Evening everyone. I have finally been given the green light from SWMBO after years of begging to get a Jeep. I'm looking at this specific jeep listed below and just curious of your thoughts. I am mechanically inclined, always had trucks/motorcycles and done my own maintenance, clutch swap, etc.
First thing...yes I know it's an automatic and I should be ashamed of myself...but in the area I live in...I don't feel like having my left foot smashed to the floor 70% of the time.
nothing wrong with an automatic. It does not correlate to the size of your junk regardless of what all the young guys say. Once you go wheeling in an auto and realize they are less work and less prone to snapping stuff because of the stalling and mashing the gas at the wrong time, you will see the light grasshopper. Look at all the competition rigs or serious rock crawlers ( or even recreational rock hoppers) and see how many are standards. There is a reason for that. Have fun with whatever you get and remember, it's all relative to the amount of fun you want to have.. (and jeeps are money pits lol)
Beside to check the axles , bearing , and seal for leakage . Just got done replacing mine on my '02 with 33's. and I've only got 74 k on mine. It's good to know what you will be possibly facing in the future .
So...as an update it was a piece of crap. Lots of money put into mods by previous owner. Current owner had all breaks replaced an some other expensive repairs...but it just seemed like overly modded and uncared for over time.
I test drove this 2004 yesterday and really liked it...undercarriage was immaculate, no signs of leaks, interior and exterior was near perfect. Gotta work that price down quite a bit before forking over any cash though.
The 2nd Jeep is a much better starting point, but still a bit over priced. Unless you have extra cash lying around I second taking your time. Even if you work a dealer down you still wind up on the wrong end. If you haven't already be sure to expand your search. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few hours for the right jeep
Couple of points here. First off, I looked all over for quite awhile before buying another Jeep. (number 6 btw) I looked at everything private that interested me and everything on every car lot I saw. I knew I wanted an LJ (more room) and I knew it had to have a hardtop (other tops much cheaper to buy) and I preferred it to be an automatic (because I don't buy into the macho thing and all the others were sticks and I know what works better from experience). Having said that, I found this 05 LJ with a 4" lift and 35" tires. First thing I did was crawl underneath and look for damage. I only decided to buy this one after seeing the maintenance records and determining from not one scratch underneath, this was a cruiser look at me jeep. Talked the dealer down a couple of thousand and drove it home.
Point is, take your time. Have a set idea of what you want. Stick with it and don't settle because as soon as you do, you will see your dream jeep at a killer price.