Thanks in advance for helping me out. My 65yr old mom has a 2005 std Rubi that I get to drive when my volvo wagon is in the shop. I <3 it. My hubby came across this Used 2001 Jeep Wrangler SE For Sale | Nashua NH . at his best friend's dealership. We'd get it for 8k and trade my xc70 for it. 1, we have a 3yr old, are we completely insane to have a jeep with a toddler? 2, is it a good deal? Also, what to expect as a new jeep owner, what breaks on these things, what are good upgrades to make? We have a house on Cape Cod across the street from beach trails, is there anything we should do to make it "beach ready"?
Do you plan to have more kids someday? Do you need room to haul family items and items for your 3 year old? Do you have another vehicle that has lots of room? Think about these for a bit. If you have another vehicle with plenty of room to haul stuff for your family then I would possibly consider it. The wrangler doesn't have much room. Albeit some families out there probably get by fine with just a Wrangler for hauling the family around but I wouldn't get rid of the family car right away if you need the room for hauling items. With that said Wranglers are pretty reliable. Things to watch for in your area would be frame rust and other body rust. The frames can look decent on the outside but hide rotten mounts inside the frame rail for the transmission mount. Check for fluid leaks, brakes and all of the other usual items that can wear out. I noticed its an SE which is fine but if you want more power I would search for one with the 4.0L inline 6 engine. Not sure how reliable the autos are in the SE's but hopefully someone else will chime in.
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we have a LR Range Rover, as our big fam vehicle. Hubby drives 7 miles to work, so this would be his commuting car but we'd share lots. I am a little nervous about the 4cyl myself, its 90 mi each way down the cape. In a car without a lot of getup and go, for someone that is used to 80 easy, it may be rough.
As much as i love Jeep, i wouldn't make that trade. 2.5L and auto trans are not a good combination. It is nearly impossible to get a car seat into the back of a TJ, and if you plan on moving anything larger than a shoebox, you will have to take the back seat out anyway.
As a former se owner you will regret this purchase.You stated driving your moms rubi...big difference in power/acceleration.I would recommend shopping around abit for a decent sport or x model.Also, if your hubby is inclined have him look under the vehicle good for rot as they're prone to it in several areas.Best of luck and happy hunting
No problems with my 17 month old. The car seat goes in and out just fine, that is with 6" of lift and 38" tires. I have had a hard top, soft top, and framless soft top. I usually take it out before I go to work incase I have to load up all my stuff to go to another station.
If you have a Range Rover for cruising, speed might not be a concern of yours. I just picked up a 1999 SE with the 2.5 and yes, it is slowwwww. But I have a fast sports car to offset that so it doesn't bother me in the least chugging along in the Wrangler going from 0-60 in 15 seconds. Its actually really not that bad if you shift at 3-4,000 RPM. For context, my 1999 SE had 238,000 miles on the body (clean, no rust) with a re-built engine with 50,000 miles on it and I paid $4,000 in Northern VA where prices are in the higher range, so I don't think $8,000 for 2001 with only 92,000 miles in bad. Keep in mind though, you are buying it right at that spot where things will start to go on it in the next 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Most likely, almost nothing has been replaced yet at 92,000 miles, which is worth thinking about.
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wow, you guys are awesome, thank you so much for all the replies, and the pic's of the LO's loving Jeeping. Yeah I think we are going to pass. I asked my dad to sell me the Rubi and they could still use it for outings, so that may be a move we make. It almost makes sense, if I could find one, to go the Unlimited route. Calling Jeep dealerships tomorrow!
I'd personally walk away from a 4 cylinder Jeep if you like to cruise above 60 mph.
When people say the 4 cylinder will cruise at 65, they forget to mention that it takes three years to get there. You can hardly pass other vehicles too.
Hold out for a 4.0L. It's worth it. This is coming from a guy who drove a stock 4 cylinder and now drives a 4.0L.
I can also be a new jeep owner tomorrow, its a 4cyl
i started a thread on owning a 4cyl http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/offr...ie-121368.html
i would love the I6 but this is what i got now, and i am very worried concerning mpg
my qyestion now is regrding the 3 speed auto box,
you are talking about cruising 60miles/h
where is the rmp when you are doing 60 or 55 mph?
( just asking to check if the 4 cyl is struggling bad and sucking all the juice when cruising on the highway)