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Old 03-10-2008, 03:01 AM   #1
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Hey All -

I'm new to everything Jeep - I've been a truck man for too long, and can no longer contain the itch to get into a Jeep. As much as I would love to drive down to the local car dealer and come home with a wrangler (believe me, I've thought about it too many times) - I want to do this right and make sure I get exactly what I need.

I know basically what I'm looking for, 2000-2004 - 6cyl.
But here's where I need some help -

Between the years 2000 and 2004, does a certain year stand out?
The main thing I'm looking for is, engine work - I don't want to grab an 04 because it's a newer model, only to have engine problems after a certain ammount of mileage.

**The most important question - I live in Los Angeles - does anyone know of a great Jeep mechanic? Before I buy - I want to have it checked out and make sure I'm not getting a lemon.

If any of you can throw me some knowledge I would greatly appreciate it - and once I'm officially an owner, I look to be a frequent member as I make my mods. Thanks for all your help - I can't wait to officially be on the other side
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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2000 to 2004 will work. I suggest shopping around alot. I have an 02 with no lemon stuff. make sure grab a 4.0 and a rear dana 44. make sure you get a Carfax report. do you want a auto or stick?? if you get an auto make sure its an 03 and up because they have a 4 speed auto. the 02 and down have a 3 speed which is lots of fun on the highway. (sarcasm)

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:15 PM   #3
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I have an 02 with 78k on the odometer and it runs great!

If money spent is not an issue, just buy a rubicon and get it over worth.
It comes with dana 44 front and rear axles, 4.10 gear ratios, 4.0:1 transfer case, front and back lockers, and some other stuff I don't know what. The rubis started in 03, I'd get the 04. If you end up getting an older one, make sure it has a rear Dana 44 as Rawk stated, the 6cylinder is a must.

I would purchase a stock Jeep and start building from there. There are too many mods available and you want to make sure everything you put on your Jeep is everything you want on your Jeep.

And let us know when you go wheelin so we can go together. Especially if your local to San Bernardino Area. There's trails all over the place here!
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