Hey everyone! Brand new member here, about to purchase a TJ Willy's Edition. It's a 2005 with 28,000 miles.. negotiated the price to $14,250. I am going to pick it up tomorrow about 4 hours away but I have one main concern. Rust. I've attached two pictures that the owner sent me, does this look concerning?
Not bad if it's just a little surface rust, but people love to spray rust flat black so don't be fooled. Take a small screw driver with you and get underneath it and poke around particularly on the frame around the control arm brackets, along where the transfer case skid bolts up, and on the bottom of the tub where the body mounts are. If you find soft spots or evidence of deeper rust...run...!!
I think it looks very good. No evidence of over spray on the bolts for the control arm and the brake hose bracket, so likely hasn't ever been painted over. That said, once you get it, it would be a good idea to clean up those spots of surface rust and paint them before they get worse. Overall from what I can see in the pictures, I'd say it looks very clean for an 05 and nothing to worry about.
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I don't think the owner sprayed anything, he's very much on the up-and-up. I've asked for a few more pictures just to evaluate the extent of the rust. I'll post them once received.
That's what happens when bare metal gets wet, yes as a new owner it could be addressed for piece of mind and the ease of fixing threaded parts later. The frame & chassis parts are fine, how do the inside floors look?
Does such a thing as a rust free TJ exist or am I searching for something I will never find?
I have another. But this one the OP is looking at, I would agree that rust on hardware and a few spots is not bad. It does not appear to have rust cancer on the frame rails. If the body and frame are rust free, as it appears, it would not be a big concern. Though I would get right on that rust if I bought it and deal with it until it was a clean TJ.
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