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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
#18510 of 23397 Re: New to the Jeep scene - any help appreciated [newjeepguy]
Jul 03, 2005 (8:01 pm)
I can't address the issue of what Wranglers cost in Maryland, because I'm on the other side of the country from you.
I have a '98 Sport with 130,000 miles on it. It hasn't been trouble-free, but it hasn't been terrible either. The only 2 issues that cost big bucks were the exhaust manifold (this was re-designed in 2001, or around that time so it wouldn't be an issue with a new Wrangler) and the air conditioning compressor needed to be replaced. That one is NOT a usual problem, like the exhaust manifolds used to be. It is still parked in my driveway and still starts right up, even after having sat for a week or 2. It still has the original clutch in it.
I really like that X Rocky Mountain edition - it gives you all kinds of nice extras, like the Dana 44 rear axle. It would be a very nice choice.
If someone is selling a used Wrangler with leather seats, that's something they put in aftermarket. It isn't an option and hasn't been for as long as I've been actively following them.
The only thing to be aware of is that a SWB Wrangler doesn't handle like a car or other SUV - it turns on a dime (and gives you change) and has the aerodynamics of a brick wall. This isn't a good combination for high speed driving, especially in the wind. And the 4.0 L engine is low tech (a good thing for do-it-yourselfers), tough as anything out there, but very thirsty. It is hard to get anywhere near the EPA gas mileage ratings. The suspension is stiff for a reason, which makes the SWB Wrangler very bouncy at times, and there isn't much cargo room. The Unlimited, with it's longer wheelbase, is a much more comfortable vehicle for longer distances and day-to-day use (well, I might not have thought that when I was 20, come to think of it. At that time I really wanted a CJ).
Before commiting to buying one, make sure both you and your son take a long test drive to make sure that you will be comfortable with the ride. If so, then buy it - the Wrangler is the MOST fun vehicle I've ever owned. The '98 Sport has been so much fun that we traded in our 2000 Toyota Tacoma for a 2004 Unlimited. I still far prefer the seats in the Unlimited to the ones in the Tacoma, even after putting 44,000 miles on it.
I haven't made up my mind about the air conditioning in the Unlimited, which is a soft top (the Sport is a hard top). While it kept the vehicle bearable today, I was still hot and bothered when I discovered the store I was looking for wasn't where it was supposed to be. It didn't keep me cool and comfortable in this 108-110 degree heat (the thermometer said 110 when I started it in the Costco parking lot). On the local TV news they've come up with an interesting way of looking at the heat - instead of talking about the wet bulb temperature, they talk about the low relative humidity and take degrees off. They said that 108 with 8% humidity would only feel like 101. Yeah, right (like I believe this?). Winter won't come soon enough!
#18511 of 23397 Re: NEW JEEP TJ OWNER... [barnz_69]
Jul 03, 2005 (9:11 pm)
How would I (simply) go about checking to see if my airbag is still there?
You could always hit something.
(Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
#18512 of 23397 Re: Mirror paint flaking off [mac24]
Jul 03, 2005 (10:23 pm)
I'm probably going to regret it, but I didn't
The two places I looked didn't have it and I didn't feel like looking all over town.
I tried to make the metal surface as rough as I could with the sandpaper before I sprayed on the regular primer.
#18513 of 23397 no doors / no top
Jul 04, 2005 (6:56 am)
i took my doors off for the first time yesterday,, its great!
I wish I done that a long time ago.
Now of course, it hasn't rained in a month and this morrning, its raining.
#18514 of 23397 UpDate - No Start/Inst Console Gauges Dead
Jul 04, 2005 (8:40 am)
Still tackling the no start problem, due to no fuel at the MPI rail. Ruled out fuel pump and auto shut down relay. Bypassed fuel pump relay using a connecting wire in the relay socket and got normal fuel pressure (so relay to fuel pump elec circuit ok, fuel pump/filter/lines ok). Ign key on energizes corresponding relay socket terminals in both the fuel pump and auto shut down relays, so not ign switch. Getting ready to ck out fuel pump relay sockets connections but thinking now it must be PCM related. Hooked up OBDII scan tool to diagnostic port and got no signal from the PCM. PCM board mounting screw ground on firewall appears OK. So either the PCM is totally fried or power source is gone. Will look at today a bit but looks like I will relegate to dealer.
Dash gauges - did a board search per suggestion, but the link to repair instruction on another board is no longer available. From threads, assume this is due to loose connector on back of instrument cluster? Remove instrument cluster and clean/tighten terminals?
Again many thanks for suggestions, have a safe and happy 4th.
#18515 of 23397 Re: UpDate - No Start/Inst Console Gauges Dead [tarheel2]
Jul 04, 2005 (9:41 am)
Sound like you know what you're doing.
The instrument fix is concerned with the multi connector on the rear of the instrument panel. Just tweak the angle of the pins a little so they make better contact with their respective sockets, then treat them with a little dielectric grease before reassembly.
#18516 of 23397 Re: Mirror paint flaking off [99tj]
Jul 04, 2005 (10:01 am)
Aluminum oxidizes instantaneously in air. Literally as soon as a fresh surface is exposed it oxidizes, and it goes downhill from there until the oxidization seals the surface completely to protect it, then the process virtually stops (depending on the composition of the aluminum alloy). You'll often see unpainted aluminum boats for this reason. The natural surface can be more protective than paint.
So to paint aluminum, something is needed to cut through the surface layer and lock on to the metal. A self etch primer does just that. It's acidic to etch the surface, and it dries to a finish that allows a regular primer to lock onto it.
You have the choice of removing the paint already applied, resanding, then repainting (this time using a self etch before the regular primer). Or, you can wait until it comes off on its own.
Personally, I'd remove it now using laquer thinner, as the paint will still be soft and easy to remove. Nothing like as difficult as removing the factory finish. I recently bought a spray can of self etch from NAPA for around $5. I'm not surprised you had trouble finding it..........you might as well ask for chicken lips at Autozone type places.
#18517 of 23397 4 Speed Auto vs. 6 Speed Manual
Jul 04, 2005 (12:07 pm)
Can i ask all you experts for some advice? I'm going to buy an '05 Rubicon Unlimited, and am having a great debate with myself about auto vs. manual. Manual just seems more true to the car, but the auto isn't bad - i've test-driven both. I am concerned about how much control i'll have offroad with the manual. Advice? Thanks very much...
#18518 of 23397 Re: Mirror paint flaking off [mac24]
Jul 04, 2005 (12:08 pm)
I'll probably wait for it to flake off again. At least I know where to look for the Self etch primer now (NAPA).
Jeff, having the doors off is great isn't it?
I took mine off Saturday and they haven't been back on since.
We've had a rare beautiful weekend of sun and perfect temps.
Last night, coming home from a party I was at, was pretty chilly though
Without a garage, I'll probably have to put them back on tonight.
#18519 of 23397 Mac, The Hummer and a Rubicon
Jul 04, 2005 (2:05 pm)
Mac, that was an awesome picture of your Hummer, and absolutely an unmodified Rubicon couldn't do that, but one with just a few extras, like a $250 ARb snorkel could, here's a pic for Koolbreeze:
A guy posted this from his weekend on a Rubicon forum I frequent. It should be noted he's also running 37 inch tires with 4:88 gears.