NewB here. Looking at purchasing my first Wrangler after having owned a '93 Cherokee Laredo and a '98 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I've got my eye on a 1997 4cyl, 5spd manual. This TJ does not have any surface rust. Under carriage is solid w/ typical surface rust, but no rust holes. Brake line was replaced in August. Entire Exhaust & Catl. was replaced recently, front to back along w/ Oxy sensor. It has 165k miles on it, but it's obvious that the car has been taken care of - really clean with no dents or scratches anywhere (int or ext), NO rust in the interior incl floorboard, and it drives really, really strong.
My concern is with the undercarriage, particularly with rust and oxidation on the axles and driveshaft from New England winters. Nothing is rusted through (no holes), but a bit of topical rust.
Will this affect the vehicle's performance?
Am I going to have to end up getting this replaced soon?
Is $4300 a fair price for a Jeep in this condition?
Thanks for your help. I've learned a lot already from reading posts in other areas!