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Old 05-21-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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do wranglers hold up with high miles??

im looking at buying a 2000 SE. its auto with a 4 banger and, well, thats about it. thing is it has 200000 miles on it. how do these things hold up in the higher mileage? i have a bmw with 250000 miles thats still perfect. also what would you pay for something like that? it is soft top half doors has no back seat and some f@#$ing lowlife stole the airbags. i would use it as a dd/weekend offroader if i buy it. i know alot of how a car holds up is maintenance based, but how do the motors, trans, case, and axles hold up?

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Both the 4 and the 6 can have a long life span. The 6 is perhaps a bit better known, some have taken them to 300+ The 4 on the other hand, not sure how much past 200k they go could be a long way. As for the Airbags not being there, make sure if you have a state inspection it will pass with out them. I know the fine for removing one is hefty.

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Old 05-21-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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Well your describing the least popular & wanted Jeep. At that mileage I'm thinking you need to be pretty mechanically minded. Because what ever you think your saving by buying a vehicle with 200,000 plus your going to spend on maintaince & repairs. Brake jobs arn't just going to be pads or shoes, calipers, hardware, drums & rotors will no dought be neccessary. Same with coolant leaks, all hoses & probebly the radiator & freeze plugs. The list is long & expensive.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:12 AM   #4
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I don't know if this helps but I bought mine for 9000 drive out at 89000 miles and now 120000 mile nthing wrong so far and checked blue book two weeks ago and is worth 8450 dealership trade in

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33x12.5 BF Goodrich A/T
15x8 Rockcrawler steel wheels
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:30 AM   #5
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Mine is a straight six, hope I'm not jinxing myself, but shes got a 161,000 on her, and shes doing well.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:57 AM   #6
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I'd agree with rthdtj, you are going to have stuff like the hoses, seals, injector, intake housing, the plastic stuff, go bad.. if that has been replaced recently to it you are probably ok.. I don't know much about the 4 cylinders, but the I-6's are supposed to have a long life if treated properly, after all that engine was designed in like 1946.. Only problems I have had with mine have been the clutch/transmission ($$$$$) and some minor electrical stuff that thanks to the people on this site I fixed myself... That is an extraordinary amount of miles for an 8 year old vehicle though!
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Oh I also didn't realize you wrote it was an auto trans. Those don't seem to hold up as long as the manuals do. Part of it also depends on if the old owner used it for highway vs. off-road or city driving, that stuff will put a lot of wear and tear on the Jeep too.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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i have over 150k on mine and she runs like a champ. i6 though dont know about the 2.5s
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I would steer clear of the 4cyl auto tranny, we have 4 TJ's, all 2.5L 5 speeds plus three XJ all 4.0 5 speeds and a ZJ 4.0 auto. Price depends on where you live, I bought two 97's back in 2004, both under $4k but both needed new tops.

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