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post #1 of 7 Old 11-08-2019, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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'98 TJ Buy?

Folks, I'm a regular in the CJ forum but wanted to get your thoughts on a 1998 TJ we are looking at for my girlfriends son. 160K miles, stock suspension, rebuilt automatic tranny with documentation, 4 cylinder. Straight body, good interior, no rust (AZ Jeep).

Issues: Transfer case making a little noise, and AC not working, but all the parts are complete.
Asking $5900, I think I can snag it for $4800.

Being a CJ guy, I know what to look for there, not so much in TJ land.
Thanks ahead of time for your advice.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-08-2019, 01:07 PM
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Sounds like a decent Jeep at 4800$. As far as technical things to look at, CJ / TJ big stuff is the same. Look at where the lower control arms bolt on. Really look, these things rust from the inside out. The four bangers are known to lose expansion plugs or freeze plugs. There is one on the head up against the firewall, it doesn't get changed unless the head comes off. It's the one that will leave you with a blown engine. All TJs suffer from electrical problems in the steering column, the multifunction switch fails mostly. Symptoms are odd tail light issues. Never trust a TJ gas gauge.

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A running driving TJ for under $5K is a decent deal. I have helped two of my friends buy similar rigs for their kids.

The auto is a bit of a dog w/ the 4 cyl. That's good for you/ your kid, especially if you plan to keep it stock size/ height.

AC isn't as big of a deal up here as it is for you folks. That alone could be simple or super costly.

Hard top or soft?

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Soft Top, owner feels A/C is just out of juice.
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Folks, I'm a regular in the CJ forum but wanted to get your thoughts on a 1998 TJ we are looking at for my girlfriends son. 160K miles, stock suspension, rebuilt automatic tranny with documentation, 4 cylinder. Straight body, good interior, no rust (AZ Jeep).

Issues: Transfer case making a little noise, and AC not working, but all the parts are complete.
Asking $5900, I think I can snag it for $4800.

Being a CJ guy, I know what to look for there, not so much in TJ land.
Thanks ahead of time for your advice.
Nobody in their right mind would recommend buying a 4 cylinder AUTO. They have zero power with any tires bigger than stock. If you cut the AC on (if you get it working), it will struggle to go up the slightest hill. If you have passengers, forget it. Also, that price is high for the mileage and issues. I've had a few Jeeps.

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Soft Top, owner feels A/C is just out of juice.
They just don't run out of juice. There's a problem that could be costly, unless you DIY.

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Thanks for the thought on the A/C. That may steer me away, although, I'm certainly not opposed to fixing in the garage. The power is less of an issue, as this is a 16-year old kid we are getting the Jeep for. Less power is awesome in this case. The $4800 range is substantially lower than the majority of "like" Jeeps here in AZ. Thanks again for the input.
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