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#17690 of 23397 Jeep Wrangler 02 sport wont start
Jun 01, 2005 (11:02 am)
Hello i have a Jeep Wrangler sport 2002 and i have been having a reoccuring problem with it not starting. When you put the key in and turn it no noise will happen but the radio will go on the the gages will go on. This happens everytime after the car is driven and then you have to wait anywhere from 10-30 mins before it will turn on again. Ive also noticed sometimes when it does this where it displayes the millage it will say "done". I have had it looked at before and they tried replacing some switch that also involved my rear back up lights but that was when it would only happen every now and then now it happens everytime i use the car. Do you have any advice on what it might be?
#17691 of 23397 My first week in the Unlimited (plus bug deflector question)
Jun 01, 2005 (11:14 am)
..well, it has now been an official week since I've owned my first Jeep, and I'm loving it. Like alot of people have said on here, I have often thought about owning a Jeep but always went with either something a) more "practical" or b) fast. I can tell you since I've owned both, this is by far the most fun I've had with a car in the first week of ownership. And I haven't even gone topless yet! I love how it drives, looks, and I'd say about 3/4 of the people here in the Chicagoland area give you the "Jeep wave". It's a blast.
I got an email from the company I ordered the hardtop dolly from, and it should be shipped out to me within 2 weeks. After that, off with the hard top and on with the soft! (er, off with the soft?! )
One thing I've noticed, however, in the first week is, due to its extreme vertical angle, how my windshield catches bugs. I've noticed a few bug deflectors available for Jeep, are they any effective and how do they really look on the Jeep? If anyone on this forum has or had one I'd love to hear your opinions.
#17692 of 23397 Re: Reliability of the Wrangler [neumie2000]
Jun 01, 2005 (11:21 am)
I've had an 89, 92, and now own a 99 Sport.
Jeeps are great fun.
Now for the bad news... All three of mine developed leaky rear brake cylinders that resulted in no rear braking. The '99 has finally reached what I would call a reliable state, probably due to the lack of remaining Mopar parts. I'm a mechanical guy, if you depend on the dealer for most repairs, PASS!
I consider it a four wheel Harley. Drive it, fix it, repeat. I keep on buying them, though!
#17693 of 23397 Re: My first week in the Unlimited (plus bug deflector question) [karlw90]
Jun 01, 2005 (11:53 am)
Bug shields are lame--they don't work well and they look worse, IMO.
#17694 of 23397 Reliability and Tops
Jun 01, 2005 (12:05 pm)
I have a '98 Sport hard top and a '04 Unlimited soft top. The '98 hasn't been problem free, but it hasn't been much different than any other vehicle I've owned. It still starts up right away, though it's only getting driven about a couple of miles every 2 weeks mostly. We had to replace the exhaust manifold (most 4.0L engines before 2001(? not sure of the year) had to have theirs changed out too) and the air compressor. It hasn't had brake problems (we replaced the rotors at around 100,000 miles) and it still has the original clutch (it's got 130,000 miles on the odo).
The Unlimited's extra padding makes it actually quieter than the Sport. There is more traffic noise, but less engine and road noise. The top does flap a bit if you have one of the windows cracked, but it is a soft tapping, not like the much louder flapping on the old soft tops. Otherwise it has to be pretty windy for it to flap otherwise. My biggest complaint for the soft top is the bar on the back window. I prefer to have the ability to easily lift the back window when I'm loading things in the back. I do admit that it is noisier than the tank-like Durango we rented this past weekend, but I still prefer the Jeep.
The Unlimited is our daily driver and our trip vehicle - it's been to Wyoming, Nevada numerous times, all over California and I still love it.
The only cure for Wrangler fever is to buy one. If you don't mind giving up many "creature comforts" then you'll have about the most fun vehicle you can get!
#17695 of 23397 Re: Jeep Wrangler 02 sport wont start [tt6key]
Jun 01, 2005 (12:08 pm)
Is it an automatic? If so it could be a problem with switch on the transmission that only allows you start in Park or Neutral. Try starting in Neutral and moving the shifter a little as you turn the key.
#17696 of 23397 Re: What's with your handle? [keats]
Jun 01, 2005 (2:36 pm)
Interesting request Keats. Koolbreeze is a nickname I aquired in High School. I graduated in 1963 so its a name I have had for sometime. I am a soon to be 60 year old white guy who was given the name of Koolbreeze by the Black kids I went to HS with and the name just caught on----- Its actually a nickname and/or title used in African American culture in the 30's, 40's and 50's. I have been told this but have never heard it used until I saw the movie Ray. Someone called someone else Koolbreeze in the movie. Anyhow, thats it. I also enjoy Keats but am a very big Oscar Wilde fan. Enjoy the top down weather and drive your Jeep like its your last day on earth. Go Easy, John
#17697 of 23397 Re: What's with your handle? [koolbreeze2]
Jun 01, 2005 (2:54 pm)
John,I have seen 3 different stage productions of "The Importance of Being Earnest". It's one of my favorite plays. Wilde was definitely the genius of his era.
So all, I'm afraid my Rubicon has developed its first problem. There is a rattle in the driver's door that is starting to drive me crazy! Time for a trip to the dealership.
#17698 of 23397 So, what do you do?
Jun 01, 2005 (2:57 pm)
OK, we had some success with the "where did you get your handle" question, so let's start another one since nobody posts to the "Get to know the owner's forum". What does everyone do for a living? I know, I hate when I'm at a party and the first question someone asks me is, "So what do you do?" However, it wasn't my first question.
So what do you do to pay for the gas in your Jeep?
I'll go first. I'm a technical writer, and I'm in Grad School getting an MBA in management information systems. Kind of a yin and yang thing, I suppose.
#17699 of 23397 Re: So, what do you do? [keats]
Jun 01, 2005 (3:32 pm)
I'm a district court judge-just call me the bottom feeder of the legal system. I can take early retirement in five years-thank heavens!- which will allow me to pursue my true passion: cars and motorcycles. I write an automotive column for a local newspaper and a couple of times a year I scribble a freelance article for a monthly magazine.