Originally Posted by leninade
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.