1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 - JeepForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 06-21-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0

Hey guys,

My posts are mostly in the ZJ column but I am seriously considering a '98 4.0 Wrangler Sport. Anything I should be aware about this model? It's basically stock. No A/C, no cruise control, no power windows or locks like a Grand Cherokee. Non-modded which I want. It has 130K on its odometer and other than a couple of rough spots which I can correct it's basically a nice little TJ.
It has the hard-top and for some freaky reason, chrome rims. They look stock. It comes with a Chrysler CD/cassette player. Other than that, it's what I want in a Wrangler!

The 4.0 is just a beast! My ZJ has 249000 on it as I post this new thread!

Anything to watch out for in these models?

sirgildus is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 06-21-2011, 03:31 PM
SecondTJ
Web Wheeler
 
SecondTJ's Avatar
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 5,356
Listen for an exhaust leak. Exhaust manifold cracks were common on the 97-99

'98 Sport, 4.0, AX-15, D44, 3.73, stock w/ 9k original miles

Gone - 2000 Sport, 1987 YJ, 1997 SE
SecondTJ is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 06-21-2011, 03:56 PM
joeksjeep
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Garfield Hts
Posts: 815
dude that is a win win situation for the right price. Not modded or molested in any way, includign the radio, hey if they get youa good price take it.
You didnt say if it was auto or manual... When you test drive it see if it gets stuck in 4x4, it will if it hasnt been used in a very long time, or if somethign is really really wrong...

Other then that, i dont know of any major problems besides maybe a D35 going out, but if its never been abused its prolly all good..

let us know if it happens !!! good luck

92 Xj 190,XXX miles needs love, and a TURBO HA!
150RwHp, 186 Lbs torque Rw, and all at 175XXX miles in my Xj
DD 98 wrangler sport 5spd 4.0 106,XXX miles

Chrysler Factory Trained Jeep technician, and A.S.E. Certified Master Tech
joeksjeep is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 06-21-2011, 04:13 PM
Jeepzcb09
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Springfield,OH
Posts: 883
I paid $5500 for my 98, it had a 2in spacer lift with some cragers on worn out crappy 33's with 127,000 miles, it has ac, and cruise, aswell as a cd player.My exhasut manifold is still good and looks to be original.

1998 TJ Sport : Rough Country, MetalCloak,KC, Goodyear, Crager, Alpine, AtoZ, Currie, Aussie

Believe.
Jeepzcb09 is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 06-21-2011, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
Well there are two possibles now. I have a choice. Both are Wrangler Sports with the 4.0. The white one I was able to test drive and everything checked out including the radio. As I was test driving the white one, the dealer told me he just got another one in but it's getting the steering shaft replaced. I was able to see it and it's in even better condition than the white one. It's also a 4.0 and this one has the beige leather-like interior I want and it's maroon. It also comes with two tops- hardtop and soft-top and is 60k miles less than the white one. He's saying about $6700 for the maroon one. I'll let you know what I decide but I'm tending towards the maroon one. The white one had a bit of on-center slop but nothing like I had in the ZJ. Luckily with help from the forum I was able to tighten the steering on the ZJ and straighten out the steering wheel as well. The white one's suspension was solid with no rattle. Just dull thuds like a new truck. If the maroon one drives as well, that pretty much seals the deal for me!

BTW, both are automatic 4.0 but as of yet have no details on the drivetrain until I see it later this week. I'll keep your advice in mind!
sirgildus is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 06-22-2011, 08:09 AM
RowJ
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas/OK Border
Posts: 2,026
Prefered 'options' on the 98 Wrangler I would want to have.....
These were all added expense when new and were hard to find when I was looking at used TJ's
-3.55 gears
-Dana 44 rear end
-Limited Slip diferential

RJ
RowJ is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 06-22-2011, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by RowJ View Post
Prefered 'options' on the 98 Wrangler I would prefer to have.....
These were all added expense when new and were hard to find when I was looking at used TJ's
-3.55 gears
-Dana 44 rear end
-Limited Slip diferential

RJ
So you're saying that the 4.0 Sport is stock with the Dana 30 and 35? What do the Wranglers come with as far as transmissions go?
sirgildus is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 06-22-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by RowJ View Post
Prefered 'options' on the 98 Wrangler I would prefer to have.....
These were all added expense when new and were hard to find when I was looking at used TJ's
-3.55 gears
-Dana 44 rear end
-Limited Slip diferential

RJ
So you're saying that the 4.0 Sport is stock with the Dana 30 and 35? What do the Wranglers come with as far as transmissions go?
sirgildus is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 06-22-2011, 09:36 AM
kfdjason7620
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Princeton
Posts: 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by sirgildus

