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I'm new to jeeps (wranglers) and am looking for some help. I'm 20 years old in my 3rd year of college and am looking for a daily driver. My parents support me in this decision 110% (which I am very gratefull for.) I have $4,000 and my dad will loan me the money to get it up near $7500. I'm looking at a 1997+ wrangler (i have read the interiors were completely worked over.) We also figure this vehicle will be my main transportation for many years ahead. A wrangler would be tons of fun in a small college town. I college is in southern MN and I have scoped out some trails to play on ;). My question is simple, let me know what you think about this idea.

100,000 miles not a whole lot on these rigs?
1997+ have re-designed interiors correct?
A 6 banger (from what I've been reading) is nice to have while passing in traffic. Plus the AC is a need be.

my main priorities are a 6 cylinder, hard top, and AC.

Please help me out however you deem necessary. Thanks so much guys.
 

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100,000 is about right, dont let it scare you away. As long as the jeep has been taken care of it will last awhile.

97 till 07 are TJ's.

The I6 is great in my opinion, plenty of power for DD/trailing.

If your wanting awesome MPG this is not the ride for you tho, but if 15ish in town and 20ish highway is fine with you then you might be a jeeper.

Any other questions?

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Go for it man. You will have a blast, and you won't regret it. UNLESS you don't do your homework and buy someone elses problem. Make sure to check it over real good. If you aren't capable, an hour's labor for a good mechanic can be a real bargain.
 

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I think you are headed in the right direction. Just remember a Jeep is not very fuel efficient and you will spend money on mods. It's a disease that you will learn to love.

BTW, if you can, try to stretch for one with a Dana 44 rear end. You will be happier in the end.

Welcome to the Jeep family.

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Welcome! Odhinn and I have good friends in Woodbury/Cottage Grove. Nice place to go to school, and I'm pretty sure I saw plenty of Jeep Girls while I was up there this year. =P
 

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Welcome! Odhinn and I have good friends in Woodbury/Cottage Grove. Nice place to go to school, and I'm pretty sure I saw plenty of Jeep Girls while I was up there this year. =P
:doh: where was I?

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Quick way to spot the 97+ is the round headlights, but they also upgraded the suspension to 4 coilsprings. The 90-95 have square headlights and leafsprings.
 

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Thanks guys for all the nice responses. Its pretty funny reading reviews on jeeps, the only bad things they can say is its a loud ride (ummmm its a jeep) and gas mileage. Why do they judge these vehicles on what their not supposed to be? Get back into your cadillac and rate those!


also- what do you guys think of the new jeeps? 4 doors? power everything? The new ones seem like another average suv. Please by all means correct me if i'm wrong!

Any features make this jeep better for road use? Thats what I'll be using it for 90% of the time the 5 mile trips in Winona. Other than AC and the inline 6, what helps the car become a little more civilized? (just a little bit!)
 

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Hard top or a Sailcloth/pollycotton blend top and you will hardly notice road noise in my opinion.

There are real mixed opinions on the new JK's. They are not my flavor, the 2dr unlimited is about as far as I would go. Iv always felt the more electronics you have the more that can go wrong. *shrug*

The extra room in the unlimited/4dr JK will be nice for those who want that extra room. Personally if I cant fit what I want in the jeep then I dont need it. =P

They are jeeps and thats all that matters tho. The TJ from what I understand was not quickly accepted either.

More civilized? What do you mean? I actually enjoy riding my jeep topless on the highway people always give me the weirdest looks.

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civilized as in the occasional date. Cant have her a sweaty mess because I have no AC!

I have a question about the hard top. I hate things that are shakey or loose. If a cup is shaking in the car, it drives me crazy. I think I'll be the hard top or no top. If its going to rain outside, do I have to run out and get the hard top up? Will the rain hurt the interior electronics or anything?
 

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Good call on getting your Jeep now. Then it can go from your DD to your toy in a few years. My suggestion, if you want a hard top, stick to your guns and don't settle. It's a big upgrade in the longrun. Much easier to have a HT and buy a softie or safari later. Also, take your time. There are a ton of TJ's out there. Lot's have been well cared for, and others have been ragged. The I6 will take a beating as long as it's properly maintained. Like hutchman said, I'd look for one with a Dana 44 rear and like Dare said, definitely have it checked over thoroughly. Good luck.
 

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civilized as in the occasional date. Cant have her a sweaty mess because I have no AC!

I have a question about the hard top. I hate things that are shakey or loose. If a cup is shaking in the car, it drives me crazy. I think I'll be the hard top or no top. If its going to rain outside, do I have to run out and get the hard top up? Will the rain hurt the interior electronics or anything?
Without a top and a good rain your going to have some messed up electronics.

Iv personally never used a hardtop and love my soft top. Quick to take it off and quick to put it back up.

Maybe someone else can back me up on this, but I hear the hard tops can be a pain to put on because of the weight?

Get a AC for sure, the ladies will appreciate it.

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I think the first one looks great, I would get under it and look around abit. Mines a 98 sport aswell and im in love with it.

I dont really like the second one as it has some good miles on it, also has a good bit of rust it looks like.

The last two links dident work =/

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http ://www. carsoup.com/used/detail.asp?usedVehicleID=4238861&minYear=1997&maxYear=2008&searchID=88886400&vehicleTypeID=1&UVViewID=4&Page=1&DealerGroupID=


http ://www. carsoup.com/used/detail.asp?usedVehicleID=4238861&minYear=1997&maxYear=2008&searchID=88886400&vehicleTypeID=1&UVViewID=4&Page=1&DealerGroupID=
 

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civilized as in the occasional date. Cant have her a sweaty mess because I have no AC!

I have a question about the hard top. I hate things that are shakey or loose. If a cup is shaking in the car, it drives me crazy. I think I'll be the hard top or no top. If its going to rain outside, do I have to run out and get the hard top up? Will the rain hurt the interior electronics or anything?
Removing/Replacing the HT is not a one man job. Barely a 2 man job just b/c it's so awkward and you have to be in 2 places at once. However, I picked up an electric hoist for the garage from craigslist for $80 and can have the top off in less than 5 mins. That's about how long it takes to get the windows out and soft top down. I'm the same way about rattles in a vehicle, but it's just different in a Jeep...mainly b/c any rattles are drowned out by all the other noise - lol.

I'm with Lev. The black 98 looks nice. Has both tops too! The miles are a tad high on the 2nd one and doesn't appear to be as well taken care of based on pics. Also, if you don't like bothersome rattles and noise, you'll hate the half doors (they're nice to have with top off and wheelin, but for a DD it's a diff story) IMHO.
 

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How can you tell if its half or full doors? I take it your jeep nregas has full doors? How does the hard top hook up w/ the half doors?

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Half Doors


Full doors


Thats my puddles btw ^_^

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How can you tell if its half or full doors? I take it your jeep nregas has full doors? How does the hard top hook up w/ the half doors?

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The 2nd TJ you listed has 1/2 doors. Meaning: 1/2 steel on bottom and the uppers are soft, like the soft top - plastic zipper windows. You can see on my TJ, and the 1st link you listed, has the full steel doors - roll down windows.

The only way I've seen to use a HT with 1/2 doors is to buy a set of fiberglass uppers that have glass sliders. They're around $700-$800. Any jeep you find with 1/2 doors will have a ST. But the opposite isn't true. You'll find plenty of ST's with full steel doors. I've had both and IMO, I prefer the full steel doors for long commutes as my DD. Then on the weekend, just pull them off completely and drop the top.
 

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Dang Lev, you're greased lightning on this board.
 
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