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Jeep Wrangler ?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by mont86, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. mont86

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    What are your thoughts about Wranglers probably Mid 90's

    I would have to get a trailer to haul anything much larger then

    a case of beer. They seem to be a tough vehicle?
     
  2. OUSooner

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    I had a '94 model and drove it to 130,000 before I sold it. Only problems were a/c would not blow very cold(it's a jeep though right?)and I had a radiator and cat. converter go out. Not bad considering the milage. I would for sure get the 4.0 I-6 in favor of the four banger.
     

  3. magsnubby

    magsnubby NRA LIFE MEMBER

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    Definitely go '91 and up. 1991 was the first year for the 4.0 H.O. engine and fuel injection. The older ones had crummy trannys and even worse carbs.

    Definitely go with the 6 cylinder.I never realized just how underpowered the 4 banger was until i drove my friend's 2004 TJ. And he still dosen't get any better gas milage than my '91 6 cylinder YJ does.

    Mine has 157,000 miles on it and it's still going strong.
     
  4. mont86

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    What is the difference between the Rubicon, Sport, X, SE, Unlimited?
    Do they date back to the Mid 90's or are they the new packages?
    Those are the ones on the Jeep site..
     
  5. jlw_84

    jlw_84 General Glocker

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    Google is your friend.

    I had a 97 Wrangler SE from 2000 to early 2005. Put 140k on it. Only problems I had were "owner induced" ;)

    Bumpy ride, but what do you expect, its a Jeep not a cadillac, definately go for the inline 6. My 2.5 4cyl had a lot of torque despite its small size, but it couldn't get out of its own way on the highway.
     
  6. Maxthemutt

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    I was thinking hard about buying a Jeep a while ago. www.jeepforums.com was the best resource I found.
     
  7. mont86

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    Maxx did you ever buy a Jeep?
     
  8. clever_21

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    Just got rid of my '94 Wrangler SE. Had the 4 cyl. I will never buy a Jeep 4 cyl again, very underpowered. And 6 cyl isnt that much more $ or hard to find. I had to put a new tranny in mine at 125,000 miles, but I think it was lack of service and off roading (it did UNBELIEVEABLE things). It had 148,000 when I got rid of it. I also did a little body work and paint. Dont get big huge off roading tires if its going to be a daily driver. Not worth it. Get some good all terrain tires. Also put new clutch and master cylinder in her but that could happen to any manuel. I loved my jeep and will buy another. welcome to the world of Jeeps!


    p.s. When I say it did unbelievable things, here's an example. Went off roading with a buddy in some pretty rough and tough trails and was amazed what my jeep could do. After we got done I realized my little vacume switch for 4x4 had been broken(quick fix) though the whole event. I did it all in 2 wheel drive and didnt even know it ;P ;P ;P
     
  9. Maxthemutt

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    I did not. Around my area the YJ's are usually pretty rusty by now and I like the TJ body style the best. I'd really like a Rubicon.

    Good luck with your search, Max
     
  10. DSMonsta

    DSMonsta Linux Pimp

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    Mid 90s Jeeps are great things. The 4.0 L I6 is one of the most reliable and long lasting engines ever built. Considering the low weight and agressive gearing they actually are pretty quick. The 4wd system is reliable. Go with a manual tranny if possible. They're quite a bit more durable than the autos.

    However, keep in mind the following:

    -It's a Jeep. Ride quality and comfort are not going to be present in your life while you're driving one.

    -Aside from the drivetrain it's unreliable. Interior parts break and don't count on having routinely functional air conditioning.

    That being said my 91 Cherokee has 204k miles on it and hasn't left me stranded yet. It fits into the catagory of vehicles that are fun to drive for no real discernable reason.
     
  11. Glock-Man-Man

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    For a Wrangler, I wouldn't go any older than 97...You'll be much happier in the end...
     
  12. mont86

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    Currently my vehichle is a 87 mazda.. This is step up.
    I really appreciate your input.
     
  13. A_Swede_17_1911

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    The Older Wranglers known as the YJ's, get one with the Inline 6, and get the manual. Especially if you want to run larger tires on it some day. The YJ is a great platform for a wheeling rig, especially if you plan on modifying it at all. You can could usally get them for a good price, even though I havent seen many for sale.

