Now that that's out of the way, I've been wanting to buy a Jeep for months now--6 to be exact. I have read almost everything in the forums from rust problems to how to roll the soft top. I hope I could get opinions since I am close to buying my first but thinking about a couple of things.
I'm looking at an '03 that has 50k miles. Looks good and drives great, looks well maintained but I may be wrong therefore I don't know how to price that. Now for the couple of things.
I've read threads about rust and how it is normal. But how do you know how much is too much? This one has some surface rust on the axels, drive shaft and the usuals. I'm worried though about some rust from the tub bubbling from underneath the paint. Is it something that you get done and forget about? Or is it an indication of something far worse? Its in the lower back of the tub and another on the hood (not door) hinges. Also the screws that hold the driver seats are rusted, looks surface but on such a small thing I'm thinking its all it needs.
Another question is, I am really not a car savvy guy. I would probably learn some great things when I eventually buy one, and do simple stuff like change oil, but reading about boring holes and sawing off panels and welding metal to get to problem spots intimidates me. Can I own, maintain and love for years a Jeep with minimal mechanical knowledge?
All opinions are appreciated. And thank you for reading my book.