I bought a 98' TJ last week, 140k on the clock.
I went and inspected it myself (18 years old no mechanical back ground, just used what I learned from friends and reading the technical forums for over a month)
Everything checked out, well maintained, engine ran great, it's an auto but no problems shifting, almost rust free on the bottom, everywhere else clean. It was not inspected but he offered to take it with me to get it inspected prior to purchase (I declined because I'd have to re-inspect it anyway once I bought it and it would have failed with the tires currently on anyway) Clean Jeep inside and out, the only issue was a squeak I found from the spare tire holder and the cold squeak in the steering wheel. No carpet inside but that didn't bother me.
I've driven it for 7 days now, not very far, school and back and it runs great still, every compliments it on how good it sounds and looks.
Now the bad, I got the title and the guy only owned it since 1-29-11. I found this out after I bought it. I found a receipt in it from 09 from Maryland so it's been here for a while, no rust suggests it's been garage kept and well maintained due to the massive amount of slat laid down on the road around here.
Now he said to call if we have any problems what so ever, if anything goes wrong with it etc. He said he needed the money to remodel his kitchen, he had 3 other cars in the drive way and a sea doo. I guess selling the Jeep made the most sense in this case. He also said he previously owned a YJ that he bought at 170k and sold at 220k so he knows how to take care of it.
I'm nervous to find out if anything is wrong with it, I spent about 30 minutes under it today inspection everything and it all seems fine except for some dried mud I found under a skid plate that I'll take care of, should I be worried it's going to break in half or is this sounding like a solid jeep that he just needed to sell for some home improvements?
Someone please make me feel better about this