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Old 02-05-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Southern Jeeps vs Northern Jeeps

I'm in the market for a used Jeep Wrangler and I have a budget of about $11,000. I am from New York and I have noticed that Jeeps are much cheaper when the dealers do not list them as a southern Jeep. I know the problems that salt can have on a jeep but is the $2,000-$3,000 extra for a southern jeep worth it?

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Old 02-05-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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I have never seen a vehicle that lived for long on salted roads that I would buy. I'd definitely pay more for one that had lived in a salt-free area.

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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Take if from a CT jeeper with a 97 that was in CT it's entire life. Southern jeep, southern jeep, SOUTHERN JEEP. "Garaged" doesn't mean much up north because all it means is the "salt" the jeep picks up, ate the metal away inside, instead of outside.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:47 PM   #4
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Everything is better down south!!! :P And the "no salt" thing helps, too.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:31 PM   #5
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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After looking at numerous local jeeps, I found one that was recently brought up north from Texas. No rust, no diamond plate panels hiding rust and a rust free frame. I did not pay more than anyone else was trying to get. I ended up with one of the only rust free jeeps in my area. It was well worth the wait.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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Ive never seen a car without rust until I went down south and than i couldnt find a car with rust except for the worst piles of junk. Definitely find something from the south.
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:45 PM   #8
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:50 PM   #9
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Southern, buy a Jeep with rust one time, you will never do it again. Hell I have a rust free Alabama Jeep and there were still bolts on the control arms and transfer case skid that were hard to get off. Add rust to that equation and any 1 hr job will take days.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #10
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knowing what I know now I would have gladly paid an extra $3000 for rust free. hell I think I have almost paid that in PB blaster alone! maybe not but close lol
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:17 PM   #11
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Doesn't seem fair to the Jeep to bring it up North
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #12
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give you an i dead i just bought my 97 TJ and it has no rust on it other then surface on the suspension nothing to be concerned about.

the tub is solid etc… i paid 4000.00 for it as is.

it is a base model jeep with a 4 banger in it and seems in the area I'm in you can hardly find a stick with out ordering it. but NO RUST!! and in good shape.

My YJ i had was swiss chefs and it was a 95 and i owned it in 2000. and it was so full of cancer when i sold it you could poke it at the fender wells and push threw the tub.

the guy i bought it from didn't wash it until he put it up for sale i don't think

but it was not right.

i did al lot of repair work on it till we got orders to go play in the sand and i had to sell it .
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:58 PM   #13
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Here's another perspective. When I was looking for my TJ over the course of 6 months just about all 24 Jeeps I saw in person were rusty. Some just cosmetic and some starting to flake. One came up a town kid ...drove it back from UTAH....

I bought it next day.

Frame was touched up but absolutely zero scale. Looks OEM black. Brought a tear to my eye.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #14
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As the owner of a southern Jeep, I can not tell you how many threads I have read on here where I thanked my lucky stars that my rig was raised in Texas. I have a 98 and not a spec of rust on it other than the axels and barely there. Look to the South.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:31 PM   #15
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As long as its not to far south.Gulf coast is rough on an automobile. Funny thing my LJ is from Michigan.Only been in Tx a couple years.Its in good shape.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:36 PM   #16
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Southern, buy a Toyota with rust one time, you will never buy a jeep it.....
Fixed it for you!
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:50 PM   #17
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Absolutely a Southern jeep. Just make sure you look it over really well because even though it could be a "southern" vehicle doesn't mean it spent its whole life their. The same goes for Northern jeeps. Good Luck.

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