Well bad luck has hit. 6 weeks ago I bought a 2000 Wrangler sport, 4.0 with manual transmission. I love it and have had fun driving it. I bought it from a used car lot, traded in my old vehicle and then paid cash. Last week the brakes went out so I took it to Ed Voyles Jeep in Marietta to have them fixed and they informed me that the entire underneath is rusted and it is not safe to drive. The previous owner or the dealer painted the underside so I didn't notice when I looked and test drove it. Yes it rattled a lot but I just figured it was how jeeps with big tires and a lift drive. The dealer pretty much said I bought it as is. The transmission and engine are in great shape, has a nice hardtop and the tires and rims are very nice. Here are a few pictures. So I am looking for advice on what my options are now. Should I get a second opinion on the rust? I can't imagine the jeep guys would over exaggerate the problem. I live in the Atlanta area if anyone would like to see the jeep. I am open for all suggestions I just need to get a vehicle. Sorry the only pics I have are from hitting the trails a couple weeks ago.
lets see some pics of the rust issues. I am sure we can provide guidance on how to repair the damaged sections.
The Budget Brawler. AKA Berta
97 sport 4.0 5 spd
6" RC Long arm 35" MTRs
HP30/D44-locked 3.55s (4.56 "soon")
KC/Hella, Engo 12k, Home made Hand throttle,Home made On Board Air, Etc etc.
Check your state laws. Some states require a state inspection on every vehicle a dealer sells. If they put a passing sticker on your jeep and it should not of passed then the shop who inspected it could loose their state license. Go back to the dealer armed with information and put the heat on them to fix it or take it back if it is so bad you don't want the jeep. Let them know you will bring in the state police to their shop if you have to. Garages do not like them coming to potentially take their license. Keep us updated I hope to hear good news from you.