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#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.
#17700 of 23397 Re: unlimited soft top help [mtngal]
Jun 01, 2005 (3:32 pm)
Thanks mtngal, went by the dealer today and they have ordered new frames so Ill have to wait a couple days to get them. The parts guy had his computer screen turned so I could watch him look up the parts. Dc's system only shows schematics of the regular wrangler soft top not the unlimited. We walked up to the show room so he could see for himself what part I was missing. He was just looking for the latch itself, the after seeing it he ordered two new window frame assemblies. Once again thanks ..
#17701 of 23397 OK, I'll bite
Jun 01, 2005 (3:49 pm)
I work at a paper mill that produces automotive, industrial, and heavy duty filter paper. We sell to all of the big name automotive filter manufacturers.
I am the Technical Director for our mill, and my areas of responsibility are paper specifications, fiber combinations (recipes) for the various grades of paper, resins (used to saturate our paper for endurance), the paper making process, and experimental runs.
I will have been at that mill for 31 years on 6/26/05. Actually, I worked the last seven months of construction on the mill, but I was on the payroll of the general contractor then. I switched to the paper mill payroll on 6/26/74.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#17702 of 23397 my review of wrangler x with hard top
Jun 01, 2005 (4:30 pm)
I have had my wrangler for 6 days now and have a little over 400 miles on it and this is what I have to say about it. The jeep with the hardtop is a lot quieter than my old civic with my loud exhaust and is a lot more fun to drive. It also helps me with my speed problem no more tickets for me. The hardtop took a little while to figure out because i couldnt get one of the cables connected but after that it was a breeze to take off and put back on. The skid plates have come in handy so far because I have gone off-roading twice so far once with 60 miles on the odometer and another with 400. This last time it was pretty muddy considering it has rained for the past week. I didnt get stuck but some parts where a little sketchy because I would scrape and come to a stop and start spinning for a little while. my first fill up i experienced 20 miles per gallon but this time i think it is going to be a lot lower. The factory head unit and speakers sound fairly nice and never skipped while i was off roading but it provides very little bass.
Here is a pic of her a little dirty
Her name is Jeeves and the code name for off roading is golfing
#17703 of 23397 Re: My first week in the Unlimited (plus bug deflector question) [keats]
Jun 01, 2005 (4:35 pm)
Bug shields are lame--they don't work well and they look worse, IMO.
I'd say they're probably 50% effective at deflecting bugs from the windshield. However, they're 100% effective at stopping bug splatter and stone chips on the leading edge of the hood.