This is my first post and would love some input. I have been reading for over a month now to try and narrow down my search and have found many things to watchout for when buying a Jeep. My goal is to pay cash so I am limited to about $5500. I will be using the TJ as my daily driver and I drive 20 miles to work on the highway each day.
My last 3 vehicles only saw a mechanic for tires and alignments so I am not afraid to do almost anything as far as repairs.
I have driven both the 6 and 4cyl versions and must say fell in love with the power of the 6.
I have narrowed my search down to 2 97 TJs. One is a Sport with just under 150K miles on it. Here are some pics....
Pictures by cfrisch1 - Photobucket
Obviously replacing the rear seal will be needed now or in the near future and there looks to be some seapage in the rear diff. What worries me though is the rust. Does it look like there is alot of rust or is this fairly normal for a TJ of its age in the midwest? Also from the side, is it me or does it look like it rides higher than stock?
The other is an SE with 118K miles that comes with both a hard and soft top, full and half doors, a light bar and sound bar. I don't have pics avaialble yet of this one but have seen a few. Whats appealing about this one is the hard top and full doors but not sure that I can go with a 4 cyl now that I have driven the 6.
They both are 5-speed and have similar options such as AC, tilt, CD, ect.
Sorry for the long post but would love some feedback before I make a decision.
Thanks in advance.