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#22967 of 23397 Re: 2008 wrangler roof leak [84suffolk]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:18 pm)
I waited a week for the seal you are getting. It didn't work. Still have the same leak in the same place. I took it back today and the dealer said that their "leak specialist" said that Jeep has a service bulletin out saying the new seal is a fix. So, that is what they did. As I said, it didn't work. Maybe yours will. I asked if they have ever solved any Jeep leak problems and they said that all had eventually been solved. I doubt they were solved, think the owners just gave up. It goes back in to the "leak specialist" in a couple of days to see what to do next.
My problem is that the roof leaks right where the two tops meet in front. It drips on the dash above the radio. It can stay out in a rainstorm all day with no leaks, but as soon as you cause the water to go forward such as going downhill or stopping, it streams out between the tops up front.
I still can't believe that Jeep with all their engineers can't fix a simple leak problem. I have looked at the way the tops fit together and it doesn't look hard to seal up. Both the old seal and the new seal seem to funnel the water to right where it leaks. It doesn't leak where they meet in back. That seal looks good. No funnel for the water to travel down. why don't they make the front seal like the back?
As far as the doors go, yeah the fronts are hard to close. Talked to the dealer's body shop and they said that the fronts are hard to close because of the seals. Remember the seals - they suck on this vehicle. They said that over time they will wear in and not be so hard. They may be right as the driver's door is easier than the passenger because it gets used more often. We'll see.
Dec 19, 2007 (1:08 pm)
I bought my Jeep hard top on November 4th and have had it in the dealership 6 times because of the leak. Now they are telling me it will probubly be in January before the MIGHT be able to fix it.
#22969 of 23397 Re: 2-door Wrangler Unlimited [eltipo]
Dec 20, 2007 (8:01 pm)
I've wanted to know that exact same question. Buying a vehicle in hopes it'll be "rare" is rarely a successful investment idea since even the best "classics" often barely pay owners back for depreciation, opportunity costs of the money it took to buy the vehicle not earning better return in "real" investments, not to mention maintenance costs over a 20-25 year period trying to keep it running long enough to be considered a classic if it hasn't rusted to it's frame.
All that in mind, I still bought two, 2-door Unlimiteds just because for me, it's the perfect Wrangler. I love that little extra space behind the rear seat and longer wheel base stability for highway speeds. Yet, they're still Wrangler TJs (officially LJs but that's splitting hairs). I just had to have one more (Rubicon stick-shift this time) and I used the argument of "the end of an era" to my wife who surprised me with "you're right, I agree". I almost flipped but didn't waste time locating the last of the new 2-door Unlimited's as they came to the end of their limited 2.5 year production. I couldn't be more proud of owning two of America's truly unique, one-in-it's-own-class vehicles which I think mark the end of a certain era in the Jeep family. Who knows, maybe if we can keep the rust-belt rust from eating them alive we might only have lost half our money after 20 years...assuming gasoline is still available then...maybe you'll have to special order 87-octane like high-test racing fuel is today.
All I do know is these machines have made me very happy and I still open the door to the garage before heading to bed each night just to admire them and look forward to each day I get to drive 'em or even just sit in them. The two I have are simply beautifully rugged works of art and fun-function in my book no matter how many were built.
#22970 of 23397 Re: 2-door Wrangler Unlimited [jimlw2]
Dec 21, 2007 (1:46 pm)
Thanks for the response. Started to feel like no one was listening. I agree with all of your sentiments on the size and look of our model. I was initially tempted to make the transition to the '08 model, specifically because of the Freedom Top, but with all of the recent posts it seems like our Unlimiteds were the best route.
As far as the value of the car, as long as I am not upside-down, I am feeling good .
I would love to see a comparison test both on and off-road to see the better of the Unlimiteds, 2-door or 4-door.
#22971 of 23397 Re: 2008 wrangler roof leak [blitz9er]
Dec 21, 2007 (2:53 pm)
IT WORKED - NO MORE LEAK!!!! The dealer had their "leak specialist", who does not work for the dealership, look at it after the new seal was put on. As I said in previous posts, the new seal did not work when it was put on by the dealer. He adjusted the placement of the new seal and added some additional type of sealer material. Don't know how much or what it is - BUT IT WORKED!
I love this Jeep and now it is leak free. Apparently, if the new seal is put on properly by someone who knows what they are doing, the leak is fixed. The dealer is Troncalli in Cumming, GA north of Atlanta. If anyone wants to get rid of their leak bring it here. Good luck to the rest of you.
#22972 of 23397 Re: 2008 wrangler roof leak [blitz9er]
Dec 21, 2007 (3:55 pm)
I'm happy for you ya, good for you, you're 1 of the lucky ones(now you can enjoy your ride).....I loved my 08 Sahara....But after the Leak specialist(not affiliated with the dealership) & Jeeps own Technician(not associated with the dealership) changed every weather stripping, every seal that deals with the roof could not stop the leak, I'm kinda glad they couldn't fix....To many hands all over the place...Once again I'm glad the situations over....
Are you going to take the top off at anytime or are you going to be scared that any movement of the roof might cause the leak to start again??....If they had stopped the leaks on mine, I was never going to remove the panels in fear of the dreaded leak....
Dec 31, 2007 (11:39 am)
Hey, guys. Haven't been in here for a while. Here's the skinny: almost to the DAY that I paid off my Jeep, my building started getting broken into. Theft from cars, and vandalism to cars. The Jeep is a sitting duck, but so far i've been fortunate. Nothing too too bad: snapped antennae and sliced windows. (And before anyone asks, yes, i've removed everything from my jeep and leave the compartments unlocked.) I've searched and read about alarms in this discussion as best i could, and totally agree that by and large they are useless. But in my unique scenario, I think it will help. Need something loud to scare the delinquents out of my garage and away from my Jeep, or at least alert me they are there. Qudratech has a basic $80.00 cheapee. Will also look at Viper. I know Mopar makes alarms, but had trouble finding them, even via the Jeep site.
My price range is anywhere from zero to $500.00.
#22974 of 23397 Re: Alarm [embeeduece]
Jan 01, 2008 (12:57 pm)
A Doberman, German Shepherd, or Rottweiler.
#22975 of 23397 alot of play in my steering
Jan 02, 2008 (12:22 pm)
i have alot of play in my steering wheel while driving.. before & after i got a wheel alinement.this is my first jeep 89 wrangler yj.
#22976 of 23397 Re: alot of play in my steering [findmeol99]
Jan 03, 2008 (7:18 am)
Make sure all steering components are tight (trackbar, tierod, etc). If they are, check alignment to see if they are set properly. You may also have a steering pump going bad.