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Old 03-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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So my first car was a 98 Wrangler SE and after borrowing a friends TJ the other weekend I realized how much I miss it even though gas is almost quadruple what it was when I had mine ha. So after browsing dealer websites and autotrader I came across this little guy(link below). I've heard to be cautious about older vehicles with less miles because parts may not have been broken in or whatever. It's a pretty basic Jeep. Just wanted to see if you all had any input. Does it seem like an alright deal or should I keep looking around? Anything against the 4 banger? Anything I should keep an eye out for when I go check it out next week? Thanks in advance!

Cars for Sale: 1998 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 SE in Saint Louis, MO 63143: Sport Utility Details - 317124612 - AutoTrader.com

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Old 03-23-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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I'd look into the 6cyl... The 4 is a decent engine and plenty reliable but a tad underpowered IMO.

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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Yea, that was somewhat of my concern as well. However, I don't plan on doing too many major mods as this will be my daily driver. Maybe a little lift and some 33's. How do they compare as far as actual MPG. What do you guys see in your 6 and 4 cylinders?
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The 4cyl will have 4.10 gears stock so pulling the 33s won't be a huge issue with a manual but your MPG will suffer. The 4cyl has to work harder so it's going to use more gas. With an auto and 33s even with the 4.10s it won't get out of it's own way.

On the flip side the 6cyl you find may have 3.07 gears and you'll have to regear or it'll be a dog running 33s and your 5th gear will be pretty much worthless. An auto even worse... Regear the 6 to 4.10s and you can run 33s no issue.

Either way you're going to spend the money to run 33s... The difference is your gas bill will be higher with the 4cyl.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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I guess it's also noteworthy to say 33s are a step above and depending on your idea of "major mods" it may be more than what you're wanting to do.

I tell everyone to research the hell out of all their options because there will be more opinions given here that you can possibly process. When you get a lift make sure you have the money available to take care of any issues lifting the Jeep can cause.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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I've had both, and would never go back to the 4 cylinder. I actually get better MPG out of my 2004 4.0l than I did in my 98 2.5l (both stock and after a lift and 33s).
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I have a 4 cyl with 4" life and 32s haven't regeared it yet but that is next mpg sucks an i rarely get into 5th gear if i had to do it all over again i would have not got the 4 cyl 2.5 but love my tj the same
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #8
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Man you guys are making this decision tough. For about 2 grand more I can do a V6 with about 35k more miles. Just not sure if its worth the extra cash. Id prefer to have something that will last. I guess MPG really dont matter that much the Jeep is more for fun than going green. 1-3 extra miles per gallon really dont make too much of a difference huh
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #9
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MPG is pretty much the last thing I would be worried about if you're hunting for a Jeep. If it was me I'd spend the extra money and get the 4.0l. I'd put good money down that you will end up regretting your purchase if you go with the 2.5l. I know I did, and I'm not one that needs a lot of power. All I ask is that I can hold my speed adequately, which the 4 cylinder was unable to do on any sort of an incline.
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That rig is overpriced. For $10,000 you should be able to find a 2000 or newer six cylinder Sahara or Sport.
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Come to Chicago area. 97 or 98 SE 4 bangers sell in the $4-6K range. Sure, that mileage is low on that one, but the price is WAY too much.
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I beg to Differ on higher gas bill on the 4 banger... I have a 2000 4 cylinder with a 2 inch lift and 33' mudders and I'm getting great MPG... my last jeep was an 02 4.0 with 35's and lifted and I had to fill it up just about every day Where as my current Wrangler I have to fill it maybe once a week, I get near the 20's MPG and I do a ton of highway driving... I actuality prefer my 4 cylinder on the highway as my last jeep you had to fight with it to keep 60MPH and my 4 cylinder holds 75-80 MPH with no problem except on hills... dont let the 4 banger discourage you.. there underrated for what they are.. Mines a manual by the way.. auto your going to have an issue..
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That rig is overpriced. For $10,000 you should be able to find a 2000 or newer six cylinder Sahara or Sport.

bear in mind his is at a dealership... Thats priced about right for what it is..
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That rig is overpriced. For $10,000 you should be able to find a 2000 or newer six cylinder Sahara or Sport.
That's a bit overpriced here in Portland OR too. I didn't have to look too long to find a really nice '06 with an I6, manual and 71k miles for $11.8k (private sale). Same thing on a lot is going for about $14-15k.

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I really dont want something with a lot of miles on it. Is something with 70-80k miles going to start giving me headaches within the next couple of years? I maintain the hell out of every vehicle I own but I dont want to have to buy a car and then drop a bunch of money in it next year because its breaking down. Is on engine more reliable than the other?
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Many of the 2000ish Jeeps in my area are well over 100k miles on their original engines and apparently run great. 4s and 6s both. High mileage really doesn't seem to kill the value of Wranglers like it does with other more mundane vehicles.

As an aside, I had a long pickuptruck pull out in front of me yesterday on a two lane street and block both lanes of traffic because he couldn't merge completely with the left lane (red light and a row of vehicles ahead). I'm sure I performed a completely illegal manever by driving up onto the sidewalk and around him to procede in my lane . It felt no worse than going over a little speedbump . Then I thought to myself, 'that's why I got back into a Jeep'.

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Come to Chicago area. 97 or 98 SE 4 bangers sell in the $4-6K range. Sure, that mileage is low on that one, but the price is WAY too much.
St. Louis versus Chicago? One word: SALT. That's a fantastically clean Jeep and while I agree the price is a bit steep it is pristine and better than just about any Jeep you can find in a rust belt area. And while I moved to Buffalo in 2011 where they use 50 billion tons of salt whether we need it or not I did spend the previous 25 years of my life near Joliet and can attest to how it is in Northern Illinois compared to Northern Missouri.
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unfortunately if you want low miles you are going to have to pay. anytime something is 10+ years old and under 50,000 they treat it like its gold.

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