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Old 10-10-2010, 09:21 AM
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Should I get a 2003 or 2004 (details in in post)

I have an option to get a 2003 Wrangler or a 2004 Wrangler ( I dont know what all these 2 lettered things mean when people talk about Wranglers so I am just going to call them....well...Wranglers )

The 2003 is automatic, bright red, has a 2 inch suspension lift (I think thats what it is called ?) , new wheels and tires, and also a grill on the front, it has 94,000 miles on it, The price wanted is 12,990 but I think I can get him to go lower.

The 2004 is automatic also, green, and does'nt have any extra modification on it, it has 97,000 miles on it, probably needs new tires, and soft top needs to be replaced. They only want 11,700 for it.

I believe they are both V6 engines.

So are there any major difference on how the 2004 is made that makes it better than the 2003 ? I am just a little confused on which one to go with.
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You need to test drive both of them and see wich one drives and handles better. There is not much difference between 03 and 04 TJ's. I would check and see if one of them had the optional Dana 44 rear axle. And the motors are I6 on these year models.
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Well tires and a top will set you back about $1200 if you go cheap.... Do like ammoniaman said and drive them both, check them both for rear axles, look for trail damage underneath, and rust. Expect the exhaust to be rusty as all get out, apparently thats a standard feature The preferred D44 rear end has a metal fill plug with a recess for a socket driver to fit, the more common D35 has a larger smooth plastic fill plug.

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