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Old 10-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport, $10,998 - Cars.com

Here's the link for it.. I'm kinda wondering if the roof rack comes off and how hard that thing is to manage... Also if anyone has ever had one of those on a jeep of theirs. I like the idea of it but I'm not real sure if its something id like

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It looks a little overpriced for my area, but that expected since its from a dealer. The actual roof rack probably comes off but the side bars are bolted to the sides so they'll stay on when the rack is off. As for the things to check... Make sure the lift was done properly, the tire tread, if you're not mechanically inclined have a mechanic check it out.
Make sure EVERYTHING works and if some things aren't working take off the amount that you think it will cost to fix/replace. Other then that just the normal used car buying things... Check the oil condition, etc.
Edit: As a reference point, I got my 03 with 15,000 less miles for less then that.

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Jeeps in Texas are pretty expensive in general. Looks like double steering stabilizer, could mean lift not desirable though.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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yea it is super over priced.. But most everything in my area is 10K from 97-03 with decent miles.. I'm scared of anything with miles over 130,000
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:07 PM   #5
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yea it is super over priced.. But most everything in my area is 10K from 97-03 with decent miles.. I'm scared of anything with miles over 130,000
I wouldn't be worried about buying a jeep with over 130,000 miles. If you do a little research on the 4.0L they can easily get to, if not past, 300,000 miles when properly maintained.
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I ran the Autocheck on it and it's never been in an accident, though it has something I've never seen. Excluded/Exempt with lien....not sure what that is. I just purchased an 05 LJ with 111,000 on the clock and clear Autocheck. My second choice would have been an 03 Rubi with 106,000, 5 spd....soft top. it's in Brandywine MD....I don't think Sean would mind...I got him to $10600. He is the owner of 301 Auto Sales. Get Autocheck, run vins, no trade is the best, tell them upfront where you're from, let them know you want there best price. Great experience buying Jeeps in this fashion...though it's only two for me. They are both sweet and your area is expanded, so are the deals. Figure out how much you want to spend and don't be afraid of prices above your limit. Most dealers put in a buffer for trade.....so no trade no buffer. I had $12,500 to spend. I got mine for $11,161 out the door with a PA plate. That will cover my Mass taxes and reg. It was listed at $12,995. Here is a link to the second choice...2003 Jeep Wrangler - Used Waldorf MD | 301CarSales.com Now I know you are in Texas, which gives you an advantage over us salt states. But let me stress that traveling for a jeep is much more common than you think. Don't be afraid to check out Ariz, New Mexico, or any of those other jeep paradises. Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Yea... Im thinking this weekend may turn into a little outta state adventure
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Yea... Im thinking this weekend may turn into a little outta state adventure
I know it's hard and you're ready to jump, but it took me 3 months of searching for the right one. I still had vehicles on their last leg but still running. Real downright serious searching.....5-6 weeks. As I said you are in jeep paradise. If you lived in New England you would know what I meant. Rust is prevalent. Do some internet searching, have your list of wants, make some phone calls...ask to speak to the sales manager. If you get hassles....they don't want to make a sale.
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How about some input on half doors.... Winter is around the corner and I don't want to be uncomfortable in the jeep. How are they with noise and keeping the elements out?
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How about some input on half doors.... Winter is around the corner and I don't want to be uncomfortable in the jeep. How are they with noise and keeping the elements out?
Not a fan of the half doors, though I've never owned them, so take that with a grain of salt. I like the full doors because they become no doors almost instantly.
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Not a fan of the half doors, though I've never owned them, so take that with a grain of salt. I like the full doors because they become no doors almost instantly.
Huh? Full doors become no doors?? I have half doors and they are great. Had them through last winter and zero complaints. Full doors would be a little quieter probably but heavier when removing in the summer. And you are in Texas!! Winters there are like fall or spring in other places. Lol
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Huh? Full doors become no doors??
remove the full doors = they become no doors almost instantly
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remove the full doors = they become no doors almost instantly
How does that differ from half doors?
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How does that differ from half doors?
patlisa prefers a full door and sees no need for a half door because they can just remove the full door for the "open air" experience.
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Huh? Full doors become no doors?? I have half doors and they are great. Had them through last winter and zero complaints. Full doors would be a little quieter probably but heavier when removing in the summer. And you are in Texas!! Winters there are like fall or spring in other places. Lol
Hey I'm not accustomed to the cold temps lol.. 40 degrees is COLD COLD to me lol... I like the look of some of the half doors, some not so much. I found a yellow jeep I was kinda keen on but the wife said a man shouldn't drive a yellow jeep haha soooooo idk.
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patlisa prefers a full door and see no need for a half door because they can just remove the full door for the"open air" experience.
Yeah I got that but the half doors can be removed=no doors as well. I guess I'm just not following what y'all are saying. Lol been a long day.
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I guess I'm just not following what y'all are saying. Lol been a long day.

