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Old 08-26-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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1997 TJ purchase - anything to watch out for?

Hello there,

Getting ready to fly from Idaho to Phoenix to buy a 1997 TJ (4.0), 5 sp. w/230k on it. Supposedly runs great and well kept (pictures look real nice anyway).

Anything I should watch out for or be careful about before driving it all the way back to ID?

I was a little hesitant about buying a 97' since it is the first year of the model change but it looks like a good rig and I just couldn't seem to pass up the deal.

Any opinions or thoughts ???

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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I love my 97 .
spend time looking at the bottom side of the Jeep or have him send lots of underneath pics before you fly there.
Az. is know for hardcore rock climbing and trails where the bottom of rigs can take hard hits. bent linkage,crushed exhaust,dented diffs.......

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Old 08-26-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:50 PM   #4
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While frame rot is a concern for many parts of the country, I'd be surprised if an Arizona rig has it.

The '97 has a few little issues but none are major and most have likely been taken care of by now. I bought my '97 new and owned it until it was stolen three years ago and I'd gladly trade my current '04 replacement TJ for another '97.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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The only thing I have to add goes for any vehicle I buy that's over 10 years old. I look to see if the PO has butchered the wiring. People often add things such as CB's, lights or horns and just hack the hell out of the wiring. If the price is right, it's not a deal breaker, but I like to be aware of what I'm potentially getting into.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:14 PM   #7
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your wallet...
This. Try not to max your credit cards too much, and try to pay your mortgage at least half the time
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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It has been in AZ for a few years. Originally, the vehicle is from Virginia so the rust issue has actually been on my mind more than anything.

Also has a ton of upgrades done to it.
wheels, tires, skid plates, roll cage, seats, sound system, front and rear bumpers, etc., etc.

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