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Old 02-14-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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I Have a 2000 sport. It's my DD. It just turned over 200000 miles. I have been thinking should I trade or keep what I have. There really isn't anything much wrong with my jeep. But at 200000 there has to be some issues that hasn't turned up yet. What I'm wondering is this... Is there issues with the JK? Like what do I need to look for? I hear they leak bad. I don't want to trade a good jeep for one with several problems. Just looking for opinions. I did post this in the JK forum too. Thanks everyone.

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I personally would be more comfortable with the TJ. Easier to work on and cheaper aftermarket parts. If you get a JK I'd skip the 3.8 if given the choice.

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Coming to a jeep forum asking if you should keep a jeep? Commmoonnn... you know the answer

200k is scary to me.. At 200k it would be a weekend vehicle and nothing more... I say keep it and find another DD, dont trade it in!
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I Have a 2000 sport. It's my DD. It just turned over 200000 miles. I have been thinking should I trade or keep what I have. There really isn't anything much wrong with my jeep. But at 200000 there has to be some issues that hasn't turned up yet. What I'm wondering is this... Is there issues with the JK? Like what do I need to look for? I hear they leak bad. I don't want to trade a good jeep for one with several problems. Just looking for opinions. I did post this in the JK forum too. Thanks everyone.

I have seen tj's with way more than 200k! Keep her as long as shes not rotting away under you
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #5
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Why not sell it an use the money for a lower mileage tj
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:37 PM   #6
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Why not sell it an use the money for a lower mileage tj
You already know what's wrong with this one (if anything).
Buying another TJ (if not brand new), you may be opening a whole new can of worms. Most people will not disclose everything that is wrong with their vehicle, because they want you to buy it.

I can't talk from experience, because my TJ is not quite at 200K yet.
197,xxx & counting. But, at this point, I have no issues, & no rust.

I figure that it's paid for, & everything's in great shape. I'll just drive it until the motor gives out, then drop another one in it, & keep on going.

A lot of people are always replacing what they broke while 4 wheeling. The way I see it, whether you replace components because you were on the trail, or because the jeep is old & the component wore out, either way, you are continually rebuilding your Jeep.

Mine's paid for.
I can do without another car note.

Let us know what you decide to do.
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You already know what's wrong with this one (if anything).
Buying another TJ (if not brand new), you may be opening a whole new can of worms. Most people will not disclose everything that is wrong with their vehicle, because they want you to buy it.

I can't talk from experience, because my TJ is not quite at 200K yet.
197,xxx & counting. But, at this point, I have no issues, & no rust.

I figure that it's paid for, & everything's in great shape. I'll just drive it until the motor gives out, then drop another one in it, & keep on going.

Let us know what you decide to do.
Are you the first owner? Hah, always thought that it would be cool to be the first owner and just keep it forever... I've not been able to afford a BRAND new vehicle yet. Family friend of ours bought a TJ brand new off the lot in 2000 and still has it as his DD today.
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Are you the first owner? Hah, always thought that it would be cool to be the first owner and just keep it forever... I've not been able to afford a BRAND new vehicle yet. Family friend of ours bought a TJ brand new off the lot in 2000 and still has it as his DD today.
Haha I'm not the first owner.
Anyway. The engine was rebuilt before I bought it by a good machine shop. I have the receipt.
I put the lift under it. I feel like it's in real good condition. No rust.
I wouldn't get rid of the jeep unless it was for another jeep.
Maybe I should just keep it.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:39 PM   #9
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If its running great, keep it for sure...its valentines day, go out and give it some love and a tune up. I'd skip a JK for sure, as Luke said...your TJ is much cheaper and easier to work on.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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I sold a 99 sahara when i bought a 12 JK as i couldnt store/keep both. i regret and miss it! if you do go with a JK buy new or at least the 2012+ because of the new engine. if you keep a vehicle a long time order a 14' and get it the way you want it that helps relieve the pain of letting the old one go
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:42 PM   #11
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Personally Id keep the TJ until the trans or motor takes a dump on you then look for a new JK. If you have the money keep the tj as a weekend or summer car (or beater rig) and get a newer JK for a DD.
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Personally Id keep the TJ until the trans or motor takes a dump on you then look for a new JK. If you have the money keep the tj as a weekend or summer car (or beater rig) and get a newer JK for a DD.
Well I'm a Chevrolet guy at heart and have a nice Silverado in the garage. I just love driving my jeep as a DD. Sorta been kicking around the idea of a newer jeep. But that's all. Just wondering. You guys have gave me good input.
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Keep it. Its (probably) paid for, and if the engine ever goes, you can upgrade into a stroker for just the equivalent of a few months' worth of new car payments.

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Old 02-14-2014, 04:46 PM   #14
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Yes I'd keep it, I would wait until it died and make a crawler or somthing, then get a new one.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:28 PM   #15
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I am an ex-JK. DO NOT purchase a JK pre-Pentastar no matter what people say or how cheap it is. The 3.8L minivan engine is horrible. The electronics on all of them are horrible.

