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Old 04-06-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Should I be concerned with this purchase

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

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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you're workin yourself up for nothin man lol.. just let the mechanic look at it, if you end up having any issues tackle them one at a time.. i drove 6 hours one way, and 8 hours back home to buy my jeep.. its had its issues but ive just been taking them on one at a time.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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I don't see why you're worried at all... Sounds like you've really gone over it and haven't found any issues... Plus my truck was in my wife's name for awhile and then put it in my name before I sold it so that could be the case as well. doesn't sound like a big deal if it's running well and you can't find any issues. Relax and enjoy your new jeep!
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Agreed with the other posters. You should be OK. Sometimes people just get in over their heads with vehicles and need to let one go. Luckily for you, he chose the Jeep. Any used vehicle will have some sort of issues, but it sounds like you got a good vehicle to work with.

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Old 04-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #5
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I had someone look it over today and told me I did great.


And to think I blew out the engine when I was 16 on my car because I didn't know what an oil change was haha
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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Welcome to the world of Overanalyzing. I'm an auditor and I can never turn it off. It sucks. I always think someone is trying to get away with something or that I got screwed over.

Sounds to me like you dis your homework and everything is fine. Jeep will be fine. These are hard times. People need money. For all you know he paid very little or someone owed him money and he flipped it to make something.

Your happy with it, you did your homework, enjoy it!

Like someone said, if something goes wrong, cross that bridge then.

By the way, mine is brand new and has mud all over under carriage. Thought o had gotten it all but I did not. It's a Jeep. It's going to have mud!

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