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Old 06-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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What to ask seller?

Hey guys Im new to the forum, but Ive been lurking a while,
anyways this weekend I am going to look at a jeep to potentially purchase, but I have never owned a Jeep before so I'm clueless on what to ask. Like are there certain trouble spots I should be looking at and asking about? Also do you think the price is fair or should I haggle it down?

Here's the Jeep,
2002 Jeep Wrangler, 4 cylinder, with an automatic transmission, new tires, 3" body lift with 31x10.50 tires. Only has 70k miles and asking $8495 or Best Offer.

I talked to the seller on the phone and from a short conversation he told me that, the lift was put on for looks and never been off-road, he replaced the torque converter because he thought it was a source of a problem and apparently it wasn't. He said he is having the problem fixed this weekend, although I forgot what he said it was, also the front left fender is bent in from hitting a snowbank, he said it would be cheaper to replace than to fix.

So any suggestions? Keep in mind I know next to nothing about Jeeps.. For now. Thanks!

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Old 06-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Ask about the regular maint. Ask all the same questions you would ask if buying a car, then ask if they off road it at all ( prob not much if it just has the body lift). Climb under there and look for any leaking fluids, damage to skid plates ( from rough offroading), and RUST on the frame. I don't know anything about body lifts, so ask other responders about it but sounds like 3" is alittle much. I wish you the best of luck

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FYI steel fender is $235 in the quadratec catalog for that Jeep. I have a YJ and it's $150. When I get around to it I'm gonna replace mine.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #4
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If you haven't already, ask him what problem he is having. Also, might check the carfax. Test drive it and take it to a trusted mechanic. If you don't have a mechanic, take to a reputable 4x4 shop and have them look at it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
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How can I find a trusted 4x4 shop?
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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How can I find a trusted 4x4 shop?
I'd find a local jeep club They would certainly know.
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Don't get too attached too soon. I promise you'll spend too much if you rush. Take your time. Look around. The right one will come along. Hold out for the 6cyl. Manual or auto- whichever you prefer. $8k seems high to me, but prices vary wildly, of course.
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X2 on holding out for a 6, esp. if you do any amount of highway driving.

Also -- check the u-joints, front and back; crawl underneath and try to "shake hands" with them... if they move, they'll probably need replacing soon.

Listen to everything... Jeeps aren't especially quiet, they always make some noise, but there shouldn't be any rattling, knocking, squealing, grinding -- i.e. BAD mechanical noises.

The drivetrain will growl a little in reverse and in 4WD LO, that's normal. But it shouldn't sound like it's trying to digest a handful of marbles.

BTW, that price sounds a bit high to me, esp. for a 4. A lot of that depends on where you are -- prices vary by geographic location.
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3" body lift is a no-no IMO. I've heard body lifts that high can be dangerous cause the frame can rust through where the spacers are

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