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#5278 of 23397 speakers & stereo
Apr 22, 2002 (1:34 pm)
I can't recall how the stock stereo was on my 1998 Wrangler, since I put in the aftermarket JVC w/a removable faceplate the next day. I was just thinking the other day that this particular stereo (a radio/CD version that I had for one year in my last Jeep) has held up pretty well over the past 5 years. The factory one is pretty underpowered from what I recall.
I replaced the front & soundbar speakers with Polks, around $99/pair. Installed those myself, but kept the factory speaker grills over the ones in the soundbar--no sense telling the world what you have in there. Some folks have put polyfil (the stuff you get at the crafts store) in there to add more bass, but I can't vouch for this myself.
#5279 of 23397 oceantoad
Apr 22, 2002 (6:40 pm)
I was looking at Libertys at a dealer yesterday when I spotted 3 Wranglers in the color you ended up ordering. They were really sharp looking! Really like the color, and even more impressive, my husband liked it too! He's the one who says any color is OK as long as it isn't some shade of red or orange!
Apr 22, 2002 (11:18 pm)
Thanks for the advice on the Armor All! I think I might stick with Armor All for the tires, but then switch to the Vinylex for the trim and the hard top.
div2, thanks for the tip on carcareonline.com! Not a fancy site, but I get the feeling they know what's good for car care. Seems like they personally test all their products. Good deal!
#5281 of 23397 speaker / head unit upgrades
Apr 23, 2002 (11:03 am)
I honestly didn't have much time between the upgrade of the head unit and the upgrade of the speakers. Between that and the fact that it has been some time since I did both, I would only say that I got quite a bit of improvement between the speakers and the head-unit upgrades, but won't try and guess which one accounted for more. I found the factory speakers to me nearly worthless compared to any reasonable quality replacement.
As for the speakers, I went with Infinity reference series all around. The ones in the dash sound better, but are still pretty pathetic for anything in the lower frequencies. Most likely I'll be putting some sort of bass-block / crossover on them this summer, as they only thing they tend to do is take away from the rest of the sound when being played at any reasonable level.
The sound-bar speakers on the other hand sound pretty good. Not great, but about as much as I had hoped for a pair of 5-1/4 speakers. As for the poly-fill, I didn't really notice that much MORE bass, but the bass that is produced is quite a bit tighter than it was previously. Still, if you are looking for bass, better just invest in a sub of some sort or you won't by satisfied. I personally just live without it, as most of my music is fine without it.
If you do decide to look at a new head-unit, I would lean towards getting a CD/MP3 capable one (unless you plan on sticking with analog tape). The MP3 ability is great in that you don't need to carry around a lot of CDs (which are easy to steal), and the skip protection while reading MP3s is much better than that of regular audio CDs. I've yet to have my deck skip while playing an MP3 track, and that alone has made it worth the extra cost. I don't even use regular audio CDs anymore, unless it is on the way home from the music store and I want to hear something I just purchased. You can easilly fit 6-10 regular CDs worth of music on a single MP3 CD, with no noticable loss in quality (especially in a Jeep where the background noise is more than that of your typical car).
#5282 of 23397 online inventory
Apr 24, 2002 (6:02 am)
I think Deb was asking about sticker prices, etc. recently. I had not been to the Jeep.com website in a while, but they now have links to inventory at local dealerships. Pop in you Zip code or city/state and you can see the listing of current vehicles that they have in stock. Most of the ones I checked had the window sticker available so you can see the exact options that they have. This is a big step up from the other online inventory systems I've seen (Toyota).
It looks as if it may only provide you links to 5 star dealerships, but it's a start. If I were going to buy off the lot, I'd rather spend an hour poking around on that site than to take my chances with calling around or cruising the lots.
PS - this seems to work for all DC vehicles, but it's easy to narrow your search down to a specific make/model.
Apr 24, 2002 (9:26 am)
I guess you have seen more of the sienna color Wranglers at one time than I have total. I saw one back in Dec or Jan when I was planning on the amber fire color, so I did not pay much attention to it.
