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Old 01-18-2014, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi y'all, Where to begin? currently i own 2006 ford f150, i have always owned fords my whole life, but latetly i've wanted change and do somethign differentthan usual. So, i have thought about buying a jeep wrangler! i would like to stay above a 2002 model(standard trans). So, with that said and done, my question to y'all is, what are the pros/cons on having a jeep wrangler? But mainly what are common mechanical etc. problems with them? Thanks in advance

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Old 01-18-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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Jeeps are a lot of fun. The only con is fuel mileage. They hold their value very well. So many ways to make it fit your needs.
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First, a big welcome to WF, good to have you here. Then, I personally would stay with a 2004 or older. 2005-2006 4.0L engines have a problem with the Oil Pump Drive Assembly (aka OPDA) that isn't as easy to fix as some would have people believe.

Personally, I'm big fan of the older models of TJs that are less complex in many ways. My '97 was stolen 4 years ago and I'd rather have that model year than my current '04. My 04 is fine, but I just miss a lot of things about my previous '97.

Of the engines available in those years, the 4.0L is the proven workhorse that is nearly bulletproof if properly maintained. It's also much better on the highway and doesn't realistically get significantly worse mpg than the small 2.5L four cylinder engine. Offroad the 2.5L is fine but it's pretty much a dog on the highway... especially if you see your future Jeep having bigger tires on it.

Other than the already mentioned OPDA issue, the other years are pretty much quirk free, at least as far as big issues go. Jeeps like to have small problems here and there but fortunately serious problems are far & few between.

Finally, how do you envision your uses of it? Cruising around with its top off on warm days or do you plan to take it offroad much?

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In my opinion i will always own a tj from now on, to me some of the perks would be 4x4, awesome offroad capability, very fun to have the roof and doors off driving around whether on road or offroad, easy to work on( i wasn't very mechanically inclined when i first bought one, but from many upgrades and having very minor troubles i have learned vastly in the last few years) , great reliability, etc list goes on...


some cons, gas mileage but hey its a jeep! , torx bolts tend to strip a lot depending on a lot factors. Random things stop working however easily fixed such as door latches, horn, etc.. but that is with any older vehicle i believe.. Anyways hope my opinion helps
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Jeeps are a lot of fun. The only con is fuel mileage. They hold their value very well. So many ways to make it fit your needs.
i'm use to having bad fuel economy. right in my f150 i get about 15mpg, so fuel mileage doesnt really bother me! have you had any mechanical issues with your wrangler?
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i'm use to having bad fuel economy. right in my f150 i get about 15mpg, so fuel mileage doesnt really bother me! have you had any mechanical issues with your wrangler?
None yet. Other than some tears on the soft top.
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First, a big welcome to WF, good to have you here. Then, I personally would stay with a 2004 or older. 2005-2006 4.0L engines have a problem with the Oil Pump Drive Assembly (aka OPDA) that isn't as easy to fix as some would have people believe.

Personally, I'm big fan of the older models of TJs that are less complex in many ways. My '97 was stolen 4 years ago and I'd rather have that model year than my current '04. My 04 is fine, but I just miss a lot of things about my previous '97.

Of the engines available in those years, the 4.0L is the proven workhorse that is nearly bulletproof if properly maintained. It's also much better on the highway and doesn't realistically get significantly worse mpg than the small 2.5L four cylinder engine. Offroad the 2.5L is fine but it's pretty much a dog on the highway... especially if you see your future Jeep having bigger tires on it.

Other than the already mentioned OPDA issue, the other years are pretty much quirk free, at least as far as big issues go. Jeeps like to have small problems here and there but fortunately serious problems are far & few between.

Finally, how do you envision your uses of it? Cruising around with its top off on warm days or do you plan to take it offroad much?

Hope this helps, a big welcome to the Jeep community.
ok i'll keep a lookout on those year models when i go to purchase. i mainly will use it to drive daily around the southeast ga/fl line. go to the beach in florida often so definitely cruising with no top. But i do live on a dirt road that gets real mucky when we get alot of rain, so i'll probably put atleast 33's(trail grapplers) on it! so 4.0l may be the way to go. I appreciate all the help!
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In my opinion i will always own a tj from now on, to me some of the perks would be 4x4, awesome offroad capability, very fun to have the roof and doors off driving around whether on road or offroad, easy to work on( i wasn't very mechanically inclined when i first bought one, but from many upgrades and having very minor troubles i have learned vastly in the last few years) , great reliability, etc list goes on...


some cons, gas mileage but hey its a jeep! , torx bolts tend to strip a lot depending on a lot factors. Random things stop working however easily fixed such as door latches, horn, etc.. but that is with any older vehicle i believe.. Anyways hope my opinion helps
so on the most part everything is fairly easy to get to and work on? How about the spark plugs, easy to get to in order to change?
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Hi y'all, Where to begin? currently i own 2006 ford f150, i have always owned fords my whole life, but latetly i've wanted change and do somethign differentthan usual. So, i have thought about buying a jeep wrangler! i would like to stay above a 2002 model(standard trans).
I just did exactly what you said lol. I sold my 04 supercrew fx4 and bought a 01 wrangler today. so far im lovin it
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I just did exactly what you said lol. I sold my 04 supercrew fx4 and bought a 01 wrangler today. so far im lovin it
Do you mind if i ask how much you payed for it? thats the only thing im trying to get myself over, the fact that they hold their value.
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so on the most part everything is fairly easy to get to and work on? How about the spark plugs, easy to get to in order to change?
The spark plugs are all layed out in a long row of six on the upper passenger-side of the engine, they are far more easily changed than most others are. And if you put the right plugs in, ask about those later, you very likely won't have to worry about changing them again.
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Welcome to the forums.