    There are tons of aftermarket parts out for em, from lift kits, to shocks, and suspension, to tops and doors, and things for the interior. Even fiberglass body parts, they probably make what ever you would need for that Jeep, even better axle componets as well.

    Im looking at getting my first new vehical, looking at one of the new Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. I used to wheel a lifed and locked Suzuki Samurai, and the Rubicon has everything I want to do to it, already done from the factory, all under warrenty, and with out finding some were to work on it at, cause I know longer have a garage or shop to work at now. When you look at it on paper, with the cost of buying gears, getting a custom dana 44 rehashed for the front end. Then start to add the lockers, the transfer case, with the 4:1 ratio, with the new 6 speed manual, and heavier duty drive lines, and revalved shocks and tuned springs, the Rubicon Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimted starts to look really good, especially with out doing all that work, and installation, and it works from the factory. I think its one of the neatest things ive seen offered by a car manufactuer.

    Even though I still want to build a CJ-5 some day, with an AMC V8 and all JEEP/AMC running gear, this Unlimted Rubicon will definatly be what I want, and much more.



    So shop your butt off and find the YJ, that works the best for you, check out some stuff at summitoffroad.com they have some cool stuff for the YJ's that really simple and works. They don't have tons of stuff but they have some neat stuff that might work out great for you if you want to modify it. Plus they will give you some insights on how to do things the right way and to get the best peformance from your mods.
     
  14. RocTR

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    Hi guys, new guy here, long time Jeeper though. I traded in my 00 TJ Sport for a fully loaded Rubicon and love it. To answer the differences between them; the Sport is a mid range model, the X is a stripped down bare bones, and the Rubicon is the highest level model. It eliminates some features like ABS which greatly increases safety off road and adds electronic locking front and rear axles and a low range gear reduction 4:1 transfer case. Unlike positraction or AWD, or on demand once the switch is on the wheels are physically locked together and even when off the ground they are still locked. It's real-true 4wd but you can't run it on pavement locked and they turn off in 4wd high. In 4lo the Rubicon is amazing at Moab this past spring we climbed and more importantly went down some rock faces that were so steep you could not have walked them.

    I get a lot of parts from http://www.quadratec.com and http://www.rubiconexpress.com and I have the long arm suspension on my Rubicon which is amazing. http://rockcrawler.com/ has some great tech articles as well.
     
  15. A_Swede_17_1911

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    I just picked up my new Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, this week Monday, I love it, finally glad I gave in and bought what I wanted. I dont plan on doing anything crazy in it till I get it paid off, but definatly taking it to the beach to drive around when I get the chance.
     
  16. mont86

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    Good post Roc that is what I was looking for. Congrads swede on your new purchase. I have been doing my research on the subject.
     
  17. Str8shootr

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    I bought a new Jeep Unlimited this summer.......my other car is a C5 Corvette, so I needed something a little more utility for the Indiana winters.

    Only complaints: Gas mileage sucks, would like electric locks on the key fob. Standard gas cap needed to be replaced with a locking gas cap, that cost $50 at the dealer (none of the auto supply stores here could find a locking gas cap for this model) the dealer charged me another $50 to key the gas cap to my ignition key......puleeeeeeeeeeze. I think Jeep should "throw these in" on their new cars, especially with the current gas situation.

    All that aside, I like the ride...I haven't customized anything yet, but plan on adding a little bling..and for once I am not fearing winter.
     
  18. Rob1035

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    as a general rule, I dislike all jeeps. However, I will readily admit there is nothing really on the market that can compete with the wrangler, and there hasnt been since bronco's and land cruisers got huge. Maybe the new land cruiser concept will make it to production.
     
  19. magsnubby

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    That always cracks me up. People buy a brick on wheels and complain about gas milage.

    There's lots of info on these sites:

    www.4x4wire.com

    www.pirate4x4.com

    www.JeepForum.com

    www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums/
     
  20. b8tr

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    I had a 1997 soft top four banger 4x4 Wrangler. It was a fun car. If I was to do it again I would definately get a six instead of the four. It seemed the 4x4 drivetrain was too heavy for the tiny engine. Even though it was a four banger yes the mileage still sucked (box on wheels), but nothing looks like a Wrangler.