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Old 09-13-2011, 09:29 AM
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I am looking to buy a 2001 SE Jeep Wrangler model with 163000 miles. I am not very familiar with Jeeps so I am looking for any advise out there. The outside of the jeep is in great condition. The price sounds to good to be true $5000. I have test drove it and it seems to run fine. Is there anything I should be looking at to make sure I am not getting a lemon? Is the 2001 SE model a good Jeep model? The 4 wheel drive is part time, not really sure what that means. Thanks for all the help
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When you test drive it, make sure to get it up between 46 and 52 miles an hour and pay attentions to whether the steering wheel shakes. This could be a sign of future financial wear and tear. For some reason, this is the magical speed that TJs like to start wobbling, and sometimes it's REAL bad. If there is front end work that needs to be done, your experience will range from a slight wobble at the steering wheel to I think I'm gonna die today.

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2001 is a TJ, im sure if you post in the TJ section, you will receive more information.

There are enough differences between the YJ and TJ to warrant reposing in that section.

TJ's are OBD2, have coil springs and a newer 4 speed OD automatic transmissions.

YJs are all leaf sprung (from the factory), have 3 speed automatic transmissions, older I6 engines are carberated, and have weaker manual transmissions (90 and older I6).

Im sure there are more differences, im listing the main differences.
As far as your potential purchase, a 01 for $5K is a great deal, even if it does need some work. Part time 4x4 means the 4 wheel drive is selectable, and as far as I know all jeeps are EXCEPT the Quadra Track found in some Grand Cherokees.

Dutch 95 has some great advise, if you get the "Death Wobble", it means there is something wrong with your front end, the repair could be as simple as a stabilizer assembly replacement, or ball joints/control arm bushings, and even loose steering components.

Any way you look at it, buying a Wrangler is like opening the door to a new attitude on the road, random Jeepers will wave for no reason, and Prius drivers will scowl (I tend to think of them as jealous, but those tree huggers can be difficult at times), but its the Jeep thing, so enjoy it!
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1987-mid 1988 has the bad tranny.

you have the same 3 speed automatic as us till 04, and the same manual behind the 6cyl till 02.

wait for a 4.0 unless you have no hills or highways where you live
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Thanks for all the responses, I am going to go look at it again today.
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