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Old 05-27-2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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Older Jeep Wrangler advice

Hi,

After seeing a couple of older Wranglers around today I am thinking that could be the the toad for me.

It will not be my daily driver and will mainly be for local use.

Anyone own an older one which can chime in. How old is too old and how many miles are too much?

Am I better off with a manual or automatic?

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......2006 and earlier TJs for the fairly bullet-proof in-line six vs the 2007 and newer 3.8, V6-cylinder that has had some issues. Down side is the poor gas mileage for the in-line six.....Always liked manual trannies in my sports cars but automatic for everything else, unless you are into some serious off-roading/rock-crawling........
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I tow a '01 Grand Cherokee 4x4 Automatic, flat w/o a trailer. The key is the transfer case. The jeep manual should give you directions as to how to tow. Another good source for info is: Remco Store : Remco
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Thanks both,

It will probaly be a pre 2006 I will get to keep costs down. I can go either way on the tranmission.

I did look up Remco to see what could be towed.
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Any Wrangler 4wd can be towed four down just by shifting the transfer case into neutral. '08 and newer doesn't require the key to be in the ignition when you tow since the steering doesn't lock.
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I tow a 2000 wrangler auto. Bought it new in 1999. 170k on the 6cyl. Been a dang good jeep. Very few problems. I think the biggest issue you will have is finding an older one that hasnít been beat to hell. The good thing is https://www.quadratec.com. You can practically rebuild the entire jeep from the stuff they sell.

I also had one of the older TJ unlimiteds. The extra room was nice. I can highly recommend an Old Man Emu suspension lift as well. Night and day as far as the ride goes.
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PS---older Jeeps can have an issue with the retaining pin on the differential carrier working loose...not sure if towing exasperates the issue....but don't ask me how I know this......
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:18 PM   #8
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Got You All Beat

Look at all you guys with the fancy-schmancy '00 and newer Wranglers!

Ours is a YJ, '92 Rio Grande Edition, 2.5L Automatic with 205,000 miles. To this day, doesn't burn a drop of oil or coolant. Top Speed is around 60MPH, but I'm in no hurry. Its been repainted, has new tires and a new soft top on it. The heater will blast you out of there, but no AC. Who needs AC when I can fold the top back? Thing is a ball to drive, and it will go almost anywhere. We have a draw bar attached to the front bumper and fold it out of the way when not in toad mode.

"How old is too old and how many miles are too much?

Am I better off with a manual or automatic?"

I wouldn't go older than '87. Parts seem to be plentiful and cheap for YJs. As far as miles go, I'd tell you the sky is the limit. Really depends on how it was maintained (just like anything) but the 4.0L I6 and the 2.5L I4 seem to be about bulletproof. A friend of mine in town has 2 more engines he keeps as spares he bought years ago, but has never had to use them. Manual or Auto? Your choice. Either seem to be good.


Point is, don't discount the older Wranglers. Each with have it's own idiosyncrasies and special features. You don't have to spend a TON for a (maybe) quirky, reliable toad.
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Look at all you guys with the fancy-schmancy '00 and newer Wranglers!



Ours is a YJ, '92 Rio Grande Edition, 2.5L Automatic with 205,000 miles. To this day, doesn't burn a drop or oil or coolant. Top Speed is around 60MPH, but I'm in no hurry. Its been repainted, has new tires and a new soft top on it. The heater will blast you out of there, but no AC. Who needs AC when I can fold the top back? Thing is a ball to drive, and it will go almost anywhere.



Point is, don't discount the older Wranglers. Each with have it's own idiosyncrasies and special features. You don't have to spend a TON for a (maybe) quirky, reliable toad.


Nice. Gotta a pic?
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Hey, Thanks, Jake! Just posted a year old pic on my registry. Can't figure out how to copy one to here. Hope that helps
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Look at all you guys with the fancy-schmancy '00 and newer Wranglers!

Ours is a YJ, '92 Rio Grande Edition, 2.5L Automatic with 205,000 miles. To this day, doesn't burn a drop of oil or coolant. Top Speed is around 60MPH, but I'm in no hurry. Its been repainted, has new tires and a new soft top on it. The heater will blast you out of there, but no AC. Who needs AC when I can fold the top back? Thing is a ball to drive, and it will go almost anywhere. We have a draw bar attached to the front bumper and fold it out of the way when not in toad mode.

"How old is too old and how many miles are too much?

Am I better off with a manual or automatic?"

I wouldn't go older than '87. Parts seem to be plentiful and cheap for YJs. As far as miles go, I'd tell you the sky is the limit. Really depends on how it was maintained (just like anything) but the 4.0L I6 and the 2.5L I4 seem to be about bulletproof. A friend of mine in town has 2 more engines he keeps as spares he bought years ago, but has never had to use them. Manual or Auto? Your choice. Either seem to be good.


Point is, don't discount the older Wranglers. Each with have it's own idiosyncrasies and special features. You don't have to spend a TON for a (maybe) quirky, reliable toad.
Hey, don't pick on us early 80's guys
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I'd go with a 2004-2006 LJ Wrangler. The LJ is 10 inches longer than a TJ, so the ride is a little better and you will have tons more room behind the rear seat.
They are getting hard to find (in good condition), as they are being snapped up for off road builds.
If you can't find one of those, then 2002-2006 TJ Wrangler.
This engine is distributor less and has newer style airbags.
The TJ / LJ is much better for the ride, due to the coil spring suspension, vs, the YJ 1987-1995 which has leaf springs and square headlights
Also, don't compromise on the engine, the 4 cyl is junk. Stay with the 4.0 straight 6.
I rock crawl and still prefer the automatic, so I am biased.
Don't forget.... Transfer case in neutral and transmission in park for towing....
I usually have jeeps for sale, but currently, none... Well one's for sale, but it's not a daily driver....
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CJ7365,
Love the CJ !!!!!
Here's my old CJ. (middle pic)
LJ crawler ( top pic)
My TJ daily driver/Toad (bottom pic)
Gotta love the 8274's !!!!!
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