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Jeep Wrangler



  • tymantyman Posts: 1
    Anyone know which fuse is for the stereo on a 97 Jeep Wrangler.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You're welcome. :blush:

    If the price is right, buy it, but make the overhaul of the braking system your highest priority.
  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    Great info... So what about the difference between the soft tops on the Sport & Unlimited?...

    I've heard the Unlimited top is much more difficult to take on/off. Also, wouldn't the soft on the Unlimited be more prone to "flapping" since the top is so much larger?
  • jmic1jmic1 Posts: 3
    Anybody else noticed this kind of rust on the engine parts? Is this typical?

    I had a toyota. No rust anywhere.

    I like this jeep a lot. Man they are fun to drive!
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    I'd be very tempted to see what they would offer you for the trade in as is,,,, and compare that to just keeping the insurance check.


    ps,,, Sport vs Unlimited

    I have an ulimited and love it, my girlfriend has a Sport and loves it.

    you will love whichever jeep you decide to buy!!

    weekend warrior ?? I sold a pickup about the time I bought my jeep,,, I've since bought a small trailer. even with the added room in the unlimited, its not that big,,, or as easy to get stuff in as just throwing it on the trailer or in the back of a pickup.
  • hoobathoobat Posts: 1
    Have you an news to report regarding the knocking sound? Currently my new Jeep is at the dealership because of a rattling/knocking sound. Keep in mind that I have an automatic transmission. The sound occurs during light or heavy acceleration and it is guaranteed around 45-46 mph. During this acceleration the rpms drop during said speed range and followed by a heavy rattling/knocking/ugly sound. It is more than the "marble" sound and even the dealership has recognizes it. The tech that worked on my Jeep said on Wednesday that he could get it act up in other gears too...more than what I have mentioned.... but, then the manager got involved on Friday and all of sudden it is running and sounding "within normal operating range". Hmmmm??? This is not a slight sound as the manual suggests.

    Also, yesterday I took a test drive at another dealership with the same make/model to compare. The vehicle test driven had similar acceleration; however, the rmps did not drop until around 50 mph and it was followed by that typical jeep sound, but it lacked the heavy rattle/knocking/ugliness. Right now, the dealership is going to have a "specialist" look at it, but I can tell what the out come is going to be. The have been giving me undertones that this is normal and they can assure me that it will be ok.

    Any suggestions out there? - John
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Our Sport has a hard top that's never been off, so I don't have much to compare the Unlimited's soft top to. However, I really like the Unlimited's top and have both taken it down and put it up by myself. I don't think there is all that much difference between the two that way (both involve lots of not-so-nice words). Probably the hardest thing is the zippers on the windows, unless it is cold because then the vinyl is stiff and its much harder to get the drip rails out of their keepers.

    The one thing that the Unlimited's soft top does give you is the Sunrider mode - you can just open the top over the cab for a big sunroof. It only takes a couple of minutes to do and gives you some of the topless feel without going all the way. I've opened ours while waiting for my other half to get coffee at Starbucks before. There is a strap that comes with the strap package (make SURE you have it before leaving the dealership) that has a hook on it and will keep the roof folded back. There are 2 "accessories" not provided that you should have in your Unlimited if you impulsively open it up: sunscreen and a hat.

    Mine doesn't flap under more normal conditions. However, the windows will softly tap against the support bar when it's windy (as opposed to breezy when it doesn't), or when one of the windows is cracked a bit. Its louder when there's snow on the roof blowing off. I think that the short wheel base soft tops would be similar, but I don't have any direct experience. I will say that my Unlimited's top is MUCH quieter than the soft tops they put on the Sports back in '98.
  • utahjeeputahjeep Posts: 24
    I think it is the third one down on the second column, but I am not sure on the 97. That's where it is on the 99.
  • I'm looking at a 03' Rubicon, one question I have is that it does'nt have ABS is that a big deal when it comes to off roading? will it make a Rubicon Express LA lift any more or less expensive? Thanks
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    You don't want ABS for off-roading because it takes away control from the driver. Also, I dont' believe ABS is available on any Wranger's with the D44 axle. So I'm sure when RE designed their long arm, they didn't even consider ABS.
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    So is the picture posting thing available for everyone yet?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Not yet! It will be released when all the design and testing is completed.

    tidester, host
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ..........I dont' believe ABS is available on any Wranger's with the D44 axle.

    ABS is currently available as an option on the Sport with the D44.
  • gsyoung1960gsyoung1960 Posts: 52
    Yeah, I really like the functionality of the unlimited, but the Sport seems a little more fun to drive. Given that I'm gonna be pretty much doing inner-city driving, it sounds like the Unlimited may be the best bet. Also, the fact that you're towing with the Unlimited I understand you get more capacity (3,500 vs 2,000).

    Another question... I'm curious how much different the soft top is to manage on the Unlimited. Initially, I heard that the Unlimited is much more complicated to manage... is that true?

    Thanks in advance for making me feel better about buying my 1st Jeep... I'm really thinking I'm gonna be hooked!