So you're saying that the 4.0 Sport is stock with the Dana 30 and 35? What do the Wranglers come with as far as transmissions go?
Its gonna have the 32rh tranny (3 spd with a lock up) good tranny but nowhere near bullet proof, make sure they change smoothly and should be no hesitation or slow changing, not a good sign
kfdjason7620 is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 06-22-2011, 10:53 AM
RowJ
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas/OK Border
Posts: 2,026
Quote:
Originally Posted by sirgildus View Post
So you're saying that the 4.0 Sport is stock with the Dana 30 and 35? What do the Wranglers come with as far as transmissions go?
Yes, D30/35 was stock!
On trannies, don't know if the Automatic was extra cost or not??
You can see this stuff for yourself HERE

RJ
RowJ is offline  
post #11 of 20 Old 07-16-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Well, I went with the Maroon (it does look red in the pics, believe me it's maroon)

Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport
4.0 112000 miles 32RH
Soft and Hard Tops
Gambler Rims
Stock

The Transfer-Case shifter is a bit of a chore but I'm going to crawl underneath and take a look see what's causing the binding. It's probably just rusted. Other than that, it drives smooth. It does shift back and forth from 2HI to 4HI to 4LO and back with some effort.

Just below the lower hinge of the spare-tire carrier is the only spot I saw any rust.
Attached Thumbnails
Rommel's iPhone Pictures 341.jpg   Rommel's iPhone Pictures 342.jpg   Rommel's iPhone Pictures 343.jpg  
sirgildus is offline  
post #12 of 20 Old 07-16-2011, 08:15 PM
pohlease
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: mpls
Posts: 48
very nice. I just bought a 98 also. gotta love owning a jeep.
pohlease is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 07-16-2011, 08:23 PM
little_Jeep
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 5,960
1998 TJ Sport are best Jeep ever made.... Of course I am talking fact here, not opinions (LOL). Take a photo of your rear diff cover...and post it up, unless you know what to look for.
little_Jeep is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old 07-17-2011, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
sirgildus
Registered User
2008 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 162
I've always wanted to own a Jeep when I was growing up but the Mustang won out. Now that I've reverted back to childhood at the age of 47, I've been longing for a Jeep! The Cherokee is awesome but I wanted the CJ! It's not the CJ but this model has essentially never been touched by modernization at least visually since the first CJ. The Wrangler's roots are still prominent! Hell even in the JKs the genomes are still strongly featured from the first design. Truly a living legend!!!

Okay back to business...

My Jeep has the 32RH as mentioned, the Dana 30 up front and Dana 35C pushing the rear. It has the 231 T-case. I'm happy not to be forever locked in AWD!!! I'll have to take pics of those and post them at a later date. Because of lighting and the crud (haven't had a chance to blast the undercarriage) the pictures didn't come out as clear as I want them. Before winter sets in I want the Jeep's belly cleaned and protected.

Almost forgot to mention, it has the old cassette type radio so I'll have someplace to plug my iPod in! Stock and functioning!




Here's some of the interior:
Attached Thumbnails
Rommel's iPhone Pictures 345.jpg   Rommel's iPhone Pictures 348.jpg   Rommel's iPhone Pictures 368.jpg  

1994 ZJ 4.0 Limited
1998 TJ 4.0 Sport (Mrs. Jones)
/l ,[___],
l--L --OlllllO-
()_) ()_)-o-)_)



Quote:
Originally Posted by malligator View Post
Troll? I was just jokingly responding in kind. Wow, talk about thin-skinned folks. Nice to see sirgildus can bypass the profanity filter and mrblaine can make bawdy jokes with impunity.
sirgildus is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 07-17-2011, 08:51 AM
Diverdown87
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Freakville
Posts: 850
I would be a little concerned as to why @ 112K miles the steering shaft had to be replaced. I have a 98 that I bought brand new with 158K on it and the only issues I have run into were a bad electrical connection that killed all the gauges 3 months after I bought it (fixed under warranty), faulty wiring in the steering column that when I used the hazards would actually kill my brake lights and turn signals after turning off (also fixed under warranty but is dis it again after warranty expired). Other than that I have had no real issues other than no heat and not wanting to change out the heater core (NIGHTMARE). Good looking rig though.
Diverdown87 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
1998 Wrangler Sport: Blinkers Not Working BMoe Wrangler General Discussion 4 01-06-2009 04:34 PM
cigarette lighter on 1998 Wrangler Sport hassenpfeffer TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 11 08-13-2007 02:43 PM
1998 wrangler sport vs. 2000 wrangler sport David Hinton TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 15 02-13-2007 11:54 PM
1998 Wrangler Sport Value ? mknherhappy TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 7 06-02-2006 06:08 PM
1998 wrangler sport tommy4902 TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 12 07-20-2005 12:16 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome