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Old 02-18-2014, 12:42 PM   #31
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In my opinion, if you have an older TJ (I have a 99 with about 122K miles), unless you are reasonably good at DIY, or unafraid to try doing at least small things yourself like replace shocks, distributor, water pump, fighting off rust on the frame, cracked manifold, rotted exhaust, keeping up on spark plug changes and fluid changes on the oil, differentials, tranny, etc. Then the older Jeep will slowly bleed you dry having to pay a mechanic a few hundred bucks for this, a few hundred bucks for that and so on. In that case, you are much better off leasing or buying a newer vehicle under warranty and getting rid of it every few years or so for another one under warranty.

These trucks have good solid engines that will not likely blow up on you, but they WILL need things all manner of smaller things replaced as they age. I like to say that the rest of the Jeep will fall apart around the engine before you need to rebuild it.

To me, its not really the price of the parts that kills you, it's the mechanic fees for diagnosis and then repair. If you don't know your Jeep very well, and don't have a lot of basic mechanic know-how, I am sorry to say that 8 out of 10 shops will take advantage and overcharge on the repair times, or while diagnosing one small issue, will talk you into parts and repairs that were not necessarily needed. For example, you'll walk out of the shop with a $600 bill for new tie rod, drag link and shocks when all you really needed was a new $10 bushing.If I did not do things myself, I would already dropped 1/3 of the blue book value of the jeep on repair and maintenance costs in the three years I have owned it.
I dissagree! You can but a whole lot of parts/service per year with what you'll be paying in new vehicle payments. What's the worse that can happen in one year; a blown engine? Maybe $4500.00 for an engine and installation? How much is the total of payments on new Jeep for one year; maybe $400.00/month for 12 months = $4800. Then you have how many more years to keep making those payments?

I laugh at people that buy a new car to get better gas mileage. Now, not only have they got to keep buying "almost" the same amount of gas, they also have to make those big payments. You can buy a lot of expensive gas for what someone else is paying out in car notes + the expensive gas.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:01 PM   #32
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Thanks to everybody for the responses. I've decided to stick with my TJ. What parts in my jeep should I start keeping a close eye on though? I'd like to make sure to get things fixed when they're small problems rather than when they become big ones.
I would put a piece of cardboard under your Jeep where you park and look for leaks dropping unto it. This is a good way to prevent big problems from developing. Jeeps are known to leaks, especially the transmission. But, don't be fooled by water leaking from your AC, this is normal. Look for colored drops on the cardboard.

The transmission leak is the worse, or it was for me. A radiator leak could ruin your engine. If your transmission isn't slipping yet, I would check to make sure you aren't developing transmission leaks. If you are, I would repair them pronto.

I did not, and the leaks got so bad, that it ruined my transmission. I had to have it rebuilt, and then I made sure all the leaks were fixed. The mechanic told me that I waited too long to just fix the leaks, as my transmission was ruined. I had taken it back to the dealership under warranty, but all they did was flush the transmission, and they did not repair the leaks. The gaskets just wear out over time. Flushing the transmission was a useless fix. It was like putting a band-aid on a busted artery.

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