I am an Australian Wrangler owner in desperate need of some advice. I own a 2001 Jeep Wrangler that has a growing list of problems. The biggest problem by far for me is quoted price of replacement/repairs here in Aus. I am sure that I can save a packet buying direct from the US and shipping parts here.
Anyway, first to the problems in order of biggest to smallest problems:
1. Driver + Passanger side door tops:
these are completely shot. Zips don't work on either plus some splitting and tearing of windows and fabric on the drivers side where my arm rests. Thinking about buying these UPPER SKINS FRONT WINDOWS 97-06 JEEP WRANGLER: eBay Motors (item 230486638123 end time Oct-09-10 13:50:07 PDT)
Anyone had any experience with these good or bad? They are a great price compared with the $660 - $1,400 I've been quoted here.
I have been told the 'evaporator' is shot? Anyway, when I have had it regassed the gas just leaks out. Quoted price for replacement part $1,000! Am I actually after an 'evaporator' or is it known buy another name in the US? Surely I can buy the part from an online US store and ship it here to Australia cheaper than $1,000.
3. Heater/Fan/AC switch panel:
This one has me stumped. The fan is not working. Usual story, it was working on some speeds but not all, now doesn't work on ANY speeds - so it could be a blower/switch combined fault? In addition to that when I try to change the air-flow direction from my feet to my face it does nothing, the air flowing through the vents keeps blowing on my feet. Originally I was told that I needed to replace the entire panel (please see picture below) at a cost of $550 for the part alone. Do you guys think I need to replace this whole panel or is there another cheaper/better option?
4. Gas cap lock:
Is that what you call them? We call them petrol caps over here. Anyway, the lock no longer works, the whole lock barrel just spins around when I put the key in. Haven't priced a replacement one here yet - not game to.
5. Console lock:
The barrel out of the lock for the centre console flew out when I opened the console the other day. It's somewhere in the back now. I assume I would need to replace the entire console lid?
I am hoping that you guys can help with some advice, as the total parts cost for just the door tops, A/C and switches would be over $2,000 here, not counting fitting - most of which I can either do myself, or get a good friend to help with.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also if you know of any online jeep parts stores that ship to Australia that would be great as well.