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Old 04-24-2019, 08:57 AM
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What amazes you the most about your TJ?

I thought it might be fun to talk about what amazes people the most about their rigs. I'll start:

I live in SW FLorida. It gets real hot here. My Jeep is a 99 and has a hair under 200K miles. It has the original factory air conditioning. It blows cold as ever and has never been touched. Not even so much as having had refrigerant added. Truly amazing if you ask me!

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Chrysler "AirTemp" AC is about the best there is. Been that way for many decades.

For me, it's how good my 18 y/o TJ looks and runs. I still get compliments about it all the time. To last so long, and still be proud to drive it, that's amazes me. It's like a free car at this point too.

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What amazes me most is how my TJ has gotten me through various off-road terrain where I literally though, “oh crap, Im getting stuck” but I was wrong. General reliability too is a close follow-up.


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the simplicity of a TJ in a world of overly complicated cars
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I'll second Jed. I am doing a frame-off restoration/build on my 97. It is very straightforward in its design and build. No silly emissions crap to deal with. No excess computer-controlled gadgets.
It looks cool too.
And, once I get the V8 humming, it'll sound good and launch great!
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There are several things I like about it but one thing that amazes me are how many mods there are out there for the TJ. To me its like a big toy that you get to make your own in countless different ways, so many cars look the same these days, its nice to be able to do something unique and, due to the simplicity of the design, do most of it yourself.
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I told my son just the other day, for as little as I paid for it, I'm always amazed it starts
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Nothing at all amazes me about my tj's and yj's except that Daimler Chrysler Fiat Yugo stopped making them and replaced them w convertible hummers.
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Nothing at all amazes me about my tj's and yj's except that Daimler Chrysler Fiat Yugo stopped making them and replaced them w convertible hummers.
Is that what those are? I always thought they were Station Wagons.
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How often I think I'll be able to finally enjoy my TJ and actually get to ride trails just to turn around and find another issue that puts me back in the garage instead of outside where I want to be...
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Nothing at all amazes me about my tj's and yj's except that Daimler Chrysler Fiat Yugo stopped making them and replaced them w convertible hummers.
To be fair, federal vehicle safety, CAFE, and emissions regulations killed the Jeep in 2007.
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You mean the gov't required power windows, leaky 3 peice tops and gobs of extra electronics???
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You mean the gov't required power windows, leaky 3 peice tops and gobs of extra electronics???
The JK didn't kill the TJ, the government did. The JK is just like all the other modern Chrysler products, unfortunately.
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It amazes me that I own something I can actually work on myself!

How simple and basic the TJ is in every way.
Everything on the TJ serves a purpose. No extra anything!

It has been very reliable over the 14 months I have owned it.
Nothing major to take me off the road. I have been picking away at preventive maintenance/replacements, one item at a time, in order to keep things as reliable as possible.

I love the fact that I can do my own repairs (if necessary) and upgrades with basic tools!
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Simple to work on for a reason - They break.
That being said, it is the only vehicle I have owned that has left me stranded over stupid things like the brake light switch failing, that fails with an auto trans you can not shift out of park.
Front end parts 103K and everything has been replaced at least once, all be it by me saving a ton of $$ because it is simple to work on. Next feat is replacing shocks. Have to be done. Not looking forward to rear upper bolts. Been soaking them though.
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I can be in a parking lot full of JK's and JKU's but people flock to mine and start asking questions.
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Simple to work on for a reason - They break.
That being said, it is the only vehicle I have owned that has left me stranded over stupid things like the brake light switch failing, that fails with an auto trans you can not shift out of park.
Front end parts 103K and everything has been replaced at least once, all be it by me saving a ton of $$ because it is simple to work on. Next feat is replacing shocks. Have to be done. Not looking forward to rear upper bolts. Been soaking them though.
My Scion breaks more than any of my 18 Jeeps combined ever had. I had to remove the entire bumper cover to replace a headlight and the battery to replace a bulb. Idiot Toyota engineers or total genius from a "bring it to us" for minor repairs standpoint.

