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#20121 of 23393 Re: The "Best" Year/Model used Wrangler to buy? [cxxviii128]
Oct 31, 2005 (1:55 pm)
I have both a '98 Wrangler Sport and an '04 Unlimited. In some ways there isn't much difference between the two, other than the wheel base and a few gadgets.
Since you are thinking of used, definitely look at the '97 and forward - the TJ models. The suspension system is a huge improvement, and since much of your mileage is on-road, you'll appreciate it.
Maintenance is about the same - they all have the same engines (either the 4 or the 6). I'd recommend getting the 4.0L I6 engine because it is quieter on the highway and the gas mileage isn't all that much different between the 2 engines. They did have problems with the exhaust manifold in earlier models, so if you get something before 2001(? - I can never remember if it was 2001 or 2002 when they re-designed it) make sure that the previous owner replaced it with the re-designed one (otherwise it's a fairly expensive repair).
Safety for kids in the back - some people prefer the Unlimited for this because there is more room behind the back seat. However, it's only been out for a couple of years. Wranglers retain their value, so used ones might be more than you want to spend (and with rebates, etc. going on it would probably be more cost-effective to buy a new one).
Wranglers are basic cars - there are few gadgets available. Sound bars were originally an option, but have become standard (my '98 does not have one, though it is otherwise fairly loaded). They added an autodimming mirror that has interior reading lights, compass and outside temperature recently (my '04 has it) that I really miss when I drive the Sport. Anything like power windows, power door locks, or heated seats are aftermarket things. I had heard that Jeep had a nav system that would fit into the Wrangler's dash for '03 and beyond, but it would be aftermarket. Most of us interested in GPS's have hand-helds that have auto mounts.
#20122 of 23393 Re: The "Best" Year/Model used Wrangler to buy? [mtngal]
Oct 31, 2005 (2:05 pm)
Harriet, I'm with you on the mirror thing. I love mine, and use it all the time. All three of our cars have this feature so when I rent a car without it, I certainly miss it.
#20123 of 23393 Re: New member with new Rubicon! [koolbreeze2]
Oct 31, 2005 (2:06 pm)
Two words, KB2, limited slip. Good to see you're posting again! Now, we need pics of Rosie!
#20124 of 23393 Wrangler goes Diesel
Oct 31, 2005 (2:52 pm)
quote- Next year, meanwhile, Toledo Jeep Assembly will begin building a second diesel model for the U.S. market when the redesigned Jeep Wrangler is offered with the alternative-fuel engine, said Dan Henneman, chairman of United Auto Workers Local 12's Jeep unit. -end
#20125 of 23393 weatherstripping info for hardtop
Oct 31, 2005 (4:17 pm)
Hey, i've been looking around for weatherstripping kits for my hardtop, and have only found weatherstripping for the front windshield. I did see a kit for $200. Is that price way too expensive, or is that what i should consider paying..
Thanks a lot
#20126 of 23393 Re: weatherstripping info for hardtop [yellowjeep1]
Oct 31, 2005 (4:59 pm)
What model/year, and which particular weatherstripping do you need?
#20127 of 23393 Re: Wrangler goes Diesel [moparbad]
Oct 31, 2005 (8:56 pm)
Wouldn't it be great if the diesel were offered in California? I would be interested if I hadn't bought the Unlimited last year.
#20128 of 23393 Re: Hummer Competition [keats]
Nov 01, 2005 (7:49 am)
Very interesting. KB2
#20129 of 23393 Re: Wrangler goes Diesel [mtngal]
Nov 01, 2005 (8:37 am)
Agreed. I'm sort of in the same boat. I've paid mine down a bunch, and hate to lose money, but the Diesel mileage option would be fantastic.
I see a really interesting battle shaping up, that might even compare to the early seventies (Jeep versus K10 versus Bronco versus Scout versus FJ40). The new Toyota FJ, the Hummer H3 (and possible H4) and a new more "civilized" Wrangler with more of a permanent hard top look like they're possibly going to try to compete for the same buyers. Nissan might even consider a new Patrol (who knows)! Since elephant SUV's like the Expedition are in trouble, we might see the days when more workhorse SUV's that are really meant for the outdoors define the segment again. They are selling brand new Avalanches here in KC for 25K$, even without the GM employee deal. Ford even had a "Bronco" concept at the car show last year.
Nov 01, 2005 (9:27 am)
I have a 2002 wrangler, sport. Not too sure what type of weatherstripping it is considered.. Just know that i need it to keep the inside from being drafty.
Thanks you if you can help.