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Old 07-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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How many miles did you buy your TJ with?

I just sold my 4 Cyl and in the market for a straight 6. I know these are bullet proof engines but am curious as to what a good buying time is for one of these. At how many miles will I start running into problems? How many miles did you have and what, if any problems did you encounter? Thanks guys!

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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3 1/2 years ago I got a 98 TJ, 132K no real problems until this May, sounded like a diesel, chunks of a piston in oil pan, it had 170K on it then. New motor now

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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Before I sold it, I bought my 2004 with 15,000 miles. It was a cream puff.
The key is less mileage the better, although too low and it might have simply sat around.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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108,000 miles when I bought my 2004 X in April 2011 now... 120,000 miles... no major issues... just routine junk
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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Two weeks ago bought my '06 LJ with 29,000 on it!
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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140k on my 97 TJ when I bought it 4 years ago. Now I have 176k on it and it runs great.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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Bought my 04 Rubi I'm February with 102,000. Now has 103,000 (not my DD) and no new issues. It has the rear main seal leak that has been there since I bought it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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Got mine brand new in 04. All the miles are mine.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:02 AM   #9
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Bought my 2000 last Nov with 126k. It was totally rust free and on the way home from the dealer the idler pulley seized LOL!!! Dealer came and replaced it for free, 'twas a fluke since I'd test driven it already. Couple weeks later I found a leaking freeze plug, replaced it and it still leaks, just a lot slower... It's got 130k now but runs like a top, burns no oil, no tapping noise, none of the worn out engine signs. Just test drive it and check the engine over well. Over 100k will prob have leaks and such but if its smooth up to 4k rpm and no tapping at idle then it's ok. First thing you should do is a total tune up anyways to "zero" time everything for your piece of mind.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #10
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Bought mine with 114k. Originally came from Tennessee so it hardly has any rust. Runs good so far, just replaced the thermostat, water pump and belt.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:06 AM   #11
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I bout mine in 06 with 60k on it, 125k now. New tranny last year
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #12
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Brought mines on 07/17/2012
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #13
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2002 TJ bought in May, 2012 65,500 miles. Cream puff, totally stock, one owner, so I can do what I want with it. So far just XRC bumper, smitty winch, 31" falken wild peaks. Lovin' it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #14
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I bought a 2000 tj hard top with lift kit & 33's and it had 200,000 miles which seemed like a lot but the carfax report showed very regular and thorough maintenance and oil changes it's whole life at jeep dealership. There's only one small oil leak and it's the valve cover gasket witch is not a serious problem but I'm gonna change it any way. I've put about 5k on it with out any problems.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #15
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:54 AM   #16
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August 2011 I bought my 2000 TJ, 123000. Not bad, less than 10,000 miles a year. Then and now.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #17
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2001 4.0 5 speed, purchased with 4 miles, now 177,000 or so. No longer my DD but it still runs great. on original clutch. i would drive it any distance without worry.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:01 PM   #18
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All depends on how well it was maintained.

Bought mine with 105,000. At 120,000, two rod bearings blew, and it need a rear main seal. The motor ran well when I bought it, and checked it out with a mechanic, but the oil pressure was never right, and I changed it every 3k and it never lost a drop, but it probably either saw some rough driving, or the oil wasn't changed often enough.

Had a motor with 100k put in it. It sounds and drives like a brand-new engine, oil pressure is awesome, and after 8k, I feel confident this motor will go another 100k.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:11 PM   #19
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i got my jeep 14600 on it and about 6 moths ago and i thing i need a new rear main seal because it just started leaking oil not a lot but just a little bit the part is 20 $ but you can go on quadratic and get a seal kit. the kit comes with oil pan seal rear main it looks like a timing seal and some other seals and its only 45$ so if you are going to buy one for 20 than you can get the kit for a little bit more
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #20
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230,000 miles

I bought my stock, 97 4.0 with 80,000 5 or 6 years ago, it's a daily driver, now has 230,000.

Mine is no stranger to the Jeep parts counter though.

Replaced the following in the past few years:

Cooling system, always ran warm/hot replaced with 3 row radiator
Fan clutch failed
Water pump leaked
Spider gears broke
Front sway bar link broke
2 oil pressure senders
Replaced both 'U' joints
AC compressor replaced, front bearing failed
Front brake caliper sized
Fan belt idler & tensioner pulley bearings failed
Distributer plate intermittent/failed,
Retainer spring on throw out bearing broke, replaced clutch & bearing
AC evaporator coils leaked,
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:37 PM   #21
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Bought mine with ten miles on the odo.

On the drive home from the dealership, the clutch was making an odd noise. I turned around and drove it back. They offered to either refund my money or fix it. I rolled the dice and told them to fix it...because it was love at first sight.

Same clutch in the Jeep now...11 years and about 95K miles later.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:49 PM   #22
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Bought my Jeep Wrangler 1 month ago. 4Cyl, 2006 33,000 miles. Came with MSD Ignition, magnaflow, lifted, 35" Tires, Ford 8.8 back axle and others. Only issue I had was it had no hand brake lines. That was 60$ to add them. And the A/C Compressor clutch died, that's 80$ to replace. So far everything else is good!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:49 PM   #23
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:53 PM   #24
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Just bought my 98 TJ two months ago with only 68,500 miles on it =D. Now shes sittin at a pretty 70K
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:14 PM   #25
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I had a 97 with 207 k. Had great oil and compression pressures. If taken care of, these 4.0 are 300 k engines.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:19 PM   #26
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04 I6 59k almost 2 years ago. have 81k on it. no problem. RMS is leaking but thats a common problem.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:22 PM   #27
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02 I6 bought it a year and a half ago with 48k I believe. It has 63500 now. Running strong. Knock on wood!
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:27 PM   #28
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98 with 120k or so. Bought about 2 months ago.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:33 PM   #29
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Bought it new in 05. I believe it had 6 miles on it. I had to drive to Los Angeles to pick it up. So, I put 400 miles on it the first day I owned it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:56 PM   #30
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Bought my 98 five months ago at 160k. No leaks whatsoever and runs great. It did have sudden failure of the clutch and ac blower motor. I also had to replace the radiator and steering box due to degraded performance. Otherwise everything is great. Everything else I've done to the jeep has been to upgrade perfectly good parts with newer beefier parts.

This 14 year old jeep will be brand new by the time I'm done with her.

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