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Any of you own/owned a Jeep Wrangler? I am...(5 posts)

Any of you own/owned a Jeep Wrangler? I am...RhodyRider
Feb 14, 2003 11:04 AM
...soliciting comments and user feedback, specifically on the TJ iteration. I'm looking at picking one up used for my fiance (don't flame us on anti-SUV or gas-guzzler basis, we are not going to use it as the primary car, and we are both careful motorists and avid cyclists), probably a Sport or Sahara, in 1998, '99, or 2000 model year. I know we need the six-cylinder, and manual trans is our choice too.
What do you like/dislike about this vehicle? Success and/or horror stories? Things to look for and/or avoid about used Wranglers? Tips and tricks and good sources for aftermarket bits? Thanks in advance!
(PS, yes, I already visited, learned a few things.)
re: Any of you own/owned a Jeep Wrangler? I am...STEELYeyed
Feb 14, 2003 1:21 PM
3 words describe Jeep-uncomfortable,unreliable,unsafe. I thought maybe it was just the Wrangler that was bad, but I traded mine in on a 2000 Grand Cherokee and it was a nightmare of problems also. Jeeps have had alot of brake problems which made me lose faith in the safety of the vehicles, not to mention a large stack of other warranty repairs. IMHO they are just crap.
Luckily I leased the JGC so when the lease was up I walked away from it fast. I now drive a 03 Toyota Camry.
Check out Consumer Reports and for user ratings.
had a 95DougSloan
Feb 14, 2003 3:47 PM
I think the 95 was the YJ, right?

I had a 4 cylinder. Got horrible gas mileage; my Suburban was better. Very slow on the highway. I mainly got rid of it for safety issues. I'd never get 4 cylinder again. Not enough power to push a big brick of a vehicle through the air.

The best part about it was being a convertible, but then it takes about 15 frantic minutes to put it up or down. Not an elegant design.

They are fun to beat around in, but practically prehistoric in automotive design and engineering.

If you accept it for what it is, a lot of fun.cory
Feb 15, 2003 3:35 PM
I've never owned one, but I've driven them a lot for magazine and newspaper stories. I think the criticisms of the other posters are valid--they're crude, slow and hard-riding, and like all Jeeps, not particularly reliable. I don't quite buy "unsafe" because so much of that depends on the driver, but they WILL turn over if you get them into a position they shouldn't be in, and they don't do well in crash tests (but it never made any sense to me to buy a car to crash in).
Having said all that, if you buy a Wrangler accepting it as a Wrangler, they're a lot of fun. I've made some 1000-mile plus trips in them (also in a Suzuki Samurai, which is pretty much the same thing in 3/4 scale), and it's entertaining in a Third World, 1950s way. I love being able to take the top off, and whipping it back on in case of a cloudburst is always an interesting challenge. I'm split on whether I'd buy one as an ONLY car, because I do a lot of long trips, but I'd sure keep one around for a second or third vehicle.
Thanks, fellas. Duly noted on all info. (nm)RhodyRider
Feb 20, 2003 11:10 AM