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Old 08-15-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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Would you avoid used 2005 and 2006 wranglers?

I am still looking for my first jeep. I want a lower mileage TJ. I had been trying to avoid the 05-6 models for fear of the OPDA issues. But finding a low mileage un-lifted, non 05-6 model that has not been in an accident or owned by 10 different people has been difficult.

I found a low mileage 05 that seems perfect - but I am still worried about the OPDA issues. Do you feel the problem is over blown on the internet?

Does replacing the OPDA with a Dorman or Crown to solve the problem?

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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Well, it is now three quarters way into 2014. The 2015 model year has started. So you are looking at a 10+ year old vehicle.

If you really want a non 05-06 TJ, just bide your time and wait. You will find what you want eventually. Unless you've GOTTA HAVE ONE today.

I have a 06 TJ, no OPDA mod. I did buy the repair kit because I heard all the horror stories too. But I never put mine in and I have owned my Rubicon for over two years now.

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Old 08-15-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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I don't have to have one now. I am just wondering if I am needlessly avoiding a group of otherwise good vehicles for fear of a problem that may be over-blown.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:38 AM   #4
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Absolutely not, they make the replacement OPDAs now. I got 88000 on my original still
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:48 AM   #5
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I don't have to have one now. I am just wondering if I am needlessly avoiding a group of otherwise good vehicles for fear of a problem that may be over-blown.
My personal experience tells me that I would not avoid '05-'06 Jeeps just because of OPDA. But if I saw one I liked, I would do my due diligence and ask the seller a lot of questions.

We LOVE our Jeep and not one minute of remorse , OPDA or not.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #6
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06 with 139000 miles. Not 1 single issue. Bought it off the floor in 06. Oil changes and radiator replacement last year.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:58 PM   #7
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Absolutely not, they make the replacement OPDAs now. I got 88000 on my original still
same here. Just passed 80K mi on the original OPDA. If it starts squeaking, I'll replace it. It's not like it will blow up the engine all of a sudden. If you ignore the symptoms, then you are asking for trouble with any maintenance issue.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:03 PM   #8
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105k on my 05.... no issues
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:45 PM   #9
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102K on my '05 and no issues
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #10
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73K on my '06 and no problems.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:53 PM   #11
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Pulled mine at 80k miles and the OPDA showed minimal wear. Replaced with the Dormant unit and I carry the OEM as a trail spare.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:13 PM   #12
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06 TJ 4.0 stock except for 31's. 75000 on it bought it used 5 years ago. No problems period.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:06 AM   #13
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what exactly is the opda and what happens when it goes bad ive heard some videos and think i may have to replace mine i have an 05 lj with a terrible noise but it sounds like its coming from the transmission.

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Old 08-25-2014, 07:08 AM   #14
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OPDA is the oil pump drive assembly. The 05-06s are notorious for wearing out quick however its a one fix problem and wont be something eating from your wallet every 2 or 3 years. Cant say the same for the rest of the Jeep lol

That noise sounds awful...are you sure its the tranny?
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:32 AM   #15
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No I've looked into it and I'm 100 percent sure the opda is the problem hopefully I can find the part soon and replace it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:18 AM   #16
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Before I made my last purchase I too asked this question (internally)....and I searched and searched. Based on my hours of reading the OPDA issue isn't THAT big of a deal. Replace it as a preventative maintenance with the newest (crown IIRC) version. And don't really worry about it. The only reason I ended up with an older TJ is the great deal I found on it. Most TJ's here go for way more than they should. My plan was to buy a LJ Rubi...I ended up with a TJ with a D35 . It was cheap, so now I shall start building it into something wicked awesome.

I digress, nope, the possibility of OPDA problems would not deter me from buying an 05-06. Jeeps are POS as is...just add it as another possible problem. LOL
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:20 PM   #17
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Before they made replacement opda's mine was making noise. So I took it apart, polished the shaft, drilled and tapped it for a grease zirk and ran a moly grease in it. In fact I'm sure it's still working fine and its in Colorado, oklahomatj on jf bought it.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:11 PM   #18
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124 K and no problem.......though I felt the same as you when purchasing, but haven't had any problems so far.....and I don't expect to. Maybe one day I will replace it when checking for wear, but not now.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:28 PM   #19
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No, wouldn't let it deter you. Some models you could only get in 05 - 06, like an LJ with a manual. Go for the best, low mileage, no rust Jeep you can find in your budget. Oh, with a 4.0 liter too.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:41 PM   #20
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Replaced my opda and it's still making the noise. Could it being installed incorrectly be the problem.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:55 PM   #21
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I picked up my 05 sport with 56,000 miles on her about 4 months ago. Only had 1 owner and no accidents. She runs great.

A friend of mine told me finding your Jeep is like finding your wife, you'll know when you meet her.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:12 PM   #22
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I called Chrysler and they confirmed they had replaced the OPDA on my '05 on a recall in '07. I say yes it is a problem blown out of proportion. BUy the best TJ you can find... Regardless of year.
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I just bought my 2005 LJ Rubicon with 29000 miles. I'd been looking for nearly two years at what was available and the prices they were asking. Once I was ready to pull the trigger, I spent about two weeks of intense searching, and found it 500 miles away. It has a lift and winch, but looks and drives likes its brand new (lift considered). I certainly wouldn't advise you to avoid 05-06 models. You will find a low mileage, non-torn up vehicle. Just keep the faith.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:02 AM   #24
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TJs that are clean and not buggered up with stupid mods, crashed or salt belt rusted are becoming rare. The prices are reflecting it in a number of markets. As well, the OPDA is over exaggerated. I replaced mine, yes it is an issue, there is a fix.

However, if you settle for an 07 upward, you have a totally horrid engine, electronic nightmares and ABS/TRAC from Hell. The OPDA is nothing in comparison and I know of what I speak, I owned a JK. Get the TJ, take care of it, and it can be a friend for years and years.

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