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Old 08-16-2010, 05:59 PM
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Looking for advice for 1st Jeep

Hello all,

I've been thinking of getting a Jeep to satisfy my convertible itch. Before I was married and had kids I had '79 Fiat Spyder that was tons of fun, but tons of work. Now that my kids are getting to driving age, I've been toying with the idea of getting a Jeep for them and me to drive around locally and be able to handle Chicago snow.

I'm thinking a TJ with 4 cyl., manual trans (hopefully no texting while driving.) stock height. Kids want a yellow one.

I don't mind doing some work on it and would like something in the $5k range.

Any advice?


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$5k your looking at well over 100k milage. Probably early 90's. $5k is usually a parts jeep, not a daily driver. But it's a good start for a build up!

(just bought an 06 4cyl manual 6 speed with 48k miles for 14500. And I talked him down a grand) look near military bases for a really good deal. Alot of guys having to deploy are selling theirs dirt cheap. Craigslist also, just be careful for those bitter tasting lemons

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Old 08-16-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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If you buy a Jeep for $5000, make sure you have tools.
These things hold heir value well. I spent 8600 on a 99 fixer-upper, 4.0L /auto/soft top.
Be wary of Jeeps that have big lifts, front disconnects, all the bells and whistles: they may have been driven hard off-road. From what I've seen, Jeep people don't sell them simply because they're bored with them.

Happy hunting, and good luck!
If you find one, be sure to post up pics!
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Welcome. If you can find a 6cly, you will enjoy it more. as for prices, the vary by state and area. 5k should get you a nice YJ or even a TJ. Don't forget to save a bit for needed items, its a used Jeep after all. If you find one and have q's post it here, we are happy to help.
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