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Old 01-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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please help me out guys! lookin at wranglers

hey im new to WF and just joined to see what yall have to say. im hoping to buy a car within 2 months. i was absolutely obsessed with wranglers a couple months ago but im still considering. hopefully itll be a tj and definately a 5 spd, hopefully not more than 120000 miles. now im 17 and work part time at best buy and im still in school and i cant afford to be replacing things so please please give your 2 cents. its gonna be my daily driver i might get some beefy tires, no more than a 2 inch lift, id like some wheel spacers maybe?? what do yall think is it good for me?? basically i need to know how reliable they are.. honestly ive heard some bad things about jeep but i dont know what to think so pleaseee tell me!!

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its as reliable as you are with a wrench lol.

whats your price range and then we can help you out.

cash or are you financing?

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #3
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ehh... i know more than the average person and i know some people... but like is there problems they typically have or anything? and are they big?, etc.. ummm yeah im hoping itll just be cash my $ range is hopefully around 5k? is there anything i should look out for getting one?

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5 grand will get you in a nice lower mileage stock tj, which didnt have some of the bugs the older 97s and such had..

but 5 grand will get you a nice higher mileage tj with some mods already done.. like oversize tires and maybe a lift.

as far as problems known to jeeps, yes there are problems, usually small.. but luckily wranglers have a HUGE following.. and thousands of people come together on sites just like this and share problems and fixes, so theres really nothing you can run into that someone here cant tell you how to fix.

as far as buying a used car (wrangler or not) theres always basics you have to check for.

your best bet is talk to an actual licensed mechanic and get a deal going where he will check out a potential wrangler you want to buy. have him look it over 100 percent, run codes, drive it for you, etc... and he can give you an idea of what might good or bad. he can also check certain things to see if its been wrecked.

it all mostly depends on the previous owner. if they keep reciepts then youll know for sure what all maintenance has been done and where you at.

unfortunately not alot of people do that these days.

how close are you to having the cash to buy a ride?

you might also look into the YJ wranglers.. you can get a heavily modified YJ for 5 grand.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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ummm im pretty close.. well considering ill need to sell my car but im expecting 3-4k from that and i already have a little over 1k saved. and you mentioned older 97s having bugs?? anything specific? is there a better year that i should try for still within my price range. im hopin for a slightly modded one.. i dont like them completely stock.. but not more than a 2" lift, and maybe some pretty tiress
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:06 PM   #7
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i thought it would be nice to get some tires and have them poking out a little? no?
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you can get two inch budget lift used for under 50 bucks without shocks.. new for under 100 without shocks.

tires are the expensive part.

i just say 97s would have more bugs because its the first year of the newer body style. i have a 97 and it runs great, and the problems ive had are very common and were easy fixes. ive spent about 50 bucks fixing the few problems ive had.

you really cant make a general statement like--- oh dont buy a 97 --- or oh get an 01--

its a wrangler bro. stuffs gonna break. you gotta fix it yourself or be pwned by your friends.

look at craigslist in your area.
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no spacers. get new rims with a different back spacing, or buy one that already has aftermarket rims
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haha right ok well thanks for the input and if anyone else reads this please add your input! what about 2.5 vs 4.0?? suggestions? opinion?
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Get a 4.0 man, you will need it somewhere down the line, once you get a Jeep its like a snowball effect of things you want to do to it, 2" lift becomes 4 then 6 and so on, its the best kind of sickness to have they are great vehicles if you take care of them.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:53 PM   #12
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I had a 97 with the 2.5... I won't go into detail but needless to say, I sold the sucker. Get the 4.0, its a friggen tank and has plenty of power. You will regret having the 4 cylinder down the line when you start throwing on bigger tires. (Even stock its sloooow)
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I picked this one up for $4000 4.0 5speed 130K miles its a 98

I think for 5k you could find something nice but get the 4.0,its a beast
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i have a 2.5 in my 97 but with all the driving i do im swaping it for a 4.0 if i could just stay in town 2.5 is a nice little engine i still impress people with that little thing. i have a 1 inch lift with rs5000 rancho shocks and 31s with a rack and guard home built i srive 1800 miles every couple of months and average about 15 mpg. but when i rebuild it im going to need the 4.0.
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how long so you plan on keeping it
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:14 AM   #16
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U asked 4 honesty....so here goes. Get yourself something fro Toyota or Honda or Suzuki or Nissan....they'll more then likely run better get awsome gas milage and wont need to be repaired as often.
With that said....LOL! I understand why you'd like a jeep. Even tho "Silver" is tempermental at times, she continues to have a stall in the garage.

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Old 01-09-2009, 02:44 PM   #17
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No way is jap crap more reliable than my tj. I have had both toyotas and nissians and they do not compare in reliability!
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:40 PM   #18
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haha thanks a lot but yeah can i get some reliability tetimonys.. things holding me back are :mpg, bumpy ride, and well i have a strong feeling ill flip one which just scares me. im used to my civic and i usually try to beat my records at how fast i can go through on/off ramps and stupid teenager stuff like that... is there any way to really improve mpg??
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:05 PM   #20
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just had to find a motor for my buddies 98 that turned 300k before it threw a rod.....i would say that is pretty reliable......everything else on it is in great shape.....body/frame/suspension.....it has never been wheeled but most civics need a motor at between 200 and 250k so that 4.0l sure impressed me
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:03 AM   #21
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best advise i can give you is buy one with a hard top and full doors. soft tofts are cheap and can be found every where. also full doors are hard to come by. go with the 4.0 liter. your preference of auto or stick i'm sure you can find both. i looked at 27 different wranglers before i found the one i had to have. 1 owner who was a 58 y/o female who just got sick of getting in and out of it. it was 4 y/o with 28k on the odmeter and not a scatch on her. things have changed since then she is pretty beat up but thats why i boght her. best of look hope you take the step cause once you do you will love it for llife.
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No way is jap crap more reliable than my tj. I have had both toyotas and nissians and they do not compare in reliability!
Put the pipe down. According to 2006*DEMO*CAR*COMPLAINTS:*0*reports on file.
Jeep wrangler has higher complaints that a similar year Toyota.
99 4runner has 109 complaints 1 recall 23 bulletins and 0 investigations
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99 Wrangler has 178 complaints 5 recalls 54 bulletins and 1 investigation
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Put the pipe down. According to 2006*DEMO*CAR*COMPLAINTS:*0*reports on file.
Jeep wrangler has higher complaints that a similar year Toyota.
99 4runner has 109 complaints 1 recall 23 bulletins and 0 investigations
11 engine issues
99 Wrangler has 178 complaints 5 recalls 54 bulletins and 1 investigation
48 engine issues.
That being said I have put 275k in a cherokee with no issues other that blown power steering pump.
And I put 300k in a 4runner and only had to replace the timing belt.
With good maintenance you can really get a lot of miles out of just about any car now a days.
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:00 AM   #24
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I recently bought my 98 TJ, but kept my 96 Civic for commuting. They are copletely diferent sides of the coin. The TJ is great fun, 4x4, convertible, nothing else like it on the road, and the greatest thing, the Jeep community. The Civic embodies all that is great of Japanese cars, fuel economy, reliability, resale value.
What ever you choose to do, you will miss many things either vehicles offer...

Good luck
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my 97 TJ is 4cyl and just bought a 98 6 cyl. The 4 was in an accident but we always regretted buying the 4. The 6 is similar in power until you drive on hills. I have a large hill I drive a couple of times a week and the 4cyl has a hard time doing the 45mph needed to not tee off other drivers wanting to go faster.

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