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Old 11-17-2019, 12:25 AM
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New to Jeeps- general advice what to look for

Greetings and thanks for the add.

Looking into getting a used Jeep to kick around in, take the Lab to the beach etc etc. Not a daily driver.

Don't want to offend any particular group of owners as some of you are pretty passionate about this-which is great and I appreciate that.

What year did they stop making the Inline 6? No 4 bangers wanted. Any particular years I need to stay away from? I'm probably going to get a 2 door and I don't need every bell and whistle- I drive a Silverado High Country so I get my luxury there.

I live in South Florida and there are tons of Jeeps of all makes and prices floating around down here. The prices seem awfully high for 15-20 year old Jeeps with 150K plus miles on them. Is this the norm? I hear rust is an issue? Where do I look? Manual vs Automatic complaints? Various other forums and YouTube seems pretty legit, but always ask the people who may know best.

Trying to stay under 10K but willing to go to 13-14K if the Jeep is good.

I realize I'm all over the place, but any advice is good. Thanks in advance!

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Last year straight six in any Jeep was 2006 TJ


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As indicated the last of the indestructible 4.0 6'es was 06. From 98 on IIRC, there was a some problems with the heads cracking and the 0331 casting. Cracks between cylinder 3 & 4 if I recall. The stick trannies in them are all pretty stout as well as the T cases with mild differences. The autos..well Chrysler automatics are a love hate thing, so judge for yourself. Diffs in all but the Rubicon versions are pretty much the same with Dana 35 in non Rubi, or switchable locked Dana 44's in the Rubi's. The 4.0 can go 300K easy, would I buy one with 300K, no, Id cut it off at 200K myself just because. There was some things over the years,radiators, gauges going out, etc,etc, but when your looking at a 06 or earlier those things have been fixed. Now its just a case of how bad has one been beat up or neglected. Rust isn't good, look underside for chewed up skid plates and bottom of diffs. Price wise, yeah there getting up there alright. Last FJ40 I bought was a 1975. That was back in 82 or so for $2500. If I had that today a it was the day I got it Id say $25,000 easy. Jeeps seemed to be behind the Toyotas for what ever reason, but they are surely catching up. Thankfully there are far more jeeps to be had as well. State by state can have a huge price diff as well. I dont like buying off just some pictures, but vehicle transport isn't that costly when you get right down to a clean unabused rig. Remember, the thrill of a cheap jeep can soon be outweighed with the bitterness of finding out you bought a pile of junk.
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The crack prone heads were not on TJ until 2000 none of the 97 or 98 or 99 TJ have them
They appeared with the coil rail
On TJ that started in 2000 same for XJ in the Grand Cherokee they first came out in 1999


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As indicated the last of the indestructible 4.0 6'es was 06. From 98 on IIRC, there was a some problems with the heads cracking and the 0331 casting. Cracks between cylinder 3 & 4 if I recall. Diffs in all but the Rubicon versions are pretty much the same with Dana 35 in non Rubi, or switchable locked Dana 44's in the Rubi's.
Only some 2000-2001 had the head cracking issue.

A rear Dana 44 was available on non-Rubicon models (Sport, Sahara plus some special trims like Rocky Mountain in the later years) the whole TJ run from 1997-2006
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Jeeps seemed to be behind the Toyotas for what ever reason

They were built better and there were less made and that trend continues today. I am helping a guy look for a clean first gen Tacoma and they are scarce. But if you try looking for a 95-04 wrangler you cant swing a dead cat without hitting 20 of them. Supply and demand = the Toyota tax.
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Decide what you want and then shop for it in the desert SW. Southern Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas and So. Cal. Those areas are dry which means no rust.

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Decide what you want and then shop for it in the desert SW. Southern Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas and So. Cal. Those areas are dry which means no rust.

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There's a lot of good advice above but this is probably the best. You'll pay more for a YJ or TJ from the arid locations, but in my opinion, the extra money and travel is worth it.

2005 and 2006 automatic TJs may have computer problems and the computers are no longer available from Jeep. A company called "WranglerFix" seems to have solved the problem and has corrected computers available.

I suggest hanging out on the TJ forum and learn what issues can arise on each year and decide what you want in a Wrangler. Then locate the Jeep you want in the southwest. Plan on flying out and driving home. Be sure to have your AAA dues paid and your card with you (just in case).
If you can live without airbags, a YJ should be more affordable. 1991 and newer 6 cyl YJs are fuel injected and less problematic than the '87-'90 models..
No matter what you buy, try to find an unmolested one or as unmolested as possible.

Keep us posted on what you find and if we can help.

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