Hey guys, I'm buying my first Wrangler tomorrow and I'm just wondering how long these things really last. I've read a bunch of places that Jeeps are built to be beaten up so they outlast a lot of other vehicles. I'm looking at a '98 automatic with over 200k but it has a rebuilt engine with 50k on it and a brand new transmission. Runs really good right now, I took it for a test drive this past weekend. So to estimate, about how many years and/or miles am I looking at before it really starts to die on me?
If you take care of it... it will last forever... I bought my wrangler... took it to a mechanic to diagnose anything and everything wrong with it.. I fixed what I could, had him fix what I couldn't... and it will run forever with basic care and replacing with good quality parts.
I've seen 250-350k is about the time that engines are rebuilt.. and last another 250-350k
My '97 TJ 4.0L had around 191,000 miles on it when I last saw it (stolen last March) and it was running great. Properly taken care of, the 4.0L and the drivetrain components it powers will likely last longer with proper care than many would believe. A name most commonly associated with the 4.0L engine is "bulletproof".
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I bought mine used - original owner, and in the last weeks of March this year - at 180k miles. Yeah, I've put 20k on it since then. Nothing more than oil changes and a few "upgrades" since then.... what a great *toy*!!!!
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