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Old 08-08-2010, 12:03 PM
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5 most common problems with the TJ Jeep

I have heard some real horror stories about the early model TJ Jeeps - tranny failure, rear axle needing replacing after 40k, overheating etc.
I personally have only had a minor electrical problem with my 2000 rubicon Jeep and love it to bits.
What are the most common problems these Jeeps have?
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Steering drag link & tie rods are weak, D35c rear axle,weak control arm brackets,gas tank skid plate is flimsy,OE trackbar sucks and needs to be replaced with an adjustable one as soon as a lift is installed.Basically everything I have broken and replaced

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I personally have only had a minor electrical problem with my 2000 rubicon Jeep and love it to bits.
The Rubicon was not made till 2003!

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I'd say you should have a lot of problems with a 2000 Rubicon... what was it a prototype?
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Perhaps the only 2000 Rubicon in the world!All accounts state that 2003 was the first year for Rubicon model!
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Maybe it's a Rubiclone. Another thing to add to that list the front unit bearing setup sucks.
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The Rubicon was not made till 2003!

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Sorry, mistake when typing, it is a 2003

I've also heard lots of people having problems with cracked heater matrixes leaking in the cab, anyone have any experience on this?
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The Rubicon was not made till 2003!

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Sorry, mistake when typing, it is a 2003
That was a test. The Rubicon really wasn't introduced until 2004!















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I think you will find its more certain jeeps, than model years. The 97-99 exhaust manifold cracks on the 6cly, General isssues with the slide hvac controls, though all years seem to have problems with the fan switch. I have owne 1 97 2 2000's and 1 2001. Can't say any of them was worse than the others, in fact no massive issues.
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I wouldn't consider the 2003 an early model.
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My 98 sport has yet to let me down with 140,000 on it while my friends newer,lower milage TJ's are another story.
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My main problem with my Jeep is it is way to damn expensive!
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my cupholders fill up with dip a lot and my rollbars are too round...
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My main problem with my Jeep is it is way to damn expensive!
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The fan speed control switch and several items related seems to be a big problem reported by many people. I've replaced mine and rewired the connector because it melted. The seat cords and the pull string break easy. Bad paint for the hood. several components easily rusting.
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jeep tj heater core broke

My jeep tj's heater split the other week its a day job to replace kind of annoying especially when i live in Australia and don't need my heater in the summer
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Had to replace;
Oil pressure sending unit (twice)
Cracked exhaust manifold.

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Rusty frames are my only issue!!
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I've had sort of a different set of problems with my TJ than all the technical stuff. Here's my top 5;
1. TJ ownership makes it impossible to concentrate on unimportant stuff like my job when it's top-down nice outside.
2. TJ ownership generates a tendancy to spend money on axle upgrades, swaybar disconnects and the like instead of unimportant stuff like the new furnace, paying the electric bill etc.
3. TJ ownership creates unhealthy desires to drive places that you would have never, under any circumstances , considered going before.
4. TJ ownership makes it impossible to drive by another jeep broken down along side the road.
5. TJ ownership causes distraction from everyone who wants to ride along with the top down.

On a more technical note, I'm currently battling the rusty frame issue, my high-beam indicator lamp won't work and the pinion bearing is crapping out. on my D35
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Hi everyone! Think I'm going to pull the trigger on my first Jeep! Thought I'd ask the experts for their thoughts before I do. My plan is to buy a fairly base model drive it and then build it over time. I've found an '03 SE with reasonable miles (just shy of 120K) and newer tires. Is there in particular I should look out for? Mechanical, structural, etc.? No AC, which may be an issue if I'm driving it to work. Can these be retrofitted after market? Any help and advice would be really great! Thanks!
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I have heard some real horror stories about the early model TJ Jeeps - tranny failure, rear axle needing replacing after 40k, overheating etc.
You heard wrong. I had one of the very earliest 1997 TJs, I purchased it 5/96, and it was fine up until it was stolen with over 200k miles on it 8 years ago. The only thing it ever needed was new valve springs. It had a leaky radiator at first but that was about it.

Things like rear axles needing replacement at 40k miles, tranny failures, etc. are complete BS. Those same axles, transmissions, etc. had been used for many years in the YJ Wranglers and had a good reputation.

I'd rather have my previous '97 TJ than my current '04 TJ.

And Shazam47, I'd go for the 4.0L engine... not the 2.5L. Unless you plan to use the TJ for offroad use only, you'd find the 2.5L not a good engine for the highway. It struggles to keep up with traffic, especially if you plan to install larger tires. That you have to keep your foot in it to keep up with traffic means it doesn't really have a significant mpg benefit over the much better 4.0L engine.
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The stupid gas cap causing engine codes.
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And Shazam47, I'd go for the 4.0L engine... not the 2.5L. Unless you plan to use the TJ for offroad use only, you'd find the 2.5L not a good engine for the highway. It struggles to keep up with traffic, especially if you plan to install larger tires. That you have to keep your foot in it to keep up with traffic means it doesn't really have a significant mpg benefit over the much better 4.0L engine.
Thank you! The Jeep I was looking at was a 2.5L. Found a 4.0L that I'll take out for a test drive next week instead. Wrangler X Appreciate the info!
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1) Bad head casting on earlier models thats prone to cracking
2) Fan blower resistor
3) RMS Leak
4) Paint fading on flares
5) Torx bolts with thread locker everywhere.....
6) Rust eating through frame around the rear lower CA's
*Edit* Just realized initial question was from a few years ago, whoops
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I've owned my 98 TJ from day 1. Biggest problem I've had is the exhaust manifold. I replaced the OE manifold at 51K miles and am on my 2nd Borla header now, and it is leaking. I had a water leak at the AC drain line. Everything else has been OK.
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