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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
Jun 06, 2003 (8:28 am)
Your Wrangler configuration sounds like what I ended up buying in January. I didn't want ABS because of off-roading and I've had strange experiences w/ABS and rough roads in other vehicles (like the feeling of no brakes after going over uneven pavement as you're coming down a hill towards stopped traffic, for example). My Sport is black and it's beautiful when clean but I would have been just as happy with the beige or silver metallic colors. I have the 4.0 6cyl, 5spd, 30"wheel pkg that comes w/the Dana 44 rear axle and gas shocks, dual top (comes w/dark tinted windows both in hardtop & softop), AC (there are times lately where this has been nice, believe it or not), & cruise.
Here's a link to some pics over in the Photo Gallery.
barresa62 "Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery" May 25, 2003 3:30pm
barresa62 "Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery" May 31, 2003 12:54pm
Seattle's weather is very similar to MN's except we substitute the rain for the snow in the winter(usually). Today it's going to be a high of 93F...woohoo...
#9071 of 23397 barresa62
Jun 06, 2003 (11:38 am)
93 in Seattle? West LA is expecting a high of 70. Now that IS strange!
I agree that black sure looks good when it is clean, and not bad when it is dirty (like mine is most of the time). However, I won't get another one - it's too hot in the summer!
#9072 of 23397 Goldengopher. Re: Vancouver
Jun 06, 2003 (12:11 pm)
Hi there! Vancouver's a beautiful city, and there's so much to do here, you can decide for yourself what to do and to see by visiting the site that host Steve provided or by going to
If you have but a day or two, the most popular tourist destinations are:
1. Capillano Suspension Bridge (North shore), 15 minutes from downtown
2. Grouse Mountain (North shore), 5 minute drive from the suspension bridge
3. Harbor Center Observation Deck (in downtown, looks like a UFO on top of the building, very nice 360 degrees views of the city and the harbor/mountains)
And if you have some cash to spare, take a Harbor Air seaplane ride to Vancouver Island - takes about 40 minutes and $65 (Canadian) one way - amazing views there.
#9073 of 23397 g0pher-
Jun 06, 2003 (1:45 pm)
I've got an '02 X model and I'd have to recommend the Sport if it's your only vehicle. The Sport gives you a few goodies that may be useful. Test drive them all, see what you think. I really miss not having tilt-wheel, since I sit up pretty tall I look over the top of the steering wheel to see my highway speed It's real awkward having to lean forward or duck down to see the instruments.
As Tom always says, try to get one with a Dana-44 rear axle - they are stronger in the long run. I didn't get one, wish I had. Will have to upgrade it sometime down the road.
You mentioned Vancouver, I live in Vancouver, Washington, but I'm sure you're talking about BC If you're ever in SW Washington/NW Oregon with your new Jeep, we'll talk. There's lots of excellent 4-wheelin' in the Cascade Mtn Range right out my back door!
Hot today, 97F right now, got 2 more hours until the hottest part of the day. To think it's only 60F at the coast, 70 miles away....
Jun 06, 2003 (4:01 pm)
Yeah, you guys get it even hotter than Seattle...ouch for today's temp! :-0
I may have to make a trip down to Vancouver, WA this summer. I'm really itchin' to go off-road but would rather do it w/others the first time.
Mtngal: Yeah, the weather is indeed strange right now. My sis lives just north of Indy and they had a high of about 70F. Normally they are getting our current temps this time of year.
Sizzlin in Seattle,
Jun 06, 2003 (4:21 pm)
As mentioned, the Dana 44 rear axle could be important. It should be a must on your list, if you think you will ever do much off roading or go to oversize tires (especially if you are going to install a locker in the rear). And, no matter what you think now, you might get bitten by the "wheelin" bug, like I did. I did not plan on off roading my Thelma Jane, but one little trip off roading hooked me for life, and I now go wheelin' about every weekend.
The X model does not give you the option of a Dana 44: you can only get the much weaker Dana 35.
For the 01s, they had an option package called AAS, and this got you the really nice looking Canyon wheels, thirty inch tires, and a Dana 44 rear axle for $850. What a bargain! Don't know if the new ones have that option package or not, but, if they do, you ought to jump all over it.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Jun 06, 2003 (4:31 pm)
Is the Dana 44 going to make the jeep drive rougher on the road?
#9077 of 23397 gopher..welcome
Jun 06, 2003 (4:54 pm)
Well..as u see u ask a question u get answers.
My .02 worth. For 03 I would go for Sport as well. Has all the options u need. Plus if you are planning on ordering u can add what u want.
I would go for the dual top option, thats what I did. Make sure u have somewhere to store yout hard top when u take it off.
I dont so any Off roading ( it might get DIRTY, thats not gonna happen) so.
Plus I dont think turbo charging a jeep would be a good idea ( the jeep version of "Fast & Furious")
Go out test drive a few see what you like. Im not sure what rebates are being offerd now. Check around, most here paid right at invoice.
ERIK-- 6X9 in sound bar. I belive any car stereo shop could customize the soundbar to fit.
also, I belive there is a Super sound bar replaces the current soundbar. Do some searches u might can find it.
Jun 06, 2003 (6:35 pm)
Is the Factory Service Manual worth it? Or would I be just as well served by a Chilton's or Hayne's manual? Does anybody have the ISBN of the FSM for a 97 TJ?
Jun 06, 2003 (6:37 pm)
What did you end up doing with your original 5 spoke wheels?