The start of this story you've heard before.... '98 TJ, I6 4.0 nearly 62k miles - cracked exaust manifold. Nothing out of the ordinary there, right? I called a local DC stealership (they don't carry Jeep, but they are way closer to where I live than the nearest Jeep dealer) and they said that, since I was the second owner, nothing is covered at all. Further, he said the crack did not affect emissions (which is why it isn't covered). I could only reach one service department today (the rest were closed), so I couldn't get a second opinion, so to speak. To properly arm myself for calling dealerships first thing Monday morning, I thought I would turn to a group of Jeepers who have surely heard this before, had this problem, and - better yet - could possibly advise the best course of action for me from here.
There is a slight chance that I could rouse the first owner to go with me to get the TJ worked on, but I imagine DC would run the VIN (or whatever else needed) to verify ownership.
Hi Mark, if possible try calling the dealership that originally sold the jeep to the first buyer. Explain the problem to them and if needed take the first owner with you. I worked for a ford dealership while in college and remember us going out of our way for regular customers. Just be straight with the dealer, they want you as a customer.
I've got a good idea (don't know for sure) where the TJ was first bought. I'd rather not hassle the jeeper I bought the TJ from, but I'd much rather not pay out of pocket to get this fixed.
If anyone has information on Illinois emissions laws and what the vehicle manufacturer is required to repair, I'd like to see it. I've heard they are liable up to 70k miles, but can't seem to find any additional information or confirmation on that.
Just incase anyone else runs into this, here's what I've found so far...
It's all about the stickers.
I need to take the emissions test. Hopefully, the TJ will fail. That will point the finger back to the dealership and the Jeep _should_ be covered under the 70k smog laws (of which I have yet to find for my native Illinois). Should the TJ pass, it seems that I will have to replace the manifold/header out of pocket. I like Borlas, but at nearly $500 there seems to be a wealth of the "improved design" headers for the 4.0 TJ on eBay for $150. Will I get a cool sticker out of the eBay header? No. Will I be $300 closer to my next fun (defined as something I want, not something my Jeep dictates to be that needs to be done) Jeep mod? Yes. Could I get a cool sticker from that mod? Ah-HA! Most likely.
Emissions test, here I come!
ISO eBay sticker for my OR Fab roll cage
First of all, Sorry to all of you that have to get emission tests. Where I live, we don't have them. Anyway, I had the same problem, as I think 75 percent of Jeep owners will. I went to the dealership and told them about it, and told them to fix it. They declined, and so I got pissed. Raised a whole bunch of crap, and they ended up fixing it. Noting, that when the first one went out, I was only at 40,000 miles. The second one only lasted 10,000 miles. I went back, and I knew they weren't going to fix it. So then I had to fork out the bucks and bought a Borla Header. I don't know what a Borla Header would do to emissions, but thats what I had to do.
definately sounds like a new header & or manifold is in your future..Go with a stainless replacemant with a lifetime warranty so you don't have to do it again!..Banks' new header or a Borla would be the best way to go..I hear the Banks header has a thicker flange than the borla & will seal better...good luck