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Old 07-06-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hello, i'm new here :)

Ok, im 17, i live in Cyprus, and for my 18th (when i get my license) to get a jeep wrangler that could be a long term project to customize with paint, new wheels, suspension and in all honesty make it look awesome to drive around in the boiling weather

What would you suggest? I was looking at the 1997 or 1999 model... I don't have a massive budget but the lump sum for the car would be about 4000 (English pounds). Then over time work and save my $$$ for the rest

I am not a car, but i learn fast

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Old 07-06-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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I assume 4000 English Pounds means dollars....$4000?
You might be able to find a decent ride for that price for the year of jeeps you are interested in.
There is not a whole lot of change though between 1998 and 2002 so in my opinion, you should broaden your search to other years as well.

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Old 07-06-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum Jiggy and you'll love having an early 97-99 Wrangler. Personally I like the '97 over many later models because the '97 has a few nice benefits that some later TJs don't have. They're also easy to learn to work on and would be a great (and FUN!) first vehicle for you. Good luck on getting your license!! I wish I was 17 and looking at getting my first vehicle, have fun with it!!
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I assume 4000 English Pounds means dollars....$4000?
4,000 English Pounds converts roughly to just under $8,000 dollars at today's exchange rate.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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Did a quick look on Auto trader, and this one was the only one that i could find that fitted my budget and in the 1997 range

Auto Trader UK - JEEP WRANGLER 2.5 Sport 2dr Soft Top

So, is that any good? Where would the best place to start "modding" (i.e, body, paint and such)

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Jiggy, how will your future Jeep be used? Will you be on the highway covering long distances very much or is it mostly for the local area with little highway needs?
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Local area, mostly going driving down to the beach and along the front near the sea, and down to the clubs at night (hence making it look nice). There is an orange wrangler driving around, if it see it driving around i will take a pic and be sure to post it on here, it is amazing

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For that type of driving Jiggy, that Jeep in your Jeep Trader link would be fine providing it is in good condition after having it checked for problems by a good mechanic first. I had noticed it had the 2.5L engine which is fine for your particular driving needs. It has the same interior my 97 Wrangler does other than its steering wheel being on the other side from where mine is.
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Cheers for that info, now to the fun part, where are good places to get parts? What would you recommend getting first off? Suspension, Wheels and paint?

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Order a catalog from Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories & Jeep Soft Tops From The Jeep Parts Experts - Quadratec and you can dream/drool over all the parts in there. Their prices are pretty high on most items though so be sure to research competing prices elsewhere before blindly ordering parts from them.
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Ok, will drool over all them for a while, i will post back in the morning (well for me) its late here, Cheers for the help

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Put it up a few inches and throw on 31's. I have a 97' 2.5L with a 2" BB its a cheap way to get the jeep up higher, but from the sounds of it you might be better off getting something a little more advanced and have a mechanic install it for you. Do you have a garage and tools to do the job yourself? How about a nice sound system for the "chickies"? You could put in a sound bar and subwoofer in the trunk or underneath the rear seat. G'luck in the search mate.
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Welcome to WF!!!

Listen to Jerry he is full of usefull info!
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Listen to Jerry he is full of usefull info!
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