dr but a 2dr would suffice) and I'm aware of how much it is going to cost in gas but I only work a 20 minute drive away anyway. My main concern is my general lack of any usefull mechanical knowledge. after going through other posts about jeeps I notice alot of, if not everyone does their own maintenance and moving. For someone who is unfamiliar with vehicles is trying to do everything on their own still a good idea on a big investment like this? I know a lot of people that say they work on their jeep alot but I don't understand what this "work" is. anyway just some general tips/advice or information on what kind of stuff is done to jeeps to keep them well maintained would suffice. I'm less concerned with lifting my jeep and adding fancy mods and more concerned with learning the basics, for now anyway ?.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:42 AM
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Sorry for the poor grammar I typed this out on my phone and I couldn't scroll. I had to wing it and hope I was typing properly.

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Do whatever work you feel comfortable with and then have a pro do the rest. Or as your knowledge increases over time you may feel comfortable doing more on your own. I would describe myself similar to you and it didn't hold me back from getting a JKU. I've done some easy stuff on my own such as rock rails and seat covers, and then had a shop install the lift, wheels, tires, headlights, and a stronger spare tire carrier. I'm perfectly happy with everything so far.
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YouTube can walk you through most mods as well. Did a body lift that way.
If gas mileage is a concern, don't lift or go wider. JKs and JKUs can handle more than you would imagine with factory rubber and a friend to pull you out.
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I knew nothing about vehicles at all before I bought my Jeep. 30 years of driving and I could get gas but dreaded the thought of doing anything else. My wife was the same.

Two years later and we are doing our own oil changes, tire rotations, differential fluid checks (changing if needed looks simple), general diagnostics and simple mods. I'm looking at tackling wiring lights next. I can name all suspension parts and check them.

If you want the dealer or a shop to do everything, that's great. Let them handle whatever you're not comfortable with. Many people do. If you want to do something yourself, ask here and search YouTube. I took on one thing at a time, starting with the first oil change (so freaking easy).

There's not a lot to regular maintenance. Oil and filter, tire rotation at first. Buy a couple of tools and go for it. You'll pick it up in no time.
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awesome thanks for the replys so far. I am not too concerned on Gass milage I had a lot more fun driving a jeep with no roof or doors than my neon with a window that can't roll down. 14k plus is just a big investment so I am doing my research now on everything so that I'm ready. My friend told me today it was the funest toy he ever got but he sold his because of Gass prices. I also live in an area with tons of trails too but i will take that one slow lol.
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there is more than a ton of knowledge in this forum on anything. For the most part, a lot of mods are unbolt/unplug and bolt in/plug in new. Give us some ideas as what you want to do and someone will help you out. Do you know how to change out a flat tire?
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Ehh I'm not as concerned with mods as I am, regular upkeep to keep it going strong. in all honesty I don't know what I'm doing with my car I just Google common practices. I'm just not sure if there is more or less things to do with a jeep. I do enjoy camping so any mods that boost that experience would be awesome. off road driving looks fun but I wouldn't go crazy with it but would still do it. after doing some research it looks like a rubicon would be my best bet since it has all the fancy stuff already on it. I couldn't get a good list of the difference between the models so I'm not sure. I won't be buying a jeep un till next year around this time as my commute is around 80 km away one trip to college.
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My wife has never enjoyed driving as much as she does now, my JK is her daily driver.
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next year around this time is when I'll be buying a jeep as I'll be out of college finaly... I live in Canada would it be better to keep my crappie car for winters or use the jeep. I just want it to last and I live in a rural area so the snow can be bad. once saw a semi going sideways on the road. immediately stayed in first gear and took the side roads home, very slowly.
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Dude you are looking in a wrangler forum which is where people that are more into building and modifying their jeeps will go. What I'm saying is that you are looking at a very very small slice of jeep and car owners in general. A jeep is just like any other vehicle and some will say even simpler. It requires the same maintenance and upkeep as your neon did. Don't be intimidated by looking in the Fabrication section and seeing guys custom building tube buggies. That is probably 1% of the entire off roading community and probably .000001% of the car owning community.

There is no skills or qualifications you have to have to own a jeep. Hell I would say most JKU owners have almost everything done at a shop (yea I'm a TJ owner! haha).

Buy one, roll with the top off, get a cooler with some tasty beverages, some good buddies, and go out on those trails. It will be the best time of your life that no dodge neon can give you. You won't regret it. If something breaks or needs upkeep then you worry about it at that time.

Cheers and happy Jeepin!
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lol that was some pretty solid advice and is exactly what is what made me want a jeep to begin with. and I'm getting sick of every other thing going wrong with my car and am worried about a new vehicle being tedious. right now my car gives a vibrating massage while in idle which is troublesome. and a jeep looks like it would be more fun than annoying to drive in winter

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