p.s. I just replaced everything up front on the Jeep at 150,000 miles. All original tie rod ends, ball joints, axle u-joints, wheel bearings, etc. (total online parts cost was $175 with new axle seals too). About $200-250 cheaper than Napa or Federated auto parts. Hopefully the new stuff will last as long as oem. I went with Spicer and Detroit Axle parts. Next up is a new track bar for $37 (bushings are bad).

p.s. Your rear upper shock bolts WILL break. Mine did with zero rust. I bought an air hammer at Harbor freight and popped them all out in 10 minutes, loosened the body mount bolts, jacked up the tub and put new bolts in quick.
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What amazes me about my ‘05 tj is the amount of people interested in buying it close to asking price ($8K) while testing the waters.
I had an ‘05 Passat wagon that I sold off about 2-3 years ago and it took me months to find a buyer, almost had to give it away at $3.5K
Decided to keep the tj for now
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[/QUOTE]p.s. Your rear upper shock bolts WILL break. Mine did with zero rust. I bought an air hammer at Harbor freight and popped them all out in 10 minutes, loosened the body mount bolts, jacked up the tub and put new bolts in quick.[/QUOTE]

I lucked out with my shock replacement. Got all the bolts out nice and clean but I am in SW FL so rust is generally not an issue. I did soak them up pretty go too. The magic for me on the hard to get to back bolts was a wobble extension. Allowed me to get the socket on the bolts in those tight quarters when it was just not possible with a regular extension.
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I love consistently getting 16mpg in a lifted TJ with 35s
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I love consistently getting 16mpg in a lifted TJ with 35s


Manual, and what gear ratio? Im not sure yet what mpg Im getting as of recently, but Id be happy w 16 -lol


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I'm amazed by how much I actually LOVE my Jeep.
If I'm honest, It's underpowered, rough riding, gets poor mileage, has little to no cargo space, is a pain to climb in & out of, is noisy etc...
But I still love the darn thing.
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I am amazed it has got me into places I had no business being, following my well modded buddies, but got me out as well. It’s a stock 97 except for front lunchbox lockers.
And the fact you can strip the the top, windows and doors in a few minutes and be back on the road.


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... p.s. Your rear upper shock bolts WILL break. Mine did with zero rust. I bought an air hammer at Harbor freight and popped them all out in 10 minutes, loosened the body mount bolts, jacked up the tub and put new bolts in quick.
23 years in TJs and never had a broken shock bolt.
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I am amazed that every time I ask my wife which vehicle she wants me to drive when we go somewhere, she chooses the 2000 TJ over the two newer vehicles in the yard. Its a toy for sure.
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Simple to work on for a reason - They break.
That being said, it is the only vehicle I have owned that has left me stranded over stupid things like the brake light switch failing, that fails with an auto trans you can not shift out of park.
Front end parts 103K and everything has been replaced at least once, all be it by me saving a ton of $$ because it is simple to work on. Next feat is replacing shocks. Have to be done. Not looking forward to rear upper bolts. Been soaking them though.
When it comes to some of these jobs - like knowing the headache shock bolts can cause.... i hired a mechanic to come install them at my house in my driveway.... i supplied the parts and he installed. Yep two bolts broke on the rear... $135 spent and no aggravation on my part.... YourMechanic.com
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Short wheelbase...for plowin!!

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The ability to work on it. It is easy to fix and repair. Huge community on here that helps when I have trouble.

Outside of some frame rust (in the typical areas) that needs cut out and patches welded in, my jeep is a reliable soldier. I do all the maintenance and am proud of it.

It needs a new paint job to fix the scratches, however, she's solid as a rock.
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Love the aftermarket support and the ease of obtaining OEM type parts from any parts store in the country....and usually inexpensive! If you have a high mileage TJ, you can replace parts known to break in your driveway before they leave ya stranded....and not break the bank doing it.

People also stay away from ya in traffic....they’ll usually end up on the bad end of the deal if they get too close.


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