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Old 05-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about buying a

97 Jeep Wrangler Sport: 8,500 miles (yes that's right eight thousand five hundred miles), 4.0 6-cylinder, automatic transmission, Soft Top, I think it has the Dana Model #35 axle, the tires and wheels have been changed out to P225/75R15 with aftermarket wheels (not sure what kind), the spare tire is a P215/75R15 on the stock steel wheel, single CD with sound bar, AC, Fog Lamps, Two Hooks, MOPAR Aluminum Side Steps in Black, MOPAR Double Tube Front and Rear Bumper in Black, MOPAR 2000 Lb Hitch Kit with 1 1/4" Receiver. Everything was installed by the dealer when the previous owner bought the Jeep new.

Not a spot of rust anywhere, always stored in a heated garage, never driven in the snow. The previous owner is well off and always wanted a Jeep so he bought this one new, as you can tell by the mileage he only drives it a handful of times each year in the summer. The only off-road it has seen is dirt roads and some two-tracks. He has no reason for selling (it’s not for sale to the public) just that he doesn’t drive it often and knows I would like a Jeep (I am friends with him).

He is asking $10,000 firm, as I said before he is well off and will just keep and continue to drive it a handful of times each year it if he doesn’t get his asking price.

So now that you know what I’m looking at is it worth the asking price, is there anything I should check/look for before buying?

Thanks for your help,
Kennedy

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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Let's put it this way.I paid almost that much for a 98, 4cyl, with 105000 miles on it. Mine had no sound bar, no spare, no fog lights,a $20 radio, and needed new shocks, belt etc... I would KBB first though.

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Old 05-31-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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hes a friend so hes giving a super great discount maybe
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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Either good deal or something is wrong with it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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8,500 on a 15 year old vehicle? Huuuuuuuuummmmm. I don't know. Check a Car Fax. While Car Fax is not accurate about everythin, things like mileage get recorded any time it has been serviced or registered. 8k mi, there should be no wear on the rubber pedal covers for one.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:04 AM   #6
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Did he ever tow it behind a motorhome? If so, it could have 200,000 road miles on it and only 8,500 engine running miles. Regardless though, still sounds like a Jeep in great shape.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:12 AM   #7
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I'd be afraid of a vehicle that old with that few miles. Things need to be run more than "a couple times a year" or properly put into storage. Not oh it was parked in a garage the entire time.

I have a friend that picked up a "low milage, garage kept CAR" and it was nothing but problems.

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