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Jeep Wrangler



  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    I had been checking the site and going to the dealer sites that listed their inventory. Once I had an idea of what I wanted, I searched for a vehicle that would fit the bill. I still ended up ordering.

    After I had to choose a second color I searched for dealers that had that color. The dealer that I went through showed one in their inventory, but when I called I was told that the vehicle had already been sold and was gone.

    I checked the inventory for my dealer today and believe it or not they showed a Wrangler in the color that I wanted. This vehicle even had all the options that I wanted. When I looked at the VIN of the vehicle in inventory it seemed sort of familiar. I checked the VIN for the vehicle that I had ordered and it turned out to be one and the same. I called the dealer to see if the vehicle was in since it was posted and they said it still was not here. They told me that they had an invoice so the vehicle was posted in their inventory.

    You still need to make that phone call just to make sure that the vehicle is actually sitting on their lot. In my case it saved me from making a trip that would been about 35 miles one way.

    I called one dealer that at the time did not list their inventory and asked if they had a vehicle in the sienna color. The person on the other end of the phone told me that I would have to make an appointment and come down and talk to them on what colors were on the lot. I didn't order through that dealer.

    I ordered my vehicle through Benny Boyd in Lampassas, Tx. (a plug) and it seemed to be a fairly painless process. I didn't even have to make an appointment to find out what colors they had.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    My other half wanted to look at the Liberty again, but it really isn't in the running. We also looked at the Ranger pickup, which we should have bought instead of the Taco back in 2000. But since we didn't, I think that I'll still go with the Forester, after I get some other bills paid down.

    We also looked at the Prius this weekend. The funny thing is that I could probably afford to buy it in a month or 2 - the money I would save on gas would make up the difference in car payment! However, I still want to replace the Taco with a 4x4.

    My Wrangler is celebrating going over 100,000 miles by developing air conditioning problems. It works some of the time, but not well (it used to have an excellent A/C system). I found a TSB on the '98s that was about losing coolant in the A/C system. I've got an appointment with my local mechanic for an oil change and tire rotation this weekend. Am wondering if I should see if he could service the A/C or just take it to the dealership. Has anyone have any info on this?

  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    Wish I could help you with the a/c thing, since I also have the '98 Sport, but I had mine retrofitted with factory air one year later so it's not really the same setup. No problems to speak of, they did a good job.

    Two people at work have the Prius, and I drove one of them. They are kinda neat on the techno/cutting edge front but, I think, not really worth it considering it's basically an Echo. You won't make back the difference in price w/gas savings over an Echo. Stick with the Forester.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I more or less came to a similar conclusion about the Prius, but I am a sucker when it comes to cool looking/techno type things. That's why I liked the Trailblazer when I looked at it.

    Unless someone knows more about the A/C thing (and you are right - installing A/C later is somwehat different) I think I'll just get it serviced and see what happens. If it still doesn't work or if it quits before the end of the summer I'll know I have a problem.

    I'll have the Taco back this weekend (with a new radiator - the first time I've ever used an extended warranty and the 3rd car I've had with one) so it will be back to the usual uncomfortable grind. I'll miss having the comfortable seats in the Wrangler, but if there is something wrong with the A/C that servicing won't fix at least I have an alternative for a daily driver until I can afford to get it fixed. This does not seem to be a good year for auto maintenance for me...
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    well looks like a second payment to Chrysler has been lost.. They keep calling me asking where payment is. I paid March's payment on 3/18 it was cashed on 3/27.. Now the 2nd payment is lost.
    WOW this is a HASSLE. They tell me I can pay through Western Union, HEY ive already sent $600.00 No more $$ here..just gonna have to wait.
    Ohh found out they were 4067 60th Anniversary Wrangler's produced & TAZZ is one of them.

    Keep Jeepin'
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    That really sucks! Wonder what is going on there? If the money order was cashed, isn't there some way to trace who cashed it? Would there be some kind of receipt the bank or whoever could get you?

    Keep us posted.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    OUCH! I've been having major problems with the mail also, but I pay by check and haven't had any of the lost ones cashed (thank heavens). I'm thinking about going to on-line banking, but am still scared of that! I wish there were better options - going to Western Union would be a royal pain for me (I live at least 30 miles from anywhere like that). At least the only impact my problem has is on my credit rating - I haven't actually lost money yet.

