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  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I was wondering about 4 vs. 6 cylinder, but from everything I read, they got close to the same gas mileage with way more power out of the 6.

    I got a 1997. I would recommend the most basic unless you want AC (Texas, Florida, ...) or plan on heavy offroad driving, in which I'd recommend the Dana44.

    The ABS is pretty optional, and the 1/2 doors are nice. I went all winter (so far) with cloth doors, no problemo.

    Stereo and tires can be done at any time after the fact.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Some extra thoughts (I agree with all that has been said before, except I prefer the hard top - good for 3 feet of snow). If you live in a warm climate get the tinted windows. I have a black Wrangler with a black top and the tinted windows make it more bearable on hot days. Mine came with fog lights (which I didn't care about when I bought it) but when I moved to the mountains I found out how necessary they are in bad weather. The only thing I don't have, but wish I did is the sound bar.
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    Welcome to the group. One thing not mentioned yet is that Wranglers hold their value pretty well. When we were looking last year, we found that 10k in miles and age may only be worth a couple thousand dollars. With the 7/100 powertrain and other incentives DC is offering, new vehicles are more attractive than ever. This gets compounded by the minimal depreciation hit a 1-2 year old Jeep will see. You may want to look at and drive as many Jeeps as possible to find out exactly what options you want. Once you narrow down the list, you can shop for "the one" to see how competitive a new vehicle is compared to a slightly used one. If you plan on keeping it for a while, the additional warranty alone may make it worth buying a new one.

    As far as options, make sure you get the ones you can't change. An engine or tranny swap isn't an easy change, but with some patience and $, you can swap the top or doors if you found the "perfect" Jeep that happened to have the "wrong" doors or top. If you find one with a hard top, you'd be able to sell it to fund a soft top purchase with cash left over. It may take some manuevering and time, but if you get the engine, tranny, and color you want, just about everything else can be swapped out to suit your needs. Once you get it, you'll wonder (like many of the rest of us) why it took you so long to own one.

    Keep posting additional ?'s as you shop. Lots of knowledge around buying cars on this board. Many of us are new to Jeeps, but are glad to share what we know.

    -twylie
  • hypehype Posts: 16
    I have read the postings from time to time on this site and find the advice/opinions of great interest as I am a recent owner of 2002 Wrangler X; 6 cyl/5 speed. I have a quick question: I hear a very subtle and quiet clicking/tapping noise when I am accelerating in 1st and 2nd gears only-I do not hear this noise in any other gear. I am curious if anyone else hears this noise or knows what I am talking about? It is really a soft sound and may be normal-I don't know? Have there been any posts about something like this in the past? I am going to ask the dealer about it when I take it in for her first oil change-but I thought I would appeal to this panel of folks that seem to know Wranglers pretty well. Thanks!
  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    Is the Off Road Edition real?

    Trying to decide to buy now vs wait till early summer.

    Thanks!
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    Yes is is real...its called the Jeep Rubicon..
    Will have 31" tires..D-44 front & real axles.
    plus other neat offroad goodies..
    I belive it will be MSRP around 28,5...
    there are several web sites with pics..
    looks very good..

    bama
  • That's what I enjoy about this site- Lots of good, common sense advice!

    If you decide to buy new, now is a great time with the improvements, especially with the 4 ply top!

    And unless you find a great deal on used, new may be the way to go. When I bought my wife's 98 Sahara we did a lot of research. And the drop in value was very small for new. We have only lost a few thousand in value over 4 years!

    But we also plan on keeping it a long time. We have a 72 Super Beetle that my wife drove in College, (I won't tell you how long ago that was!)So we become attached to our vehicles.

    But be aware of the rough side of a Wrangler. You will find Wrangler Owners love their Vehicles in spite of (Because of...?) it's faults.

    Wranglers are loud on the highway and can be a bit drafty in the Winter. The back seats aren't very comfortable for anyone over the age of 10, and it has the aerodynamics of a brick.

    It is what it is, and we wouldn't own anything else!

    Good luck and we will look forward to more postings on your progress toward the Promised Land!

