Been a lurker for a while, but just joined and this is my first post so please bear with me as I have a few pre-purchase questions to run by who ever wants to chime in.
I've owned two full size Broncos in the past and both were lifted. My first one was running 33's and a 3" body lift while my bigger one was running 37's and a 6" lift so I'm not unaccustomed to the 4x4 world and all of the FUN that comes with having one. However, I've never bought one that was pre-lifted or modified or have I ever bought a Wrangler so I just want to make sure I'm looking for the right things when considering this jeep.
Right now I'm currently talking to a local dealer about a lifted 2DR 2008 Jeep Wrangler X w/61k miles.
They are asking almost $18k for it, but I've already told them that I'd be happier in the $16k range and they seem willing to talk price since they've had it for going on two months at this point.
The following was recently installed within the past 4 months by a mostly reputable, but slightly over priced local 4x4 shop:
3” BDS Lift
16” Pro Comp Xtreme Wheels w/matching spare
Nitto Terra Grappler All-Terrain Tire – 315/75R16
So right off the bat that's $2000-$2500 minimum worth of lift/wheels/tires and assorted install costs that I wont have to spend.
I've talked to the shop that did the work and for $85 they will do a full inspection of the suspension and 4x4 systems as a 'pre-sale' check as well as fully re-torque everything. IF I do decide to buy it then that $85 also buys me a lifetime of re-torques every 6 months for free. But, it also gives me the piece of mind knowing that everything under the Jeep is in working condition and Im not picking up something I have to sink $2k into two months down the road because I didn't know the 4x4 wasn't working correctly or something similar.
I've driven it (unfortunately with the dealer in it) and it drove surprisingly well. Little or no slop in the steering wheel and the alignment was almost perfect. Has an aftermarket exhaust or at least a muffler as the sounds is different then most Ive heard in the past.
Per the build sheet I received this morning it has the 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio which I know is a plus, but honestly @ 60mph it felt like thats all it had. I was able to get it up to above 70 for a little bit, but it didn't like that at all and was happy cruising at 60mph and below 2k RPM's. At that speed and even at 75 (going downhill) it was baby smooth. So I guess one of my questions would be does that speed sound right for this setup? I know these are not the quickest cars in the worlds, but I guess I just expected more.
Also, the top on the drivers site right by the door doesn't seem to 'clip' into place. You can kinda see it in picture #3. I'm not sure if they took if off and put it back on wrong, but I will be getting that looked at by the local shop as well.
Well I've rambled on, but hopefully provided something to base some feedback on so please feel free to tell me what else I should be looking for before pulling the trigger on this Jeep.
Pictures from the dealers site: