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That the 99'-04' Jeeps are "built proof"? I have heard that they are built very well and as long as you keep up on maintenance, issues are usually not a problem.

The reason I ask, is because I am looking into getting a 03'/04' to drive during my last stint of college. Something that is fun to drive and something that is not really expensive, and the Jeep fits this category perfectly. I just want to make sure it's a solid truck. Mind you, the ones I am looking at have less than 70k on the odo. So yeah, how reliable are they? how is the performance? What engine options are available for those years? I have only really seen the 4.7.

Again, this is only a temporary vehicle for the next 2 years. I don't want to buy anything new until I am done, when I am able to afford something brand new without living paycheck to paycheck.

and yes, I will be modding it to an extent. I would like to get new lights on it, lift it a inch or two or maybe three and put some nice big tires on it.
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That the 99'-04' Jeeps are "built proof"? I have heard that they are built very well and as long as you keep up on maintenance, issues are usually not a problem.
1) First I thought that you meant bullet-proof, I thought to myself (Well I haven't been in any drive-by's so it's not battle-hardened yet lol)

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So yeah, how reliable are they? how is the performance? What engine options are available for those years? I have only really seen the 4.7.
2) Engine Types (4.0 liter I-6, 4.7 liter V-8, 4.7 liter V-8 HO "High Output"):

http://wjjeeps.com/engine.htm

3) If you buy a Jeep for the fuel economy you're not buying it for all the right reasons. If you keep your Oxygen sensors, fuel filters, air filters, fuel injectors and so on you should get decent fuel economy.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:50 PM
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I wouldn't say bulletproof. Very capable,a definite yes. They have their issues. Some WJ specific,some not just like any other vehicle. Browse through this section and the troubleshooting section also and you'll see what everybody is fixing and what they're not. At under 70k mi you should get a pretty good vehicle if it was maintained well but there's no guarantee of that. I would suggest an extended warranty especially since you are in school and don't need the hassle of a costly breakdown.
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I would hardly call the WJ a bullet proof vehicle. The 4.0L engine is pretty bullet-proof and lasts forever w/ some basic maintenance. But the weak link there is the tranny. The rear axle seals are also known to leak. Blend doors are also well known to break and unless you fix it yourself, that's a $1k+ fix.

I've had my Jeep for 2 years now (bought it at 73k miles). I love it to death, but it's FAR FAR from what I would call a maintenance free vehicle.
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*Bullet-proof, not built proof.

Thanks cheapjeep. I understand that completely. Every vehicle has their issue. How gas your 04' treated you?
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I wish mine was bullet-proof, When the zombie apocalypse happens all we gotta do is weld some sheet metal or the like on the sides lol
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I would hardly call the WJ a bullet proof vehicle. The 4.0L engine is pretty bullet-proof and lasts forever w/ some basic maintenance. But the weak link there is the tranny. The rear axle seals are also known to leak. Blend doors are also well known to break and unless you fix it yourself, that's a $1k+ fix.

I've had my Jeep for 2 years now (bought it at 73k miles). I love it to death, but it's FAR FAR from what I would call a maintenance free vehicle.
Thanks for the response. I am only going to really need the vehicle for 2 years, so if it lasts that long, which it should, then great. How about the 4.7? Is it just as reliable? This may be a newb question, but what do you mean when you say blend doors?
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This may be a newb question, but what do you mean when you say blend doors?
There is no "newb" question, The blend doors are a feature on Jeep's with dual-climate control. I just had to replace both of mine @ 135k

http://www.wjjeeps.com/hvac_sub_assembly.htm
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There is no "newb" question, The blend doors are a feature on Jeep's with dual-climate control. I just had to replace both of mine @ 135k

http://www.wjjeeps.com/hvac_sub_assembly.htm
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Blend doors are part of the heat/AC system, they control how much hot vs. cold air is "blended" into the cabin when you set the temp. On the auto climate systems they are known to break, and apart from grinding an access hatch behind the glove box you would have to take apart the whole dash to fix it. It's not a problem on every WJ, but its common, especially on the auto dual zone climate models.

Other than that, the 4.7 and 4.7 HO are pretty good motors, and are paired with a stronger transmission than the 4.0L. Fuel economy also isnt much worse with the V8's, they have more power to lug the heavy vehicle around. Like any vehicle the Jeeps can be hit or miss, sometimes you just get a problematic one.

That said, I have no regrets buying my Jeep, it has been fun to mod and is very fun to drive. and the 4x4 systems are all very good at keeping you going, whether on the road or off.
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Gotcha. Thank you for taking this thread serious. It is appreciated.
Not a problem, If you need any more help, feel free to create another thread or private message one of us and I'm sure we would be happy to assist you in any way possible

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Other than that, the 4.7 and 4.7 HO are pretty good motors, and are paired with a stronger transmission than the 4.0L.
That's something I didn't know.
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Blend doors are part of the heat/AC system, they control how much hot vs. cold air is "blended" into the cabin when you set the temp. On the auto climate systems they are known to break, and apart from grinding an access hatch behind the glove box you would have to take apart the whole dash to fix it. It's not a problem on every WJ, but its common, especially on the auto dual zone climate models.

Other than that, the 4.7 and 4.7 HO are pretty good motors, and are paired with a stronger transmission than the 4.0L. Fuel economy also isnt much worse with the V8's, they have more power to lug the heavy vehicle around. Like any vehicle the Jeeps can be hit or miss, sometimes you just get a problematic one.

That said, I have no regrets buying my Jeep, it has been fun to mod and is very fun to drive. and the 4x4 systems are all very good at keeping you going, whether on the road or off.

Thank you for the reply. I appreciate it.

I am definitely interested in buying one and believe that I have found a couple that I could definitely see myself buying if the price is right.

I would definitely like to do something like this...

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/383407...ee#38340760029
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