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#22473 of 23397 Please Help!! Can't decide what to do...
Jan 11, 2007 (11:44 pm)
Hey im Steve, i just turned 21 years old and im really looking for some help with deciding on a car.
Actually im trying to decide whether i should buy a Wrangler or not.
This Wrangler will be my everday commuter along with my offroad vehical. I guess my problem is deciding if jeeps are actually a viable choice given this scenario.
I have had a jeep before, 91 Jeep Cherrokee and i loved it. The gas milage did hurt but it wasnt TO bad.
Im really trying to have fun!! Ive been stuck working for the past two years and havent really had time to just, be 21 LOL.
Im looking to spend about 13,000$ so i cant get a new one. In my price range im seeing anything from 97s up to 2000s.
So i guess here are my questions.
First and probably most important.
Would you recommend me buying a Jeep Wrangler? Considering it will be my everyday commuter, my off road vehical, my car to go out with the ladies etc. etc. =)
If so, is there a specific model or year i should go after ? Like i said im looking between 97s and 2000s. Do you you think there is a significant increase in the overall vehical from 97 to 2000 ?
If not do you think i should try and save a little bit of cash and go for the 97 or spend the extra money and go for the 2000 ? (consider this purchase will be a significant buy for me, this has been my "fun savings" for two years)
I guess thats it. Sorry for the huge essay.
ANY advice will be of great appriciation!!
Thanks again for your time.
#22474 of 23397 Re: Please Help!! Can't decide what to do... [steve09]
Jan 12, 2007 (7:42 am)
Your question would really be best asked in the Jeep Wrangler forum where all the Wrangler enthusiasts hang out.
#22475 of 23397 Re: Please Help!! Can't decide what to do... [mac24]
Jan 12, 2007 (8:28 am)
Your question would really be best asked in ...
#22476 of 23397 Re: Please Help!! Can't decide what to do... [steve09]
Jan 12, 2007 (9:02 am)
Do you you think there is a significant increase in the overall vehical from 97 to 2000?
Like any first build of a brand new model, the '97s were found to have many things that needed improving upon. It took until the middle of the '98 model year for this to get sorted out, so IMHO look for a '98.5 onward. The most noticeable visual change from the earlier build is the switch to rotary HVAC controls from the previous sliders, but there are a whole host of changes under the skin.
The biggest problem found on '98.5 to 2000 was exhaust header cracking, but I can't imagine that there's one out there now that hasn't yet been fixed. Changes from year to year are generally invisible from the exterior. The most significant changes to the '00 compared the the '99 was a new header, different make of manual transmission, coil rail instead of plug leads and distributor cap, none of which you would notice from the drivers seat.
So I'd say '98.5 onward. Generally, get as late a model as possible, but an excellent '99 would be a much better buy than an average '00. I should also add that there are many '97-'98.5s running around quite happily, and if I had to choose between one of those or no Jeep at all, I'd definitely pick one of those!
#22477 of 23397 Re: Please Help!! Can't decide what to do... [mac24]
Jan 12, 2007 (2:21 pm)
I have a 98...not sure when in 98 but I absolutely love it I had the exhaust header crack, but other than that its been great... oh and dont get the 4 cylinder, get the 4.0L
#22478 of 23397 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport Features
Jan 13, 2007 (11:42 pm)
Just bought 01 Jeep Wrangler Sport for $11,500 w/53K miles. Was this a good deal? Also, can any one tell me what the standard features are? This one has no console, automatic, sound bar w/Polk Speakers, and aftermarket radio/CD. Also, can anyone suggest best cleaner for soft top and proper way to clean windows? Last, can anyone tell me best way to store windows and top when it is taken off? Thanks. Any advice is appreciated.
Jan 14, 2007 (7:24 am)
I'm really having a tough time figuring out the best way to air up and air down my tires for the trails (32"). I saw the post about the Truck Air, but I've seen mixed reviews of it and most other electrical compressors.
Has anyone used the PowerTank? It looks like a great product, just a little on the pricey side.
What do most of you use? Or do you just drive back to the local gas station to air back up?
Thanks for the help,
#22480 of 23397 BF Goodrich tires
Jan 14, 2007 (9:23 am)
I own a 2002 Wrangler X. My original tires on it are I believe 215 75 15. I would like to upgrade the tires to possibly 30X9.5X15 or 31X10.5X15. My question is which will work? I am curious if things like the odometer and speedometer will still be accurate. Also, which would be best to stay closest to my current fuel economy.
Jan 14, 2007 (4:04 pm)
the weather has been so mild here in new england i'd been driving around topless a few days here and there. two nights ago i left her out without putting the top back on. it rained. the next morning she started up fine, i just had a wet jeep (and behind). during the day my horn started going continuously until i unplugged it under the hood. when it was time to go home at the end of the workday she started up but the airbag light was now on. this is where it gets interesting... later in the night i had to move the jeep to let my roommate out of the driveway, but the jeep wouldn't start. the interior lights work. the stereo works. the headlights work. the key doesn't turn.
my service station can sort me out monday morning, but i was wondering if anyone could guide me through a fix if it was a simple one.
keeping my fingers crossed,
#22482 of 23397 Re: Onboard Air [jeepgreen]
Jan 14, 2007 (4:13 pm)
The Truck Air is probably the best value in small 'plug in' type compressors, but it's certainly not the best choice.
To get a more efficient (i.e. faster) solution, you need to spend more money, period. Possible options are 'On Board Air' which uses an A/C compressor driven by the engine, the same compressor driven by a heavy duty electric motor, the Power Tank (or put together your own COČ system using component parts), a similar system but using a scuba tank and compressed air, and of course there are many h/d electric systems like Viair.
All the different systems have fairly obvious pros and cons, but it's hard to say one is 'better' than the other, just a question of which pros and cons suit you best.
Of course the ultimate solution is buy an AMG H1 which comes with it's own CTIS (Central Tire Inflation System), which allows you to inflate and deflate the tires on each axle independently on the fly. It does cost a little more than a Power Tank though!