    P.S. regarding my wreched trade-in. It looks like I may be in luck. Fortunately, I went to CarMax the day before the accident, and got my car appraised. The insurance Co. told me to take it back to CarMax after I get it fixed for another appraisal. If I indeed sale it after I get it fixed, the insurance Co will cut me a check for the difference on the two apprasials... they referred to it as "3rd Party Dimunition of Value". I'm hoping that works out.
  • Thats about what I figured as far as taking away from the feel, thank you
  • Hi Y'all!
    I've got a quick question I was hoping to get some help with...I've got a 01 Sahara and I recently noticed the thread (seam) above the zipper on my side window is almost completely unraveled At this point the window is only being held up by the zelcro!! I'm so bummed!
    What's my best option to get this fixed?? Should I look into getting a new soft top or can it be rethreaded?? Does anyone know how much that would cost...and last but not least how to I keep this from happening again????
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!
    ;) diana
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It should be easy to re-sew the seam with an industrial quality sewing machine. Any upholstery shop (marine, RV, auto, furniture) should be able to do it for a few bucks.
  • jeff62301jeff62301 Posts: 310
    I've heard people say they leave their doors unlocked when the soft top is on. That they would rather have a thief open the door to steal things than slice the top.

    just curious; how many of you leave your doors unlocked?

  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    I always lock the doors, even with the soft top on. What's the saying? A lock keeps an honest man honest.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I don't think the Unlimited's soft top is difficult to manage. I found the hardest part was the zippers on the windows, and I think that would be the same regardless of top. I'm not very big and I can both put it up and take it down by myself, though I did find I couldn't lift the top from the side very well (not big enough to have any leverage). Instead I stood behind it and just pushed it up to get it started up.

    I usually lock the doors from force of habit whenever I'm in a parking lot of some type, never at night at home. I would hope that a thief would notice that the top has zippers and just unzip it to get in, but then thiefs don't usually think like that, do they? I never leave anything of value in mine no matter if I lock it or not.
  • luvmyjeepluvmyjeep Posts: 2
    will a jeep wrangler soft top 1997 full door fit on a 200 wrangler half door with the sliding windows
  • luvmyjeepluvmyjeep Posts: 2
    that was 2000 wrangler opps
  • rogue01rogue01 Posts: 1
    I have a nice 1990 wrangler, but it is being eaten by rust cause i live in the northeast, I can fix most of it, but my biggest concern is the "crossmember" across the center under the transmission, its almost falling off, and i cant find what its actual name is or for that matter how much it is any where on the net.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    -Cronus :confuse:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    'Transmission crossmember' is the correct description, though it's often called the transmission skidplate. The nice thing about it is that it's a totally bolt-on part. It's not the hardest thing in the world to fabricate, in fact you can buy or make one out of flat plate and raise the transmission to get more ground clearance.

    I'd check eBay or your local junk yards before trying the dealer.
  • dale554dale554 Posts: 2
    I own a 2000 sahara jeep. Why is it a "sahara" and not a "wrangler" ? What makes it so special to be a sahara ? What do I have that a wrangler does not? Or what does a wrangler have that I do not ?
  • jefferson1964jefferson1964 Posts: 330
    Hello.....Do a search in your local area via the internet, faxes, have the dealer check other dealers for a swap its done all the time. Also check on ebay its how i purchased my 05 rubi for $5K below sticker and the dealer also had 7 others wranglers they would do the same deal on if i did not like the color or options. The one you want is out on a dealers lot somewhere it just might not be as convienient as it once was but keep looking the incentives are great right now.......
  • jefferson1964jefferson1964 Posts: 330
    if your a home depot weekend warrior go with the unlimited. I too carry stuff from HD and took out the back seat of my unlimited and it was like a mini pickup back there, lol. Even with the seat left in i had plenty of room to carry my wife/child and all our tent/camping/fishing gear, cooler etc. and an extra inch of leg room for back seat passengers. A good friend of mine has a wrangler sport and has to take out the back seat to carry just about anything. Also, the unlimited has extra insulation in the engine compartment which is nice added feature and the ride is way smoother IMO and better handling at highway speeds. The unlimited soft top comes standard with the sunrider feature which i use most of the time.....
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    it is just a trim level, like SE (basic), Sport, and Rubicon.

    There is now a Sahara package, but it based on the movie Sahara and is not really a trim level per se, just an option package.

    2000 Sahara's had painted flares, trim along the bottom of the rockers, different interior seat styling/fabrics, and a few other things that make it stand out a bit.

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    As Paul said, the Sahara was the more expensive trim package at that time. In '98 when I bought the Sport, the Sahara had the sound bar standard, where it was an option on the Sport (that was later changed). Each year they changed the configuration a bit as which model got what. I didn't like the supposedly upgraded fabric of the Sahara, which is why I bought a Sport with lots of options. Back in '98 the Wrangler had 3 models - the basic SE that had the 4 cylinder engine, the Sport with the I6 engine, and the Sahara with the painted fenders and other upgrades. They added the X model (I6 engine but more basic) later (2002? don't remember) and have now done away with the Sahara name for the upgraded model.
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