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Old 09-03-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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2005 Wrangler LJ

Been lurking here for a while... Thinking of getting a Wrangler for a play toy to replace my motorcycle I sold a few years back.

Found a 2005 Wrangler LJ on Craigslist I am interested in. It is a 2005 with 37,000 miles, soft an hard top. They are asking 16k which they did say is negotiable. NADA says around 16k retail for this Jeep. It does have some minor damage on the tailgate that I would have repaired. They just ha new tires put on it. I have looked on EBay at completed auctions and it appears to me that the market for these things is really slow. Not may of them selling... At least not anywhere close to retail.

What do you guys think a fair offer would be for the Jeep described above.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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I bought an lj last year with 65k for $16,000. It has a hard top, 6 speed, 2" coil spacers, and 33's. Had no body damage though. What they're asking, as long as everything is mechanically sound, is probably a fair price

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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I bought my 2004 LJ for $15,000 a year and a half ago.

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The LJ's are rare to come across below $20,000 (at least here in Cali). If you find one that you like, pick it up because I think they are getting harder to find.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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I found my LJ rubi for $10,000 but with 128k miles on it
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:00 AM   #5
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I picked up my LJ with 89,000 miles on it two weeks ago for $13,000. My bud was really surprised that I got it at that price. The LJ is a very rare find, so I would grab it if it were me.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:01 AM   #6
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That would be a good price for N Texas.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:19 AM   #7
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I paid 14,400 for a TJ stock with only a soft top with 37,500 miles on it.Picked up the hardtop for 800.00. Oct 2010
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:24 AM   #8
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That's a fair price, I wouldn't sell mine for less than $15,000.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:56 AM   #9
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There's one on the lot just down the road from me for $17,450. In E. Tn, where Jeeps tend to really hold thier value.

2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited For Sale In Knoxville TN 37931 - Karns Motor Company
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:31 AM   #10
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that's a fair price, i wouldn't sell mine for less than $15,000.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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Offer $15,500 and see what they say but that is really low miles for that price, I would never sell my LJ!!!!

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Got mine two years ago for $15,500 71k miles....
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:01 PM   #12
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What is a LJ ? Just wandering
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #13
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What is a LJ ? Just wandering
It is a TJ extended 10 extra inches. It is like the CJ and the CJ Scrambler. It is the Scrambler of the TJ line.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #14
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I picked up my 05 LJ 2 months ago for 15k. It has 60k on the clock, 6 speed, and both tops. Other than 2 hail dents in the hood it is very clean.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:22 PM   #15
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I bought an 05 TJ a few months ago with 50k miles. I have not looked at the that LJ of course but it sounds like a good asking price to me. If I was him I wouldn't take less than 15k, if that low. Not sure how much I'd care about what happens on Ebay. I'd probably not buy one off Ebay either though I've bought two off craigslist.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:31 PM   #16
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I bought my 2005 LJ back in January with 68K, 6 cyl, auto, soft top for $13K, I wouldn't sell it for all the $$$ in the world.
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Thanks for all the replies.....it is greatly appreciated.

I do have one question....

I have read on this forum about these Jeeps being prone to frame rust and corrosion....some to the point of needing a frame replacement. The few that I have read about have been early 2000 models.

Are all of the TJ/LJ Series prone to this issue. I do understand that it has a lot to do with the environment the Jeep is driven in. This Jeep is located in Misouri and has been driven in salt/snow.

The current owner is going to take some photos of the undercarriage and send them to me.

This Jeep is about 500 miles away from me.....just trying to determine if it is something I wish to drive 500 miles for.

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I bought my 2005 LJ back in January with 68K, 6 cyl, auto, soft top for $13K, I wouldn't sell it for all the $$$ in the world.
I would let mine go for $15,500. - $15,000.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #19
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last Oct. i bought my 05 unlimited with 30,000 miles for $18,000 and i really really live the space
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:13 PM   #20
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Well.... Ended up making the 525 mile trip to see this Jeep. Left yesterday AM and spent the night and met the PO this morning to look at it. The Jeep is in very good mechanical condition. Drive it home 550 miles and not even a hiccup. It does have the fuel backsplash issue.... Happened the first two times I filled up. The third time I slowed the pump down and it did not splash.

The Jeep does need a very good detailing. I know it is a Jeep.... But I like my stuff lookin good. The interior is full of dust. The PO lived on a gravel road. Took it to a local dealer and they ran the scan tool and found no codes in the ECM. Put it on a lift and allowed me to go into the shop to look at the underside. This Jeep has definitely never been mudded. Only issue we found on the underside was the driver side front axle seal was leaking a little. The PO took another $500 off the asking price. Went up there with the anticipation of paying 13.5k and left paying 13k. I do however have axle seal to repair.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:11 AM   #21
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Post some pics of your new jeep man!

I picked up my LJ rubicon a few days ago for $15.9k. 62k miles auto transmission. I looked for months, the LJ is not an easy jeep to find. Hope your happy with your jeep. Best of luck to you.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:28 AM   #22
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Congrats on the new toy........selling the M/C to get a Jeep though, I'm not to sure about that. I have M/C's and a Jeep, it helps that the wife rides her own M/C as well, she feeds into the passion of the toys.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #23
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Hey!

Congrats on your new jeep, please post pics!!

I just found this one in my city, 2004 with 49k miles:

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They are asking $15900 Mexican Pesos (is around 13k Dollars), so after seeing all your comments I think this baby is a "must buy".

Tires are almost new, they checked for error codes and found nothing, the only issue is a small oil leak on the motor and it dosnt have the driver air bag, what do you think about it??
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #24
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Very nice! Go buy it. Can't go wrong with the LJ, it's one of the best wranglers ever made and they are not easy to come by.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:43 AM   #25
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Congrats on picking up the LJ.



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It does have the fuel backsplash issue.... Happened the first two times I filled up. The third time I slowed the pump down and it did not splash.

I also have that issue and use the same technique.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:49 AM   #26
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Well, I did it, I got my 2004 Silver LJ for around 13k dlls, I will post some pics tomorrow. Im so excited about this, this is my first car and I have always wanted a jeep since a was a little child!!

I Love jeeps, but I dont know much about them, so I will start crawling throught all the newbe threads here =)
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #27
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I got my 2006 LJ Rubicon a year ago for 15k with 94,000 miles. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #28
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I paid $16k for my 05 LJ 2 years ago with 27,000 miles on the clock.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:19 AM   #29
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Well.... Pulling back up an old thread of mine. With the holidays and just busy in general, have not had much time to post.

Here is a pic if the Wrangler LJ.



Since I have gotten it, I have done the following:

Good wash and interior clean. Still need to wax it... Will do that in the spring when it warms up.

Coated every plastic part on the outside with Rustoleum Spray Bedliner.

Installed a Aux Input on the factory radio

Replaced the tailgate with a brand new one I found on EBay....was even the right color.

Bought some Husky Floor Liners

Installed a trailer hitch

Installed clear turn signal lenses in the front

Jeep has been running great... I have put about 2000 miles on it since I got it. Still need to fix the leaking axle seal. A friend has a lift at his house, I plan to take it there in the next month or so to replace the seal.

I am happy with my purchase. Let me know what you think. I need to get a better picture of it outside.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:30 AM   #30
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Looks great!


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