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Old 01-04-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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I already introduced myself in the intro thread..... Now down to business.
I have been lurking on the site for a month or so doing some research for a future purchase. Do you guys know how hard it is to find a decent Jeep in this state without paying out the nose for one? Now I have found a couple prospects out there but the majority of them either have been hacked to pieces or are falling apart and almost all of them are asking WAAAAY too much.
I just have a couple of mandatory features that a Jeep must have... 6 cylnder and a hardtop. The hardtop I could sway a little on though. My price range for a new toy is 6k for the initial purchase. I didn't think it would be so hard to find one.

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With that criteria, you are pretty much limited to clean YJ's unless you stumble upon a sweet deal. Most 6 cyl TJ's in that price range are going to have issues or mega miles.

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Old 01-04-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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But to me, paying too much more than that is a waste because all I want it for is to beat and build on a little. I am trying to stay in the 97 to 99 range.
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But to me, paying too much more than that is a waste because all I want it for is to beat and build on a little. I am trying to stay in the 97 to 99 range.
Understood, because that was my situation too. You are probably going to be about $7000 from a private party or $9000 from a dealer.

Personally I made the decision to go the 4cyl route as I intend to go v8 eventually. Didn't see the need spend the extra $2K on a 6 cyl that was going to eventually get yarded.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Something you might try, go around to any new car dealers in your area and talk to their used car dept. Spend a little time talking to the used sales guys there and let them know what you are looking for. A lot of times they will get a decent Jeep in on trade and if they know you are looking they will let you know. You'll still need to do your due diligence with checking the thing out good. That's how I scored mine(although I will admit the salesperson at the Jeep Dealer here is a good friend). She called me up as soon as they had done the paperwork on the trade, I arrived to test drive it before they had even gotten it into the shop good for cleanup. Ended up getting it quite a bit below what others I had looked at were going for in the area, and it was a lot nicer than most of the ones I had looked at for way more money. Also might keep a look out for one out of state...like Texas...yeah it's a bit far, but you probably won't run into rust issues, and if you find one I'm betting there would be guys here on the forum willing to check it out for ya before you make a deal. Then buy ya a bus ticket, come get it and drive it home!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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Finding a decent Wrangler for under 6K is going to be tough no matter what state you live in,you didn't specify your location.

Wranglers the highest resale value in the industy and the coveted models are of course going to demand a higher price.

One option is to broaden your search. both geographically and in model/year.
Call dealers in the next town and see what they have. oftn Jeep dealers will wholesale cars with over 100K miles to auction houses and never put them on thier sales floor.
A white Sahara with white flares and white roof may not appeal to you but flares are cheap and flat black paint is even cheaper.

Don't let a good jeep go just because it has little tires or it's not as tough looking as you'd like.

Mods are fun and you have all the time in the world to make them.

Another option is to put say 3 to 4 k down and finance the rest. A couple grand more might make all the differenc ein the world as far as options go.
Carpayemnt do suck but they build your credit scvore quickly and everyone knows you need that in this day and age.

Good luck, welcome aboard.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:34 PM   #7
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Where do you live?? Maybe we can work something out??
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #8
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Could have swore I put my location in here. I am living in northeast Iowa, born and raised in southern MO.
TrueNorth, I know all about payments. As of now, the wife and I do not have anything financed except the house. I don't have an issue with affording anything, the issue is spending 12 to 15k on something that will be intentionally beat on, (slightly) but still beat on.
I have searched Craigslist, Ebay, FindCars (IA,MN,IL) looked at all the dealers websites. Nothing that really catches my eye.
I would consider a YJ also.
I don't have a problem traveling a ways to pick something up either.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:17 PM   #9
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Too bad your budget isn't $10k+ because we could work something out as well(can you say Rubicon
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:02 PM   #10
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The deals are out there but you have to be patient. I looked for quite a while and found a clean 98 with 84K original miles. Never been off road. Doors never off. 2 female owners. Cosmetically not the best but mechanically very good! We settled on the price of $6300.
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:06 PM   #11
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Well guys,
I decided to stop being cheap and bought a 06 LJ auto with both tops. Obligatory pics will follow.....
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Nice LJ!
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #16
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This tread deff took a turn while I was reading it lol going from a 6k budget looking at a 97-99 to a 06 LJ. Nice jeep!
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:02 PM   #17
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Eh, I figured why buy someone elses problems when I could just buy one that is unmolested and had the options that I wanted. IE: Hard doors, both tops, D44, and an auto. Prior to buying the LJ, I have only drove the shorties. To me the LJ feels so much more in control, as in less twitchy. Besides, I sold all my other toys months ago and the wife wanted either a new Concours 14 or a jeep. Deer hurt less in a jeep.

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