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Old 07-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #31
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I feel your pain!! I bought my 04TJ Sport almost a year and a half ago. I was new to jeeps and during the test drive it drove great. Everything seemed to work...I noticed some scrapes underneath the jeep and noticed the dealer had painted the underbody and fender wells with paint but it looked good....(maybe like a polished turd) but all the same I bought it. Then the trouble started....noticed the clutch was slipping after it was good and warmed up....took it to the jeep dealership, they said I needed a new clutch kit, new rear main seal, new u-joints, new wheel bearings. Mind you this jeep had I think 49k on it when I bought it. I have done a lot to it. Some cosmetic but here's the list:
-new rear main seal
-2 new thermostats, first one was a dud and left me on the side of the road
-new u-joints everywhere
-on my 2nd clutch kit, returned the first one after a bad throw out bearing
-new plugs and wires
-replaced rear axle seal, it was leaking....been 3 months now and is leaking again
this was after I spend god knows what on the best fluids to put back in it
-new water pump
-new crankshaft position sensor
-new BFG AT 31x10.50x15 tires with matching spare
-new Dick Cepek DC-2's
-repainted my flares, headlight bezels, 3rd brakelight/spare tire mount, wiper arms,
bumpers, mirrors, door handles, gas cap cover with Rustoleum bedliner spray
-new skyjacker hydro shocks and 2.25 inch spacer lift kit
-new wipers
-removed side steps
-flushed radiator
-tranny has been removed twice now, because it started jumping out of 5th gear
violently and has now started slipping out of 3rd, although not violently
-new rugged ridge floor mats

Anytime time now I am going to be paying someone to probably removed the tranny for the 3rd time to try and find out why it is slipping out of gear. I have been told to buy another transmission or rebuild this one. I guess it depends on what it looks like once it is taken apart. I have been told it's the synchros.
I have always loved a jeep, and still love mine. Making a monthly payment on something that it always seems like I am fixing makes it hard to love. I can't tell you how many times I have come very close to getting rid of it and going back to a Toyota. Which I am planning on doing next year anyway, because I need a reliable vehicle. My tacoma I have now is a 98 with 285,000+ miles and still going strong. I have decided to keep my jeep though as I'm sure I will take too much of a hit on it if I traded it with still owing 10k on it with a tranny problem like it has. I figure by the time I get done with it I will have a new jeep lol. Then I am still going to sell my tacoma and get a new double cab next summer. Then I will still have my jeep to play in. I have had a lot of people tell me the same thing.....get rid of that POS....but I know if I did I would miss it, even with all the times I have cussed it. Funny how that is. Matter of fact I don't know how I could ever do without a jeep now that I have had one. Crazy!!
Sorry for the long post....you're not the only one with a nightmare TJ.

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #32
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Oh, forgot the new brakes and new wheel bearings too. Also forgot to mention all the mud I STILL find when it is washed. Inside the frame especially!!! It didn't take me long to figure out the PO abused this poor jeep. More than likely he traded it in because he knew all the problems it had. Needless to say my jeep has not and will not ever see mud again! It had its fair share with the previous owner and then some. You guys that are serious off roaders might consider it a waste of a jeep without mud and dirt but so be it. The most it has and will ever see is some dusty trails or some shallow creeks every now and then and the beach. I can't afford the work if something else breaks, and am doing good to get the transmission fixed now.
Either way, good luck with yours!

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #33
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Wow, there were several small things I have done to the Jeep that I forgot about like the mats, wipers, got the 4wheel cleaned out, and replaced everything except the alternator with the engine rebuild but, there's something about a beat to shit jeep it's like a three legged dog you can't help but love it. Look me up if your ever in Texas i'll buy you a beer, here's to busted TJs.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #34
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got 4 Currie JJ lower control arms today, that hurt the pocket book allot should have them on soon. Jeep is coming along.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:15 PM   #35
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Got the new Control arms on they make a huge difference, I love these things worth every penny. Check Engine Light came on today timing is off in the engine, new wires, new plugs, and new cap, at this point I think the distributor is finally giving out on me. I was planning on putting the new black magic breaks on next but I guess I have a new project.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:05 PM   #36
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got a fuel leak today might be the pump or could be one of the hoses wont know till I get the tank down.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #37
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Been there brother. Boy was I in your shoes 7 years ago. I was seeing my mechanic more than my wife. I spent a fortune on numerous problems that my TJ had when I first got it. The PO was a used jeep dealership and they put a lot of after market parts in the engine and installed plastic armor and a fake snorkel on my TJ. The moment I paid the deposit and was given the keys to my TJ, that was the instant all the headaches started. As I was trying to drive out of their lot, the engine accelerated on it own. It almost killed me. It shot out like a bat out of hell. I almost hit three cars. After 3 months, I finally got all the bugs out of the engine. Just in parts I spent over $800. I couldn't believe all the stupid useless devices that control the timing on that jeep. My CJ7 is so much more easier to repair.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:42 PM   #38
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replaced entire fuel assimbaly and a couple of frayed wires now my timeing cover is spraying oil everywhere the jeep gods are angry with me.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:29 PM   #39
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Oww I forgot I did get the black magic breaks on the front they are awesome. I also got full doors also awesome.

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