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#6144 of 23397 6 Cyl vs. 4 Cyl
Jul 06, 2002 (4:28 am)
I am interested in buying my first jeep wrangler. This is strictly to be used as a "fun" car as I already have an everyday car.
I have found a 1998 Wrangler SE with 23,000 miles. It has a 4 cylinder and NO air. The price is $11,400 after negotiation.
Should I be opting for the 6 or do you think the 4 will be sufficient for driving to the store, gym, and occasional runs through some mild dirt?
What other questions should I be asking or what problems should I look for before buying this?
Jul 06, 2002 (8:01 am)
The 4 will be OK for the things you listed. The place most people notice the lack of power is on the highway, where you will find yourself in the slow lane alot. The 4 has plenty of torque for around town. I assume you are talking about a 5-speed here.
The no-air thing is a bigger problem. I originally bought my 1998 6-cylinder w/o air and later had it retrofitted with a factory system. Even in the relatively cool Northwest (where I was living at the time) a/c is needed sometimes, and on road trips you won't want to have the top down for hours on end. There is no insulation in the firewall to keep engine heat out of the passenger compartment and it can get pretty hot in there w/o a/c.
Jul 06, 2002 (9:10 am)
Goducks1, how much was it to have the air added?
I purchased the car... I ended up getting it for $11,000. No air and 4 cylinder...
How does this do in the snow or in the mud with only 4 cylinders?
Jul 06, 2002 (9:41 am)
Dude,,, where in BAMA are ya..
Im in the Birmingahm area(Hueytown)
My AIM in BamaTazz01.
Good to see another BAMA boy.
Jeep Decals- I orders the "TJ" decals a few days ago.
Im gonna put them under "wrangler" on the sides.
Twylie..dude..I wish I would have know your schedule better..like to get with ya sometimes.
Since you know about car steroes.
I think Im gonna spend my $$ that way, not on a CB radio.
I'll be leving for the ALABAMA gulf coast on Monday..
I wanna see 100 post by thursday!!
Jul 06, 2002 (9:59 am)
I'm in the Birmingham (Inverness) area so we're pretty darn close. I added you to my AIM so hopefully we'll get to chat sometime. Stop by Gill's tonight if you get a chance.
#6149 of 23397 Add-on wheels/tires
Jul 06, 2002 (5:07 pm)
Just bought a 98 Wrangler SE. It has stock wheels and I want to replace these....
What would be a good size replacement that offers a bit more width and height? I do not want to throw off the speedometer and I do not need any mud/swamp diggers since I will probably only get through some sand or dirt trails.
#6150 of 23397 whitespc
Jul 06, 2002 (6:15 pm)
First off, welcome to the group. Congrats on getting that Jeep!
I really like my AR767 wheels, and they are only about $40 apiece most places. They are the black spoke wheels. For tires, I really like the BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A's that I had before going to the BFG Mud Terrains I have now.
You should be able to go with 31 x 10.50 tires, even if the Jeep has no lift of any kind. That's what I did for a while with no problem, even though I now have a 2" Procomp lift.
I have some pics posted here in the Jeep Owners Photo Gallery, if you want to take a look at those AR767s.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#6151 of 23397 TS jay... follow up
Jul 06, 2002 (6:24 pm)
Think I will be able to 4 wheel considering I bought only a 4 cylinder? Also, do you think the 4 cylinder can still drive the wheel size you mentioned?
Jul 06, 2002 (7:13 pm)
I like the looks of the BFG all-terrains, but ended up getting the Bridgestone Duellers. I really like them, and they are definitely better than the Goodyears.
4 cylinder is fine for most off-roading. You don't need to go very fast in the dirt. Don't know if it would matter to you, but you can't use chains or cables with wider tires, including the 30" tires that came on my Sport. When I bought mine, I wasn't worried about snow, however, while I was 4 wheeling in our local mountains I found a lovely community that is (more or less) within commuting range from work and moved. Now snow is a regular part of my winters, so I think I'll get the smaller tires on my next Wrangler.
There is often a problem with the dash gauges in the '98. I called a dealer this morning and got a guy who said that it would be 3 hours of labor to fix, but I don't think he knew what he was talking about (there is a TSB out for the problem). I also had to replace my exhaust manifold, but I have the I6 - don't know if they are the same on the 4 cylinder.
In any case, enjoy your Wrangler - I know I love mine. I'm really looking forward to taking it up to Washington this summer - I refuse to drive all that way in the Tacoma, even if we don't do any 4x4 stuff!
#6153 of 23397 dead cigarette lighter
Jul 06, 2002 (7:52 pm)
Hey all you jeep fans out there.....I have a 1998 jeep wrangler and I recently noticed my cigarette lighter is not working......I usually plug my phone in there.....but no juice.......do you guys have any idea where the fuse is for this.........its not listed anywhere in the owners manual.....and I checked behind the glove compartment (it's not listed)....and I looked under the hood next to the battery......nothing states which fuse is for the lighter.....I even called the dealer....the service guy had no idea and wants me to bring it in ........I'd rather not spend that kind of labor charge for a simple fuse.......any ideas?.......