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Old 12-31-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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I am thinking about buying this jeep wrangler from a dealer. The dealer is over 4 hours away and can come down on the price a little. I am only worried because of the mileage and the aftermarket front bumper and rock sliders on it? I do not want to pay for something that was used and abused. It is a 1998 Jeep Wrangler with the 4.0l manual transmission. It is the sahara edition with tan interior and a tan soft top it has almost 130k miles on it. They said that they can come down to $6000. Is that reasonable or not low enough? I have never owned a jeep and do not know what to expect out of them as in how long they will last and run and etc.

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Seems like a good price. Don't worry about that mileage on an i6 they last forever if well maintained.
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The price is reasonable for the vehicle if it is in good shape. Appearance wise it looks good but you don't know until you see it in person. I always suggest when looking at used Wranglers to try and buy as close to stock condition as possible. You never know what has been done to a modified Jeep (when buying from a dealer) and you cannot be sure that it was done properly.
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Few things I am seeing. Driver side fender is bent, and Jeep looks to have a body lift, which is not a major issues, just depends how tall the body lift is,tires look shot. I would ask what rear end it has.. I will guess its a dana 35 (round plastic fill plug) If you can take your time and look for a dana 44 rear(square metal plug)
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:46 AM   #6
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How do you tell the difference between a body lift and suspensions lift on jeeps? For a jeep with that kind of mileage what is a good price range just in case i decide to buy a different one instead?
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4jeepn touched on everything. You have to have it checked out by a mechanic. Some jeeps are well taken care of others beat. I would try to negotiate some new tires or better yet a lower price because you will need new tires ($500-$1000) so if everything checks out try for 6000-6250???
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:10 AM   #8
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They said they could sell it for $6000
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:38 AM   #9
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If this deal is being worked up at Landers-McLarty in Bentonville, is Dennis Shepherd, the sales person? I will try and give him a call. Bought mine from there in October.
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Id be a buyer if the fluids looked good and it drove smooth over 60mph. A jeep like that where I live is usually around $8500.
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Have it checked out-look for the d44- it sounds like a good price. It would probably fetch 7000-7500 in my area.
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Take your time and dont be in a rush. I know its hard but with the economy the way that it is, there is deals to be had. Check you local craigs list and just keep watching it. There is a deal and a Wrangler waiting just for you.
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Yea, I am thinking I am passing on this one. It had 35 in tires and a body lift. Still on the search for a jeep. I think i am going to widin my searh to 95-99 years. 95 because i have heard that the frame is almost impossible to rust.
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Yea, I am thinking I am passing on this one. It had 35 in tires and a body lift. Still on the search for a jeep. I think i am going to widin my searh to 95-99 years. 95 because i have heard that the frame is almost impossible to rust.
The TJ started in 97. 95 was the last year of the YJ and there was no production in 96.
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just a hunch, but i believe this jeep has been used hard. nothing wrong with that but you dont want to inherit other peoples problems.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:05 PM   #17
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i have that same jeep and love it ive saw them go to 400 k before seems like a good price to me
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:37 PM   #18
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I always buy from an individual

Jeep sell so easily that when I see on eon a lot either the seller was in a hurry or didn't want to fool with people coming to his house. I would wait and find the one you want. Autotrader.com is a good source for me.
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Try to get them to give you a 60 or 90 warranty-especially if they claim to have checked it out-

Then take it to a Jeep Dealer after the purchase in addition to having it checked out prior by another dealer as inconvenient as it may be and have any necessary work done

Remember always an element of a deep dark hole with any used vehicle purchase

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:56 AM   #20
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Ok that is a good idea. I have found a stock 98 with 102k miles for $5500. The only bad part is tht they are 7 hours away.
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What about this deal. It is a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with 143k miles. It has the 4.0l I6 and manual. It is the Sahara edition with the tan soft top and half doors. I can get it for below $6000. The only things the owner said that is wrong is the back shocks need ot be changed and the heater only blows on high. It is about 3 hours away from me too.
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What about this deal. It is a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with 143k miles. It has the 4.0l I6 and manual. It is the Sahara edition with the tan soft top and half doors. I can get it for below $6000. The only things the owner said that is wrong is the back shocks need ot be changed and the heater only blows on high. It is about 3 hours away from me too.
Shocks are easy to swap out (~$200) and that heater thing working at the three lower settings is most likely a burnt switch ($30 part at the dealer) and an AC blower motor running on its last legs ($80 part online, also super easy to swap). All this makes me suspect that, because these are all easy fixes, the owner may not have been the best at maintining it (Lack of time, knowledge??). This is pure speculation, so definitely have a first hand look and give it a good test drive.
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Hey Auburnman the deals are out there. If something doesn't feel right just keep looking man. It took me about 7 months to find the Jeep I was for. What stinks is that the deals you are looking at are a good distance away so it's not like you can just drive there when you have an hour to kill it looks like you are making a day trip out of it. I would definitely stick with the I6 though, from what I've read here and on the internet is that motor is a beast if maintained properly. Good luck man.
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Yea I just called the guy again and now on top of that the Jeep is hard to start he said it is probably the Fuel pressure regulator. So now the list is Rear shocks, probably a heater blower motor resistor, and probably a fuel pressure regulator and any other parts that is in the fuel tank to prevent dropping the tank again.

Yea there are not really any good local deals on jeeps that i know of.
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Yea I just called the guy again and now on top of that the Jeep is hard to start he said it is probably the Fuel pressure regulator. So now the list is Rear shocks, probably a heater blower motor resistor, and probably a fuel pressure regulator and any other parts that is in the fuel tank to prevent dropping the tank again.

Yea there are not really any good local deals on jeeps that i know of.
Man, that doesn't sound like a well maintained Jeep... My gut tells me "Pass". Unless he just wants a case of beer for it.
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Yea so doesnt sound that great. It is kind of funny how everytime i call there is something else wrong with it.
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pass on it . never buy a haunted jeep
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make sure you check the front left and rear frame it looks like it has a moderate to severe damage from carfax...
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I baught a 1997 Black jeep from a guy down in springfield. I have a few questions.

There is this light that i dont know what it is. It is the shape of a house symbol and is orange. The light is jsut above the water temp gauge and it comes on when driving. The dealer said is was a shift indication light is this true?

One more question the heater blows slight warm/cool air. The A/C blows freezing cold air. It is not the thermostat because the water temp level comes right up.
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I went with a stock jeep because I didn't want something that was to severely abused. I went and looked at one jeep that did have modifications and they had fluids leaking everywhere. The doors were spray painted black.... and I thought to myself "this jeep wasn't taken care of because anyone who decides to spray bomb their jeep with rattle can spray paint from wal-mart probably didn't maintain the jeep very well." Go check them out in person, and go from there.

I settled for a jeep that was 1997 4.0 manual transmission that didn't have any leaks except the rear main seal (which is common). But it started and ran just fine. It had more rust issues that i thought, after I got to really tear things apart..... I ended up putting 1000 dollars in shocks, brake lines, fuel tank pan, and rear brake drums, hardware and shoes..... and I had to patch the frame. I just dropped another 1000 bucks in new tires too. The jeep runs great and gets excellent fuel milage for a jeep. It has a 3.07 gear ratio. It had a new soft top and the head was recently replaced on the motor. I paid $5,500 for it in PA (a little high priced for what I got, I think)..... but 4.0 with a manual are highly sought after in this area and are tough to find at a cheap price. I am happy with what I got.... and it suits my needs perfectly. Offroading! After this jeep rusts to pieces in a few years, I can buy another one and swap my parts!

Good Luck with your search!

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