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Old 09-03-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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I am relatively new to the forum. I own a 2003 Wrangler Sport 4.0 with 5 spd. I absolutely love it. I bought it with 42,000 miles on it & now have 178,000 miles. It is completely stock and have only had to replace TPS and thermostat. The only issues it has right now is death wobble. Am going to have front end checked out thoroughly. Thanks to this forum we at least have a much better idea of what to look for and it has had a noise since I first got it when the transmission is in neutral. No shifting problems whatsoever. My husband thinks due to high mileage I should buy a new Jeep. Not meaning to offend anyone with a new one, but my personal preference is the TJ with the 4.0 and 5spd. So I have been seeing a few with much lower mileage than mine. Even with my high mileage, I rather keep mine and fix as needed rather than get a used "unknown". Better the "Devil Ya Know than the One Ya Don't", lol. Husband thinks I would be better off taking a chance with something with much lower mileage like the one locally (2004) with 68,000 miles. Just needing some opinions. Appreciate any help!

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Old 09-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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You already own your Jeep... Why would you go and get a different one? Keep what ya go, and when something breaks, replace it with an aftermarket part.

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Hi,
I am relatively new to the forum. I own a 2003 Wrangler Sport 4.0 with 5 spd. I absolutely love it. I bought it with 42,000 miles on it & now have 178,000 miles. It is completely stock and have only had to replace TPS and thermostat. The only issues it has right now is death wobble. Am going to have front end checked out thoroughly. Thanks to this forum we at least have a much better idea of what to look for and it has had a noise since I first got it when the transmission is in neutral. No shifting problems whatsoever. My husband thinks due to high mileage I should buy a new Jeep. Not meaning to offend anyone with a new one, but my personal preference is the TJ with the 4.0 and 5spd. So I have been seeing a few with much lower mileage than mine. Even with my high mileage, I rather keep mine and fix as needed rather than get a used "unknown". Better the "Devil Ya Know than the One Ya Don't", lol. Husband thinks I would be better off taking a chance with something with much lower mileage like the one locally (2004) with 68,000 miles. Just needing some opinions. Appreciate any help!
The noise you hear in neutral is normal (kinda sounds like marbles rolling)
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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I'd only get a different Jeep if the one you have itnn't working for you.

In other works - If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #5
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Sounds to me like you are only having reservations due to front end problems. Fix that and then re-evaluate. If you want to sell it for a decent price, you'll have to do that anyway.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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Bronek and Beastmaster: My feelings exactly. It's paid for and "If it ain't broke....
I feel like we haven't had to put much money into it so far, so we could stand to put some into fixing the front end.
CMA_Rider: Glad to hear that noise is considered normal. Just hadn't ever heard it in any other vehicles with stick shifts.
Flashole: I'm really not the one with reservations about the front end problems. I think my husband has reservations about the dependability of anything with that many miles. You are right- death wobble needs to be eliminated whether or not I keep it.
Thanks very much for your opinions. I think it always helps to get different perspectives.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:54 PM   #7
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Bronek and Beastmaster: My feelings exactly. It's paid for and "If it ain't broke....
I feel like we haven't had to put much money into it so far, so we could stand to put some into fixing the front end.
CMA_Rider: Glad to hear that noise is considered normal. Just hadn't ever heard it in any other vehicles with stick shifts.
Flashole: I'm really not the one with reservations about the front end problems. I think my husband has reservations about the dependability of anything with that many miles. You are right- death wobble needs to be eliminated whether or not I keep it.
Thanks very much for your opinions. I think it always helps to get different perspectives.
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And on the dependability situation these vehicles are known for 300k+ miles especially with the I6 infact a member of this forum posted a pic of his odo a couple of years ago with 450k on it and he never had anything more than a oil change done to it
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
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Just what I wanted to hear on the dependability issue, lol. It doesn't use a drop of oil between oil changes. It has never let me down. I'd really rather just keep it and fix whatever might be necessary along the way. Now if I can just resist doing all the mods you forum guys and gals have put in my head!! Thanks again for your help.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #9
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The I6 4.0 is bulletproof. As for the mileage look at it this way. When it dpes crap out take that opurtunity to swap in a v8 and be cooler than your husband
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:15 PM   #10
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Derp: I like the way you think
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:27 PM   #11
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Derp: I like the way you think
Hey 5.3 Chevy vortec's are a dime a dozen
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:37 PM   #12
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Ok, Derp, now you're scaring me!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:21 PM   #13
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Ok, Derp, now you're scaring me!!
Don't be scared. If you're scared just put bigger tires on so you can't spin em with that v8

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