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Old 05-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Buying a Jeep what to look for??

Im a first timer at buying a Jeep and i was just wondering what are things that i should be looking for on the Jeep Wrangle, the engine, frame, body etc...

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Old 05-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Jeeps to avoid:
1. Avoid jeeps with a body lift. Full suspension lift is best.
2. Avoid any 4 cylinder jeeps.
3. Avoid soft tops unless you have a garage and park in a secure lot.
4. Avoid stripped down jeeps. Buy fully equipped instead.
5. If the wiring is hanging here and there avoid vehicle. Who knows what else the PO worked on.
6. Avoid dealerships if you can.
7. Avoid any jeeps with high mileage.



A good used low mileage Rubicon slightly modified would be nice.

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:50 PM   #3
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I actually preferred stripped down. I didn't want power windows or the premium stereo as it still sucks. I also prefer soft tops.

Really depends on what the user plans to do with it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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Watch out for rust on the frame and undercarriage. If unsure, ask the owner if you can take it to a mechanic to have it inspected or bring a knowledgable friend with you.
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Jeeps to avoid:
1. Avoid jeeps with a body lift. Full suspension lift is best.
2. Avoid any 4 cylinder jeeps.
3. Avoid soft tops unless you have a garage and park in a secure lot.
4. Avoid stripped down jeeps. Buy fully equipped instead.
5. If the wiring is hanging here and there avoid vehicle. Who knows what else the PO worked on.
6. Avoid dealerships if you can.
7. Avoid any jeeps with high mileage.


A good used low mileage Rubicon slightly modified would be nice.
2X Nothing wrong with a 4 cylinder. They don't have a much power as a 6, but they crawl fine.
3X Avaoid the hardtop. It's nice to put the top down by yourself on the spur of the moment.
4X You buying a Jeep not a luxury vehicle.
6X Dealerships will have some guarantee, even if it's just 30 days. You have very little recourse with a private sale. (dealer might be more expensive though.)
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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Watch out for rust and shoddy wiring. After that we need a little more info on your plans. Daily driver, mall cruiser, or trail beast. Watch out for higher than 1 inch body lift.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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When I saw how much the late models are, compared to new, and that people lift them and do other stuff to them, and maybe even break them, I descided I might as well go NEW. That way I know it's 100% Stock and also has a warranty of some kind.

I'd like it to be able to haul stuff. Hit some trails. My current car is a 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS/SC. (Coupe) It has very little ground clearance and I'm afraid to take it off the pavement. I may keep the Cobalt for To/From work, and Daily driving. Then use the Jeep on the weekends. I will eventually be moving, so I'd like to have the room to pack stuff in it. So that has me leaning towards the Unlimited. That and when I purchased my 42" Insignia TV, I could barly fit it into my Cobalt. I have a trailer hitch bike rack for my Mt Bike, and so I'd want one with a hitch reciever so that I could do that. Trails would be fun though. Id love to try it! Also, should I move to Wisconsin in a year or so, it would be good to use for the move itself, and better in the snow then my low-to-the-ground-push-the-snow-in-front-of-it-and-get-stuck-cobalt. 4 Wheel Drive would be helpful... Ooo espessly if I put chains on it in the snow. But I may never move north though. Who knows what the furutre holds.

I priced it out and did the build for the one I want online. Couldn't find an exact match anyhwere That means they would have to special order it.

I want.

Wrangler Unlimited

Orange Crush!: I love the way that one looks. The name makes me think of that soda drink.

Hard top: I just like it better then the soft top. That is all.

One with a Nav System: I have an after market nav system in my Cobalt. I dont know how well aftermark nav system can hold up in a jeep though. I'm wouldnt be the first person to get caught in the rain with the top down. Would hate to ruin an aftermarket head unit.

Tow Package: That way I can hook my bike rack onto the reciever. Thought about getting the Max Tow package, so that I can haul a U-Haul trailer if I wanted or needed to. Then I can carry even MORE stuff. I understand that the difference is in the gear ratio at the end.

Manual Transmition: I like to shift. It makes me feel more in control of the vehical.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:44 PM   #8
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Dont buy a 4cyl! Unless your using it just to crawl

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