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Old 05-19-2012, 06:56 PM
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

I also removed the 4.7 H.O. badge from the gate this afternoon. The adhesive tape was already half loose so I helped it on its way off. I might remove the V8 badge...
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

Another update...

Got the Moog Steering Stabilizer installed yesterday. The difference was very noticeable. It tracks straighter and the steering feels firmer. After that I rotated the tires and did an oil change. Pics of the stabilizer in a bit.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:13 PM
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

I got to do a few things this afternoon that made a huge difference with the way it drives. Smoother response, crisper shifts, smoother idle and much nicer to drive. I expect it to do better on fuel if I can resist the new-found power.

1. TPS - After fighting an erratic idle and funky around town shifts I ordered and installed a Mopar TPS. Nice difference.

2. Denso O2 Sensors - After the check engine light tripped I ordered both front O2 sensors from Rock Auto. I was quickly reminded that this Jeep spent most of its life OUTSIDE of the Rust Belt. Both sensors came out very easy, especially when using an O2 sensor socket.

3. Plugs - I installed Champion 3340 plugs. This plug job was easier than changing the plugs in the 4.7 powered Ram that I traded on the WJ.

FWIW - During our weekend trip to KC the Jeep turned over 80k miles.
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

It's all about maintenance...I had the same experience with mine. It drove nice when I test drove it and put 3 hours of highway on it to get it home, but after I did a full fluid change and a full tune up, throttle body cleaning, etc, it was night and day.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:55 AM
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

Preventative maintenance, actually the lack thereof is a contributing factor in most people's unpleasant experiences with a vehicle. I have owned 2 grands now that have taken very good care of me as long as I take good care of them.

They must use some good anti-seize at the factory on those o2 sensors, my Jeep lived in MN its whole life and with my o2 socket they came out with minimal fuss.
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

As someone who has been wrenching on vehicles since I was 10 (age 40 now) I know it is all about care. The WJ was not abused but it did not receive the obsessive-compulsive attention that I would have given it. I am not upset about the maintenance because I know in the end it is cheaper than the payment and taxes that a newer vehicle demands, especially here in Nebraska. Shocks are next on the list of repairs to be followed by some sway bars.
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

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Preventative maintenance, actually the lack thereof is a contributing factor in most people's unpleasant experiences with a vehicle. I have owned 2 grands now that have taken very good care of me as long as I take good care of them.

They must use some good anti-seize at the factory on those o2 sensors, my Jeep lived in MN its whole life and with my o2 socket they came out with minimal fuss.
I think you're right bro...mine also came out with minimal fuss. I was prepared for battle and was done in like an hour...and I had 4 to replace! Every other previous vehicle I've replaced O2 sensors were always total whores.
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

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As someone who has been wrenching on vehicles since I was 10 (age 40 now) I know it is all about care. The WJ was not abused but it did not receive the obsessive-compulsive attention that I would have given it. I am not upset about the maintenance because I know in the end it is cheaper than the payment and taxes that a newer vehicle demands, especially here in Nebraska. Shocks are next on the list of repairs to be followed by some sway bars.
You're not alone buddy...this forum is for we OCD types.

Unless I hit the lottery and have money to burn, I don't think I'll ever buy a brand new vehicle for that very reason. It's just not worth it when you can buy it 2 or 3 years later for significantly less. Good luck with the shocks and sways! I'm sure you know all about the reviews here on Bilstiens and Addcos. I just installed new links on mine and the Energy Suspension greaseable bushings to replace my home-brew greasable bushings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It's another $50, but totally worth doing while you're already in there with everything taken apart.
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Re: Just picked up a 2004 Columbia Edition 4.7 HO

The Mrs and I purchased one new car in November of 2000 and still own it today and there is NO plan to trade it. The other part of buying used that I enjoy is getting it up to my specs and the WJ is following my typical behaviors. Add the parts that I would have ordered it with, do the maintenance, and drive the wheels off of it.
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Tow hooks are in the house!
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