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Old 05-29-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Need some basic Jeep Help

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I just finished my second year of university and decided to get a vehicle for going home and what not. I have a house near university, but often go home, the drive is 1.5 hours, and my parents are tired of it.

I thoroughly enjoy offroading, atving, and what not, and decided a Jeep is probably the best for me. Minus the gas mileage problems....

I just have a few questions about jeeps. I was looking at the TJ from 98 on, and was just wondering which year the best one was produced?
What sort of things do I need to look for in a used jeep?
Is the 4 cylinder enough, or do I basically need the 6 cylinder for my highway driving?
Anything else I should be looking at?

Thanks alot in advance for any help.

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if you want to go over 75mph or you ever want to get bigger tires (which you will) i would HIGHLY recommend the 6cyl, and if you get the 4Cyl; DO NOT get the 4Cyl auto

there is no best year really, id jsut look for a jeep that has been take very good acre of, a 2 year old jeep could be BEAT UP and a 10 year old one babied by a lady who only drove it on hot sunny days topless

look for scratches on the skid plate underneath to see if it's been offroad, dents, loose steering, cracked exhaust manifold, and just generally what you would on any normal used car sale, just look for evidence of being off roaded, cause then thats not as desirable

also if they have service records and they show good upkeep that is a PLUS

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I love mine and I drive about 70 miles daily but unlike others I guess I cruise on the highway and I dont run into gas problems like other jeepers. just my opinion
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if you want to go over 75mph or you ever want to get bigger tires (which you will) i would HIGHLY recommend the 6cyl, and if you get the 4Cyl; DO NOT get the 4Cyl auto

there is no best year really, id jsut look for a jeep that has been take very good acre of, a 2 year old jeep could be BEAT UP and a 10 year old one babied by a lady who only drove it on hot sunny days topless

look for scratches on the skid plate underneath to see if it's been offroad, dents, loose steering, cracked exhaust manifold, and just generally what you would on any normal used car sale, just look for evidence of being off roaded, cause then thats not as desirable

also if they have service records and they show good upkeep that is a PLUS
my friends mom.. they live on the other side of the neighborhood.. bought a 99 sahara the week after we got mine.. both were BRAND new off the lot.. she liked mine so she got one..

mine has 108k miles and i can admit i abused it =D but still took good care of it, made sure it had plenty of fluids, and changed them regularly..

hers has just above 30k miles.. and PERFECT..

i want her jeep soo bad =p told her to let me know when she is selling it
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The 4 cylinder 5 speed is a decent combo. With 100,000 miles, mine runs real well and will cruise down the highway all day long with only a bit of laziness up inclines, but shifting down gets it along fine and there doesn't seem to be any harm to gas mileage. Put it in 4 low off the road and it'll crawl wherever you point it.

There are simple things you can do for more power too, like delete the mechanical clutch fan and use an electric, or swap in a 4.0 throttle body.

Definitely look for signs of abuse, as these vehicles were built to be offroaded. Check the 4 wheel drive, check for bad rust, a bit of surface rust is typical. Good luck with the search and good choice.
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DO NOT get the 4Cyl auto
Hater.

My 2.5 Auto is a damn fine jeep.

And... you have no business driving it over 75, anyway!!! It's not only illegal, it's not very smart.
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Hater.

My 2.5 Auto is a damn fine jeep.

And... you have no business driving it over 75, anyway!!! It's not only illegal, it's not very smart.
In Jersey, if you are going slower than 80 on the highway, you will get rear-ended. I've been on both sides of the story, within 2 weeks of each other.
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^^ yup, i drive in the slow lane going 75 and get passed by people in the slow lane behind me, its embarassing to get passed by grandma's!!!
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OK thanks alot guys, this has given me a pretty decent idea of what I need and to look for in a used one. One last thing, is what sort of price is decent for a used Jeep?
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if you want to go over 75mph or you ever want to get bigger tires (which you will) i would HIGHLY recommend the 6cyl, and if you get the 4Cyl; DO NOT get the 4Cyl auto

there is no best year really, id jsut look for a jeep that has been take very good acre of, a 2 year old jeep could be BEAT UP and a 10 year old one babied by a lady who only drove it on hot sunny days topless

look for scratches on the skid plate underneath to see if it's been offroad, dents, loose steering, cracked exhaust manifold, and just generally what you would on any normal used car sale, just look for evidence of being off roaded, cause then thats not as desirable

also if they have service records and they show good upkeep that is a PLUS
+1 Don't buy the 4cyl ..my biggest regret!..but theres a small block V8 upgrade in the near future for mine
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Very nice looking jeep
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Is it better to buy a Jeep with more miles that has never been offroading, or one with significantly less that has been? Or does it just depend?
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For the past two years I've been driving my jeep around college and on occasion back home to visit. My drive home is also about 1.5 hrs. and except in the winter, it's fine (about half a tank round trip).

If I were you, GET A 6CYL. I have a 4cyl and regret it. With a 6 what gas you lose because of engine size you gain by not having to slam the pedal at lights, hills, and on the highway (damn those minivans at the red light).

In my opinion, I would go for anything that hasn't been abused and is in your price range...
A vehicle can have 10 miles on it, but in the right/wrong hands it can be a hunk a junk that quick.

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