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Unread 05-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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jeep buying help???????????

looking at two Saharas... one is a black 99 with 93k miles,5spd, spice top and half doors other is 2001 green with 98k miles, tan hard top,full doors and 5spd both are super clean inside and out.... and they are both about the same price. just need some help on which to buy or suggestions would be great







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Unread 05-18-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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A jeep instinctively knows it's owner.... So ask yourself :Which one can I see myself in...? All things being equal that would be an easy way....

For me practically.... the 2001 has 2+ years less time on things like joints and other general wear items.... even though the mileage is comparable....

People can give you suggestions, but ultimately only you know what would be better for you..... Good Luck!
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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If all is the same I would go with the hard top and buy a bikini for summer. It is a lot cheaper to find a soft top or bikini in Florida than a hard top if you want one.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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Does either one have a dana 44?

will you put the top down a lot (you probably will in FL)?

any rust on the frames or under the carpet on either?

EDIT: I would go for the black and tan one (I'm a little biased though ha ha)
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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If all is the same I would go with the hard top and buy a bikini for summer. It is a lot cheaper to find a soft top or bikini in Florida than a hard top if you want one.
In fl you can have the top down most or all of the year, depending on where you are
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:01 PM   #6
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How are they mechanically? If they are about equal then the deciding factor would be the top and doors. Given that you are in Florida I would probably opt for the soft top/half doors, esp. if you don't have a good place to store the hard top when you remove it. If taking the hard top off/lowering the soft top isn't important to you, flip a coin.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=jeepwrangler97;7243549]Does either one have a dana 44?

thats the most important i would think. If you plan on lifting it make sure you check and see if either has a d44. It will save a lot of time and money later on. and as for the top down in florida then i hope you have a garage to park it in with all the dang rain all summer long. I would go with the green with full doors. your gonna hate those softs uppers plus its way more secure if your worried about that at all. i might be a little biased on this one too tho. good luck
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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Does either one have a dana 44?

thats the most important i would think. If you plan on lifting it make sure you check and see if either has a d44. It will save a lot of time and money later on. and as for the top down in florida then i hope you have a garage to park it in with all the dang rain all summer long. I would go with the green with full doors. your gonna hate those softs uppers plus its way more secure if your worried about that at all. i might be a little biased on this one too tho. good luck
I put my top up and down a lot because of the rain (like right now), so I prefer the soft top.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:36 PM   #9
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Living in Canada I made sure I got both the hard and soft tops, that said I take the hardtop off beginning of May and it is stored until October. If I was in Florida I would never use a hardtop.

If both have the same axles and are in the same general condition go for the soft top. If one has a Dana 44 rear then buy that one. If they both have Dana 35's check the gear ratios one might have 3.73 gears(better) vs the 3.07's.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:40 PM   #10
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how can i tell by just looking at the rearend what diff is in it and what gears it has, and i thought the Saharas came with the Dana 44 thats why i was looking at them
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:46 PM   #11
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Rubber fill plug = D35.
Metal fill plug = D44.
This assumes the cover is stock.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:49 PM   #12
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how can i tell by just looking at the rearend what diff is in it and what gears it has, and i thought the Saharas came with the Dana 44 thats why i was looking at them
Nope, not all. It was an option. On two relatively equal vehicles, the D44 would sway the choice if it were me.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:50 PM   #13
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best way to find out is the way mdm said. this link might help too
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showp...96&postcount=8
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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:34 PM   #14
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Living in Canada I made sure I got both the hard and soft tops, that said I take the hardtop off beginning of May and it is stored until October. If I was in Florida I would never use a hardtop.

If both have the same axles and are in the same general condition go for the soft top. If one has a Dana 44 rear then buy that one. If they both have Dana 35's check the gear ratios one might have 3.73 gears(better) vs the 3.07's.
Should be a little metal tag hanging off of, or between, a couple of the bolts that hold the diff cover on. This tag will have the gear ratio it came with from factory.

Also, what tranny is in the 2001? Another consideration is that if I recall correctly, the 99 will probably have plug wires, and a cap/rotor where the 2001 should have coil packs.

How do the insides look? Are they well kept? How do they feel on road? Just from looking at them, I don't think you'd go wrong with either if they've been cared for/maintained. I will say though, if you can get a D44 and/or 3.73 gears over a D35a and/or 3.07, DO IT.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:50 PM   #15
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In fl you can have the top down most or all of the year, depending on where you are
Yeah, that's what I used to think. Now I have to drive home in 10 minutes under this downpour in 60 degree weather (WHAT GLOBAL WARMING???). With no top or doors!
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