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Old 06-26-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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'97 TJ Price check isle 3?

Hello all,

As most of you know i don't drive my 97' TJ in the winter, but now it seems as if i'm rarely even driving it in the summer! I hate to see this thing sit in my dads driveway all the time. I'm looking to go to something more of a beater Jeep when the time comes. Something not near as nice as my TJ.

I got the TJ a few years ago in souther PA, so it is very solid. It has bubbled a few spots from just sitting in my dads driveway all winter! (This is the number 1 point leading me to think about selling it, i don't drive it and it still rusts!) Was stone stock when i bought it minus the front bumper. Currently right now after sitting all winter the front calipers are seizing, but i will put new ones on in the next week or so. The passenger side frame also has a very small hole in it that will be patched before sale. The steering gearbox leaks out of the output shaft, but i may also replace the box before sale. Has A/C, previous owner put a new compressor on it, but never purged and refilled the system. Its a Jeep put the top down! Previous owner installed a brand new Bestop right before i bought it, so its in real good shape. Just put a brand new windshield in it. Battery replaced a year ago. Its had a recent brake job, cam sensor, revers light switch, serpentine belt, tensioner pully, idler pully and alternator replacement. I have a binder with receipts of a lot of the work done to this rig. Will also come with a nice whole vehicle cover and a winch plate.

1997 Flame Red Wrangler SE
4 cylinder 5-speed
189K miles
4'' Rough Country lift kit
Rugged Ridge SYE kit with custom driveshaft.
Rear upper adjustable control arms.
Heavy duty tie rods and link.
35'' Mud Rovers (Tons of tread left!)

Im sure there is more im forgetting. I don't NEED to sell this, just hate to see it sit and rust, battery die and everythign that happens to vehicles that sit.
Wondering if i should fix everything wrong and try to sell, or sell with a few issues. What do you guys think?


Again, this is not an add, just wondering what ball park i should be in

2007 Wrangler JK Sahara. 3.8L, Automatic.
Warn Front Bumper W/9.5 Warn Winch.
Full Engine Skid. Stock Suspension/Tires.
Smittybilt Rock Rails.
Useless Snorkle.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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I bought my '98 wrangler back in October, and I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of 5500. It was a 2.5, five speed, just like yours, but no lift. It was garage kept with only 92 thousand miles on it and all of the service contracts. According to KBB, I didn't get much of a discount from the guy, but he didn't rip me completely off either. I'd say with your mods it adds a lot of value to the jeep, but it also may narrow down your market - not everyone is looking for a jeep with mods ( I wanted one that didn't have anything done to it so I could just start fresh with my own ). The new tires are a big help, I think. As for fixing it, I would maybe try to pretty it up a little bit and just be up front and honest about the one or two small things. If people seem to balk at a jeep that needs a little work, then maybe then start fixing some stuff

By no means an expert opinion, just trying to help!

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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I'd just sell the rig as is. I wouldn't expect to receive more than $4000.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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here you go...direct from Kelley bluebook

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Old 06-28-2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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Ask $5500 and you will get someone to pay $5k

KBB means little when it comes to wranglers

I sold a 97 for $5k over book lol, just have to find the right buyer
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