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Old 02-01-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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newb here

long time toyota guy here who is hopefully buying a wrangler sooner than later.

i have a few wranglers im in the process of looking at. i was thinking of a 97-02. mainly because i want the price to be around $15K or less.

are there certain years i should be looking for, or staying away from?? (within the 97-02 range)


or even any other things that might be helpful when buying a wrangler.

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Lots of people will tell you different things. In general we can all agree that you should look for one with a dana 44 rear axle, and a 6 cylinder if you want alot of power on the highway.

In general i stay away from new model years just cause they haven't had the chance to work out the kinks in them, so a 97 would be out IMO.
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:42 AM   #4
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I have an 04 with no issues by the way mine was 16.100 with 26k on the clock. Mabe stay away from the JK's, but the price you want that wont be an issue.

I would agree make sure it has a d44 rear and a I6.
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:51 AM   #5
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Just in case you dont know what D44 is, that would be the rear differential. Make sure it has a metal plug, not black plastic one. All you have to do is get down on the floor and look at it, it should be right on the cover there.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:53 AM   #6
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Any year you select in your range should be fine. I personally would bypass the 97's unless you found a really good deal. New model year, had some bugs, different HAVC controls from the rest (replacement parts harder to locate). Just my opinion. I6 or I4 are both good engines, I6 will cost more but do better on highways. I too second the D44, only available on the I6, regardless if you plan to run bigger tires or not. It will increase resale if you decide to sell later.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:29 AM   #7
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i would recomend anything over 00. Pre 00 models had the crappy exhaust manifolds that cracked often.
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My 99 155,000 miles on it and the manifold is fine
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My 97 has zero bugs, just abused plastic breaking. And i reiterate what they all said... you want a Dana 44 Rear Differential and the I-6 4.0 motor.
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i would recomend anything over 00. Pre 00 models had the crappy exhaust manifolds that cracked often.
X2 avoid anything pre 2K, if you have the choice.
My 98 that I traded in went through more then one
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:37 PM   #11
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Personally I recommend anything pre-00. Jeeps seemed to get longer and longer the newer they got. Manifolds haven't been a problem for me.... knock on wood.
There also seem to be a few more aftermarket parts for pre-00. Its your choice
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Jeeps seemed to get longer and longer the newer they got

Are you talking about body length? Jeeps remained the same length from 97 to 06...
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Are you talking about body length? Jeeps remained the same length from 97 to 06...
Maybe its just an illusion, they look longer to me. Thats y i said seem
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98-06 are all good, just look for the Rubicon sticker if at all possible.
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isnt the yellow one an LJ?
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Toby isnt that yellow one an LJ?

Regular TJ size has remained the same.
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WOW!!!!! Just wow
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Not sure, I looked up 2006 tj in google and it gave me that. Damn google
But at least I found this cool pic of a 99 Rubicon!
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:51 PM   #19
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ok so how does this sound:

2000 wrangler with 90,000 miles

stroker engine (4.6L ?? not sure who its done by yet)
37x12.50xR17 Pro Comp Muds
4" teraflex lift
2" body lift
K&N FIPK Kit
Optima Red Top Battery
full roll cage
manual hub conversion-- hubs say ford
axles didnt look stock-- no idea what kind
supposedly has lockers-- no clue what kind
i would imagine it has been regeared but not sure
new front bumper
warn winch


so far thats all i remember seeing on it.

they are asking $13,000


what do ya think??
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I wonder why is he selling it after he did all that to it.. especially the stroker engine
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:21 PM   #21
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well im not dealing with the owner. the owner did a trade in with a car dealer (used or new i dont know)

it was then bought by another used car dealer who is apparently a wholesaler, in which im dealing with.

they dont seem to know a whole lot about the vehicle.

im thinking im gonna take it to a place called TeraFlex PLUS. it used to be called MEPCO, i guess teraflex bought them out. anyways, they only deal with jeeps. im gonna see what they think about the thing, maybe they can tell me more about it.
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The wholesaler willing to give you some warranty?
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sounds like a pretty badass rig and for all thats been done to it thats a pretty good price IMO. Have someone look it over throughly before you buy it though.
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2x,,,.. any 1 in utah wanna give a new jeeper a some backup?
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yeah, im really excited about it. hopefully this jeep place gives me a thumbs up!
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yeah good luck hope it turns out to be a solid rig!
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The wholesaler willing to give you some warranty?
i havent talked to the wholesaler about anything, except what he know about the jeep, which seemed to be not much.

he has the jeep listed on autotrader.com. for $13,995, but when i went to look at it the other day, and not saying a thing about it, he said it was listed as $13,000. what does this mean?

i also highly doubt i will get any warranty of any kind.
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it means you need to get on taht deal, and have the jeep shop check it out asap
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take it to a shop get it checked out (take some pictures while your at it) and talk him down to 11K and DRIVE IT HOME!
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i havent talked to the wholesaler about anything, except what he know about the jeep, which seemed to be not much.

he has the jeep listed on autotrader.com. for $13,995, but when i went to look at it the other day, and not saying a thing about it, he said it was listed as $13,000. what does this mean?

i also highly doubt i will get any warranty of any kind.
It means they're willing to dicker on price, and I wouldn't go over $10,000 without some sort of warranty.

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