    AppState88
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "And unless you find a great deal on used, new may be the way to go."

    I got a pretty good deal on a nice 1997 last August.

    "Wranglers are loud on the highway"

    Not too too bad, and that is with BFG AT tires. I'd imagine other tires would be much quieter.

    "...and can be a bit drafty in the Winter."

    Not bad so far up here in Massachusetts.

    "...The back seats aren't very comfortable for anyone over the age of 10"

    Actually, my parents rode in the back for an hour at Christmas, and didn't mind it one bit, and they are the type to let you know if there was a problem!

    "It is what it is, and we wouldn't own anything else!"

    Test drive one, and see for yourself. I was surprised that it rode as well as it does. I guess the coil springs made a difference.
  • Hello all,
    I am considering buying a Jeep Wrangler...I am so infatuateed by its legend,looks and reputation that I am looking for good reasons to buy it. Im not much of an offroader and I do a lot of long distance driving.

    My concerns are about noise, handling,stability and comfort suring highway driving. Can the wrangler be used as a commuter vehicle??Would I be better of with a used one?Can i drive a soft top in the snowy winter?(cleveland). I'd appreciate any response.
  • Hey guys and gals -- it's been a while since my last posting, but I've been keeping up with all your messages in the meantime. My 2000 Sahara and I just completed our first year -- almost 9000 fun and absolutely trouble-free miles together -- couldn't ask for more.
    My question for all the Wrangler wheel and tire experts I know are out there: my Jeep has the five-spoke 16 x 7" aluminum wheels and P225/70R16 Michelin LTX/MS tires that were standard equipment on the 2000 Sahara. I love the look of the wheels, and don't want to change them, but I'd like to go with a somewhat bigger, more aggressive tire. I've been told that a switch to larger tires, particularly 30 inchers, isn't possible with my wheels due to hub offset limitations. My Wrangler is not lifted, and I do little, but some, mild off-roading.
    Anybody have experience with fitting larger tires on those 2000/2001 stock five-spoke Sahara rims? I'd sure appreciate any advice/reccomendations, short of switching wheels.
    Thanks everybody, and, yes, I hugged her this morning....
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    With 16 or 15 inch wheels, problems with the fitting of larger tires arise from an increase in width, rather than an increase in diameter.
    This is normally felt on-road at full lock, and off-road at extreme flex. On-road this can be compensated for, within moderation, by putting washers behind the steering stops, thus decreasing the amount of lock available and preventing the tire from rubbing on the sway bar or chassis. It obviously also decreases the size of your turning circle.
    From what you say, this minor modification should be applicable to your circumstances, and should allow you to go up to a tire that has an equivalent dimension to a 31 x 10.5.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Yes, a Jeep is OK for commuting, assuming you are really ready to give up cargo room, soft ride, cornering, stability in the wind, and gas mileage, and that you are willing to put up with some highway and wind noise.

    What you get in return is FUN! :)

    I owned my Thelma Jane (2001 Sport) for over a year before I ever took her offroading, and even on the pavement, she was the most enjoyable vehicle to drive that I have ever owned.

    For the first seven months that I had her, I drove her to work every day, which is a round trip of 54 miles. I also have taken her on business trips of up to 300 miles one way. It was not a problem at all. To me, the fun of driving a Jeep made up for all those negatives that I listed in the first paragraph ten times over!

    tsjay

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It's good to see you back - I hope we don't have to wait another whole year to hear from you again!

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  • Hello all. I've had a Wrangler since '91 and when I wear it out I'm ready to buy another. The many people I've talked to tell me the 4.0 liter is gonna' last forever and so far it's proving them correct.

    I'd have to say though, that the Wrangler is such a unique vehicle that any potential buyers with no previous experience might want to rent one for a weekend or so. They aren't for everyone.

    Mine goes round trip to work 60+ miles every day and forest service roads when I get some hiking time. I can turn around in the smallest spaces when I find I have gone down the wrong logging road. It's gone up and down the west coast 4 round trips. Twice with two people and three large mutts. I put a piece of plywood over the wheel wells for the dogs to lay on and stored a little luggage under it. There was some snarling over dog space but all in all not too bad.

