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Old 01-25-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Looking for advice........

Looking at a 1997 Wrangler 4 cyl. 5 speed. 135,000 miles. 1 owner. always serviced at the dealer, with records. Never off road. He is asking $4500.00.
(1) Is the price fair
(2) How many miles can I expect a 4 cyl. to go...?


I am ALWAYS changing the oil........2500 miles.

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Old 01-25-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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A 4cyl, will run as long you do, if serviced well and routinely. As for the price, im no expert by any means but that seems like a steal. As long as everything is in good shape. But the 4cyl has the testicular fortitude of a 7 year old girl.

So if you do alot of highway, hills, or live in a windy area, i might suggest looking for a 6 cyl. haha im just a little irked at the wind we had today, but if speed isnt a necessity then a 4cyl will work just fine

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Old 01-25-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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That is what I sold mine for (+-)
it had less miles 33"tires and
after market bumpers not 1 owner though
I made 1300 on the sale

Sound like a fair deal but I would
wait for a 6 cyl to come along
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:17 PM   #4
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x2 on the 4.0,
your not going to save much gas with the 2.5 and you won't get past 75mph
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:10 AM   #5
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I got past 75 once.....then it bust into flames.

Of course it was down a big hill, with wind at my back.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:56 AM   #6
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My brother couldn't even make it to 75....he was sad.


wait for 4.0L is my suggestion.

www.Kbb.com
www.edmunds.com
www.nadaguides.com

will all give you a decent idea of what the value is.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:23 AM   #7
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i bought my 97 4.0 in december with 98k and a hard top for 4400. its an auto.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:11 PM   #8
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<<<<1999 TJ 4 cyl 5 speed. Will crusie at 80 all day, no strain, real smooth. Has 104,000 on the odometer. Wouldve liked a six but this one runs great, ne regrets at all.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #9
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I like my 4 cyl, too. But in Tucson you almost never get past 35-40 mph in town, anyway. If I lived in Phoenix it would be a different story. The only times I regret not having a six is when a snowbird is cruising along at 25 mph and I want to pass in anger. But I drive slow generally, the extra power from a six would just be going to waste, and I'm getting 20mpg consistently. In low range its (pretty much)all the same. The sixes do sound good w/ exhaust, though.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:53 PM   #10
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I have a 4 cylinder as well. I do regret not having the 4.0...the guys in my club are amazed at what my 2.4L will do. If doing alot of highway, planning on upgrading to 33s, or alot of trails...I would recommend the 4.0 as well. Other than that, the 4 cyl is fine to cruise around town and is my daily driver. Before I regeared, I could get up to 75 no problem. After re-gearing, 65 is about as fast as I wanna go (until I can install a life and larger tires).

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