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Old 05-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Am I making an $8,000 Mistake?

I am planning on picking up my first Jeep tomorrow and would love to hear your thoughts on the vehicle I found. I have looked long and hard but would love to hear the thoughts of some of you veterans.

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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I think you did good it looks like a clean jeep

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Looks clean at a good price. I just bought a 2000 TJ w/ 61K miles on it for $8,600 and yours has more added parts on it.

Just a caution, remember it is 12 years old. I love my 2000 TJ, and it was a clean vehicle with clear Carfax. But....I am starting to replace things like the radiator (dang). But then again, aren't we all constantly replacing something.

Go for it.....and go get that thing dirty would you.
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Looks like a good start except for the skyjacker 4" lift on it. But this means that it probably hasnt gotten abused cause that lift rides like crap off road, ask me how I know lol. But all in all it looks like a good Jeep and a good price. keep us posted on what you find, I would pay close attention to the undercarriage, see if there are scratches and/or rust under there, its not a deal breaker if there is but just make sure its manageable.
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Thanks for the feedback, I feel a lot better. It feels like a lot of money for a 12 year old vehicle but after looking around at other Wranglers, I realized how well they hold value.
It's difficult for me to value the mod's since I have never purchased or done them.
I can't wait to get some mud on those tires...God Bless
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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Yea a Wrangler is about the closest thing you can get to an "investment" when purchasing a vehicle. They hold your value very well and last forever when taken care of properly. Best of luck and dont forget the Jeep wave
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Looks like a good start except for the skyjacker 4" lift on it. But this means that it probably hasnt gotten abused cause that lift rides like crap off road, ask me how I know lol. But all in all it looks like a good Jeep and a good price. keep us posted on what you find, I would pay close attention to the undercarriage, see if there are scratches and/or rust under there, its not a deal breaker if there is but just make sure its manageable.
4" rough country with skyjacker shocks is how I read it
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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Man, that's a clean TJ for New York and I think it's worth the 8 grand. Makes me wonder if I should have waited before buying my 99 last year and dropped a few grand more for something like that.
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for me, I would find out which rear axle it has.. If its the dana 35 I would have to think very very hard about buying it. If it has the dana 44 rear, with the square metal fill plug on the diff cover, i would feel much better about dropping 8k on it. dana 35 has round plastic fill plug.
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The air intake is ringing a bell in my head. This jeep looks like it was set up to run in water, but there's no snorkel. I'm leery about the air intake. It's way too clean, too. Check it underneath for water damage and rust, pull up the carpets. If it's clean that's a good deal, but with the lift and the intake... I'd be nervous.

Have you run it to operating temperature?
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Looks like a good deal. I would make sure that it has the SYE and new rear DS with that lift or you will have some bad vibration issues. I just experienced the same thing not knowing any better. I didn't drive it over 55 till after I bought it and went to work next day on Interstate and thought it was going to come apart. It's a doable fix but will set you back another 600-1200 depending on if you do the work or mechanic does it.
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for me, I would find out which rear axle it has.. If its the dana 35 I would have to think very very hard about buying it. If it has the dana 44 rear, with the square metal fill plug on the diff cover, i would feel much better about dropping 8k on it. dana 35 has round plastic fill plug.


It looks like a nice clean Jeep with a rear Dana 35.

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Nice lookin ride...I bought my 2000 from a firefighters blond daughter. The only off-road it saw was the gravel driveway to dads house for more $$$$. Paid $6,800 for it with 135K or so on it...runs great but had armorall shiny bald tires on it....She spent her money on tanning sessions. I agree with the others, check the under carriage. I've owned 2 other jeeps, 70's CJ's, and you gotta watch for rust and hackers to the frame. Good luck and I hope it works out for you!
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:43 AM   #14
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That's well worth the money. Buy her.
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All good info...Thank you. I am not the most mechanical but I do know how to look for rust.
I am in upstate NY, and looked at a lot of jeeps over the last couple of months.

ALjeep...You said" ld make sure that it has the SYE and new rear DS with that lift or you will have some bad vibration issues." I don't know what SYE or DS stand for. I don't believe i had it over 60 on my test drives. Can you clarify?
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Looks clean at a good price. I just bought a 2000 TJ w/ 61K miles on it for $8,600 and yours has more added parts on it.

Just a caution, remember it is 12 years old. I love my 2000 TJ, and it was a clean vehicle with clear Carfax. But....I am starting to replace things like the radiator (dang). But then again, aren't we all constantly replacing something.

