I bought my first Wrangler about a month ago and I love the thing. It is an awesome vehicle, but there are a few issues that need to be worked out before I consider it completely reliable... and before I consider selling my other car.
My Jeep is a 1999 Wrangler SE. 4 banger with a manual 5-speed. It is pretty clean as far as I can tell - it doesn't appear to be off-roaded or anything. This Jeep is very much stock.
First problem is it is tough to start. If the Jeep has been off for more then a few minutes it takes two series of cranks to get started. I first have to crank it for about 4 seconds, stop and wait 1 second, then crank again and it starts right up in less then 2 seconds. Once shes fired up shes strong. I have a feeling I know what this issue is, but I would like to hear from the experts before I tell the local mechanic to empty my wallet. FYI, last time they tried to "fix" it they put new plugs, wires, distributor cap in even though I mentioned what I thought it was.
Next problem is a clicking sound when I drive. When I first got it, the clicking sound was much less frequent and less loud. Now whenever I am driving straight or turning there tick.tick.tick.tick.tick that correlates with my speed. It usually only occurs when I am accelerating or when I still have the car in gear and am coasting. I could swear the sound is coming from the fronts, but it could very well be the rears. I don't think it is the brakes either. Any idea what this is and what it will cost me to fix?
I would like to get these issues worked out ASAP as my parents are coming to town next week and are borrowing my Jeep for a road trip to the Keys over night. I haven't seen them in a while so they can't get stranded in a busted Jeep.
Please let me know what you guys are thinking about these issues and what they might cost to fix.