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Old 06-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Deciding between an older manual or ....

Im trying to decide between a 98 manual stick with 86k miles and a 2004 auto with 50k miles pretty much identical apart from this!! any views on things i should look for? I know so much is down to previous drivers but would I be getting close to the problem age with the manual stick ?
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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Go for the newer auto. It is a no brainer. The auto box paired with the 4.0 provides incredible usable torque offroad. Some complain about the auto box in town but I have become accustomed to it and it suits me just fine.

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Old 06-06-2013, 04:26 PM   #3

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it would depend more on asking price and other options for me.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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I'd look for an 01 TJ. Mine has 210,000 miles on and running strong
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Personally when it comes to Jeeps im a manual trans guy but either way its still a Jeep.

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Old 06-06-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by 6InARowMakesItGo View Post
it would depend more on asking price and other options for me.

X2. what are the asking prices?
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:13 AM   #7
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if these are the only two TJ's you have looked at I would advise to keep looking, just to be sure you get what you really want. did you check the frames and floor pans for rust?

as for transmission choice you cant go wrong either way.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:22 AM   #8
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the newer jeep will problem be a better choice, auto and fewer miles. but thats pretty low mileage for a 98. I'd check it for mods like bigger tires without changing the Speedo gear.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:21 AM   #9
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The newer auto (42rle) is happiest if the operating temps are cooler. I does not come stock with a tranny cooler on a TJ. Check out Jerry's thread on keeping the 42rle tranny alive by installing a Derale tranny cooler.

The 42rle is probably the pickiest of all the TJ transmissions on proper gearing. Due to the overdrive being so tall, if larger tires are going to be installed, a re-gear would be needed to allow the overdrive to even be usable.
I love my automatic on the trails compared to the manuals I have had in the past.
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