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Old 05-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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First time jeep owners. Frame rust!!

Bought a 99 Sahara with 105,000 miles week and half ago. We're first time jeep buyers. Looked wonderful exterior (paint etc) and interior spotless. Mechanic friend got under it couple days ago and frame is RUSTED with cracks. Many parts look fine and well. Others have CRACKS! Guy who sells jeeps who we bought it from agreed to have his "body guy" look at it and within reason make a few repairs/reinforcements. We are taking it back to seller tomorrow to show him! Is this repairable? Any advice would be great!



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Old 05-28-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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Bring it back, as for a refund if you can unless you don't mind repairing right off the hop. Tho the first thing I would of done before any money exchanges is crawl under, over and everywhere including looking under the rug (assuming there is one). And then have a mechanic look at it after if the option is available, hell even put it up on a hoist. THEN if it looks good, test drives good in both hi and low 4x4, then make an offer. Sorry you ended up with someone elses issues

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Bring it back, as for a refund if you can unless you don't mind repairing right off the hop. Tho the first thing I would of done before any money exchanges is crawl under, over and everywhere including looking under the rug (assuming there is one). And then have a mechanic look at it after if the option is available, hell even put it up on a hoist. THEN if it looks good, test drives good in both hi and low 4x4, then make an offer. Sorry you ended up with someone elses issues
All lessons learned. Many of these options weren't available and as first time jeep buyers didn't realize what a problem rust could be. Test drove plenty and this one drive great. Better than newer models. We don't mind putting some $ into it and repairs. But we don't know what the extent will be. Much of the underneath looks good. But then the bad parts look BAD. Is this repairable??
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All lessons learned. Many of these options weren't available and as first time jeep buyers didn't realize what a problem rust could be. Test drove plenty and this one drive great. Better than newer models. We don't mind putting some $ into it and repairs. But we don't know what the extent will be. Much of the underneath looks good. But then the bad parts look BAD. Is this repairable??
Hard call, but remember rust is like cancer... and if it cracked up the frame, even if you do fix what you see or is accessible what about areas you cant? Its a gamble man, if it was just mechanical stuff, then I would spend the extra but spending money already on a frame? IMHO I wouldn't bother since its the building blocks of any vehicle... Sorry if its not the answer you want, maybe someone else can shine in here.

I myself bought my first jeep last summer. The only rust I saw was on the fenders. I "assumed" it was only surface rust. This winter I looked at more closely as I was gonna fix it myself this spring, it was a lot worse then I thought. 400$ later I had a body man repatch both fenders and repaint. So don't feel bad, it happens to all of us at one time or another :/
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Hard call, but remember rust is like cancer... and if it cracked up the frame, even if you do fix what you see or is accessible what about areas you cant? Its a gamble man, if it was just mechanical stuff, then I would spend the extra but spending money already on a frame? IMHO I wouldn't bother since its the building blocks of any vehicle... Sorry if its not the answer you want, maybe someone else can shine in here.

I myself bought my first jeep last summer. The only rust I saw was on the fenders. I "assumed" it was only surface rust. This winter I looked at more closely as I was gonna fix it myself this spring, it was a lot worse then I thought. 400$ later I had a body man repatch both fenders and repaint. So don't feel bad, it happens to all of us at one time or another :/
Thanks. We are going to start by taking it back to guy who sold it to us. He sells only jeeps and "claims" to not have a clue. He said he'll have repair guy do what he can within reason. Or trade it back in. We will see what tomorrow entails. Thanks for opinions.
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Thanks. We are going to start by taking it back to guy who sold it to us. He sells only jeeps and "claims" to not have a clue. He said he'll have repair guy do what he can within reason. Or trade it back in. We will see what tomorrow entails. Thanks for opinions.
No problem, best of luck friend!
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Frame in that condition isn't worth repairing.That's one of the area's that rot.How about the rest.Corrosion starts from the inside first. .Return it for a refund. Your purchase now is parts only.Would your buy a house with a weak broken foundation? Well,your JEEPS foundation is junk.
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Im in the market for a used jeep, is there certain things I should definitely look at under the vehicle for rust? Or just a general 1 over of the under side?
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The area pictured goes bad.Transfer case skid plate, rear spring perches and above gas tank tub floor,driver and passenger floors,front fenders,hmm. mostly can be seen.Take extra time and look.Notice this piece of shit painted over corrosion to hide it.
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Looks like your gas tank skid is also rotten. Did you remove the carpet and look at the floor boards? FrAme rust of that magnitude typically accompanies rotten floorboards and fenders. Do yourself a favor and look on the underside of your front fenders and see if they were patched. You should also use a sledge hammer and screwdriver to probe your frame for rot. IMO, a frame swap is the correct remedy
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Did you forget to actually look at the vehicle before you bought it? Seriously.

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