Originally Posted by terrylockyer
Hi - I have always loved the idea of owning a Wrangler and am now in a position to buy one - I have my eye on a 1998 Sahara to buy in the UK for £3000 - 110k miles - I wont use it much for offroad - just for fun.
Wow, dude. The UK? Shipping's gonna' be 'xpensive.
That works out to about $4100 US so the price ain't too bad depending what kinda' shape the vehicle is in. With that kinda' mileage/age you can expect all of the problems typical for a vehicle in the same age bracket, but it boils down to how it was maintained, handled, driven, miles on the highway/stop and go traffic, unusually dusty/polluted environments, did it sit around a lot (you'd be amazed how quick that'll screw up a vehicle), etc.
To determine it's future you have to know its past. How has it spent its life up until now? Other than that; if you want it you want it. Bite the damn bullet and go buy the thing and when (not if) it breaks learn to fix it. That's what I started doing years ago and a piece of "duh" popped outa' my mouth one day and has stuck with me since (speaking to a friend with a '72 Impala for a daily driver): "Dude, if you want to drive a car like this, you either gotta' learn how to fix it yourself or be able to afford to pay someone else to fix it."