Hello All, let me start by saying thanks in advance for any/all future help. I'm probably gonna ask a lot of questions.
Considering my first jeep purchase and have made an offer on the following:
2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport TJ for sale, 4.0L inline 6 with a 5 speed transmission. It's a 4X4, soft top, AC, Sound bar, AM/FM radio, aftermarket CD player, & aftermarket bigger tires and rims. Currently, it has122k miles and it has a dark blue exterior with black interior....Asking $7k, negotiated $6100
During the test drive the PO informs me that the tranny has been replaced. Also, mentioned that jeep sits in his 3rd car garage and hasn't been driven since last summer (needs a new soft top so it's understandable that he wouldn't drive it during the harsh Missouri winters) and this Spring he noticed a drop of oil.
So here is my question. Should I be concerned about the oil leak (i had him start it while i looked at the exhaust and no sign of burning oil during starting or while idling.
Tranny replacement - should this cause concern? (from all the research i've done i'm amazing at the number of Jeeps for sale that have had either or both Engine and tranny replacements).
At this point, the sale is contingent on a 78 point inspection from my local mechanic.
Is that anything else i should be aware or or look out for?
@all....gentlemen, i appreciate all the feedback. I just got off of the phone with my mech and the jeep checked out as far as the 78 point inspection was concerned. Here's the kicker...the owner dropped the Jeep off at my mechanic yesterday evening.....WITHOUT THE TOP ON IT. We had a sever thunderstorm move through last night and it's been raining for about 10hrs. When my mech pulled it in the bay it had several inches of standing water in it. When they went to pull the jeep out after the inspection, the horn went crazy and they had to end up pulling the relay to get it to stop honking. Upon pulling the relay, they discovered that the fuse box is complete corroded and will require a full replacement within the next few months (which leads me to believe it has been wet or submerged before). Aside from that, the only issue the mechanic noted was heavy rust build up in the radiator and suggested a series of chemical flushes or rad replacement.
So, here's where you all come in. Is it still worth the money? Should I cut my losses and keep looking? Do any of the above issues strike fear in the hearts of my (soon to be) fellow Wranglers?