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Old 06-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Looking for a jeep

I've been in a Toyota Tundra for the last few years and for the last week I've really wanted a Jeep...bad. I'm looking at 04-08 wranglers and most are selling for 12-18k or at least that's what they are asking with 60-130k miles or so. They seem high priced for the mileage to me.

Is this normal or does the price jump at summertime?

Also, with the high miles, are there maintenance issues that I should expect to be expensive in the near future?

I live in Dallas, TX, I don't mind the summer heat but how is the jeeps heating/cooling system with a soft top? I plan on going topless and doorless a lot but curious about that.

I plan on getting one with no lift or other things that are a telltale sign of abuse and adding all the options I want. Any advice or opinions will help

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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One more thing, if I want to put 35s on it, what's the best lift setup that isn't too costly? I was thinking around 1000-1500 for the lift

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #3
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I have a friend in Palm Springs that would probably work with you. He wants a Tundra for his work - the small size of his TJ isn't cutting it. PM me and I can send you his email.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:54 PM   #4
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I bought an '04 last year with 40k miles for around the prices you're talking about, but that was the going rate here. As far as the heating/cooling I've really enjoyed the soft top, and I live where our July temps are 112+ degrees. They seem to hold in the heat less than a regular vehicle. Fall & spring they're amazing. As for maintenance for those miles I'll let the more knowledgeable forum members chime in, but I'm guessing you're at least due for several fluid changes. (t-case, tranny, diffs) Happy hunting!

And I'm with you on an "unmolested" Jeep. I bought mine and it was stock. Now I'm able to do what I want to it and know it'll be done right. (or at least my way)
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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4" Pro-Comp suspension with Pro-Comp MX-6 shocks. I am moving on to Bilstein 5100 shocks very soon, as the MX-6s are leaking oil and need to be replaced.

3/4" Coil spacers up front and 1" coil spacers over rear axle provide an additional bump in lift height.

1" Body mounts needed to be replaced at 100,000 as the originals turned to mush after 8 yrs. of constant off-road trips. I ran Energy Suspension body mounts for 2yrs - now, I am running a 1" Daystar body lift kit - the body mounts are integrated into the body lift.

1" Currie Motor Mount Lift - for use with the 1" Daystar Body Lift

Lift = ~$500
Shocks = ~$400
Spacers = ~$100
Body Lift = $65 (used Craigslist)
Motor Mount Lift = $85

There are better-quality lift kits on the market, but this is how I started building my Jeep 10 yrs ago - on the cheap.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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I have a friend in Palm Springs that would probably work with you. He wants a Tundra for his work - the small size of his TJ isn't cutting it. PM me and I can send you his email.
Palm Springs is a little far for me...1351 miles to be exact
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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I've been in a Toyota Tundra for the last few years and for the last week I've really wanted a Jeep...bad. I'm looking at 04-08 wranglers and most are selling for 12-18k or at least that's what they are asking with 60-130k miles or so. They seem high priced for the mileage to me.

Is this normal or does the price jump at summertime?

Also, with the high miles, are there maintenance issues that I should expect to be expensive in the near future?

I live in Dallas, TX, I don't mind the summer heat but how is the jeeps heating/cooling system with a soft top? I plan on going topless and doorless a lot but curious about that.

I plan on getting one with no lift or other things that are a telltale sign of abuse and adding all the options I want. Any advice or opinions will help
The year range your looking at includes two very different Wranglers. 1997-2006 is the TJ series and 2007- present is the JK. Not apples to apples.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:23 PM   #8
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Suspension:
4" Pro-Comp suspension with Pro-Comp MX-6 shocks. I am moving on to Bilstein 5100 shocks very soon, as the MX-6s are leaking oil and need to be replaced.

3/4" Coil spacers up front and 1" coil spacers over rear axle provide an additional bump in lift height.

1" Body mounts needed to be replaced at 100,000 as the originals turned to mush after 8 yrs. of constant off-road trips. I ran Energy Suspension body mounts for 2yrs - now, I am running a 1" Daystar body lift kit - the body mounts are integrated into the body lift.

1" Currie Motor Mount Lift - for use with the 1" Daystar Body Lift

Lift = ~$500
Shocks = ~$400
Spacers = ~$100
Body Lift = $65 (used Craigslist)
Motor Mount Lift = $85

There are better-quality lift kits on the market, but this is how I started building my Jeep 10 yrs ago - on the cheap.
I'll probably buy a full kit and install it. Any extra costs? Like extend brake lines or motor mount lift that I'll have to do. I was thinking a 4" suspension lift and 2" body lift for 35s but idk
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:24 PM   #9
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The year range your looking at includes two very different Wranglers. 1997-2006 is the TJ series and 2007- present is the JK. Not apples to apples.
Most likely in the TJ series

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