Are you now thinking about buying a Liberty or are still going with the Subaru?
A while back you mentioned not having any place to rest your arm while driving. Quadratec has an arm rest in their catalog for $63. The stock number is 55013.911. They go where your grab handles are located.
My Wrangler has still not made it down from Mesquite. I had hoped to have it by this weekend, but maybe not.
#5284 of 23397 online inventory
Apr 24, 2002 (9:45 am)
I had been checking the Jeep.com site and going to the dealer sites that listed their inventory. Once I had an idea of what I wanted, I searched for a vehicle that would fit the bill. I still ended up ordering.
After I had to choose a second color I searched for dealers that had that color. The dealer that I went through showed one in their inventory, but when I called I was told that the vehicle had already been sold and was gone.
I checked the inventory for my dealer today and believe it or not they showed a Wrangler in the color that I wanted. This vehicle even had all the options that I wanted. When I looked at the VIN of the vehicle in inventory it seemed sort of familiar. I checked the VIN for the vehicle that I had ordered and it turned out to be one and the same. I called the dealer to see if the vehicle was in since it was posted and they said it still was not here. They told me that they had an invoice so the vehicle was posted in their inventory.
You still need to make that phone call just to make sure that the vehicle is actually sitting on their lot. In my case it saved me from making a trip that would been about 35 miles one way.
I called one dealer that at the time did not list their inventory and asked if they had a vehicle in the sienna color. The person on the other end of the phone told me that I would have to make an appointment and come down and talk to them on what colors were on the lot. I didn't order through that dealer.
I ordered my vehicle through Benny Boyd in Lampassas, Tx. (a plug) and it seemed to be a fairly painless process. I didn't even have to make an appointment to find out what colors they had.
#5285 of 23397 oceantoad
Apr 24, 2002 (11:49 am)
My other half wanted to look at the Liberty again, but it really isn't in the running. We also looked at the Ranger pickup, which we should have bought instead of the Taco back in 2000. But since we didn't, I think that I'll still go with the Forester, after I get some other bills paid down.
We also looked at the Prius this weekend. The funny thing is that I could probably afford to buy it in a month or 2 - the money I would save on gas would make up the difference in car payment! However, I still want to replace the Taco with a 4x4.
My Wrangler is celebrating going over 100,000 miles by developing air conditioning problems. It works some of the time, but not well (it used to have an excellent A/C system). I found a TSB on the '98s that was about losing coolant in the A/C system. I've got an appointment with my local mechanic for an oil change and tire rotation this weekend. Am wondering if I should see if he could service the A/C or just take it to the dealership. Has anyone have any info on this?
Apr 24, 2002 (12:27 pm)
Wish I could help you with the a/c thing, since I also have the '98 Sport, but I had mine retrofitted with factory air one year later so it's not really the same setup. No problems to speak of, they did a good job.
Two people at work have the Prius, and I drove one of them. They are kinda neat on the techno/cutting edge front but, I think, not really worth it considering it's basically an Echo. You won't make back the difference in price w/gas savings over an Echo. Stick with the Forester.
Apr 24, 2002 (2:43 pm)
I more or less came to a similar conclusion about the Prius, but I am a sucker when it comes to cool looking/techno type things. That's why I liked the Trailblazer when I looked at it.
Unless someone knows more about the A/C thing (and you are right - installing A/C later is somwehat different) I think I'll just get it serviced and see what happens. If it still doesn't work or if it quits before the end of the summer I'll know I have a problem.
I'll have the Taco back this weekend (with a new radiator - the first time I've ever used an extended warranty and the 3rd car I've had with one) so it will be back to the usual uncomfortable grind. I'll miss having the comfortable seats in the Wrangler, but if there is something wrong with the A/C that servicing won't fix at least I have an alternative for a daily driver until I can afford to get it fixed. This does not seem to be a good year for auto maintenance for me...