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Old 10-12-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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02 wrangler x i might buy, need advice

Tomorrow I am going to look at an 02 wrangler x and in the ad the seller says it "could use a new steering stabilizer". I don't know if that's a $1000 fix or a $100 fix. Also, this model year does not come with the Dana 44 and even though it will only be mildly used off road I don't know if this should be a deal breaker. With 130k miles and only selling for 7k, it almost sounds too good to be true. Thanks for the advice!

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I am new to the wrangler world as well but a steering stabilizer shouldn't be any more than $100 and is something really easy for you to replace yourself.

The axle really depends on what you want to do with it. Do you plan to lift it and put on large tires? If you plan to put on 33" tires or larger then you may want to hold out for a Dana 44 but if you plan to keep it moderate then a D35 should be just fine.

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A steering stabilizer is only a $50 part, but I bet what the seller is really saying is " has a problem with death wobble"
So it probably needs some front end work, and who knows what else maintenance has been avoided. If you really like the jeep, try to get it down to $6k or less and plan on spending some money on repairs to get it road ready again.
Take it for a test ride and hit some bumps at different speeds and try to induce the wobble. Or just tell him it did, and then start negotiating!
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It has 32's rt now and yes in the future I would lift and mod. Is that something I would change later anyway?
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Shoe, good thinking.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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I just bought an 02 "X" a couple months ago. Very clean, no rust, well cared for and needed nothing at all. Paid 6K for it...Drive it, put it in 4WD (hi and lo)make sure it drives straight and true, that it stops straight and true, look for leaks and most of all: check that frame out REAL close for rust. Be non-commital and offer 6K or so...see if they go for it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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I normally have ZERO self control when it comes to toys and I get myself vehicles at a higher cost with problems I didn't look for. Today when I went to see this jeep, I went over the whole thing in detail. I got under it and saw so many things wrong that weren't apparent when I drove it. It actually didn't even have a muffler! there was rot everywhere but he rattle can painted it by the wheels and the parts you can see standing next to it. Rear diff was cracked and had fluid all over it (it actually drove fairly well so its probably just the housing). there was a crack in the windshield along the bottom just above the gasket. the engine was CAKED in oil and when I pulled the dipstick it smelled like gas. The funny thing it that he actually posted that it is mechanically perfect and the only thing wrong is the steering stabilizer (which was split the entire length of it) If I wasn't part of this forum I wouldn't have thought about checking half of these things. Now I have to find another one.

BTW, he had no idea what I was talking about with most of these things and before I left he offered it to me for 3k less than he was asking originally.
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Education is the best weapon bro! There was another person on this forum, bought a Rubicon (used)and did *not* do what you just did. Turns out, they had to have some work done and someone, mechanic or relative or somebody, got under it and found that the compressors for the lockers were just...gone! Everything that made it a "Rubicon" was ripped out! Never thought to look underneath....and that is exactly *where* one needs to look when buying *any* kind of vehicle...good on you! I looked at about 15 Jeeps before I bought my "X"...some of them: I just felt embarrassed for the sellers, who *really* thought their Jeep was "perfect" and tried to pass it off as such....had to edumacate them on reality before I left to go look at others....Keep looking bro! "Your" Jeep is out there waiting for you..........................................!
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Wow bro, glad you were able to take a look and see that stuff. Really stinks to sink money into a "new" vehicle and then find it has a bunch of problems. When I lived in Albuquerque I had a real good mechanic that was always willing to give a thorough look at any vehicle I was interested in and give me a recommendation. Nice to have that knowledge before you make a commitment.

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