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Bad Influence 05-31-2007 07:20 PM

Sahara or Sport, need help
 
Hi everyone, I am new to the forum, I need some advice and one question to be answer, I hope you guys can help me :) because I am planning to buy one of these models, but do not know the difference, please help me

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara or 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport they are both selling for $6,995, both are automatic, both are 6 cyc., both are soft top . Sport has 96,000 miles, Sahara has 107,000 miles both are in very clean condition inside and outside.

The question is which one has a smoother ride?, which one should I buy?

Fondo23 05-31-2007 07:34 PM

I drive a '98 Sahara and I love it. I have driven a few others and I do think mine rides a little better. However, I am a bit partial :)

I wouldn't look for a very smooth ride from any wrangler though. You are still going to feel bumps and when the wind picks up you're going to know about it. My advice, test drive them both and see what ya like better. That sahara may have a crappy ride, who knows!

Good luck and welcome to the Forum

Bad Influence 05-31-2007 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Fondo23 (Post 86998)
I drive a '98 Sahara and I love it. I have driven a few others and I do think mine rides a little better. However, I am a bit partial :)

I wouldn't look for a very smooth ride from any wrangler though. You are still going to feel bumps and when the wind picks up you're going to know about it. My advice, test drive them both and see what ya like better. That sahara may have a crappy ride, who knows!

Good luck and welcome to the Forum

The problem is it is out of state I can't test drive it, but the look of the photo they look so clean, they are both from a dealer , I found them online. Is there a difference between the 97 and 98 models and what is the difference between a Sahara and Sport? The prices for 97 and 98 are too much here in Connecticut. I am planning to purchase it soon so it is a big risk buying a car from out of state, this is why I join the forum to ask for some advice.

Hackle 05-31-2007 08:02 PM

First off I am not a TJ owner. With that said as I understand it the Sport model is the base model and the Sahara is the upgraded model. The Sahara should have a few more options installed. HTH

Bad Influence 05-31-2007 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Hackle (Post 87010)
First off I am not a TJ owner. With that said as I understand it the Sport model is the base model and the Sahara is the upgraded model. The Sahara should have a few more options installed. HTH

Yeah, I might go with the Sahara because it is a 1998, the dealer is willing to take $500 off, it looks very clean, I will ask them to email me the Car Fax history.

AzTJ 05-31-2007 08:27 PM

Also - Sahara's are more common to have a D44 in the rear :D

4.0l sahara 05-31-2007 08:36 PM

not many more have d44's than sports most still have d35's mine does.:flipoff:

Fondo23 05-31-2007 08:39 PM

Yeah.. just found out my Sahara has a D35 :(

However.. I still love it ;)

Whichever you choose.. you will be happy with the purchase.

PS - I have a job interview in Conn. tomorrow.. coincidence? hmmmmm...

Bad Influence 05-31-2007 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Fondo23 (Post 87024)
Yeah.. just found out my Sahara has a D35 :(

However.. I still love it ;)

Whichever you choose.. you will be happy with the purchase.

PS - I have a job interview in Conn. tomorrow.. coincidence? hmmmmm...

Cool where at?, the dealer for the Sahara is at this town called Clinton NY. :)

Joe Dirt 05-31-2007 08:56 PM

Get the VIN from the dealer and then you can punch up a build sheet and find out what axle, ect it has.

4.0l sahara 05-31-2007 09:01 PM

Don't worry if it has a d35 choose the one you like better.:D

jjseel 05-31-2007 09:01 PM

T.J. models start at S.E., then X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. Each package has more stuf on it, but you could special order I guess just about anything...My 2000 Sport has the D44

garcia6767 05-31-2007 09:02 PM

i say sport :)

dwdrums801 05-31-2007 10:29 PM

garcia6767 you look like you have a sick fin jeep on your avatar...post some pics of that ii wanna see haha

binaryking 05-31-2007 10:30 PM

Go with the 98. I don't trust 97's. No offense to owners of that year.

garcia6767 05-31-2007 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by dwdrums801 (Post 87099)
garcia6767 you look like you have a sick fin jeep on your avatar...post some pics of that ii wanna see haha

ask and you shall receive:D

Dare2BSquare 06-01-2007 12:05 AM

You're confusing the deer. They don't know which headlights to get caught in!!! :D :D :D

jherrin215 06-01-2007 01:11 PM

Do you have a picture with all of those lights turned on?? I would like to see that, as long as it didn't give me welders flash!!

