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Old 05-20-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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I want to buy my first jeep wrangler and I like the 1997 models. Do to my budget that is what I can afford at this time with a 4 cylinder. Which transmission would be better for a 4 cylinder auto or manual? This will not be an everyday vehicle just mainly weekends and play. Plan on just cruising around town and some trail riding, nothing extreme. I would preferr the 4.0 but since it's just for fun trying to stay around $6,000. Any suggestions would be appreciated with things to look for.

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Old 05-20-2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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Where are you located. I have a 98 for sale for $6000 if you are interested and close to me. let me know if you are interested.

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I want to buy my first jeep wrangler and I like the 1997 models. Do to my budget that is what I can afford at this time with a 4 cylinder. Which transmission would be better for a 4 cylinder auto or manual? This will not be an everyday vehicle just mainly weekends and play. Plan on just cruising around town and some trail riding, nothing extreme. I would preferr the 4.0 but since it's just for fun trying to stay around $6,000. Any suggestions would be appreciated with things to look for.
If you would prefer a 4.0 just take your time and keep your eyes open. I found a 2001 60th anniv ed listed for 8500. I liked what I saw and offered 6500 cash in hand and the guy accepted it. Dont settle for something just because you want to pick one up asap. There are plenty of deals out there for people with cash in hand esp in this economy. Just wait until you find one around your price range that you love.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:02 PM   #4
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Where are you located. I have a 98 for sale for $6000 if you are interested and close to me. let me know if you are interested.
I'm located in Atlanta. Gotta sell my Tahoe before I buy a jeep. Just started looking.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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if u have 6 grand u can find some bad ass jeeps out there, be patient let it come to u.

times are tough, cash is king. people are selling their gas hogs to pay this months mortgage.

i have a 98 that i got 4 years ago for 8,000. 5 speed manny tranny. 4 cyl.

and that was 4 years ago. here in az im seeing 2000's with good miles as low as 5 and 6 grand.

also just cause they are newer doesnt mean they r better.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:14 PM   #6
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alother newbie here looking for my first TJ.. have had a few CJ's back in the day but found this 05 TJ for 4K.. is this right? I was thinking this to be low.. I am assuming 4cyl on this one since the post does not say.

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Old 05-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #7
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Just be aware of one thing: 1997 is the first year for the TJ and there are some aftermarket parts that may not quite match up to it. For instance, if you were to want to add cruise control at some point the factory add-on is not offered for 1997 models. If I'm wrong someone please correct me, but I'm pretty sure that is correct. I've looked in other catalogs (JC Whitney Jeep, Quadratec, etc.) and 1997 is not listed sometimes as a compatible model for whatever part you may be looking at.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:42 PM   #8
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alother newbie here looking for my first TJ.. have had a few CJ's back in the day but found this 05 TJ for 4K.. is this right? I was thinking this to be low.. I am assuming 4cyl on this one since the post does not say.

Post> Full Metal Doors, 2-Way Remote Car Starter with extra one-way remote
No known mechanical/electrical issues. No strange noises/vibrations.
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No way thats real,something wrong
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Just be aware of one thing: 1997 is the first year for the TJ and there are some aftermarket parts that may not quite match up to it. For instance, if you were to want to add cruise control at some point the factory add-on is not offered for 1997 models. If I'm wrong someone please correct me, but I'm pretty sure that is correct. I've looked in other catalogs (JC Whitney Jeep, Quadratec, etc.) and 1997 is not listed sometimes as a compatible model for whatever part you may be looking at.
I dont have any problems with finding stuff for my '97. There are some quirks with it. I have 3.55's gears instead of 3.73's. I can't get a chrome hood scoop for my jeep but thats ok. I do know that 03's to 06's are a little bit differant when it comes to soft tops.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:45 PM   #10
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No way thats real,something wrong
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Maybe cause its Yellow>>>
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:51 PM   #11
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Look around and take your time finding one.
I would recommend the 4.0 6cyl over the 4cyl. regardless of use.

There are soem great deals out there, just takes time finding them. Check out the classified for some of the other jeep forums on the net.
jeepforum.com
jeepsunlimted.com
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:21 PM   #12
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I am trying to get a 97 or 98 also but I am being even cheaper I have 4500 to spend, you will have no problem finding a 4 cylinder at that price. I have found many of them, lifted etc (under 6 k). I am holding out for a 6 cyl 97 or newer hopefully I can find one soon in the dc area I have heard from many people that you want a 6 cylinder if you want to run larger tires!!

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