    Let us know how things work out, my good wishes are with you.
  • huckhillhuckhill Posts: 20
    Have any of you tried for your car ordering? I have made it through to the options and final price, but have not yet committed to placing the order. I would like to buy from our local dealer since every time I have been over they have been very helpful and relaxed. But, they only carry about 4 wranglers on the lot and ordering one requires a wait and $1000 deposit.
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    I have a receipt coming from the USPS that will show who cashed it. I will get it next week.
    I hope the is Chrysler's mistake & they deposited it in the wrong account.
    Ive been paying for cars for 12 years..this is the 1 time this has happened. Cant believe its happened back to back like this.

    WOW what a hassle

    Keep jeepin
  • jptjjptj Posts: 53
    I pick up the jeep this week and it looking good. They removed all the hardware from the body (Door Handle, lock, flares, etc.) and then reinstalled them after being painted so there is no tape line. But there is one thing that I am not vary happy with that is the exhaust was replace with a stock system, not the Turbo city cat back system like I had.
    Have a good day Walt
  • yellowmanyellowman Posts: 209
    Hey there

    Well, I looked more in depth at (thanks div2!) and called to order a couple things. I discovered that Vinylex is more for the interior and dash. So after reading some of the articles, I decided to order "One Grand Exterior Rubber and Vinyl Protectant". (many of the articles were very informative, but probably geared more towards people who are REALLY careful with their vehicles...I'm talking above and beyond tsjay-range! They even had one on how to repair a paint chip, and part of it involved using unused pencil erasers! I don't think I'd ever go to THOSE lengths!!)

    Evidently there used to be a great product called "Black Again" for exterior rubber and vinyl, but it's no longer available. They guy on the phone was very informative. I told him I'd heard that Armor All speeds deterioration. He said that's the understatement of the year - like saying the Titanic had a small leak (that's a quote!). Anyway, he said the One Grand is good, and so is 3M's equivalent. I ordered the One Grand and also a couple applicator pads. They should arrive late next week, so I'll let everyone know how they work out!


    p.s. - Because I plan on changing the tires at some point anyway, and because I still have a bunch of Armor All, I think I'll keep using that on the tires, but I'll go with this "One Grand" stuff for the fenders and hard top (the guy on the phone said it would be good for both).
  • fjtjfjtj Posts: 1
    I am a long time reader and a first time poster! But my Jeep is sick!

    BTW, I have a 2001 Wrangler Sport 5sp loaded and love it I might add!!

    Here's the problem...I start my jeep and run it for a few miles then shut it off. When I re-start it and let it idle after a few minutes a loud high pitched noise starts(only at idle..goes away when the rpm goes up), lasts about a minute then goes away. It almost sounds like a bearing singing in the alternator or on one of the pulleys up front. At first, I thought it might be the belt, but the dealer replaced it and the sound returned. Its only happens at a certain temp and when it totally warmed up it will not do it. The real strange thing is, it won't do it when its damp out either. Because its not a constant sound the dealer is having a hard time solving it too. Don't seem like it should be hard for the dealer to find. But!

    Has anyone had this problem with their Wrangler!

    I will get to the bottom of this! Otherwise..A GREAT Jeep
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    power steering fluid?
  • koshjeepkoshjeep Posts: 1
    What is the deal with these tires? I just purchased this 2000 Sport with 17K on it and the tread wear is horrendous. It feels as though there are waves when you run your hand over the tires. The front are much worse than the rear. I have a neighbor with the exact same problem and theirs is a lease so I know it isn't a tire rotation issue.

    I am sooo happy to have my "new" jeep. I have a '64 CJ-5 sitting in the garage(my grandfathers) and my dad drives a '81 CJ-5 Renegade. I come from a jeep family obviously! Happy to be able to post here with you on my new jeep!
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Congratulations on the new Jeep! Thanks for sharing your good news with us. It always does my heart good to hear of someone getting a Jeep.

