Join Date: Oct 1999
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Re: YJ consumer reports
Look for a stock one in great shape that has never been off road. I have had a ton of problems with mine. Things that I needed to fix that weren't related to 4 wheeling:
Something inside auto tranny cracked. Probably from previous owner abuse.
Exhaust manifold cracked.
All seals on axles, transmission, and t-case replaced. (make sure the t-case seal has not leaked because I probably bought mine with a dry t-case. It melted all the plastic inside and destroyed the forks.)
Many electrical problems due to loose wires and water leaking thru windshield - take care of that, replace seal and caulk it up if desired.
Failure to start - a huge tuneup cured that.
Water pump, heater core, radiator, hoses, u-joints, idler pulleys, belts - all "wear" items.
However, due to all the care and work I put into maintaining the Jeep, I think that it is more reliable now than it was 6 years ago when I bought it.
In fact, I haven't had a problem in a few years now. (I just jinxed myself)
BTW, Andrew, fill out your profile when you get the chance.