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Old 08-15-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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2006 Wrangler (Golden Eagle) Purchase

I have been looking for a Jeep for the last few months and found one that looks interesting. It is a 2006 Wrangler Golden Eagle with 57,000 hard top manual tranny 4.0L. It has a salvage title. The guy told me the hood popped up when driving and that is why it has a salvage title. The hood and fender(s) where replaced.

Hoping you guys/gals can help me out with a few questions on this Jeep.

Hard top on a 2006 should it have vertical vents behind the rear windows? I thought they stopped those around 2000. The roof could have been damaged/replaced when the hood popped.

What constitutes a Golden Eagle, I saw it had Golden Eagle stitched on the seats.

What should I be looking for on this Jeep? Or any other TJ?

He is sending me the VIN, and I will run a Carfax before driving about 60 miles to check it out. He is asking about 13k for it. Not sure how much the asking price should be dinged for a salvage title. Looks mostly stock with, may have a small lift on it, maybe 2".

Any help/advice would be appreciated.

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Old 08-15-2014, 12:51 PM   #2
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Hard top on a 2006 should it have vertical vents behind the rear windows?

What constitutes a Golden Eagle, I saw it had Golden Eagle stitched on the seats.

97-02 tops had the vents on the top 03-06 no

Golgen Eagles had decal package on the outside and gold wheels. (google golden eagle to see) the decals may have been removed

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in my book salvage means 50% off retail..
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What state are you in. A "salvage title" usually means a total loss. Something's not adding up.
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I have a golden eage and its a sticker package like stated above but does have a D44 rear. FWIW i paid 16,500 on it with 4.0, auto, soft top, full doors and 47,000 on it
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And according to the OPs profile, he is is in Iowa so the info is NA
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salvage title? I would not buy any Wrangler with that unless it was in very good condition and priced less than 1/2 of NADA/KBB.

you're going to find a lot better deal on a TJ if you continue your search.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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I agree, something is fishy here, he is being a little elusive with the VIN number. I think I will continue to look around. I can't believe how many Wranglers are around with salvage titles. Eventually, I will find what I am looking for.

Thanks for everyones input.

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:55 PM   #10
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For starters, replacement of the hood, fenders, and probably windshield frame should NOT constitute a Salvage situation.

So something is not adding up. Proceed with extreme caution!
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I just bought my pristine 2006 Golden Eagle with 70K miles (soft top and brand new 31 inch BFG's) for $16,500 which I felt was a bit high so I think he is asking too much for a salvage title vehicle.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:02 PM   #12
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Let's turn this around a bit. Here are my requirements:

TJ
Hardtop
Manual Tranny
80-120k miles
4.0L
Good condition - No/minimal rust
Pretty much any color but yellow (live in Iowa and don't want Hawkeye colors)

What should I expect to pay.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:28 PM   #13
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^based on that data?

depending on the year and model (ie: a '97 Sport vs a 2003 Sahara) and other options (ie: Dana 44 axle, 30" Tire and Wheel Group, etc.)....I'd say you are looking at a big range of possible pricing, maybe $6,000 to $14,000.

once you've looked at enough TJs in person you'll be able to spot a good deal when it shows up.
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Have you ever considered a right hand drive TJ? They are dirt cheap because demand is low. They can usually be purchased for 40% below NADA value.
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Let's turn this around a bit. Here are my requirements: TJ Hardtop Manual Tranny 80-120k miles 4.0L Good condition - No/minimal rust Pretty much any color but yellow (live in Iowa and don't want Hawkeye colors) What should I expect to pay.
Expect to pay $10-$14k for the above. There out there! Good luck.
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And according to the OPs profile, he is is in Iowa so the info is NA
Then . . . Iowa Salvaged Vehicle Regulations and Consumer Protections at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:37 PM   #17
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Ok, found another one I am liking...

2003 Sport
4.0L
Hardtop/Full doors
Manual Tranny
AC
Cruise
Clean carfax, from the south so rust shouldn't be as bad as a locally owned one (Iowa)
88,000 miles, 2 owner, sold at 53k
Dealer wants $12,999

That seams pretty reaasonable, hopefully knock that down a bit. Looks totally stock.

Any comments?

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That is in line with what I was seeing in the South for similar specs. I was originally looking for TJs in the 2002-2006 range with same specs as you before deciding I only wanted a 04-06 LJ. In South Carolina/Georgia prices are strong and nice ones werebe listed in the $12.5k-$15k range
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I'd for sure go and check that one out in person, good luck.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:33 PM   #20
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Sent my parents to go see it, it is right by them, a few hunred miles from me. It was sold yesterday. Too bad, I was ready to pull the trigger if they gave me the thumbs up.

Looking is half the fun...
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it took me over a year.. dont jump at the 1st one you see

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