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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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1998 Sahara Questions

hey, im new to the jeep forums and am considering buying a TJ for my first vehicle. I have found a 1998 Sahara with the 4.0L straight six, it is also a 5 speed. This jeep has a three inch lift and 33s and some upgrades such as exhaust and air filter. it also says it has a full size offroad jack, i am not really sure what that is? also it has almost 160,000 miles on it. It is quite a ways away from where i live but i have family in the town where it is and will be able to go check it out sometime in the next month if it is still available. What im wondering is what to look for, how much rust is too much, will there be any complications ecause of the lift? what to listen for with the motor? to make sure its all good? and is 160xxx too many miles on one of these? what should i expect? thanks for everything ~joe

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-18-2010, 06:33 PM
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This is a wealth of free information. As for the Jeep you are looking at 160,000 miles is getting up there. Unless you will have money to invest into the TJ for needed repairs and issues you may want to keep looking. Another question to ask your self is, are you experianced at turning a wrench and doing repairs yourself? Or are you willing to jump in and learn how to work on a future Jeep product you may own.
A full size jack most likely means a Handyman jack rather than a bottle or scissor style jack.
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im pretty handy with a wrench and all of that, ive worked on lots of stuff, i just replaced the clutch in my dads tacoma for him yesterday. also im interested in getting into the whole jeep thing, thanks for your help, i was mainly wondering what kind of maintenance i should expect a jeep with 160xxx to need. such as what would need to be replaced soon and what to whatch out for when buying one with high mileage
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Look for rust on the frame, dents and scrapes on the skids, and leaks. As far as maintenance at 160K, I would probably change all the fluids, diffs, engine, transmission with filter, steering fluid, transfer case, and coolant. Make sure the steering is tight, and any mods were preformed correctly.


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id need to replace front and rear diffs, tranny, and transfer case? that sounds like some expensive stuff the guy wants 4800 for it and i dont have too much cash to spare so i want to know if im gonna have to dump more money into the thing to make it run right or will it be fine
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