It's nothing more complicated than:

1. they prefer a full door
2. full door can be removed
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I have both the full and half doors. I prefer the half. With top off a jeep looks better with the half doors and you have a place to rest your arm. I can't remember the last time I had my full doors on, but my jeep is not my daily driver. To each his own. Good luck with finding your jeep!
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How about some input on half doors.... Winter is around the corner and I don't want to be uncomfortable in the jeep. How are they with noise and keeping the elements out?
I really like like my half doors because instead of just rolling down the window and having a hole to stick my arm out I can take the whole top half of the door off and have a huge area with no door.
As for noise and practicality, obviously they're louder then a full door since they flap a little bit in the wind. Also, sometimes the windows can be a PITA to zip up going down the highway and keep both hands on the steering wheel. You can always get half doors and buy the hard uppers for them if noise is an issue for you.
They do a pretty good job keeping the water out. The only issue I have is after a really heavy storm sometimes I'll look in the passenger side and see some water on the floor... I'm still trying to track down where it's leaking from.
This may be your next question so I'll just talk about it now. For hard top vs soft top I personally love my soft top WAY more then a hard top. The soft top is much easier to put down and I can just take the windows out when I want the open air feeling but a ceiling at the same time. But obviously it will be louder on the highway, not as warm during the winter, and will probably deteriorate faster then a hard top. Also, as long as the soft top is in good condition then you shouldn't have any problems with water leaking in.
Just a little side not, I personally love when it's raining and I have my soft top on because the sound of the rain hitting the top sounds just like rain hitting a tent. It's very relaxing and makes you feel like you're not actually driving down the road but instead you're just laying down in your tent out in the woods waiting for the storm to pass over.
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1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport, $10,998 - Cars.com

Here's the link for it.. I'm kinda wondering if the roof rack comes off and how hard that thing is to manage... Also if anyone has ever had one of those on a jeep of theirs. I like the idea of it but I'm not real sure if its something id like


I can't give you any input on the roof rack but based on a review of the ad I would agree with others: keep looking, this TJ is very over-priced. I'd ballpark this as closer to a $7,000 Jeep.
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This may be your next question so I'll just talk about it now. For hard top vs soft top I personally love my soft top WAY more then a hard top. The soft top is much easier to put down and I can just take the windows out when I want the open air feeling but a ceiling at the same time. But obviously it will be louder on the highway, not as warm during the winter, and will probably deteriorate faster then a hard top

Wow, soft top, how do you put up with those Northern Florida winters???
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I payed 11,500 for a super clean 2003 with 57,000 miles on it. I thought it was a pretty fair price.
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Hey I'm not accustomed to the cold temps lol.. 40 degrees is COLD COLD to me lol... I like the look of some of the half doors, some not so much. I found a yellow jeep I was kinda keen on but the wife said a man shouldn't drive a yellow jeep haha soooooo idk.
Ya, that was one of the wife's requirements, no red, no yellow. She would have compromised on the automatic, but I'm glad she got what she wanted, 6 spd. Mine were Hardtop with full doors and the Dana 44 rears. Take a long look, no pun intended, at the LJ. I wasn't a huge fan at the beginning, but the deal and condition made me jump. I had been looking at the Rubi SWB. I am so glad that we ended up with the extra cargo room and the 44's standard. It really showed it's capabilities on the highway. It tracks noticeably better than the stubby. We are very happy with our choice.
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I really like like my half doors because instead of just rolling down the window and having a hole to stick my arm out I can take the whole top half of the door off and have a huge area with no door.
As for noise and practicality, obviously they're louder then a full door since they flap a little bit in the wind. Also, sometimes the windows can be a PITA to zip up going down the highway and keep both hands on the steering wheel. You can always get half doors and buy the hard uppers for them if noise is an issue for you.
They do a pretty good job keeping the water out. The only issue I have is after a really heavy storm sometimes I'll look in the passenger side and see some water on the floor... I'm still trying to track down where it's leaking from.
This may be your next question so I'll just talk about it now. For hard top vs soft top I personally love my soft top WAY more then a hard top. The soft top is much easier to put down and I can just take the windows out when I want the open air feeling but a ceiling at the same time. But obviously it will be louder on the highway, not as warm during the winter, and will probably deteriorate faster then a hard top. Also, as long as the soft top is in good condition then you shouldn't have any problems with water leaking in.
Just a little side not, I personally love when it's raining and I have my soft top on because the sound of the rain hitting the top sounds just like rain hitting a tent. It's very relaxing and makes you feel like you're not actually driving down the road but instead you're just laying down in your tent out in the woods waiting for the storm to pass over.
Yea I loved my soft top sooooo much on my last jeep, just not so much in the summer bc it was always soooo hot in there. One of my greatest memories is me and my wife heading down to Port Aransas in the middle of a hurricane in my jeep. I rained sooo hard from about and hour south of San Antonio all the way to Port A.. We got the top end of it and it fell apart as we hit Port Aransas but we still had to camp in a tent in the rain for 2 nights lol.. Loved it
That's been about 2 years ago I guess
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I've had my Jeep 6-7 years and its always had half-doors and a soft top. I came from IA and now live in CO, and we see some significant snow and cold. I can't speak for either a hard top or full doors, but I've NEVER had issues with my setup. And a Jeep puts out some serious heat, so from a comfort-level don't worry about it. It all comes down to aesthetics and preference.
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This may be your next question so I'll just talk about it now. For hard top vs soft top I personally love my soft top WAY more then a hard top. The soft top is much easier to put down and I can just take the windows out when I want the open air feeling but a ceiling at the same time. But obviously it will be louder on the highway, not as warm during the winter, and will probably deteriorate faster then a hard top

Wow, soft top, how do you put up with those Northern Florida winters???
I manage to get by somehow :P.
I'm actually in the coldest part of Florida so maybe that'll strengthen my argument! Just kidding... The coldest it gets here is maybe the high 20s at 2-3 am during the winter. All though the last couple years it's been in the 60s-70s on Christmas Day...
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I'm no expert, but it seems a little expensive to me too. I got a 2005 Wrangler X, 4.0L, automatic, hard top, 100,000 miles for a thousand less. I mention it because it may give you an idea of what can be found out there, or act as a basis for comparison.

Best of luck with your search.

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