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Old 09-28-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Any issues with '97 Wrangler to be aware of?

I am looking hard at buying a '97 Wrangler. Is there anything specific I need to be wary of with this purchase? Thanks.

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Of all the models, the '97 is my favorite. Its only issues include a couple... that its exhaust header tends to crack but that has likely already been fixed by now. The early TJ radiators tended to leak within their first couple years but that too has likely been fixed by now. Some '97 and '98 4.0L engines can develop a minor misfire from a bad batch of valve springs that was installed in some engines but that has probably been resolved by now too.

I would trade my '04 for my old '97 in a heartbeat if the '97 hadn't been stolen earlier this year.

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The only reason I bought my '98 instead of a better looking (paint job) '97 was the 16 gallon tank on the '97. The '98 just happened to have the larger tank upgrade. It is nothing to be wary of...just aware of, before you buy.

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That is not to say '97 TJs come with 15 (not 16) gallon tanks. Most TJs come with 19 gallon tanks, only a few stripped down models came with 15 gallon tanks. My '97 came with a factory 19 gallon tank.
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Can anyone tell me where i can find already red fenders for my 94 wrangler.
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That is not to say '97 TJs come with 15 (not 16) gallon tanks. Most TJs come with 19 gallon tanks, only a few stripped down models came with 15 gallon tanks. My '97 came with a factory 19 gallon tank.
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My 97 is the Sahara package with a 15 gal tank ? I wasnt aware there was even a larger tank.Did have to change my rad when the truck was 4 years old,and did the exhaust manifold upgrade a few years back.To the OP,if your looking for one in the Northeast,rust will be an issue on the 97.Ac coil,heater core and distributer have also gone south on mine.Not bad at all for 14 years!
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I seriously doubt your '97 Sahara has the 15 gallon tank, "loaded" TJs like the Sahara came with the 19 gallon tank. I'm guessing you're just going by the notoriously inaccurate gas gauge that often reads Empty when it still has 4-5 gallons of gas left which has convinced more than a few that they had the 15 gallon tank rather than the 19 gallon tank they really have.

If I went by my Rubicon's REALLY inaccurate fuel gauge, I'd swear I have a 10 gallon tank instead of the 19 gallon tank it really has. It registers Empty when I still have probably 9-10 gallons left... so if I filled up when it said Empty, it would only take 9-10 gallons.
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I have a 99 SE, and by 99 the tank was supposed to be larger as a standard feature. I checked with the factory and was told mine has a 15 gallon tank. Bummer.
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I seriously doubt your '97 Sahara has the 15 gallon tank, "loaded" TJs like the Sahara came with the 19 gallon tank. I'm guessing you're just going by the notoriously inaccurate gas gauge that often reads Empty when it still has 4-5 gallons of gas left which has convinced more than a few that they had the 15 gallon tank rather than the 19 gallon tank they really have.

If I went by my Rubicon's REALLY inaccurate fuel gauge, I'd swear I have a 10 gallon tank instead of the 19 gallon tank it really has. It registers Empty when I still have probably 9-10 gallons left... so if I filled up when it said Empty, it would only take 9-10 gallons.
Tell me about... My 97' SE fuel gauge showed empty two nights ago and I have been driving on empty for a day now probably only 30 miles around town but still off by a lot. I hAte how you can't get the fuel sending unit separate anymore. Or can you?
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I seriously doubt your '97 Sahara has the 15 gallon tank, "loaded" TJs like the Sahara came with the 19 gallon tank. I'm guessing you're just going by the notoriously inaccurate gas gauge that often reads Empty when it still has 4-5 gallons of gas left which has convinced more than a few that they had the 15 gallon tank rather than the 19 gallon tank they really have.

If I went by my Rubicon's REALLY inaccurate fuel gauge, I'd swear I have a 10 gallon tank instead of the 19 gallon tank it really has. It registers Empty when I still have probably 9-10 gallons left... so if I filled up when it said Empty, it would only take 9-10 gallons.
Very interesting,I always fill up when i hit reserve,put in 14 gals or so.I just figured it was a 15 gal tank?
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Tell me about... My 97' SE fuel gauge showed empty two nights ago and I have been driving on empty for a day now probably only 30 miles around town but still off by a lot. I hAte how you can't get the fuel sending unit separate anymore. Or can you?
You can there might even be a recall for it for ya!

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