I have a couple of 97 TJs to look at for my first wrangler purchase. Both have soft tops, 2.5L engine and manual transmissions. Both have about 130-135,000 miles on them. Any obvious trouble spots I should be looking at when I inspect these jeeps?
If you must get the 2.5L then so be it.... Not all of us can get everything we really want. Look for rust, dents, leaks etc. Find a gravel road and try out the 4x4, Try to make sure it hasn't been abused.
we have a 4 cly. manual and it does fine.my wifes running 30" BFG's, Im not going to lift it.We bought this Jeep for a DD to go along with our Cherokee 4.0l. I actually took the lift off and put it back to stock for her. I have no problem keeping up with traffic. If your not going to go crazy with lifts and mods the 4Cyl chugs along just fine in my oppinion.
if u plan on going wheeling/lifting it try to find a 6cyl i have a 4 banger and im looking to swap it, look for rust in the frame under the carpet etc. if your stuck with the 4cyl its not bad it holds it own im happy with it except on the highway
Thanks for the input. I pulled the trigger on a 98 TJ today. 2.5l (I'm not planning on doing any serious off road work), 5 speed manual, AC, etc. Very clean, with OK tires. Pretty much stock. In other words, lots of room for adding farkles.
Very clean Tj and the price sounds good.some better tires will make alot of diffrence too.
Here's a lesson I learned,if you remove the plastic front bumper caps(milk jugs) all kinds of trail brush will dent and bend the front fenders and will break the turn signals
be sure to check all the diff and tranny fluids,don't ride fast thru puddles as the water can get sucked into the air intake when water splashes off of the hood
when you remove your doors pull off the glove box and remove fuse number four(I think) so the interior light won't stay on
never let trees and brush drag and scrap the soft top it will wear the top out fast.
Lubricate those zippers and they will last alot longer
also the radio doesn't care for rain or car washes
Thanks for the tips. Does silcone spray work best for lubricating the zippers? Any particular treatment needed for the top?
Best top makes some cleaners and lubricants,I use a black crayon.
Some people use soap or candle wax,a crayon works well and isn't messy.don't leave mud sit on the top or in zippers until it dries and crumbles.mud dries out the top fast,cloggs the zippers also.visit the best top site they have care instruction there.
The person that had the jeep before me keep the top down for 2years without ever moving it or putting it up,it dried out and left cracks in the canvas.it was very stiff