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Old 07-16-2007, 10:23 AM   #1
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Just got my 1st Jeep (question)

My brother-in-law purchased a used 1997 Wrangler
for $6000. He then dumped nother almost $5000 in
to it.
He put on American Racing rims, and new tires,
full exhaust, new brakes, new soft top, fender flares
neoprene seat covers, shocks, struts, stereo and
on and on.
Well, he had no problems, and after a year decided he
wanted a GMC Jimmy instead for more room.
He went to trade the jeep in, and they offered him
$3500. I said stop right there, I'll take it. Don't trade
it in.
I detailed it all day Sunday, and love it.

My only issue is it has 146,000 miles.
How many miles can I expect to get out of one of these.
6 cyl 4.0 Wrangler sport....


Also, Are these considered TJ's

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to enjoying this site.

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Old 07-16-2007, 10:32 AM   #2
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Yes, it is a TJ. The miles you can get out of any vehicle depend on how well it has been maintained. 200k + is not unusual for a well maintained 4.0.

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Old 07-16-2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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id say the engine can go a long time, and when that runs out you can get a replacement engine for 2-3K, everything else when it brakes can be upgraded for better off road ability anyway, i would say that you should take it, because even if it becomes a trail rig in three or four years it will still run, just may not be up to inspection grade

just make sure you take care of it and it will last a long time!
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:01 AM   #4
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thanks for the responses guys.

Yeah I already grabbed it. Everyone who sees it, thinks it's almost new. Like I said, he put $5000 in to it on top of the $6000 he paid for it just for the hell of it. It didnt really need anything, he just kept buying stuff from JC whitney.
I figured if he has $11,000 in to it, I couldnt lose spending
$3500 for it.
The high mileage just scares me a little.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:38 AM   #5
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sounds like you got a good deal. congrats!
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:47 AM   #6
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:58 AM   #7
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let's see some pics of your "find"
......your in Jersey? I want to be sure and recognize you when I meet you on the road.....and you better wave
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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Welcome and for what you paid you could probably put a new motor in realativley Cheap.....even if you buy one used (not a big fan of used but keeps the cost down).

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Old 07-16-2007, 12:11 PM   #9
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congrats and welcome. lets see some pics.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:14 PM   #10
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no pics yet, I'll get some asap

Thanks for the welcome.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:54 PM   #11
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you should be good for a while on the mileage. mine has 181k and it still runs like a champ...oh and welcome.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:06 PM   #12
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I got 330,000+ out of my original 98XJ's 4.0L, now it's got a jasper reman in it that runs even better than the stock one did. Both my TJ's are approaching 200K and both still run well and those are 2.5L's too...
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:13 PM   #13
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the 98 XJ 4.0 is the same engine as the 97 TJ??
If so, thats pretty good news..

What is the Jasper?

I'm new to this jeep world.
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:15 PM   #14
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:20 PM   #15
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sounds like something a rep would say (or a sleazy car salesman)
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the 98 XJ 4.0 is the same engine as the 97 TJ??
If so, thats pretty good news..

What is the Jasper?

I'm new to this jeep world.
Jasper is one of the more reputable rebuilding companies. Up until a couple of years ago jeeps all the the same engines pretty much with the exception of the grand ZJ which had the 4.0 base engine, 318V8 and 360V8 as options in some years.
If you want to do this right, get a factory service manual for a start, dealer, 800 number in the back of the owners manual or someone here might have the link to to publishing company.
1. Change all the fluids from the radiator to the differentials
2. Grease it
3. Check brake wear and replace needed parts.
Handy items to have: Good floor jack and 4 good jackstands. Good grease gun with a 24" extension hose so you can lay the gun on the ground and use one hand to operate the gun and the other to clean the zerk fittings an put the gun on the zerk.
Find a local jeep club, www.bmja.org is in Reading PA.
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Congrats on your new acquisition. As far as the mileage, I'd say nothing to worry about, provided it has been taken care of. I bought my Jeep because they last forever.

Unlike large trucks, the frame is short and therefore has no body flex. They don't sag after years of abuse, they just come back for more. Parts are in unlimited quantity, and the price you payed you can do anything with that rig. And like they said, if any of the parts DO need to be replaced, time for an upgradde. (with two D's for a double dose of pimpin').

It's a Jeep thing, soon you'll understand...
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:52 PM   #18
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When I bought my 98 sport, I changed all the fluids from head to toe same with the filters just so I could start a fresh record on the maint done on it.

Congrats and dont forget the jeep wave. Mine has 87k miles on it and it runs like its brand new off the line. If you take care of it, it will last forever.

Also yup its a TJ ^_^

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My odometer reads 3998 at this very second.

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