That said, I am not a fan of any JK of any sort. To hard to work on, too expensive to modify, too much electronics, too much plastic, no Jeep stamp on the tub, curved windshield, plastic, sloped grill, leak like a sieve, too big, too wide, ugly flanders. I am sorry, yes, I hate on JKs.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:14 PM   #16
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I am an ex-JK. DO NOT purchase a JK pre-Pentastar no matter what people say or how cheap it is. The 3.8L minivan engine is horrible. The electronics on all of them are horrible.

That said, I am not a fan of any JK of any sort. To hard to work on, too expensive to modify, too much electronics, too much plastic, no Jeep stamp on the tub, curved windshield, plastic, sloped grill, leak like a sieve, too big, too wide, ugly flanders. I am sorry, yes, I hate on JKs.
So im wondering? Are you saying not to get the JK? You're not a big fan.? LMFAO just tell us how it is. I do find it odd that so many are for sale.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:26 PM   #17
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When I put larger tires on my JK the VSC went nuts. It would yank the Jeep in every exit hairpin. Enough to give my neck a pain. My wife could not drive it because the brakes kicking in on the VSC would pull the Jeep straight violently and scare her. I took it to the Jeep place and the service manager told me that you are not supposed to put larger tires on them. Like, wtf?

BTW, I purchased my JK new. I hated it worse than the Rambler my father bought me when I was 17. Hell, I would rather have the Rambler on a lift with 33s than a JK. Hey, the Rambler had a straight six, at least!

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:43 PM   #18
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The TJ is the last of what a jeep was meant to be (a Jeep). The JK is a minvan.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:55 PM   #19
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The TJ is the last of what a jeep was meant to be (a Jeep). The JK is a minvan.
X2. New safety standards and an ever decreasing wheeling market. Along with decreasing trails
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:20 PM   #20
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We asked a guy in the parts dept. at a Jeep dealership and he said he would never trade a 4.0 for that pos 3.8. And he was selling Jeep parts!
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The TJ is the last of what a jeep was meant to be (a Jeep). The JK is a minvan.
Hahaha. I love the TJ, brother, but I've heard CJ owners say that their model was the last real jeep. The TJ had its share of detractors when it first came out. There were many who felt that Jeep had gone soft. Same thing about the YJ when it came out in 87. The square headlights were considered sacrilege. Meanwhile, many an XJ owner has shown us that they know what the name 'Jeep' means. That platform has been used to build some incredible off-road rigs.

Personally, I'd love a CJ-7 in my garage right next to my JKU for playing with on the weekends. Maybe someday.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:49 PM   #22
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JK's are getting like hummers. If true off road markets thought size helped 4 wheelers would be looking different but hey they have real world competitors. I like not being able to get stuck in ruts or having to do a 10 point turn on a trail or having leaf springs. It went up but it's going mini van.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:20 AM   #23
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I Have a 2000 sport. It's my DD. It just turned over 200000 miles..There really isn't anything much wrong with my jeep. But at 200000 there has to be some issues that hasn't turned up yet..I don't want to trade a good jeep for one with several problems. Just looking for opinions.
My .02, do the math:
How much do you owe on it for a monthly payment? (I'm guessing nothing.) How much do you pay for insurance?
What have you replaced or do you think it will need in terms of upcoming maintenance? (Brakes, clutch, tires, radiator/heater core, steering pump, battery, et c.) How much did/will it cost?

How much will a monthly payment for a new(er) JK set you back (and for how long), and insurance?

Think about keeping your TJ and making modest monthly payments to a "maintenance" fund for future foreseen and unexpected issues. I'm thinking this is probably less expensive in the long run. And at the end of the day the banked fund could be used as a down payment if the TJ totally bites it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:33 AM   #24
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If you're REALLY worried about something failing (assuming you're most worried about the engine or transmission), and you're at all mechanically inclined you can do it race car style and shop around now while you can take your time find a good deal on a in shape engine/transmission if they are low miles just store them, or if you want get the engine stroked out or at least rebuilt, then put it on standby so you can just swap it out if you ever do have an engine failure and you have one ready to go. That's what we always did for all of our race cars (engines go fast on those things and unexpected and rush jobs to get one back up are extra expensive and not always very possible) I have always done this for my other cars I have been worried about. Sometimes it is just another good running engine to throw in my car for a while till I have the current one rebuilt, other times it was a totally rebuilt motor I would get built or upgraded and sit on till I got a chance then do the swap on a long weekend and keep the old one that was in it I knew was running and rebuilt it for a backup. Just thoughts, if you have a jeep you like and have put work into getting it how you like I don't think you're going to get a deal you're going to be totally happy with just trading off for another jeep. My .02
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Cheaper to keep her.

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