I've always been fond of Jeeps ever since I drove a friend's back in highschool (TJ). Flash forward to now and I have plans to make my other moneypit (1999 m3) a track-only car. As it is my currently daily, I need something to drive to work and that can tow the m3 occasionally. I looked around for a few months and finally found a WJ I thought was worthwhile.
It's a 2004 Freedom Edition with the high output motor, navigation, no sunroof (a must for me because of my height), and the cloth seats. The car was a 1 owner vehicle and has 142,900 miles. Right off the bat I am replacing absolutely every fluid so that I know the status of the car. The coolant is a nasty brown, and though the engine oil and tranny fluids look OK - I want to get the truck to a baseline. It does have a couple little issues that I've been researching on here, but if anyone has input I would love the help!
Also, any good independent mechanics with lots of WJ experience in the area? Would prefer and independent to the dealer and I'm sure there are plenty of Wrangler shops around, but if anyone knows a place with extensive Grand Cherokee experience feel free to point me in their direction.
- Sloshing water sound in the dash: Could be air in the cooling system (hopefully the flush will take care of this). Also read that this could be heater core related, though my carpet is not wet but I'll have to keep an eye on that.
- Bad smell after full throttle: Smells like burnt fuel after I floor the vehicle for a few seconds. Normally i can't smell anything, but under heavy load it's there. Anyone have insight on this?
- Squeek coming from right front wheel: Happens with every wheel rotation and is a high pitched squeek, squeek, squeek. Any common culprits?
Otherwise the car is in remarkable shape for the mileage. Interior is excellent and has not a single rattle (shocker for a mopar product!)
Here are a few pics, look forward to becoming involved in the community. I've been wanting to get into some light wheeling for years, hopefully I can tag along for a trip in the near future (something that would be good for a beginner with a stock rig).