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Old 02-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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What years are the bad years and what are the good?? Out of the 97-01

I got a couple of jeeps in mind all in the same price almost and was wondering what years are the best. A friend of mine who works on jeeps say that 97 was a bad year and anything above 97 was good. Is that about right?

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No, not really. My first Jeep was a '97, never had a problem with it other than the crappy factory header (they cracked...a lot). Jeeps are Jeeps, some are good and some are bad, well, okay they're ALL good. The '06 has issues that the others don't. My friends '99 had quirky issues that a '99 built in the later part of that year didn't. I'd look at the miles, abuse, and care that all of these Jeeps had if I were you.

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i have a 97 and honestly the only thing i dont like about it is the heating/air control, its a slider instead of a dial. i think 98 and up all had dials.... Thats really the only thing i can think of lol
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i have a 97 and honestly the only thing i dont like about it is the heating/air control, its a slider instead of a dial. i think 98 and up all had dials.... Thats really the only thing i can think of lol
Nah. I have a 98 Sahara and it has sliders. Doesn't bother me though.
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Its said that the year 1998 produced the best jeeps.
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Nah. I have a 98 Sahara and it has sliders. Doesn't bother me though.
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Its said that the year 1998 produced the best jeeps.
For sure!
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I here that '97 was the best early TJ jeep overall, but this is second hand info only. Sounds like Jeep got the TJ right immediately.
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For sure!
I agree!

I would base my choice more on how it was cared for. Check Alpar for what changed over the years.
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1996 or 2007 don't buy those tj it's a scam
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1996 or 2007 don't buy those tj it's a scam
First off in 96 there was not a wrangler made.......... I have a 97 TJ and the only thing ive had to do to it is chance the O2's on it in over 2 years
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First off in 96 there was not a wrangler made.......... I have a 97 TJ and the only thing ive had to do to it is chance the O2's on it in over 2 years
I think you missed the joke.
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I get it now 97-06 is the TJ lmao Hey I have not had sleep in over 24 hours
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Thanks for all the replies!! It helps a lot.

What do you guys think about this.
Its a 98 sport 4.0 5 speed with 114k miles for 8900. The price based off of KBB should be like 6500-7250. The only thing he has on it is some goodyear mtr with some black steel wheels and a kenwood deck.
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I think its priced too high. I bought my 98 sport, 4.0, 5 speed with 89k miles here in Hawaii for $7k and it is mint, rust free.
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Talk down the price, check the frame and body for rust. and you should be good to goo
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Maybe $6,900, for that info.. my 01 sport was $8,500
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Interesting Pic - You got a red softop with half doors in the background. How much for that one?
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Interesting Pic - You got a red softop with half doors in the background. How much for that one?
The tj in the background has a black top. Optometrist time maybe?
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Ok so I talked to the guy and he put it back up for 8000 firm but I got him to bring it down to 7500. Went back on KBB and for where he is at and with the miles on it it should be in the price range of 6900-7650. So if I can find a way to get an extra 500 it's sold.
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I get it now 97-06 is the TJ lmao Hey I have not had sleep in over 24 hours
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'97 TJs like I had for 191K miles are a very good year. The minor issues they came with from the factory would have been taken care of long-ago. I'd rather have my old '97 back than my present '04.

To me, things started going downhill after '97. '98-'00 lost the ability to display their own diagnostic codes, and '99 and newer lost the cam bolts on the front control arms that make for easy Caster angle adjustments.

The nice thing that did happen in 2000 was the distributor was replaced by a coil rail which eliminates the distributor, rotor, and ignition wiring. I'd still rather have my old '97 back even with that. I'd definitely avoid 05/06 which have problems with the oil pump drive and gears in that area.
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'98-'00 lost the ability to display their own diagnostic codes,
Hey Jerry. Could you expound on this? I have a 98 and have never heard this statement. Very curious..is there a change to be made?
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from what I've heard....
The reason the 97 TJ's came out so well and seemingly without the "new model bugs" is because they were based off the previous generation ZJ platform, which in my opinion was one of the best generations of Grand Cherokee. If my 97 TJ gives me the dedication of my 93 ZJ... I have another 100k before I'll need to worry about anything.
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from what I've heard....
The reason the 97 TJ's came out so well and seemingly without the "new model bugs" is because they were based off the previous generation ZJ platform, which in my opinion was one of the best generations of Grand Cherokee. If my 97 TJ gives me the dedication of my 93 ZJ... I have another 100k before I'll need to worry about anything.
Also, they used basically the exact same drive train as the later model YJ's. There weren't any bugs to work out with the engine, transmission, transfer case, and axles.
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Hey Jerry. Could you expound on this? I have a 98 and have never heard this statement. Very curious..is there a change to be made?
Other model years can display their own DTCs (diagnostic trouble) codes by turning the ignition switch on-off-on three times within five seconds. Any codes stored in the computer will display in the odometer.

That ability was not present in the '98-'00 model years, those require an aftermarket code reader to read the diagnostic codes.

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