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Old 08-25-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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Concerned about 2000 jeep wrangler purchase - pics inside

Hello,

Went to check out a wrangler 2000 se wrangler I'm interested in. Are these negligible issues considering the year? He's asking 8200.

Summary:
The GOOD:
- Driving around the neighborhood, nothing noticeable.
- Interior is good
- 61k miles

The BAD:
- A check engine light appeared while driving a code scan revealed a p0121 error code (TPS Sensor?).
- Tires are cracked, he said they are at least a couple of years old.
- After driving, there was some weird idling issue, engine sounded like it was going up and down very slightly. Turning it off then on, the idle sounded steady.
- The steps that were welded on, there is some rust as well as the axles and exhaust it appears.
- There are 2 plugs that are disconnected, what are they?



Rust near welding of the step to the frame: Bad?






What are these plugs? They are on the left side of the engine




Here's the grey plug (The one thats the farthest in the first picture)



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Old 08-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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The rust you show is all surface no big deal.

The CEL and the idle issue are related.

The disconnected wires could be for accessories that didn't come with that model. A/C, rear window wiper/ defogger etc

Take for another spin check the 4X4 works in 4H and 4L.

Run the numbers minus the repair for the CEL and make a deal.

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback. So that rust won't be nothing more than surface rust?
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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Sounds like a very low mileage 2000; I sold mine (2000 Sahara ragtop) last summer for $7200, and it needed new tires, but it had a 1 year old Bestop RAT.
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If its a se then it's a 4cyl and I think that price is pretty high. I'd take a higher millage 6 then a low millage 4. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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2000 with 61k is not bad except for engine size (I'm still getting a grasp on what's worth it and what's not). Could explain rot on tires as it prob doesn't move much and is just exposed. Could aldo explain the weird idling. May need dome stabil or anothet additive as fuel may br deteriorating due to lack of use. Plugs, refer answer a couple of posts above mine.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:15 AM   #7
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The 4 cyl isnt bad as long as its manual and you're not doing much highway driving...

i personally have a 2.5L SE and love it...does perfect in town and amazing offroad...as i mentioned, the highway performance is little to be desired. Then again, i'm also lifted on 35's so even with the 4.88's i have it doesnt do well lol.

also as mentioned, its surface rust so dont worry about that...
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:02 AM   #8
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As recommended above, wait for a 6cyl, if you can. A few people are happy with the 4cyl, but many more are unhappy, and many of those are swapping in larger engines.

Agreed that the rust looks just like normal surface rust - nothing to worry about.

A good set of tires can cost $800-1000 new, so negotiate well on that point. It sounds like they are more than 2 years old. If the owner lies about the tires, then what else might he be lying about? You could also check the date code on the tires, although if they are cracking, I would replace them.
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Take it as you may, but I have a 2000 tj sport auto with 135000 miles and t boned an f150 last Wednesday morning. Adjuster cash valued it at 10,400 the next day.
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