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Old 08-26-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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A good deal or a waste of money?

I'm looking for my first Wrangler and there's a used one at the Chevy place in town. It's a 2000 Sport Hardtop and it needs a LOT of work.

Lets start with the outside...
There are multiple rust spots dotting the paint.
The Render Flares are old and discolored.
The hardtop is fladed and clipped in the corner(doesnt leak).
The Right front turn signal lens is cracked
The windshield is cracked in three places.
The door handels are rusty.

Now to the inside...
The carpet is old, raggedy, and in pieces.
The Radio is ripped out.
The Rearview mirror is ripped off.
What appeared to have been a Coin hold/ashtray in the center dash has been ripped out.
The drivers seat has cigarette burn holes in it.
The Seatbelts are old and raggedy.
The Window shreaks in terror when you roll it down.
The bolts that hold the hardtop on...some are missing.
The claps above the sunvisor...one doesnt clamp on(It dnt think. I'll have to play with it.)

With my trade-in they want 2.5k for it. My best friend says no way but I wanted to know what you guys thought. I wish I took pics. I'll probably spend thousands fixing it and idk it it's worth that. How much of a project is this gonna be??

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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damn i wish you took pictures but nothing you described sounds like you would need thousands of dollars to fix. get a new radio first then rub some armorall on the fenders and they will look brand new. jeep windshield are very cheap like 100 dollars.

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:15 PM   #3
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Cosmetic stuff is minor. If you are looking for a pretty Jeep, buy something newer. The important things are:
How is the engine
How is the transmission, is it an auto or 5-speed
Does the transfer case operate correctly
What type differentials does it have, is there a lift on the Jeep or is it stock
Is the rust surface or is there deep stuff, how is the frame?
Just my .02
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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well what did you trade in? the stuff you listed wont cost much at all, the flares you can paint, carpet you can rip out, windshield is cheap, the turn signal wont cost much at all, the rear view mirror wont be much at all. this is all little stuff, be in my opinion it depends on 1. how many miles? 2. what are you trading in for it? 3. is it a 4.0? also some pics would be awesome! PS that craigslist has some damn mean deals on it!
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:16 PM   #5
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good call 1hotv2, check the frame for rust for sure. and make sure all of the gears, and 4wd work properly
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:17 PM   #6
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Im thinking about trading in a Mercury Mariner '05 with 115,000 miles.
I dont know the milage on the wrangler i'll have to ask.
and im pretty sure it IS a 4.0
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:23 PM   #7
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My best friends Brother in law is a master dodge mechanic, I'm taking him up there to look at it because i'm not the best with engines O.o
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:48 PM   #8
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Be sure to look underneath, esp for scrapes and gouges on the skid plate. The more scrapes and nasty stuff under there, the harder it was wheeled. Keep that in the back of your head as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:52 PM   #9
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While that's mostly cosmetic and cheap to fix, I think it's a good indication the PO beat on it. What else didn't he take care of, like oil changes and lube. If it's going to be a daily driver, I'd keep looking. A weekend project piece - maybe.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:07 PM   #10
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Fixed and pretty here you could get $7000. Between $5-8,000 depending where you live. Take into account what you'll have to pay for it and what it will cost to fix up and decide if you want to put in the sweat equity. Plus if the paint is OK you can wheel without worring about it. Undercarriage rust, drivetrain, if those are good your off to the races.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:17 AM   #11
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I went back and took a look at it with a friend. He pulled the dipstick out and it was scorched black. He checked the underside and it's all rusted out. I guess this jeep can be marked off my list.

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