Thanks for the responses. I just bought a 1999 Wrangler Sport with a manual this past Friday. I love the power of the 4.0 engine, as opposed to what I had 10 years ago, a 2.5.
I know gas mileage is the last thing a guy should be thinking about when buying these. (It is a second vehicle for me.) But I have 30/9.50/15s on it. I am wondering if I can hope for the 19 on the highway it is stickered for...going at 70 miles an hour. Just wondering what kind of miles/gallon people here have experienced with various wheels. I know the 30/9.50s are going to cut the mileage a bit more than the stock 205/15s or 225/15s.
I filled up for the second time and tried a calculation of gas mileage and came up with 17mpg. (2/3rds highway at 70miles an hour, and 1/3 in town...roughly.) That tells me my engine with 115,000 is operating okay. Sounds goods too.
Just picked it up for $6000 from a dealer. The reason I took the risk of buying this used with so many miles are the following: I learned there were only two owners. The first put on 27,000 in one year. The second was a woman who traded it to this dealer. She owned it of course for 12/13 years putting on the remaining 88,000 miles. I figured she did mostly in town driving and didn't beat it in the woods because it looks good with only minor rust. She must have known how to handle a manual I said to myself, having driven it for all those years, so the transmission must be okay. (Seems to be true so far.)
I originally went to the dealer when i saw it listed online for $8400. When I got there Thursday, I learned they changed their minds, and were not going to put it on the lot because it had too many problems! ..real seal pinion leak, sway bar links gone, and oil leak. (Funny, online one day, off the next after deciding not to fix it up.)
In a quick conversation with my mechanic, we estimated it could be as much as $1000 to repair, so, with that in mind, I asked if I could make an offer anyway. They were planning on auctioning it off this past Monday. They got back to me the next day, saying they would let it go as is, no warranty, for $6800. I went and looked at it, took it for a drive, and learned that the tailgate was rusted shut too. So I offered them $6000 and they took it! The head of the used car department said, you can have it, but as is. I'm sure they are concerned about their reputation. I assured them it was my gamble.
I was able to fix the tailgate by using penetrating oil and a drill...long story. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/cheapo- ... ost3106970
My mechanic fixed the pinion seal leak and front sway bars. We agreed the oil leak was a non issue because no oil gets on the floor, it is just seeping a bit. That was big! The repairs in the end cost me $486. So I think I am in business! Tires will need replacing in 10,000 miles or so.
In the National and state forests here in Wisconsin these are fun...not "big time four wheeling" but just tooling around on rough back roads. With the short wheel base you can get to places other trucks can't.
More than anybody wants to know I suppose. But this was the first vehicle buying adventure for me in over 5 years.
But again, I would love to hear about mpg "experiences" any of you have had with these vehicles, esp. one like mine.