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Old 01-31-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Buying used TJ need advice in a hurry

Hey all,
This forum was a huge help when I bought my wife's used Unlimited. Now I need some advice on this used TJ I found. Buying it for my teenage daughter.

It's a 2002 with a 6 cylinder, looks to be super clean, soft top with full doors. No lift on stock tires. But it has 209,000 miles on it. He is the third owner and says he drives it as a commuter car. He bought it in the exact same configuration as it sits today. Car fax came back pretty clean. No accidents, only warranty work, oil changes, water pump, etc. looks like routine type stuff.

Any comments, yea or nay?

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Hey all,
This forum was a huge help when I bought my wife's used Unlimited. Now I need some advice on this used TJ I found. Buying it for my teenage daughter.

It's a 2002 with a 6 cylinder, looks to be super clean, soft top with full doors. No lift on stock tires. But it has 209,000 miles on it. He is the third owner and says he drives it as a commuter car. He bought it in the exact same configuration as it sits today. Car fax came back pretty clean. No accidents, only warranty work, oil changes, water pump, etc. looks like routine type stuff.

Any comments, yea or nay?

Thanks
My personal opinion is that is a lot of miles, even for the 4.0. Figuring that it's an 11 year old vehicle, you're at 19,000 miles/yr. I don't know that I'd want to open that can of worms. But that's just my opinion! If it's a good deal and your daughter is staying close to home, it might be a good toy!

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Old 01-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #3
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It will be her car for back and forth to high school and learn how to drive.

I can fix or repair most anything mechanical myself. But engines and trannies I leave to the pros. Any idea on replacement cost for an engine?
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He wanted $6,500.00 for it and I offered him $6,00.00. He is thinking it over. I don't know if that's a good deal or not. Most everything I have looked at is in the 7-9K range and they all have order 125,000 miles. Anything with under 100,000 miles is up in the 11-13 K range.
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He wanted $6,500.00 for it and I offered him $6,00.00. He is thinking it over. I don't know if that's a good deal or not. Most everything I have looked at is in the 7-9K range and they all have order 125,000 miles. Anything with under 100,000 miles is up in the 11-13 K range.
That's a high price. I have 130,000 on mine and I got mine for 5,500.
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Yeah it seems like the prices back east are less. Don't know why, maybe greater population and more used jeeps to choose from. But out west it's been difficult to find anything but a total basket case or salvage title for less than 6K. Dealerships have bone stock 97's for over 10K. Private sales are usually less expensive, but I haven't seen one for less than 7500 that is clean. I will keep looking.
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Keep looking. Asking prices are just that. 200k is a lot of miles no matter what in my opinion. Let it sit for a while and see if he sells it in the next few weeks. Honestly I doubt it. If he comes back to you reconsider even possibly a lower offer. Think what else will need replacing like shocks, radiator, AC, belts, seals. Even though you fix everything except the engine and tranny yourself, consider having a high mileage jeep like that checked out by a pro. Jeeps as you know can become money pits.

Great vehicle for your daughter to commute and learn on by the way. I think it not being sporty fast will keep many teenagers out of trouble. Good luck.
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Good advice. I will keep looking and if it's still there in a couple weeks and I still haven't found one, I will see if he will drop a grand!

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