Beginning of June, I bought my 99 TJ Sport. It's stock (according to the carlot) with a soft top and 85k miles. I paid 8500. It had a few little problems that I recognized as cheap & easy fixes. I dropped about $200 plus an oil change and it's in great shape now!
" ... Nobody said it was a good plan. It's like somebody went through an actual strategy and replaced every instance of the word 'tactical' with 'balls out.' ... "
I just picked up a 98 TJ, bone stock, 130k miles on the 2.5L and 5 speed manual. I paid $4800 which is "private party" value for good condition on kbb... but Jeeps around here, especially Wranglers and Cherokees, are going for kbb RETAIL, even on Craigslist. This is the first one I looked at, lowballed the guy and his wife basically kicked me out of their driveway, saying they already had it sold to a guy who was going to get a loan when the banks opened up on Monday. I looked at about 10 Jeeps after that, all rusty pieces of crap, so I was ECSTATIC when the wife called me back and told me the other guy's loan fell through. I paid his already-settled price of $4800, which was $600 more than my original offer, because she was holding firm there and she would have gotten it within a day or two. I mean, when I called on it the first time, it had been on CL for less than two hours, and already had an offer on it when I showed up two hours after that.
Hardly any rust on this thing, so I had to snatch it up. That's rare all by itself, up here.
Nice jeep thanks for the info! Im still considering buying a 98 or 99 instead of an 05 or 06 and save myself some money considering the I6 chugs along for so many miles
The motor will last forever, but an important thing to keep in mind is the rest of the car. If you're willing to fix things yourself, it won't be bad, but if you are the kind of person that takes the car to the dealer or mechanic over little stuff, it can be more cost-effective to get something newer...
Just bought mine in June, 98 sahara 5-speed hard top and 2" lift on 31 with stock grizzly wheels. 122k owned by older guy and in overall VERY good condition with new water pump t-stat and radiator. Paid 9200. I wanted WHITE sahara and had to be 5-speed so I was somewhat limited in what was out there.
I got my second TJ in May. It is a 2002, 4-inch suspension lift, 33" A/T Wildcountry tires (had 35" Mickey Thompson MT, but I was chicken, as it is a DD), Mickey Thompson limited edition billet wheels, aftermarket seats, new top, AC, stock stereo/CD, sound bar, 5-speed I6, 119K miles, um...I think that is everything to mention...
It was stock when the private dealer got it--never off roaded--local trade. He buys these types up and then puts the lift, new top/tires/wheels, etc and resells them.
She looked brand new-not a scratch on her. $11,500 plus taxes/tags - $12,200 out the door.
"It's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care."
I bought a 98 TJ Sport, I6, 125,000miles, 5spd manual in January for $4500. It was pretty much bone stock and needed a fair amount of TLC but most of it was easy cosmetic. Of course I dumped another $5k+ into in between then and now anyways.
Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends - John 15:13
Bought my 03 here in Vernon last year for 13000 can. with 68000 km on it. Completly stock with both tops. Had new rubber on it and new brakes. I made the dealer throw in the first couple oil changes too
Just a note to the OP - buy STOCK or as close to STOCK as possible. I bought one that was modded pretty good and I just unloaded it to another dealership because it was a POS. I'm driving a 2006 Civic now and will be until I can afford to buy a stock, older, wrangler on the cheap.