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Thinking of getting a TJ...any pointers?

Im thinking of getting a TJ to replace my CJ7

are there any years that are better than others? i know i should look for D44's and 4.0L and all that and i think the 97's had a less beefy manual transmission than 98's.........any other info helps


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Re: Thinking of getting a TJ...any pointers?

Go to the dealer right now and order a Rubicon edition. I am sure that it wouldn't set you back more than $30k[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]. Seriously, the new 03' Rubicon looks to be pretty cool. D44's front and rear, air lockers front and rear, no slip yoke, all in all it sounds like a pretty competent package.

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I believe the tramsmission was changed in early 2000 to the NV 3550, there are some problems with the early ones (I have one of them). I have the D-44 with trac-loc rear, 4.0L, not too many problems, check out the Technical Service Bulletins, transmission is a little noisy, and a few shifting problems. I also think the changed the differential gearing in D-44 in 2000 or 2001.

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Re: Thinking of getting a TJ...any pointers?

Early 97's have a problem with a leaking cowl. They will have slats all the way across the cowl. After that they switched to fewer slats just in the center of the cowl. Personally, I would just buy the Rubicon edition.

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Re: Thinking of getting a TJ...any pointers?

You could just buy a Rubicon edition.....or wait until someone needs to ditch their perfectly good Sahara or Sport to buy a Rubicon edition. This TJ is going to make the others somewhat in less demand or at least more available. Around here none of 'em sit too long on the lots. I know that I'm waiting to see where they settle out at in price. I kept waiting for the 97's to get under $10k ...which is now. I ended up with a '02 because the payments were cheaper. I wonder if they're going to make the features individually available to the rest of the line (D44s f/r, etc.).


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