    Don't worry about those tires... get yourself some good ones. Put some 31 x 10.50's on that Jeep and make it look even better.


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Got Jeep? Don't leave us hangin', man!


    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tjraytjray Posts: 38
    Hey, koshjeep, Welcome to our discussion! It's kind of like a big happy Jeep family here,too! I hope you enjoy your Wrangler as much as we do. I believe your problem is called "tire cupping" and it is caused by making tight turns on pavement,which of course a Jeep does very well. You might also have the front end alignment checked. Hope this helps. Eat,Sleep,Jeep- tjray
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Cupping can be caused also by struts/suspension problems. I've had problems with tires cupping on my jeep since day one, and have done both an alignment and replacement tires. I think (and my tire guy says it's possible) that certain types of roads with the Wrangler's short wheel base/light weight can cause it. There is a portion of freeway that I drive every day that really gets the Wrangler rocking - the first time I drove it I thought I had a flat or something serious was wrong. It is just how the expansion joints in the pavement are spaced, and it is really annoying. It wouldn't surprise me if that was causing my cupping.

    At the moment I have Dueller AT tires on, and they are starting to show signs of cupping (12,000 miles). I'm considering paying for a "permanent" alignment (free re-alignments if needed) - with the type of driving I do with the Wrangler (especially when it is not my daily driver) it might be a good idea.

    I asked them to look at my brakes while they were rotating the tires, and I'll need a break job next month. One of the rotors is slightly warped, and the other is exactly at specs, with little wear left on the breaks. It was about what I expected - at 101,800 miles I guess I should need a break job.

    The Tacoma is now fixed, so the Wrangler goes back to my fun weekend car. It is beautiful outside - very hard to decide whether I should be hiking or watching the NHL playoffs!
  • oceantoadoceantoad Posts: 186
    Got no Jeep. Talked to the dealer on Thursday and they had no idea.

    Sitting here with credit card in hand and phone to ear as I order from all the different wish books (not Sears).

    Went ahead and ordered my wheels on Friday so they should be in next week and ready to go. The tires they say they have always in stock.

    My spare tire cover, door entry guards and snatch strap have come in, but not my seat covers.

    I also got a Hilift jack and a 4 ton come along, but I think that it is a bit of overkill at this stage. This jack sure looks a whole lot like my three ton farm jack that I have in my back shed. Have not quite figured out where to put the jack at this point.

    Went out and bought a fire extinguisher today along with some clamps to use to mount it to the sport cage. Of course it would be nice to have a Jeep to see if that would work.

    I am not a music type person and don't have any CDs so I guess I will have to go out and buy a couple of old head banger type CDs to annoy people with.

    I also bought a pair of those straps for your passenger to hold on to. Thought they might help Jean with her short legs to get in and out.

    It would be nice to be able to clear all this stuff out of my bedroom and put it in and on the Jeep. Maybe next week.

    At least this gives me time to get all of my stuff together.

    Skid plates and a CB come next. I have a pair of hand held CBs and a magnetic mount antenna, but it is not all that great a setup to have.

    I won't put the KMs on till I have a couple of hundred miles on the vehicle.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538

    You sure got a lot of stuff for your car you don't have. I hope they don't botch it up, and you have to return everything.

    I've had mine since August last year, and have "only" added 3/4 " spring spacers, rear receiver bumper, and took the ends off the front bumper. Finally ordered a stereo (ugh...Pioneer!) and JBL GTO 5.25 speakers for rear and Polk for front. Everything I've read says 5.25, but I swear my 6.5 Alpine spekers fit in there. The way I figured is that it will still be better than stock, and it is only a Jeep after all, so sound quality is not the name of the game. The Pioneer has some "software" which cuts the signal to the rear (basically seems like a crossover) so the front imaging sounds better. I thought this would be a good, effective idea in a Wrangler. I have a second fire extinguisher in the basement in the box since I bought my house years ago. I suppose if I wanted, I could mount it in the jeep, but don't see a reason to take up the space. My original jack is missing the crank handle, so I suppose I might get a new one, maybe a bottle jack. A comealong sounds like a good idea. I got an old 7 watt CB from my dad and might use that, but the newer ones are probably more compact and powerful.
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