Pros:A convertible 4x4 with a knowledgeable community and vast array of aftermarket parts that let you take something stock (if you want) and completely make it your own.
Cons:MPG and the envious dirty looks when people realize they can't be as cool as you.
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Do you mind if i ask how much you payed for it? thats the only thing im trying to get myself over, the fact that they hold their value.
not at all I paid 10,000 which is actually more than I paid for my f150. but I got my f150 for a steal paid 9,500 an it was worth 14,500. they do hold their value an are very fun so far. taking mine to New Orleans Louisiana tonight to the city for my buddies bday so well see how it handles the bad city
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not at all I paid 10,000 which is actually more than I paid for my f150. but I got my f150 for a steal paid 9,500 an it was worth 14,500. they do hold their value an are very fun so far. taking mine to New Orleans Louisiana tonight to the city for my buddies bday so well see how it handles the bad city
thanks for letting me know, thats about the price i want to stick around. so now the first step is to fix my 4wd on my 06 f150 and then sell it! i look forward to being apart of the wrangler crew!
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In my opinion i will always own a tj from now on, to me some of the perks would be 4x4, awesome offroad capability, very fun to have the roof and doors off driving around whether on road or offroad, easy to work on( i wasn't very mechanically inclined when i first bought one, but from many upgrades and having very minor troubles i have learned vastly in the last few years) , great reliability, etc list goes on...
Ditto on all this. The only addition I'll make: the "new car" feel has never worn off like it has with every other vehicle I've owned.

God willing, I'll be buried in my TJ.
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A few more cons in my opinion: very little space and freaking loud, especially on the highway. Don't get me wrong though, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Best part about a jeep for me? Just the ability to explore almost anywhere I want. Love my jeep.
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I have had mine since new. It's a 2000. I plan on keeping it forever and love it. One annoying con not mentioned is the switch for the fan melts and a resistor goes bad for the fan. It is very common. Lack of space sucks but if you get a hitch a receiver mounted rack is awesome for big loads and a trailer can be towed/rented when ya need more room for large items.
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the biggest difference from leaving my truck and going to my tj is the truck bed is gone but as i have read earlier the reese hitch basket helps a bunch i leave mine on at all times for that just in case moment of finding something else i cant live without
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thanks for letting me know, thats about the price i want to stick around. so now the first step is to fix my 4wd on my 06 f150 and then sell it! i look forward to being apart of the wrangler crew!
no problem an mines in perfect condition except fogs don't work. you can find a good deal on one for 10K. what's wrong with your 4wd? it's pretty fun so far had it about 9hrs lol
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no problem an mines in perfect condition except fogs don't work. you can find a good deal on one for 10K. what's wrong with your 4wd? it's pretty fun so far had it about 9hrs lol
i think it's the transfer case shift motor, but I'll know for sure when I do some more troubleshooting tomorrow.
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i think it's the transfer case shift motor, but I'll know for sure when I do some more troubleshooting tomorrow.
alright let me know how everything goes, hope you can get you a jeep their pretty fun
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....... my question to y'all is, what are the pros/cons on having a jeep wrangler?..........

welcome!

pros: small, simple, and sturdy, plus you get to participate in "The Jeep Wave" (no other vehicle has such a protocol).

cons: not worth mentioning.

have fun Wrangler shopping, just be sure to look at lots of them before selecting.
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I'm another recent truck convert. Traded in the 06 CC F250 Diesel for a 04 LJ 4.0 Auto. Wanted the longer wheelbase for more space and towing capacity (We have a pop-up) but went with the 04 because of the OPDA issue. I'm probably one of the few people that decreased their gas expense and softened their ride getting a Jeep.

I've been lurking on the forum learning for months about what I was getting into. And the excitement only got bigger. Lots of things you can do to customize or improve to your exact tastes/use.

I don't regret it at all. I'm just impatiently waiting for some warmer weather.
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pros: small, simple, and sturdy, plus you get to participate in "The Jeep Wave" (no other vehicle has such a protocol).

cons: not worth mentioning.

have fun Wrangler shopping, just be sure to look at lots of them before selecting.
The corvettes have the waive also
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Are you sure? Most of the guys I've seen have far too much of a leadfoot to know there's another Corvette coming, let alone see a wave.
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i think it's the transfer case shift motor, but I'll know for sure when I do some more troubleshooting tomorrow.
so what's the word?
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Are you sure? Most of the guys I've seen have far too much of a leadfoot to know there's another Corvette coming, let alone see a wave.
The ones I see are scared to make eye contact like they are going to get carjacked or something lol.
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so what's the word?
it turned out to be the locking hub actuator, so got it replaced and he runs on all four now! Just got to get it all cleaned up and put a for sale sign on!
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it turned out to be the locking hub actuator, so got it replaced and he runs on all four now! Just got to get it all cleaned up and put a for sale sign on!
Sweet. Post it on craigslist for a 1000 more than you actually want.
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it turned out to be the locking hub actuator, so got it replaced and he runs on all four now! Just got to get it all cleaned up and put a for sale sign on!
awesome, ask about $2000 more than what you want so people can talk you down. hope everything goes good an your in a jeep soon!

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