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Old 02-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hey folks! First post. I've searched on this and didn't see anything close enough to answer my questions so sorry if this is posted somewhere.

I've been looking for a couple months for a TJ in decent shape and keep finding ones something that I'm not overly thrilled with. So I've narrowed down a couple possibilities and am hoping I can get some opinions.

2001 Sport, 90K miles, hard top, stick, most options, overall in decent shape but has small to moderate rust bubbles in a few areas. Could get it for a little over $8K.

2001 Sport, 70K miles with pretty much the same specs and price as the other one. Body seems good but I found the frame under the drivers door is rotting and has a quarter size hole in it. Plus other small stuff like rear window hinges are about rotted off.

Based upon all of the experience here do either of these sound decent or keep looking? Thanks!

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Both seem ok but look for the D44 rear if possible.
What is your budget. For 10k you def can find something nice.
I would take a hammer and tap around the frame. My 2001 I traded in was pretty bad underneath. The 4.0 will last forever so 70-100k is ok if taken care of.

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Yeah, I'm trying to stay around $8K but may end up going higher if these don't work out.

The 2nd one has a D44. Learned how to tell from lurking here.

It looks like they tried covering up the frame rot so like you suggested I may bang on it a bit to see how bad it is. Seems a lot of people have frame rust/rot but I haven't seen anybody say they would buy one that has it.

Thanks for your help!
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Yeah, I'm trying to stay around $8K but may end up going higher if these don't work out.

The 2nd one has a D44. Learned how to tell from lurking here.

It looks like they tried covering up the frame rot so like you suggested I may bang on it a bit to see how bad it is. Seems a lot of people have frame rust/rot but I haven't seen anybody say they would buy one that has it.

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Rust and rot are two different things.

Most frames will have rust, how much? That's what you have to fine out. If it sounds solid should be fine. Take it for a good drive. On and off road, listen for any clunks or vibes.
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It's very easy now to find jeeps without any rust.. eBay, auto trader, etc,, if it's got rust, just double you headaches every time you have to work on it.. you'll regret a rust bucket very quickly, but you'll never regret spending a little extra money to travel out of the rust belt for one with no rust ..
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You guys making me nervous now. I thought rust went the way of disco. Never mind "rot". You mean I have to take a hammer to my next appointment? I am looking at a 2000. Is this something I really have to worry about?
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You guys making me nervous now. I thought rust went the way of disco. Never mind "rot". You mean I have to take a hammer to my next appointment? I am looking at a 2000. Is this something I really have to worry about?
Yup bring the "hammer down" bud lol
But no... You don't have to worry just be cautious. It depends a lot on where you live too.
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It's very easy now to find jeeps without any rust.. eBay, auto trader, etc,, if it's got rust, just double you headaches every time you have to work on it.. you'll regret a rust bucket very quickly, but you'll never regret spending a little extra money to travel out of the rust belt for one with no rust ..
Yeah, that's kinda why I'm hesitating with either of these. But I'm in the Chicago area so even more expensive newer ones I've looked at have had some body rust. I know frame rust is normal but was pretty surprised to see a rust hole. I'd need to book a flight to get far enough out of the rust belt.

Plus I keep getting sellers telling me "it's in great shape, like new, with no rust". And when I look at it, it looks pretty far from new. So I'd hate to take a road trip and have this happen.
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Paulie.... there are a lot of folks that wouldn't mind taking a look if they are in the neighborhood before you make that long road trip. Doesn't hurt to ask
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:08 AM   #10
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Good suggestion, thanks! Sounds like a great Jeep community at WF.

After the comments here, and more reading, I'm going back and forth on the rust. I just found a reasonably priced 2006 that's supposed to be spotless. Trying to set up a showing this week. Keeping fingers crossed.

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