    The ex also had a Wrangler, a four-cylinder. I wouldn't consider anything but the 4.0 liter after lots of time driving both. The 4.0 makes a fun vehicle a great deal more fun. I've only had the 5-speed manual although I test drove the automatic. I found it lacking but it was a short drive.

    I suppose it sounds like a country western song, but the dogs and I are still riding around in the Jeep. The ex upon leaving promptly bought an Outback with leather this, electric that, and a heated bun warmer. I think I'm having more fun and the muddy dogs agree.

    Gary
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Noise? Well, mine has a hard top and I haven't tried the new soft tops, so I can't compare, but it is noisier than some of the other cars I've owned. It isn't that much noisier than the Tacoma.

    Handling? As someone said above, it turns on a dime and gives you change. However, that also translates into touchy steering at freeway speeds.

    Stability? It's as stable as any other vehicle, as long as you drive within it's capabilities. It is terrible in the wind. So I don't drive it much beyond 65-70 mph. Also it gets much better gas mileage when you keep it under 70, something to think about with that thirsty 4.0L engine.

    Highway comfort/commuter vehicle? Highway comfort is excellent (from '98 on when they redid the suspension system) if you don't mind the bouncy ride. I chose to drive it on a long distance vacation over the better economy of the Taco because it has far more comfortable seats. I really do look for excuses to take it on our frequent Vegas trips (I have family there), though economy and a mild desire to try to keep the miles on it down usually win out.

    I've used it as an only vehicle for about 6 months and would probably still be doing that except that I got worried about the miles I was putting on it and the cost of gas. It is still my winter commuter car (though we have had hardly any winter this year).

    New or used? I'd go new, especially if you are going to have it as a primary car. The cost of used ones is pretty high in relation to new, in fact my '98 with all those miles (its now up to 94,000 - mild winter this year) is worth quite a bit - more than my 2000 Taco (which has 55,000 miles on it).

    Final thought? I love my Wrangler and would definitely buy it again. I'll replace it with another Wrangler and have even toyed with the idea of buying another one to replace my hated Taco (though that doesn't make sense). So if you don't mind its many drawbacks, then get one - you won't regret it. Just don't expect it to be something its not.
  • jptjjptj Posts: 53
    I agree with tsjay on commuting. I drive a total of 700 miles a week, 252 miles one way on Monday and Friday.
    Soft Top in winter? All my Jeeps Have Soft Tops I just brush off the snow and go.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Well, the Jeep is not a real good commuter car, in fact, that is probably its worst application. They are noisier, less efficient, and slower.

    That said, they are fun, the styling you already like, and they are an inexpensive convertible. You can drown noise with a stereo and lessen noise with highway tires. You can get some 255/70R15 tires in a "performance ish" tread which will probably be quieter and give some better braking and handling than the stock tires. Just don't try to corner too fast, it is a Jeep, not a car.

    Your best bet is a used TJ. You can get a 97 for probably around 11-12 K dollars by now. These are the first year with the coil springs, and ride nicer than the leaf sprung, older ones.

    Good luck in your quest.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    When taking a "quick" right hand corner, it makes a power steering/hydraulic like noise. Any ideas?

    Also, after offroading one time, it makes kind of a "grinding, dragging" noise in right rear. Could it be dirt in the brake drum?

    Thanks.

    Have a groovy weekend everybody!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Aren't we just a bunch of jabber jaws in here? Where IS everyone?

    tsjay

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • I figured all you Jeep owners were out having fun in your Wranglers.

    Us non-Jeep-owners are busy trimming hooves and dosing fire ant mounds. Plus had three new baby goats dropped today that needed to be checked on every so often (not sure how the new Great Pyrenees will treat the babies).

    You figure all of the folks asking about buying Wranglers have already decided on what they are going to do?

    I am still aiming for 15 April as my order date. Once again, how do you track the progress of the building of the vehicle and the shipping?

    When are we going to see those pictures of you playing in the mud?
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