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Old 05-04-2011, 09:40 AM
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I'm a (relatively) new jeeper checking in from sunny Bridgeport, CT. Picked up a 99' 2.5L 5sp Wrangler back in January. She's about as stock as you can get, but at least it came with a new hard top. No rag top though I'd been thinking about getting one up for a while and more or less made the decision after getting stranded in my Jetta GLI in one of the multiple "Blizzards" we had back in late Dec. early Jan. Made it to a parking lot about two miles from the house and walked home in the snow. Also helped to convince the boss (AKA: Wife) to go along with the idea (she drives a friggin Touareg which can pretty much go anywhere). Low and behold, not 2 days later a Wrangler poped up for sale in my area right at the price I was looking for.

Now I'm looking to unload my Jetta and use the Wrangler as my dd, since it's more or less been my dd for the past 4 months anyway. Also be nice to not have a car payment any more! More $$ to spend on toys! Definitely a change going from a 200+hp 6sp VR6 Jetta to a 125hp 4 banger. Especially since I'm on I-95 everyday, though my average speed is usually only about 25mph, traffic sux.

Do most auto maintenence my self and I'm looking forward to a car that's actually easy to work on. If anyone's ever worked on a German car you know what I mean! The TJ just hit 180,000 miles and she's going strong. Now that the weather's warming up I've started doing all the PM that's most lilkely due (changing the oil in the tranny, differentials, transfer case, engine, etc.). I asked the previous owner at the time I bought her when the last time any of this was done. Other than the motor oil he had no idea, but he did take it to the stealership for regularly scheduled maintenence. I've checked the plugs, rotor and plug wires and they all look relatively new. Anything else I should be checking/replacing with this many miles (O2 sensor, PCV Valve, etc)? I can tell the exhaust manifold is cracked, not sure how big a deal that is. I hear it's pretty common. Also need to troubleshoot the AC since the compressor clutch won't engage, but I got about a month before I need to start worrying about AC.

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Welcome to the Forum-sounds as if you have a good handle on where you are going maintenance wise. Might want to consider one of the MANY soft top options, rather than throw many at the a/c but that is a personal preference thing-but it would allow you to remove the compressor if not going to use it.
heard once that when you call your Jeep a car a kitty dies ----so if you don't like cats........

One more thing there are more after-market parts than you can shake a stick at might want to ask around here once you get it narrowed down to a few.

as for manifold issue there again check the aftermarket and ask in the TJ forum how tough and what is recommended.

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