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#8950 of 23397 2003 Trans and 2.4L
May 26, 2003 (5:54 am)
Trans (mac24) - my overall warranty expectations from dealers are in line with your comments, but I do feel that Chrysler could be held accountable to a higher standard in this case. In my 42 days of owning and driving of this Jeep, I have suffered with the transmission grinding problem for 24 of those days. The dealer was notified of the problem when it began on day 18. It has now been idle at the dealership for 4 days and I don't expect to have it back for another 4 or more days. Other remedies are available to D-C than just putting me on a waiting list and giving me a Dodge Stratus to drive. My opinion.
2.4L 4 cyl. - This is the engine in my Wrangler. Before buying, I drove it, the 4.0L 6 cyl and the 2.5L 4 cyl. (2001). The 2.5L was a little underpowered and seemed to be working too hard in highway driving. The 2.4L did not exhibit this trait and was hard to tell from the 4.0L in all but power from a dead stop type driving. These vehicles are geared such that power to the wheels and general driving feel should now be similiar in most driving. The 4.0L has 190 hp thru 3.07 gears, the 2.4L has 148 hp thru 4.11 gearing. Between the 2.5L and the 2.4L the fifth gear ratio has been changed. At about 70 mph, what was 3,000+ rpm in the 2.5L is now 2,600 rpm with the 2.4L. The maximum torque in the 2.4L also comes at a higer rpm than the 2.5L and well above the normal highway driving rpm range. This is the same engine that is used in the Neons and PT Cruisers.
If I had to do it over again tomorrow (today is a holiday), I'd definately buy another Jeep with the 2.4. Although brief, it has been a good overall experience.
May 26, 2003 (8:11 am)
I will try your suggestions come fall/winter. I guess I may have gotten a bit impatient when I put the softtop on.
May 26, 2003 (9:56 am)
I would like to replace the wheels with something a bit nicer, perhaps something like the newer Sport 5 spoke wheels. Tirerack.com has some nice 16's and 17's for reasonable prices. I will keep the existing 15's for emergency or winter, since they are a bit narrower.
I will probably keep the tires around the same height, maybe a bit wider for a bit more stability.
But another question, what size Torx heads do I need? I would like to get a complete set for my socket set, but want to make sure I have all the sizes I'll need.
#8953 of 23397 erickpl
May 26, 2003 (10:34 am)
I'm sure Tom will step in with a more comprehensive answer, but here's two points.
One, to keep the same tire diameter as you have on a 15" wheel with a 16" or 17" wheel, will entail using a tire with a much lower profile (i.e. the distance from the edge of the rim to the tread when viewed from the side). This will result in a harsher ride, mainly due to the reduction in sidewall flex. This reduction in flex will also be a disadvantage should you ever go off-road and need to reduce your tire pressures.
Two, make sure your Torx set goes up to at least a T55.
May 26, 2003 (2:04 pm)
What Mac said.
Also, just wanted to ask why you think you are limited to 16 or 17 inch wheels for after market choices? I'm sure there are some real nice after market 15" wheels out there. Also, wheels are available in different widths for the same diameter. A 15" wheel, for example, could be 7", 8", or 10".
Another consideration to watch out for in buying new wheels is the backspacing. This determines how close the tires are pulled in to the Jeep or how far they stick out. It is the distance from the center plate (where the holes for the lugs are) to the inner edge of the rim. If a wheel were laid face down, and a straight edge were placed across the wheel with no tire mounted, the distance from the bottom of the straight edge to the center plate of the wheel would be your backspacing. If you don't know which backspacing to get, just find out what it is on your stock wheels and stay close to that for the new ones.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#8955 of 23397 tsjay's email
May 26, 2003 (7:33 pm)
Hey, Buds, please note that my email addy has changed. It's public in my profile, if you want to holler at me for any reason.
Please remember to stick something in the message header that tells me who you are, so that I don't delete it, thinking it is junk mail.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#8956 of 23397 Learning to love my Wrangler
May 26, 2003 (8:23 pm)
Good to see a pos post to balance the neg one. I'm a newby Jeepster and after getting over a raging case of buyer's remorse due to my own failure to negotiate well w/ the dealer -- a new car place which was goodnews/badnews -- nice cleaned up set of wheels but had to absorb a tax hit that a private sale would have mostly avoided. Then my own error in choosing a mechanic led to another $ hit -- a I'm "learning to love my YJ" No probs so far 2.5k miles into my ownership exp. Love seeing other YJs and TJs coming down the street and love the driving exp.
Lots to learn still but for me now there're only two kinda vehicles out there...Wranglers and "all others" Really have gotten into the spirit of Wranglerdom. [grin]
May 26, 2003 (8:56 pm)
From what I read here I KNOW you're gonna love your Wrangler!
but had to absorb a tax hit that a private sale would have mostly avoided.
I think technically you are still supposed to pay sales tax even if it is a private sale.
May 27, 2003 (11:13 am)
Yes, in most cases you either pay the tax to the dealer, who passes it on the the state with the rest of your paperwork. Or, you pay it yourself when you go to register the vehicle and get your plates.
#8959 of 23397 99 - Sport Alarm
May 27, 2003 (12:18 pm)
I have an alarm that came with my Jeep (I bought it used, but the key fob has the Chyrsler logo) and I was wondering if its possible to switch the alarm so that if flashes the lights when you set it rather than chirping.
There doesn't seem to be a manual for the alarm.