Originally Posted by jlmcdermott
Hey everyone....I am seriously entertaining purchasing a used 2002 wrangler sport w/ 120k as a second "fun" car. Vehicle is a 6cyl manual and comes with a hard top. Would anyone be kind enough to offer advice as to what to look for as far as "problem" spots or issues I should be aware of? What would be a fair price for this car considering it might be in good condition.
I bought mine this spring after much searching for a good one in my price range. There was lots of easily fixed little stuff wrong with it but nothing major, so I thought. Turned out what seemed to be a loud muffler or pipe was actually a cracked exhaust manifold. That was expensive to replace at a shop and I didn't have the time to do it myself.
One bit of advice I think was useful for me was to sign up for a month of unlimited VIN checks with Autocheck. It cost about the same as what Carfax charges for 3 lookups. It was very enlightening to see details on some of the Jeeps I was considering and wound up not buying because of the info received. There is a lot of deception out there. Jeeps that looked very new sometimes had rebuilt titles or odometer discrepancies that drove me away.
Been very happy with my Wrangler since I got over the initial "hump" of expenses and gained more confidence in it. Took it to Silver Lake Michigan this summer and had a blast. It's also a second "fun" vehicle for me and it has really delivered.