Jeep Wrangler Help - First Timer!
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 04:03 PM
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 05:06 PM
But, as far as it running and the miles, I know we didn't put TONS of gas in it back then. We only got rid of it because my mom got into an accident in it (lost control on an icey bridge) and it was totaled.
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 05:08 PM
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 05:35 PM
-Rubicon has Dana 44 axles front and rear
-Air lockers (I believe) rear and maybe front
-Factory lift that easily fits 31" tires which is much better than the tiny ones they normally come with
I think you have the option for the inline six cylinder engine or a 4-banger. Get the six with a standard transmission. Gas mileage is almost the same or better, you have more power, and best of all - they are simple and reliable.
Of course, there are other options - both Jeep and not - that are better if you're looking at it from a purely off-roading perspective. But if you're stuck on a Jeep, the Rubicon is a good mix of comfort for a daily driver and off-road capability.
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 08:09 PM
I drive (daily) a 1998 TJ Sport. I have about 3" of lift, 33" tires, and love it. Only real draw back is gas mileage - I'm only getting about 12 mpg due to the big tires. It's really my fault since I want so much tire under it so I try not to complain.
Posted Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:52 PM
I guess I kind of assumed he was into off-roading since he decided on a Jeep. If you're just getting it for a daily driver or to impress people, I can think of better choices.
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:51 AM
The only other advice I have is if you are sold on a jeep think about the advantages / disadvantages with hard top vs soft top. hard tops don't leak as much, keep the heat and ac in much better but require at least two people to get them on and off. A soft top is easy to put up and down and can go with the jeep, but the road noise is incredible if your doing a lot of highway driving.
Only real other complaint i can think of is jeeps are notorious for having crappy stock stereos, at least all the ones Ive been in and sound bars do little to solve the problem.
Hope some of that helps
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011 02:17 AM
Right now I am looking into used Jeep Wranglers 1998-2002 because they are within my affordability range as a full time student. Reason behind this is a live in North Dakota = lots of mudding, off roading, and heavy snow. So, I thought a jeep would be ideal especially since I kayak, cycle, mountain bike, and shoot religiously. Just not all too familiar with vehicles :/.
I plan on skipping the 4 cylinder and going with a hard top. Not too hardcore into off roading. Primary function of this vehicle is general transportation ideally for snow/rough roads.
Thanks again guys.
Btw the 2001 Wrangler my friends are selling (unsure of all specs) Kelly Blue Books at $8,000-$10,000. Depending on the mileage and other factors (lets assume they are all good). How much should I offer?
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011 05:20 AM
Rubi-snobs always seem to forget how remarkably capable a "mortal" TJ is off road
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011 09:37 AM
I've never actually owned one so I don't think I can qualify as a Rubi-snob, but I do a lot of off-road and have seen a few of the Dana 30 fronts that come stock on the TJ bust. I like pick-ups for off road - he who has the pick-up bed holds the coolers and thus the power . The reason I know so much about the TJs (actually, I know a bit about the CJs too) is that one day I want to do the Brute conversion on a used Rubicon Unlimited (want the Unlimited to I don't have to worry about the frame extension). Even with the slightly longer wheel base, the fenders fit bigger tires which compensate for the break-over angle. Oh, and it has a bed.
As for what OP should offer, I'd take a good look at the under-carriage. Do you know if the original owner did a lot of off-roading or what kind of driver they were? Blue Book may be 8,000-10,000 for good condition but it might not be worthy of a good condition rating. I've seen plenty of 2001 and newer going for less.
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011 09:12 PM
And as far as buying anything used from a private seller. Ask if you can take it to your own mechanic, one you trust or one your parents trust to get an opinion on the condition, anything needs repair, replace so you know what kinda money you might have to put into it. Good luck!