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Old 08-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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In market for used jeep - looking for advise

I've narrowed it down to a few wranglers based on price and low mileage but I need some advise in terms of price fairness and what to look for here's a few I've been looking at

2000 jeep wrangler - $9450
2000 jeep wrangler

95 Jeep Wrangler-82thousand miles $6950obo
@_@95 Jeep Wrangler-82thousand miles $6950obo

2004 Jeep Wrangler - $9500
2004 Jeep Wrangler

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Old 08-23-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Buy the best one.

I'm not sure what else to tell you based on the small amount of information you've provided.

What do you want to do with your jeep, what's the terrain like where you live, and how much of a hurry are you in?

I just bought my 7th "wrangler-type" Jeep since 1977. I've shopped them a LOT. I've seen ten year old jeeps that look and drive like new after 60,000 miles, and I've seen 8 year old rust buckets that I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

The biggest considerations are 1) condition and 2) basic equipment (does the jeep you're looking at have your preferred engine, transmission, etc, etc) For example, some folks hate the 4 cylinder jeeps. I don't mind them for some applications -- like around-town driving, or gentle wheeling in a flat state like Florida, for example. On the other hand, you couldn't PAY me to drive another automatic. We bought a new 2012 Rubicon with the automatic transmission and hated it... I sold it for a beating after only a year. My personal all around favorite for my combination of uses is a 2005-2006 TJ with the straight six and a 6-speed manual transmission: new enough to benefit from some engineering and safety improvements, but not so new you can't change tire size without throwing the electronic safety features into chaos. Other folks have other needs, likes and preferences.

The asking prices you report tell us almost nothing without much more detail. I routinely see used car dealers put stickers on two year old jeeps that are MORE than it would take to buy the same jeep new. Again, Value is all about condition and equipment.

I'm looking for a jeep for my son who is in the military. I know what he wants to end up with, so I'm shopping for an 05/06 we can build up. I found an 06 with 32,000 miles that was a screaming deal at $25,000. (The guy had almost $40,000 in receipts for a jeep that had every imaginable goodie -- lift and all the parts to make it all work/run right, professional engine and tranny upgrade, lockers, axels with disc brakes, all the Tuffy locking storage (console, under seat, jockey box) winch, air system, ARB bumpers-- the list went on forever and the Jeep looked NEW. For me, the thing was WAY worth it -- because it was all done right and we couldn't build one like it for less. It sold before I could talk to my son... probably just as well because it was $10,000 over the budget.... On the other hand, I saw a 2006 with only 59,000 miles that was so thrashed it was overpriced at $9,995.

So the jeeps you've listed are just right, terrible, or somewhere in between for you intended use. :-)

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Old 08-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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If you are planning on using your jeep as a daily driver or driving on the highway you really should be looking for a 4.0L "Inline 6 Cylinder" Jeep. If it just trail riding, most guys with the 4cyl claim they don't have power issues and based off some rigs I've seen I'd agree.

I personally love YJs, but I highly recommend an I6 over the I4.
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Thanks for the feedback, decided on a 2000 wrangler 5 speed manual, 2.5L with 61k miles for 8k. Looks well taken care of
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