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Old 03-22-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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Question Help with 99 Wrangler SE pricing

Hello guys, I have been a long time looker in the Wrangler game. I saw a 99 SE, 4cyl, 5 speed, full doors, a/c, and 104k that is in really good looking shape. Green with a new tan soft top.

I haven't called about the price yet. What do you guys think?

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I think if you want to put bigger tires, a lift or use it offroad at all you should keep looking for a 6 cylinder.

unless you have plans for a motor swap?

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I think if you want to put bigger tires, a lift or use it offroad at all you should keep looking for a 6 cylinder.

unless you have plans for a motor swap?
I disagree. Do you have experience with a 4 cylinder to make such claims?

To the OP, if it's nice and clean and you like the way it drives, go for it! If you're looking to lift it, 4.88 gears will help a lot in the power department. 4.88's, 33's and a 5 speed would be a very nice setup. You'll be able to do 75-80 on the highway (though it will be a bit slow getting up to speed).
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Hello guys, I have been a long time looker in the Wrangler game. I saw a 99 SE, 4cyl, 5 speed, full doors, a/c, and 104k that is in really good looking shape. Green with a new tan soft top.

I haven't called about the price yet. What do you guys think?

Thanks
I think you should call about the price, or look on kbb.com, nada.com, etc... or get the 6. I wouldn't get a 4cyl w/ over 100K miles, and yes I have had experience as I've owned two 4 cyl TJs.
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I think you should call about the price, or look on kbb.com, nada.com, etc... or get the 6. I wouldn't get a 4cyl w/ over 100K miles, and yes I have had experience as I've owned two 4 cyl TJs.
What's so bad about a 2.5L with a 100k? It's a great motor!
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I am a newb to jeeps, I have 4cyl 2000 TJ 5 spd. How do you go about completing that gear set up of 4.88 you were talking about?
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upgearing is great, but unless you have the tools/know how to do it yourself the price you'll pay for an upgear is the difference it would cost to get into a 6 in the first place. and yes, I've had a 4cyl yj... in fact I've had two and two other 6 cyl yj's. if I had the choice I'd get a motor that doesn't fall on it's face in the torque department.

now, in an effort to remain humble, if it makes you happy then go ahead and get it. I know a few guys that wheel 4 bangers and while they all want to do a swap in the long run, they are all happy with them.
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What's so bad about a 2.5L with a 100k? It's a great motor!
A lack of power to drive taller tires at speed, and while a great motor, it's not as "bulletproof" as the 4.0
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I am a newb to jeeps, I have 4cyl 2000 TJ 5 spd. How do you go about completing that gear set up of 4.88 you were talking about?
You should take it to a shop and have them do it. It's something you don't want to mess with if you don't have experience. I would call some local shops for quotes.

To the other posters, yes, the cost of a regear could be added to the budget towards a 4.0L TJ but even a 4.0L on 33's (especially since many have 3.07 gears) will need a regear so that point is sorta mute.

I agree, if you can afford it, get a 4.0L. If you do happen to find a nice 2.5L though, don't be afraid to get it.
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Well said. If you have the time try to shoot for a 4.0 with 3.73:1 gears. (There's a plate on the diff you can read this from).

If you plan on getting bigger tires go and test drive a few, get a feel for 'em and then make a decision.

If you find a 4.0 5speed that starts out EASY in 2nd gear it likely has 3.73 and will do fine for long time wheeling 33's.

In all honesty though once you have a jeep you'll love no matter what. There's nothing you can't change if you have the time/money.

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