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Old 12-11-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Is over-drive in 03+ wranglers worth only looking for a 03+

I'm new to the forum, and to jeeps. I've only delt with lowered cars and bagged 2wd trucks up until now.

But now i'm in the market to trade my mustang off for a jeep. Due to some problems with my left foot i'm really looking for a auto. I've read the over-drive was only added to the 03-06 tj wranglers.

What i'm wondering if the gains of over drive worth excluding the 97-02's in my searches? I dont do a ton of highway driving but there is a random long distance trip every once and while, and I drive about 3-4 miles of highway every day to work.

Just looking for some advice on the differnce from the changes on 02 to 03, thanks for any info.

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If your new to jeeps expect possibly worse gas mileage than your stang. My jeep is a 5-speed manual so im not sure how much the 3-speed no-OD differs from the 4-speed with OD for gas mileage. Also skip out on the 4 cyclider models, the I6 has enough trouble keeping this 3500lb vehicle going as fast as minivans and gets same or better mileage. If your really dead set on a jeep, make sure to thoroughly inspect it for rust or offroad abuse.

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if you regear stupid deep and run small tires, the POS of a 42RLE is moderately tolerable.

but it still sucks
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The beautiful thing about Wranglers is that they're so fun to drive, you don't mind it taking longer to get somewhere...... I have crap gears with 33's and a 4.0L and yeah it's slow, especially up hills, but I don't care. Now if I were stuck driving a mini van or a Ford Escort of something, then it would bug the poop outta me, just wanting to get where I was going so I could get out...........
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:29 AM   #5
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I converted my '97 Wrangler from its OE 5-speed manual to the nearly bulletproof 3-speed automatic without an overdrive which was used through 2002. I loved it. Great transmission. I wished it had an overdrive at times but those were not very often. Ok, that Jeep was stolen in March so I bought an '04 with the 4-speed automatic that has the overdrive. I don't love it nearly as much as my 3-speed. Its overdrive lowers the engine rpms so much that the engine likes to lug if you don't regear the axles to a low enough ratio to raise the engine rpms back up to where they need to be. Plus the 4-speed is not as bulletproof of a transmission as the older 3-speed was. Truth be told, I'd rather have my '97 back than keep my '04.
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I converted my '97 Wrangler from its OE 5-speed manual to the nearly bulletproof 3-speed automatic that did not have an overdrive which was used through 2002 and I loved it. Great transmission. I wished it had an overdrive at times but those were not very often. Ok, that Jeep was stolen in March so I bought an '04 with the 4-speed automatic that has the overdrive. I don't love it nearly as much as my 3-speed. Its overdrive lowers the engine rpms so much that the engine likes to lug if you don't regear the axles to a low enough ratio to raise the engine rpms back up to where they need to be. Plus the 4-speed is not as bulletproof of a transmission as the older 3-speed was. Truth be told, I'd rather have my '97 back than keep my '04.
That must be why I love mine..... But then, I'm kinda stupid and don't even really know what overdrive does, so I guess I can't miss it...
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I haved an 05 4spd auto. The only pupose of the overdrive is to lower the rpm of the engine thus,,,theoretically...raising the gas milage some. If you have a lift or big tires then it really does not make much difference in the milage. At least this has been my experience with my jeep. There are so many varibles and variations on jeeps I dont think there is one definite answer for your question. I would not limit my search too much. I suggest if you find a jeep you like and it is in good shape then buy it!. That is what I did.
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Thanks for all the info guys, I have the same thread over on jeepforum in the tj section and i'm getting pretty much the same answers.

I know it'll be slower than my car for sure, but I just moved so now i'm about 5-8 mins from work instead of 35-40 so I dont drive nearly as much as I used to.

I work at a chrysler, dodge and jeep dealer so getting one checked out wouldnt be a prob. I've been holding out for a clean trade in but I cant catch a break on that.
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If you can, drive them both. I just hit the OD off button and drive on. The first automatic I drove only had two speeds, so that's my benchmark
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The first automatic I drove only had two speeds, so that's my benchmark
Me too, was yours a GM Powerglide like my old '57 Chevy had?
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Me too, was yours a GM Powerglide like my old '57 Chevy had?
1959 Chevy with a 283 and yes, a Powerglide. Put 'er low to go and high to fly

Funny, my pickup has a 6-speed auto and rumors of 8-speeds coming. Can you dig it?
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The Powerglide was cool, I never had to shift so I never had to take my hand off my girlfriend's leg.
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The Powerglide was cool, I never had to shift so I never had to take my hand off my girlfriend's leg.
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The Powerglide was cool, I never had to shift so I never had to take my hand off my girlfriend's leg.
Ah yes, girls wore mini skirts, and we had a bench seat

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