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Old 09-25-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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The more I search, the more difficult it gets!

I have been on the hunt for a pre-owned Jeep Wrangler to tow behind our Forester MH. Someone told me that I need to find out which years and models may not be flat towable. I searched online Jeep manuals, and fount 4800 pages for the year 2000!
I also have discovered that there are models to consider: TJ, YJ, CJ, JL. I Googled and can't find anything telling me any model to avoid so far.

In the Craigslist ads the model isn't always listed, possibly the sellers don't know!
The prices for Jeeps where I live are outta sight, leading me to look for older models to year 2000. I am going to look at a 2000 auto trans with 148,000 miles today, but am thinking it may be too old. Yesterday I drove a 2004 manual trans, no A/C with 80,000 miles. Seller had new clutch installed in June. When I shifted from 2nd to 3rd I could hear it. He called mechanic and they picked it up and took to their shop to go over it again. That car makes me leary now. It's a four cylinder.

I joined a Jeep forum to glean some info, and have started making notes.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:53 AM   #2
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The Wrangler I am going to look at today is a 2000, auto trans straight 6, not used off road.


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Dang, 148K miles! To me, that's a ton of miles on any vehicle and Jeeps don't have the best reputation for reliability!!!! Personally, I'd stay away from anything over 80K miles ( I'm being lenient here), "pay me now or pay me later" is the old saying and it's too often true!
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A manual transmission is the way to go IMHO.
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A manual transmission is the way to go IMHO.

Not sure why you say manual transmission is the way to go. 4X4 jeeps, even those with auto transmissions, should have the ability to disengage the transmission/ transfer case to the degree that both front and rear wheels are free wheeling. Once this is done, theres no worry about towing 4 wheels down.
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Nice Jeeps hold their value pretty well. I bought an '06 wrangler in January of '07 for $20k kept it almost 3 years(never in mud) sold for $17k, but I didn't try to tear it up. 16000 miles.


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I say/posted that because not all 4x have a manual shift for the transfer case.

My 2010 is just a twist knob on the dash, hubs are auto.

The Rodeo that belongs to the boss is just a switch,

My train of thought is that if it has an auto then odds are the transfer is just a switch.
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Dang, 148K miles! To me, that's a ton of miles on any vehicle and Jeeps don't have the best reputation for reliability!!!! Personally, I'd stay away from anything over 80K miles ( I'm being lenient here), "pay me now or pay me later" is the old saying and it's too often true!
Ohhh, good to hear that. I didn't even know that Jeeps aren't that reliable. Good tip. I am still learning. I might just end up bringing my bicycle instead!
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I have been on the hunt for a pre-owned Jeep Wrangler to tow behind our Forester MH. Someone told me that I need to find out which years and models may not be flat towable. I searched online Jeep manuals, and fount 4800 pages for the year 2000!
I also have discovered that there are models to consider: TJ, YJ, CJ, JL. I Googled and can't find anything telling me any model to avoid so far.
Having lived in CO and WY most of my life, my personal view is that wranglers are vastly overrated....and, as you say, overpriced.

Best toads I have ever had were an '04 and '05 Chevvy Tracker.

Tough, reliable, and can almost climb a tree. And light enough that they do NOT need an aux braking system.

They tow 4 down, but should be run every 200 miles for a few minutes. (doc says that " I " should get out and walk around every 100 or so)
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The I-6 in a 2000 Jeep is a workhorse engine. When they switched to the v6 is when they went down hill. Sold my 99 with 200k and my daughter sold it at 259k and it was still going strong. My wife's 2000 TJ had 159k when we sold it, and just saw it for sale again with over 200k on it. I think they went to the v6 mid 2000 when they changed to JK chassis. You should be fine with the one you are looking at.
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