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Old 05-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Advice for new (used) Jeep owner

Hi there. I'm a new jeep owner. In fact, I'll be picking up my 2001 Wrangler SE on Thursday. It's a 4x4, 5 speed, 2.5l 4 cyl. It's got a lot of miles (just shy of 200,000) but the body looks great, it drives nice and is really clean. I'm not planning on off-roading much but will use it mostly as a daily driver and enjoying the open sky!

I was wondering if anyone could give me some good insight on what it looks like to own/drive/maintain a Jeep with this many miles. I'm open to any suggestions. I really want to own this Jeep for a long time and am willing to take care of it so any advice on the basics is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any help and I'm looking forward to learning from you all.

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Old 05-08-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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The most aggravating advice/insight I was given when I purchased mine was, "save up money for repairs, you're gonna need it". Damn that was great advice. Everything breaks. No matter how well you take care of it, something will break. You are way ahead of where I was when I bought mine, as you are already at the forums.

Read every post you see about a noise, wobble, putter, anything. There have been several issues I've been able to track down, because I had already read it.

Try to learn how to fix things yourself. Forums + Youtube = left over money, greater love of vehicle, less angry calls to shop for crap work.

Ask stupid questions instead of doing stupid S*&T. The old dudes will seem like they are grumpy, but if they are replying, they are helping.


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Old 05-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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Keep everything greased I spray frame with wd40 once every 2 months and the underneath. I lift carpet and spray floors as well. So far no rust I get everywhere. You will learn that a lot breaks u joints are common. I got ones with grease fittings they last a lot longer.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #4
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My rig has 201k miles but is now only used for hunting and Jeep jamborees. I have not experienced any issues; however, I only drive it about 2k miles per year. I'm not sure that I would rely on my TJ as a primary vehicle considering its age and mileage.

As long as the engine lasts you should be OK. All the other repairs can be completed in an afternoon in your own garage
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:36 PM   #5
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Buy a set of torx bits
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