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post #1 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, I've been looking on the site for information about jeeps and it has been very helpful. I am looking for a wrangler and i have a few questions. First, what year did the wranglers start coming out with airbags. Also, i do quite a bit of highway driving and was wondering if the 4 cylinder would be OK (I am somewhat of a lead foot) and i would also like to lift it and some bigger tires but nothing extreme. Would i be better off with a hard or soft top. I live right outside of DC so the winters aren't to cold. I don't really care if its a TJ or a YJ. My budget is around $7,000. Thanks for all of your help.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 02:58 PM
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If you want to drive on the highway, you don't want the 4 cylinder, it sucks at speed. It gets even worse if you have plans to lift it. The airbags came in 97 when the TJ came out, the YJ's never had them. The hardtop, what you need to figure out is how often you want to remove it, and when you do remove it, do you have a place to put it? It requires a helper or a hardtop hoist to get one off. If its your only top, and you have it off in the summer, when it rains you will need to get a buddy to help you get it back on. For 7000$, not sure what prices are like in your area, but you should be able to get a TJ for that, I would. I have a YJ now, and I am selling it to get a TJ.


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post #3 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all your help. i found this jeep on cars.com and was wondering if you all think it is a good buy or not.
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...eadExists=true
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 04:39 PM
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Doesn't look to bad I don't see any rust, I would work the price a little, the mileage is high but not for a 6 cyl. As stated above if you want to lift it, drive it on the highway you will not want a 4cyl, if you have a lead foot now then with a 4cyl it will be even worse, the really lack power even with a mild lift and tires. even 31 will require a regear.

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 08:03 PM
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The automatics aren't good on the highway either, its only a 3 speed auto.


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post #6 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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thanks again for your input. i have been looking into automatics because i have never driven a stick before. is the auto trans also not great for offroading too?
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 08:56 PM
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Automatics are great on road and even better off road just don't get one with a 4cyl. If you get a 6cyl there is nothing wrong with an auto, most prefer them to sticks for medium to difficult off roading trails, but this debate will go on forever, search there are hundreds of manual vs auto threads. The only downside is there is no OD in the 32RH 3spd pre 02 autos, and the second problem is the breather hole is low if you do a lot of deep water fording this can be a problem, but it can be welded shut and retaped for a breather hole relocation else where, if you like driving through deep water. The no OD isn't a huge issue just slightly less MPGs maybe -1 at the most. The gear ratio is more than likely 3.07 which is a good highway ratio not the best for off-road with a big lift and tires though.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, i think i will still keep my sights in an auto but if the price is right i might go for the manual. i have a few more questions too. Most of the jeeps i find have the half doors. can you buy full doors for a reasonable price and are they actually worth it? Also i know that i need mirrors when driving with the doors off. can you take the mirrors off the door and attach them to the frame or do you have to buy aftermarket ones? i also like to play golf. would 2 sets of clubs fit in the jeep? thanks again
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-25-2009, 11:14 PM
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2 sets of golf clubs will fit with no back seat in. Yes full doors are worth, they are quieter, more secure, and warmer in the winter, and they cost a fortune to buy later. As far as mirrors I think you only need one mirror plus the rear view mirror, many hear just attach a bike mirror. And you can scrape the ice off real windows, but you can't with the plastic on the half doors.

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 06:30 PM
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If you can get a jeep with hard doors in your price range it is worth the money. As stated, they are far quieter on the highway. The half doors are great if you plan on running without a top most of the time, but you can just take the full doors off to get the full open air experience. After market mirror relocation brackets are a fairly common way to mount mirrors off the doors and they are not that pricey. Each states mirror requirements are different, there is a FAQ that has each states mirror laws in it in one of the forums here (but I can't remember which one). What is legal up here in Minnesota may not be the same where you live, its best to research the law yourself. Good luck finding a Jeep and hope you get what you want.

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post #11 of 11 Old 07-06-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the help. I've got a few more questions. when i buy a jeep i will probably buy one of those speaker things that go on the roll cage of the jeep. is it possible to change out the speakers on them or are the permanent? if i would leave a jeep in the parking lot without a top on would i need to put a club on the steering wheel or something or are they difficult to hot wire because my 89 Volvo is quite easy to hot wire.
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