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Old 06-18-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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Just bought a 2000 -tell me the pros and cons

I am a new Wrangler owner. It is a 2000 Sport 4.0L 5 spd. Just looking for opinions on the pros and cons of this particular year. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Nice. Only con I've heard on the earlier Tj is the intake manifold cracking. Mine is an 01. Not sure when they fixed that. Other than that you should be golden. Other things that can happen:

Radiator leak (cheep plastic)
02 sensors depending on mileage.
Rear main and valve cover gasket leaks.

You got a pretty good year there.

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Old 06-18-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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Pro's - It's a Jeep.
Cons - Issues with the cylinder head warping causing the Jeep to over heat between 100k-150k miles. Depending on what you want to do with your Jeep and you didn't get it with the D44 rear axle you could be looking at a rear axle swap or super 35 kit in your future
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Nice. Only con I've heard on the earlier Tj is the intake manifold cracking. Mine is an 01. Not sure when they fixed that. Other than that you should be golden. Other things that can happen:

Radiator leak (cheep plastic)
02 sensors depending on mileage.
Rear main and valve cover gasket leaks.

You got a pretty good year there.

Good luck
The tendencies for the exhaust manifold and radiator to crack were fixed with the 2000 model year so he should be golden.

Personally, having had a '97 TJ and now having an '04 TJ, I'd rather have a 2000 than my 2004. The 2000 is a simpler model with fewer things to go wrong with it.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:31 PM   #5
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I am pretty sure Keeper meant the exhaust manifold as I have never heard of an intake manifold cracking. I heard there were some years that had exhaust manifolds cracking, but I think that was fixed by 2000. Keeper really hit the main things right on. I have the same year you have with 112,000 on the 4.0. My last 4.0 ran to 249,000 and then it was in a wreck, but the engine was still strong. The rear main seal is known to leak, but I have never heard of it being anything more than an annoyance. My radiator blew up a few months back, but beyond those things not much else to say. Just remember to change your oil religiously and also remember it is 11 years old. Enjoy the new ride and welcome to the club.
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Actually I just fixed a leaking radiator. It was more like a seep, but still, it needed replaced. It was leaking around the seam at the top when put on a pressure test.
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The tendencies for the exhaust manifold and radiator to crack were fixed with the 2000 model year so he should be golden.

Personally, having had a '97 TJ and now having an '04 TJ, I'd rather have a 2000 than my 2004. The 2000 is a simpler model with fewer things to go wrong with it.
There ya go

My 01 still runs pretty good (knock on wood) at 159,000
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I am pretty sure Keeper meant the exhaust manifold as I have never heard of an intake manifold cracking, but the exhaust is pretty common. Keeper really hit the main things right on. I have the same year you have with 112,000 on the 4.0. My last 4.0 ran to 249,000 and then it was in a wreck, but the engine was still strong. The rear main seal is known to leak, but I have never heard of it being anything more than an annoyance. My radiator blew up a few months back, but beyond those things not much else to say. Just remember to change your oil religiously and also remember it is 11 years old. Enjoy the new ride and welcome to the club.
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Is it normal for there to be a noise when you let out the clutch in neutral say while you are in a drive thru somewhere? I have read that it is common for this tranny?
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Is it normal for there to be a noise when you let out the clutch in neutral say while you are in a drive thru somewhere? I have read that it is common for this tranny?
What you read is true, that noise you hear when the transmission is in neutral and the clutch pedal up is normal. It's nothing more than the sounds of the transmission's input shaft and bearings being spun by the engine which stop when you step down on the clutch pedal.
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Thanks Jerry.
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nice ride, welcome to the forum. im new here also but i dont think you anything to worry about the engines are bullet proof (as long as they are maintained) and you have a standard tranny. depending on what you are going to do with it maybe the axles will nedd an upgrade in the future.
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Pros-to quote IG-"most fun you can have with your pants on"!!
Cons-there is always something else to buy add or "mod" to have your Jeep be just that YOURS!

Build it the way you want it!!

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Old 06-18-2011, 09:43 PM   #14
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Pro- other than fender flares it looks bone stock! Good to find if you want to add your own personal touches.
Cons-its a jeep, which means its gonna cost you a bunch of money..

Being that its 11 years old you should practice the mantra 'never replace, always upgrade"

Looks great! Have fun!
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #15
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IMO, the '00 was the best year TJ

But I may be just a little biased. Over 160,000 and running strong as ever with my only big thing being a radiator replacement. I tore up my rear gears, but that was due to my own doing.

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