Jeep Wrangler

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Phil O.'s Comment
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I know this isn't directly trucking related, but my pick up broke down recently and unfortunately it won't run anymore (Got 230,000 miles out of it though!). I've always wanted a jeep wrangler and was thinking about purchasing that's been pre-owned.

Does anyone have any tips/information/advice on them? Just curious.

Thanks!

Cwc's Comment
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I've always had sports cars up until 6-8 months ago when I got a 97 Wrangler that now 230k on it and should last well into the 400k range if not longer but it took some looking. If it snows and blows where you call home make sure you check the frame rails really well for rust near the control arms mount as they like to completely rust out. Other than rust look for things like a bad alignment from a less than reputable lift kit or the (death wobble) shakes at highway speed. I do love mine and considering I have always had newer sports cars that I had to crawl out of and my being 6ft I'll let you draw your own conclusion as to why.

Gas mileage is bad to put it lightly but what do you expect when you drive something shaped like a brick down the road, but not as bad as 450hp Srt-4 Neon I had for some years.

If you haven't looked at the wranglerforums.com yet, you should lots of good info on the site.

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Phil O.'s Comment
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Thanks. I'll be sure to check out that forum. I live in Chicago , so I'll be getting plenty of use out of the 4 wheel drive! As far as pricing goes it doesn't look like they depreciate as much as the normal car here. Is that the general consensus?

Cwc's Comment
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They really don't as much as most other models and brands.. And even though generally aftermarket isn't supposed to jack a price up, it will in a Jeep...

Cwc's Comment
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If you do get one this close to winter in Illinois I would suggest RynoLineing the undercarriage at least and possibly the cab floor. Also Jeep Wranglers are evil and in that I mean no other vehicle that I've ever owned has such a strong aftermarket backing and I think buying a Wrangler is just a down payment on all the stuff I've added or have plans to do so.

Phil O.'s Comment
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Thanks, CWC! I'm assuming they drive pretty well in the snow, correct?

Scott S.'s Comment
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I know this isn't directly trucking related, but my pick up broke down recently and unfortunately it won't run anymore (Got 230,000 miles out of it though!). I've always wanted a jeep wrangler and was thinking about purchasing that's been pre-owned.

Does anyone have any tips/information/advice on them? Just curious.

Thanks!

I now have an 02 grand cherokee, and before it I drove a 93 grand cherokee. I got 300k out of the 93. Did several modifications on the 93, and it never needed more than the usual maintenance. I've had my 02 for a couple years and it seems to be just as reliable. I'm modifying it too, just not as much. I suppose I'm saying the Jeep brand has been good for me. As far as wranglers go, I'd definitely have to compare the large newer body style with the smaller version built before 2008. Oh, and be warned -- JEEP is an acronym -- it stands for Just Empty Every Pocket. There's too many neat ways to go about making your Jeep unique.

Phil O.'s Comment
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Just Empty Every Pocket...lol

I've been looking at an 06 wrangler with 116,000 miles that's being sold down the street from me. Still kind of afraid to buy one with mileage that high, though.

Michael R.'s Comment
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Hope this helps. My family and I have owned jeeps and love them. Have always gotten 300k out of them. But we have stuck with the Cherokee with the vortex engine and hardly any problems at all. Gas mileage lacks something to be desired though.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Just Empty Every Pocket...lol

I've been looking at an 06 wrangler with 116,000 miles that's being sold down the street from me. Still kind of afraid to buy one with mileage that high, though.

If the vehicle has been properly maintained, 116,000 isn't anything to worry about.

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