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Old 09-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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97 v8 tj?

Hey everybody im the new guy on the forums. I use to own a 03 TJ Sahara a few years back but after rolling it 4wheeling I traded it in on a pickup and have had them ever since. Im now thinking about selling my truck and getting back into a jeep but havent made up my mind yet. That was until I saw this really nice jeep on craigslist that Im going to go look at tomorrow but figured I should try and get some advice on it first. Heres what I have been told about it so far:

1997 TJ Sahara 94k total miles
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*5.9L magnum V8-out of a 99 dodge durango
*45rfe 4 speed auto-out of 99 dodge durango
*heavy duty 231 Tcase- out of 99 dodge durango
*front dana 44 -out of a 95 wagoneer, w/4.56 gears and a trutrac
*rear dana 44 -out of same wagoneer, w/4.56 gears and a push button auburn locker
*SYE eliminator
*dual exhaust into a single flowmaster muffler out
*4" teraflex short arm lift w/ 1" Body lift
*new bestop top and sides
*new windshield
*new starter
*new fuel pump
*A/C not installed but he does have it
*2 sets of rims
*50% tread life 33x12.50 A/T(cant remember brand)

Vehicle has had everything (driveshafts, transmission, tcase, axles, engine) rebuilt 25k miles ago back in 2004 along with the windshield and bestop being replaced. Garage kept and used only as a summer beach toy so no mud. He also has the entire service record since brand new and all original paper work. The downside is he is asking $15900 obo. So with all said and done do you think this is a fair price or would I be getting robbed? Thanks for all your help. Heres a link to the vehicle ad also. Jeep Wrangler V8 Magnum

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:14 PM   #2
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Go in at 12k and see what he says. I'm not sure I'f you'll get that kind of financing for it if your in that direction but I'm jealous. Guy seems to have built a pretty strong rig. I would want to know every tiny detail of parts and any conversion brackets he might have used.

I'd want to know if he put that durango steering box in it too. That'd be good.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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That is an AWESOME rig. I'd take it in a heartbeat with the 5.9L stuffed in it. The ONLY downside I remember from that engine is that it isn't the most reliable and finding parts can be relatively difficult because not a lot of r/t durangos and dakotas were sold. It's a sweet engine though. I mean, for the year and the engine, you could DEFINITELY do it yourself cheaper (think $5k + $5k for the conversion) but with everything else that's done and the fact the labor is already there, I mean I don't think it's a terrible deal.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #4
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Ya he built this himself and this was #15 of jeeps hes built and hes already finished his next one (5.7hemi powered) and hes planning a 6.1 hemi now so I hope he knows what hes doing. The 5.9L was also used in the ram pickups for 10 years too though but ive never heard anything bad about reliability and spare motors should be pretty easy to find. I just wish it was a stick. Keep the opinions coming strong.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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biggest issue with the 5.9 is heat. I would make sure the cooling system is good. The electric fan's would go bad @100k miles and are way expensive to replace. You can use a ford tauras fan as a option.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:44 AM   #6
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Come on guys I need some help. What would be a good fair price for this jeep?
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:03 AM   #7
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It's not a bad asking price, but in the market today he's got to be willing to move on the price as well. Look up the KBB price of it stock to give you a starting point of what to ask him down. Like mentioned make an offer of 12K worse he say is no. There are tons of deals out there now, I know I've been looking to sell/trade my rubi for a built rig.
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:07 AM   #8
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Actually, the 4 speed auto is probably a good thing to have if you are going to be using this on the rocks or situations where you need an extra foot.

There is a lot of work done on this, which is great. The miles are relatively low for the year, so that's a bonus. I bought my '97 a year ago for $6,000. When you factor in D44s front and rear, gearing, truetrac and locker, lift, SYE, and new top, just those alone would add another $3,000 minimum. If you were seriously looking for a V8 rig, $12,000 is probably a good starting point. However, if you were just looking for a Jeep, and just happened across this one, be sure to compare it to a 4.0L model. There is nothing wrong with the I6, lots of power and torque. It's not the 5.9L, but you still wouldn't have any problems making it to the places you want to go.

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Old 09-22-2010, 08:59 PM   #9
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Hell start at $10k if you think you can. The guy might be hard up.

With that big motor in such a small wheel base you'll be happy with auto.

I love my manual but a hard downshift in the rain and she'll get squirrlly.

With that big heavy motor I'd be terrified to downshift in the rain.
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