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Old 05-27-2021, 07:54 AM
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Gentlemen who know wranglers

Gents,

Project assigned by my boss:
Purchase a soft top 2 door wrangler for his nephews visiting from Europe for the purpose of driving from Dallas Texas to the Panama canal.

What years should I be looking at for ease of maintenance or repairs when in say Mexico or Costa Rica?

Thinking it needs to be a 6 cylinder. Will install new AT tires, replace all filters and fluids. Obviously anything can happen on road due to environment or poor driving.

Don't have budget, but we're not buying a restored beauty nor or we buying brand new.

Thanks for helping me look good.

Mike
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Old 05-27-2021, 08:06 AM
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2006 wrangler unlimited manual. 4.0 I6 is bullet proof, and the unlimited will give more space than a regular TJ. 04-06 is the best year of TJs, especially if it’s an automatic.
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Old 05-27-2021, 08:15 AM
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I'll second what Aric said, look for a 04-06 TJ, rubicon if you can find one. TJ model is going to be the easiest to work on and won't have the possible electronic issues that you can run into with the early JK's.
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Old 05-27-2021, 08:50 AM
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Thanks guys. Knew this was the place to score good information without endless drivel of what model was/is better.
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Old 05-27-2021, 09:27 AM
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TJ for sure. Unlimited would be awesome.

I'd go for an auto, but that's just my preference. 2003+ TJ are 4 speed autos, 2002 and down are 3 speed, no overdrive.

The biggest issue with a 05-06 is going to be the oil pump drive assembly (OPDA). They are known to be problematic. 2004 is not as bad as 05-06. More info here if you want to read about it:

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/2...ilure-1144202/

Definitely the I6 if no motor swap planned. The I6 is barely adequate.
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Old 05-27-2021, 09:31 AM
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I thought this was a ranching post until I opened it. hahaha
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Old 05-27-2021, 04:39 PM
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Nothing newer than 08 or whenever they went to the V6. Stick with 4.0 I6 and not 2.5 4cyl, imo.
Unless the 4 banger is low miles.
Auto is fine if it checks out but Id want a stick shift for simple reliability.
And honestly Id be after a XJ Cherokee for a trip like that. Seems like more/secure storage and same drivetrain.
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Old 05-27-2021, 05:54 PM
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Nothing newer than 08 or whenever they went to the V6. Stick with 4.0 I6 and not 2.5 4cyl, imo.
Unless the 4 banger is low miles.
Auto is fine if it checks out but Id want a stick shift for simple reliability.
And honestly Id be after a XJ Cherokee for a trip like that. Seems like more/secure storage and same drivetrain.
06 is the last year for the TJ and the I6.
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Maybe just me, but on that trip, a good condition or restored CJ7.... I know, earlier than you're probably looking, but in my book, they were the last real jeep, and readily repairable with off the shelf parts.

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Old 05-28-2021, 07:28 AM
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Boys, thanks again for the solid informtion.

I had some suspicions and Y'all confirmed what little knowledge I knew.

Thrall, I agree a fixed top vehicle is better for security and storage but these young guys from Switzerland want an open air jeep experience before they start work counting their millions.
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