Ive always wanted one, and just bought an old 97 wrangler se with 128000 miles (its slow as hell, but if i want to go fast i have an 09 mustang bullitt). anything i should know / check / replace. it seems to run good, and i just changed the oil with a synthetic blend high mileage oil and high mileage oil filter. what a pain that was, any tips on easier ways to get to the oil filter? its nice how the exhaust is directly under the filter. not only do you have to try to avoid gettin burned, but oil drips all over the exhaust after pullin the filter. im not scared to do minor mechanic work since its an old car, and am somewhat mechanically inclined. any advice would be appreciated.
On my 97 SE I always loosened the oil filter and removed it from the top passenger side. You can also put a rag on the top of the exhaust if you don't like smelling burning oil. Don't forget to take the rag off or you may end up with a burning Jeep.
Check to see if the plugs and wires have been replaced. I personally would change the differential fluid, transfer case/transmission fluid and do a radiator flush. Later when the brakes need replaced I would change the brake fluid.
Anytime I buy a used vehicle I always do a run through and change all of the common maintenance items and always assume the guy before me isn't as picky as I am.
I would not waste money on synthetic oil. All oil is good using the correct viscosity and keeping it changed regularly. Valvoline makes an oil for over 75,000 miles and still not synthetic. Oil filters are always a bugger on most anything it seems. Check your serpentine belt for cracks and plugs and wires, etc. Have fun.
I have a 98 Sahara and would highly suggest you check the radiator and the hoses coming from the engine to the heater core. This is going to sound dumb but, with the hood open, sniff around the top of the radiator. If you smell sweet radiator fluid then look around the top piece/cap that covers the top of the radiator. If you see any kind of green crust have the radiator checked. Mine went right around 100k miles.