2/40's 06-01-2007 01:59 PM

i hate to plug but i will anyway:

you may want to check out this month's issue of JP... it has alot of model-specific info and tells you what to look for when buying said model...

2/40's 06-01-2007 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by garcia6767 (Post 87141)
ask and you shall receive:D

Nightime driving is much easier with your sunglassess off..:D

daddyjeep 06-01-2007 02:41 PM

Dude has a lift in his driveway, we are all jelous!!

In an effort to stay on topic, isn't there someone on the forum from Clinton NY? For some reason that sounds familiar. Wouldn't it be nice to send someone impartial to check it out for you.

From my point of view I would go with the Sahara. A year newer and a higher end model with only a few more miles. It shure would be nice to be able to crawl around underneath and look for any neglect or abuse.

debruins 06-01-2007 07:29 PM

I would go for sport
less miles and i believe the only big difference between sahara and sport is AC and painted fenders, although i could be very wrong

i agree ask for a picture of the skid plates and see if it had been abused odd road and ask to see if it has the Dana 44 rear dif. those two things would be what would sway my opinion

Bad Influence 06-02-2007 07:00 AM

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Originally Posted by debruins (Post 87289)
I would go for sport
less miles and i believe the only big difference between sahara and sport is AC and painted fenders, although i could be very wrong

i agree ask for a picture of the skid plates and see if it had been abused odd road and ask to see if it has the Dana 44 rear dif. those two things would be what would sway my opinion

OK I will ask for the photo of the skid plate, and what is the Dana 44?

4.0l sahara 06-02-2007 08:44 AM

thats the rear axle it's eathier has a dana 35 or 44.The 44 is better but even if you get one with a 35 don't worry.Chances are they both have d35's.:eek:

debruins 06-02-2007 10:13 AM

it will wont really make a difference unless you want lockers or 35's, but it would help the resale vales, and if you get bitten by the bug!

i was thinking about it and if the dealers dishonest he could give you a shot of a different skid and you would have no way of telling until you got it, so make sure their reputable

Bad Influence 06-02-2007 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by 4.0l sahara (Post 87408)
thats the rear axle it's eathier has a dana 35 or 44.The 44 is better but even if you get one with a 35 don't worry.Chances are they both have d35's.:eek:

OK I did some research online, I know what it is now thainks a whole bunch

richp 06-02-2007 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Bad Influence (Post 87003)
The problem is it is out of state I can't test drive it, but the look of the photo they look so clean, they are both from a dealer , I found them online. Is there a difference between the 97 and 98 models and what is the difference between a Sahara and Sport? The prices for 97 and 98 are too much here in Connecticut. I am planning to purchase it soon so it is a big risk buying a car from out of state, this is why I join the forum to ask for some advice.

Go with the 98, the 97 has some quirks, old style slider temp controls, breaks the flapper door in the heater box, alot of the body parts are non standard. Example, the headlight retaining rings that hold the lights in the buckets, you can't just buy the ring and the standard ring that the parts catalog lists do NOT line up, you have to spend $90 for the new bucket and ring, go ahead, ask me how I know :D, the grill and hood releases are also different, fender holes for the hood bumpers are different plus a whole bunch of other little stuff you only run into when you roll one and have to rebuild it. That said I have 3 97's, one of which I bought in Ct about 2 years ago for my daughter, got it privately thru auto trader.com for $3k, all it needed was a new soft top. Some 97's had the newer stuff towards the end of the production run or so I have been told, not seen one with these eyeballs, just look at the heater controls, if they are straight sliders thats the one you don't want, if the controls are round go for it. The sahara has a more cushy interior and better carpet then the sport. The pecking order is SE base, Sport then Sahara
Just noticed that those jeeps are from NY, man check out underneath, every jeep I have seen from NY state looks terrible underneath from the winter road treatments up there, 5 years old up top, 40 years old underneath...

MCG 06-03-2007 06:58 PM

Sahara...More options installed,19 gallon fuel tank for that year also,on 97 sport was an option,(if I'm not wrong)
My friend drives a 97 sport and i have a 00 sahara,There is a big difference on the standard features,plus the options allready installed on mine,like full doors,A/C,Alluminum wheels(grand canyon),31's all terrain,factory fog lights,side bars,cd player,sound bar,nicer seats,etc etc.


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