A fantastic 4x4 for all seasons - a hugely entertaining 'go anywhere' Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0 Sahara Edition - great fun motoring - ready to be enjoyed.
At a glance:
- 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0 Sahara Edition
- 4.0 litre straight six, rare manual gearbox, two & four wheel drive
- Original Jeep five spoke alloy wheels
- Metallic black paintwork with forest green and Sahara tan interior
- Factory supplied black removable hard top.
- 118,915 miles
- Massively fun to drive
- MOT to 1st August 2020 with no advisories
- Full service history
- HPI Clear
The Jeep Wrangler TJ is the third generation of the hugely popular Jeep Wrangler off-road and sport utility vehicle. Introduced in 1996 as a 1997 model, the TJ reintroduced the circular headlights the classic Jeep models had been known for. Unveiled on January 2, 1996, at the 1996 Detroit Auto Show the TJ was an evolutionary update of the YJ model, itself derived from the CJ7, which followed the earlier CJ models which trace their heritage all the way back the 1940s military Jeeps. The TJ arrived in Jeep showrooms in April 1996, after 6 years of overall investment and 36 month production development phase. Instead of leaf springs as found on the YJ predecessor, this updated Wrangler featured a modern coil-spring suspension, front and rear, based on that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for better ride and handling, and a return to the classic CJ's round headlamps. The update proved massively popular and brought the Wrangler up to date as a far more modern and 'easy to live with' Jeep.
This is the 4.0 'Sahara' edition, in eye-catching diamond black paint finish with forest green and Sahara tan interior and factory fitted removable black hard top. The 4.0 litre engine is the preferred choice, with manual transmission and switchable 2/4 wheel drive. This Jeep is the most desirable 'Sahara' version, with the factory option hard top, but a soft top can be retrofitted easily if required. The black hard top can be removed for sunshine motoring whilst the doors can also be removed easily, giving you that classic open-top Jeep look.
This car has covered 118,915 miles - an average of under 6,000 miles per year over its 21 year life.
On the Road:
I absolutely adore driving this car, it’s so much fun! It's got immense charm and character, and it gives you a wonderful sense of 'Americana' every time you clamber up into the driver's seat. The Jeep starts first turn of the key, with the gutsy 4.0 litre straight six engine offering bags of grunt and torque. It surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does what it should. The ride quality is more refined than the earlier models and it's engaging to drive, happy at any speed and goes wherever and whenever you need it to. I have driven a number of these Jeeps, this example has to be one of the smoothest and drives exceptionally well with no significant noises from the drivetrain - no doubt due to the regular servicing. I recently took this particular Jeep on a 200+ mile journey and it behaved perfectly, happy to sit at 70mph on the motorway, and both lively and hugely entertaining on country roads.
This car is fitted with the fuel injected 180 hp 4.0 litre (3960cc) AMC 242 straight six engine, one of four AMC engines kept in production when Chrysler bought AMC in 1987. Chrysler engineers continued to refine the engine and the last in the line of the AMC inline sixes, the 4.0 is regarded as one of the best Chrysler 4x4 off-road engines ever made. A Motor Trend long-term test noted "this long-lived OHV powerplant has a reputation for getting people where they need to go" as well as "much love expressed by owners for the torquey 4.0-liter/190-horsepower inline six." The engine is known for longevity, and can sometimes cover more than 300,000 miles without rebuilding. It also features a timing chain which should last the life of the engine, as opposed to a timing belt which needs changing at regular service intervals.
The car has the Aisin-Warner AX15 manual transmission introduced in the 1988 (mid-year) YJ Wrangler and XJ/MJ Cherokee/Comanche Jeeps, and found in 1988-1999 Jeep XJ, YJ, and TJ models. They are generally regarded as the best five-speed transmission ever installed into a Jeep. They are an excellent gearbox, and remain in production by Aisin-Warner. It changes gear as it should, the clutch is also as it should be.
Sold with long MOT until 1st August 2020 with no advisories, and no advisories on the previous MOT either.
This particular Jeep comes with full service history supported by the stamped service book and the accompanying bills and receipts.
As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep is in very good condition for its age and appears to have been well looked after, and obviously has not been heavily modified or used off road. As the pictures show, the paintwork is still in very good condition with no significant signs of damage and still has a deep shine. It's in very good condition for its age, but upon very close inspection does come with a little 'patina' as these Jeeps all tend to do. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this awesome four wheel drive. The best way to work out if it is the right car for you, would be to come and have a look.
The general value range for these legendary TJ Wranglers in good, road worthy and presentable condition with long MOT is normally £6000 - £9,000 with immaculate examples priced considerably higher. This Jeep is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £6750.
This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, hugely powerful, coupled with superb traction and ultimate 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. With the the roof and doors removed (a 10 minute job) on a sunny day, it's hard to beat the thoroughly enjoyable experience. It’s a great conversation starter, and being so far removed from all of the humdrum everyday cars on our roads, people can’t stop staring at it. If I'm honest, I rather hope this takes a while to sell. If so, I might find the time be use it myself. If you are looking for something different & interesting to liven up your day to day motoring, I'm quite sure you'll love it!