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1998 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Sahara (TJ)

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  • Mileage~98,000
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine4.0L
  • LocationChessington


1998 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Sahara (TJ)

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Alan Stuart
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Americas answer to the Land Rover, it's a world icon, instantly recognisable and known for its utilitarian reliability.

Jeep re-engineered the YJ Wrangler with the TJ, improving on its predecessors in every respect. With the old leaf spring suspension gone, the handling was improved on this 2nd generation, along with responsive power steering, cruise control, smart key immobilizer, tilting driver's seat, airbags, and self-adjusting seatbelts.

This "Sahara" has is coming to market from an owner who is going through his bucket list of cars! With a desirable spec and importantly the 4.0L power-train, it's recently had a major engine service and rear glass door replaced, and so is very much ready for a new challenge to be thrown at it.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Chris the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

It's been a dream of mine since I was young to own a Wrangler, it's been fun.

Owning a Jeep Wrangler has always been a lifetime dream of Chris's and when the opportunity to own one came up earlier in the year he jumped at it. He's currently going through a bucket list of cars he'd like to own, a classic Volkswagen T2 Campervan making way for this Jeep earlier this year. He tell us "I'm only allowed one toy at a time, so this one has to go now to tick off another car".

Over his ownership he's loved taking the car out on weekends, he mentions: "It was the realization of something I wanted since I was young, once you take the doors off and go for a drive it's such a laugh and never fails to put a smile on my face". He's replaced the back glass door and carried out a major service on the engine. Take a look at the full-service history media below for more details. He mentions the headlights have been changed to modern LED ring bulbs which are much brighter at night. He'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about it in the comments below.

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The Wrangler still retains it's utilitarian, no-nonsense look, a no nonsense styling that's lasted five decades.

Wheels and Tyres

The Wrangler is fitted with 5-spoke 15" grey alloy wheels. These wheels present in average condition on each corner, some a little kerbed on the outer edges and some signs of surface corrosion under the paint in places.

The wheels wear Nexen Roadian MT, and appear to have a good amount of tread left for the new owner. Chris tells us these are chunkier items than stock, giving the car a bit more of an adventurous look.


The bodywork on this modern classic example appears in good condition, the gaps and shut lines looking inline and good for a 90's Jeep. There are areas showing some signs of corrosion under the paint, mainly the nearside front wing, and the aluminium door hinges to the back have surface corrosion too.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves.


The Wrangler is finished in a dark green, which really suits the shape of the car. The finish of the paint appears good, each panel presents with even coverage and colour throughout. This is an off-road vehicle though, and so inevitably it has picked up a number of scratches across the paintwork as pictured.

The images taken are from various angles and reflections to show off the Wrangler at its best, as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. Please take the time to fully assess the condition of the exterior.

Glass and Trim

The glass on this example looks good, we didn't notice any chips, cracks, or discolouration on our visit. The window seals look good too and in line with the rest of the condition of the car.


Simplistic and neat, the Sahara came with colour coded interior to match the exterior.

Seats and Carpets

The interior of the car looks great for an off-road car, and belies the mileage too, a very well-kept example. The seats, door cards, and headlining look great. The only point to note really is that the drivers seat has some minor wear to the bolster.

The seats are green cloth with tan backs, colour matched as part of the "Sahara" spec. Take a look at the interior video in high resolution for a detailed tour.


The dashboard appears in very good original condition, in line with the age and mileage of the vehicle - a testament to the car's interior being looked after over the years.

Wood veneer trim along with tan uppers on this car. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The classic original Jeep steering wheel is fitted along with its gearstick, range selector, and hand break - all items appear in great condition in line with the rest of the car.

View the media pack to see the details.


The Sahara model comes equipped with the powerful 4.0L 6 cylinder engine, perfect for off-road capabilities.

Engine and Gearbox

Powered by a big and mighty 4.0L under the hood, no hill is a challenge with ~175BHP to tap into. This car has just had an oil service this month, ready for another years motoring.

We captured a cold start video that shows the car starting without fuss the first time, and took the car out for a short drive to put it through its paces and go through the gears. Please take a look at the detailed media pack to see a closer view of the engine bay and underneath the car.

Suspension and Brakes

Chris reports the Jeep's suspension and brakes work very well, offering full off-road capabilities without fuss. Take a look at the extensive photos and videos for a closer view.

The Drive

With the ability to travel anywhere the Wrangler is an ideal all-rounder, an extremely practical utility vehicle, used by the military and police worldwide.

Electrics and Other

Chris reports all the electrics, buttons, gauges etc work within the car to his knowledge. The headlights are modern upgrades, Chris mentions they work much more effectively than the standard units, and that the installation is said to be easy to reverse.

History and Paperwork

A desirable Sahara 4.0L, coming to auction with a fresh service, it's ready for some off-road adventures with a new owner.

This Sahara is ready to be enjoyed. Take a look at the detailed mechanical photos to see the underside of this car along with the good amount of paperwork in the form of MOT certificates and parts receipts. Take a look at the media pack to see the work carried out over the previous years.

Chris will be happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
13.06.2022 Service 98,300
01.10.2021 MOT 98,150
03.06.2020 MOT 97,456
22.11.2018 MOT 95,358
23.11.2017 MOT 94,000
23.11.2017 Service 94,000
17.12.2016 MOT 90,950
20.10.2016 Service 90,548
14.01.2016 Service 89,051
07.01.2016 MOT 89,013
27.01.2015 MOT 87,017
30.01.2014 MOT 84,628
28.01.2013 MOT 82,134
08.01.2013 Service 82,023
07.11.2011 Service 78,113
28.09.2011 MOT 78,315
05.02.2010 MOT 74,502
01.09.2009 Service 71,004
25.08.2008 MOT 69,845
03.03.2007 Service 65,223
20.02.2007 MOT 64,258
07.02.2006 MOT 59,132
25.05.2005 Service 58,267
24.01.2005 Service 51,149
13.09.2004 Service 44,054
27.05.2004 Service 36,983
13.12.2003 Service 34,551
04.02.2002 Service 27,124
12.03.2002 Service 26,017
14.06.2001 Service 12,395
22.05.2000 Service 9,715
11.11.1999 Service 5,700
10.05.1999 Service 3,295
Key Details
  • ModelWrangler 4.0 Sahara (TJ)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date30.01.1998
  • CC3,960
  • Mileage~99,000
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourGreen
  • Interior ColourGreen/Tan
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #1J4FYN9S3WP729821
  • Last Service13.06.2022
  • MOTYes. Exp - 30.09.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • Security SysYes
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned3 months
  • Key FeatureSahara spec, 4.0L engine
  • Auction ID447897

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