Jeep wrangler

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Hi I am looking for some information on keep wranglers as well. Are they a good car? Anything I should be majorly concerned about? Are parts and maintenance more expensive than other four wheel drives? Thanks callum
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Reply By: Mick T3 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 11:42

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 11:42
They look good, they hold the road well, they use juice like it's going out of style.





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Reply By: Bludge - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:59

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:59
Son in laws 2012 Wrangler diesel (auto) is relatively economic, compared to the petrol version. had some minor leak issue's, that comes from swapping from hard top to soft top. Back seats cramped, from ok for me 5'8, son in law is 6'5 and he said its better than a Commodore for him.

Off road, does very well, I have driven it on a return trip of 4 hours and it was fine. Son in law parents live in Bundaberg so he travels a couple times a year from Cairns to Bundy and back.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 13:39

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 13:39
IMHO the current swb wrangler is quite economical with the new v6 and 5 speed auto .AFAIR from driving one for a few weeks it returned about 12l per 100 km on a mix of Sydney urban andM1.

No room for luggage of course. The engine has little torque down low so changed down on M1 hills but this was no big deal as the ratios are close .
I quite liked it except the dash is high and seating low.
Despite many press test comments on deadness of steering it to me was very if not too reponsive at 110 becoming twitchy to me.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 16:02

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 16:02
Spaanderman

Firstly a 3 litre Nissan , now a Jeep wrangler !!!!.
If you have a mate who is a mechanic talk to him.
My opinion is Toyota first than any of the Jap fourbies after that.
There are big question marks on all the common rail diesel motors .
But at least you stand a better chance with a Toyota.
As my mechanic mate has always stated , If the blinker control is on the left hand side avoid it.

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Follow Up By: spaanderman65 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:07

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:07
Yes ok mark but first of all I am looking at spending about 20-25k. I want something with under 200000 kilometres on it and want it to be 2004 or newer. Now I know toyota a are a very good car. I own a toyota hilux sr5 at the moment. But the newer toyotas are looking out of my price range. I can't find a 100 series with low kilometres. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:33

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:33
Fair enough
Just hate seeing people getting caught with Lemons.
Because some people will justify their dubious purchases and rave about the Vehicle's they buy.
Ok I will get off my high horse now.

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Follow Up By: spaanderman65 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:38

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:38
I appreciate your honesty and information! I will keep thinking about it. I need a wagon though not a dual cab so it leaves me to either a prado or 100 series. Will keep looking. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:42

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:42
Diesel Pajeros are pretty bulletproof?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bill13 - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 07:54

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 07:54
I second the DiD Pajero for a excellent reliable 4wd.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 08:09

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 08:09
Spaanderman65,

I may have the vehicle you are looking for.

Email me at frankp129 at gmail dot com

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 17:11

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 17:11
The 2.8 diesel motor in the Wranglers has been around for at least 8 years. It's in my son's 2006 Cherokee and is nice to drive and economical (sub 10 per 100km). My experience with petrol Jeeps is that they use too much fuel and they only have a smallish tank. All Jeeps are 1: great off road, 2: mostly look better than Jap cars, 3: they can have a lot of annoying problems. Things like electrical gremlins, door latches, air con or heater problems. People fall in love with them for the first 2 things and put up with the 3rd. If you don't take them off road, the love fades and the annoying problems will kill the relationship. Jeepers are a nice community, easy going....they have to be. :-)
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 17:18

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 17:18
I think you have summed it up well

You don't buy a Jeep because you want cheap reliable motoring, your love affair with them has to be much deeper than that
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:27

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 18:27
Michael

Nicely Put

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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:31

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:31
LOL. My Jeep is awesome....even though the passenger side window fell down into the door never to be seen again. Mine has never left me on the side of the road and IS fantastic in the rough stuff. No car is perfect. :-)
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:47

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:47
Some are a little more perfect than others
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:54

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:54
Ha ha :-) Yes I do realise my Jeep is a little more perfect...but I don't really like to brag.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 20:06

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 20:06
Alby,
You hit the nail right on the head,
"You don't buy a jeep because you want cheap reliable motoring, your love affair with them has to be much deeper than that"

Exactly the same thing applies to Land Rover drivers, despite the efforts of the White Goods,( ie Toyota), brigade who delight in rubbishing anything out of Solihull.

Disco.

PS Most Jeep owners sell their pride and joy's just before the warranty runs out, too expensive after that.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 20:12

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 20:12
Hey, mines over 10 years old with more than 200k on the clock. I have to say it's a bit like dating a supermodel, high maintenance but worth the effort till the cash runs out. (I'm assuming this...no supermodels have actually ever asked me for a date).
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:58

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 19:58
Mate bought a used Wrangler. He sold it again after 18 mths. Problems he encountered;

1. Lack of serious towing ability
2. Poor dealer service and general lack of spare parts
3. Too much cheap plasticky trim and other small components that fell off
4. Used a lot of fuel for a 4 litre petrol engine
5. Expensive parts
6. Marginal braking system with short pad and rotor life
7. Marginal Cooling system (hot days and slow traffic meant high engine temperatures)

He never really took it "off road", I might add!

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Louwai - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 16:56

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 16:56
A work colleague who was transferred from the UK to Brisbane bought a Jeep, brand new from a dealer when he arrived here. $35k ish

After 2 yrs he was transfered back to the UK.

It was never taken off road, log-book serviced & well looked after.
He tried to sell the jeep but couldn't. He advertised it for $15k. Even the dealer he bought it from didn't want it.

He had 1 offer of $8k

I have no idea why. He had it for sale for 4mths prior to leaving. 2 days before he left he ended up selling it for about $5k I think.

This happened approx 6mths ago.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 19:00

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 19:00
That was the pink one wasn't it?

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