Go for it.....and go get that thing dirty would you.
X2. I am tired of hearing new Jeep owners buying 12 year old vehicles and being TOTALLY surprised and shocked if something breaks or needs maintenance. Even if every last bit of recommended work has been done... be prepared to fix and maintain. With that being said, Jeeps hold their resale value better than damn near anything and they are EASY to work on... and to source replacement parts for. BUY IT, YANK THE TOP OFF, AND GO OFF THE PAVED ROAD!
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I don't know what SYE or DS stand for. I don't believe i had it over 60 on my test drives. Can you clarify?
SYE is a Slip Yoke Eliminator, and DS is your double cardan Drive Shaft. It helps correct the drive line angle when you add a suspension lift.
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It looks great. Nice a clean. ASk yourself, though, is it everything you want? Do you have any guidelines that you really want from your Jeep? Does this fill them all? For instance, I needed my Jeep to be a 4.0, manual, and bone stock. If not, I kept looking. Use your head, not your heart!
If you decide that this is the one, DON'T pay asking price (even though it's a Really good price). Make a fuss with the dealer about little things, "mmm, the spare tire and rim don't match. let's knock a few hundy off that price". Definitely give it a good test drive and try everything (A/C, heater, 4wd hi and low, see if you can get the doors off, yada yada yada).
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Thank you everyone for the helpful tips...I took my time to give it a good inspection. Tested the 4wd and pulled up the carpeting. Everything checked out, it is unbelievable how clean it is. Bonus...When I got home I realized it also had a soft top neatly tucked behind the rear seat! The dealer didn't even know it was there. He tried to sell me a used soft top that he had. I got up to 75 mph on the highway and no noticeable wobbles. It was a fun ride and even got a return wave from a new JK.

I couldn't be happier with with my purchase. I can't stop looking at it sitting in the driveway! Thanks again for taking the time to give me your feedback.
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I see your new.Should have posted in the new member section.Where in upstate N.Y. are you?
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:13 PM   #22
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Yeah, too new to know where to post. I am in the Albany area, and you?
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Thank you everyone for the helpful tips...I took my time to give it a good inspection. Tested the 4wd and pulled up the carpeting. Everything checked out, it is unbelievable how clean it is. Bonus...When I got home I realized it also had a soft top neatly tucked behind the rear seat! The dealer didn't even know it was there. He tried to sell me a used soft top that he had. I got up to 75 mph on the highway and no noticeable wobbles. It was a fun ride and even got a return wave from a new JK.

I couldn't be happier with with my purchase. I can't stop looking at it sitting in the driveway! Thanks again for taking the time to give me your feedback.
UH OHH!!! Someones got the Jeep Thing! lol
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Being an East coast rig I would look hard for rust. Being it's from a dealer the odds of them trying to cover it up are pretty good. Spend some time under it looking at the frame, pull the carpet. I have 14 years in the auto business retail and wholesale, I've seen some pretty good attempts at covering up rust.
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Yeah i went through it with a fine tooth comb. Thanks for the heads up though.

Pics of my new to me TJ can be seen at:
2000 Jeep Wrangler - Action Automotive Service LLC Hudson, NY

You guys got any good modification ideas for me? I'm thinking bumpers.
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looks pretty good from this area----was looking at a local car rag at the shop the other day....couldn't find a TJ for under $9k
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Yeah, too new to know where to post. I am in the Albany area, and you?
Albany area also.
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So how about the air intake? What's up with that?

BTW, the soft top is in the pics - hard to believe it sat there for 12 years. Amazing.
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So how about the air intake? What's up with that?

BTW, the soft top is in the pics - hard to believe it sat there for 12 years. Amazing.
The "cold air intake" is the latest thing on the West coast. My buddy who only does jeep conversions for a living did both of his monsters. He swear by them and he does search and rescue in his YJ. I tossed out that funky air box and put in a K&N and picked up a little MPG. It went from terribly bad to just bad MPG and a lil performance increase. Cold air's are a lil pricey
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hambubba...You were right on the money. The way its set up the Jeep could be submerged up to the top of the hood. There is a vent in the hood which sounds like a vacuum. A snorkel would obviously allow you to submerge even deeper. It doesn't appear it was ever used for this purpose. My best guess is it was added for the hopes of improved performance and gas mileage but who knows for sure. Thats the mystery of a used vehicle.

I went through it and It was on the lift at my mechanics this morning. No signs of excessive rust or water damage. The only minor issue that my mechanic saw is some seepage around the rear pinion seal. Thanks again for looking out for my interests. Its greatly appreciated.

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