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Old 06-11-2010, 12:24 AM   #1
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looking to buy a jeep

Hello, I am new to the forum. I am looking to buy my first Jeep Wrangler, and want a 97-99 with 6 cylinder and manual transmission. I found a local one with all that plus hard top and full doors. It has 143,000 miles but he is the original owner, and it looks to be a stock Jeep. He is asking $4500. Is this a fair deal? Or is that mileage too high? Also, what should I be sure to inspect when looking at a wrangler or test driving one?

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Old 06-11-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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For the miles, that sounds about right for my area in Ca. Assuming 99, hard top, and 1 owner adds some. Lots of advice here, keep reading threads. I'd ck suspension, drive on hwy looking for DW, over-heating issues, regular maintenance stuff. And of course always offer less, all he can do is say no.

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Old 06-11-2010, 01:32 AM   #3
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check under the carpets for rust, especially on the passenger side to see if the A/C is backing up into the cab. Suspension parts to see if anything is bent or cracked. (I didnt check mine good enough and thought it was only smashed a little when in fact I have a bracket that is cracked and didnt know it.) BUT I STILL LOVE IT! Welcome to the Forum, and when you get your Jeep, dont forget to WAVE!
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:36 AM   #4
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$4500 isn't bad, the mileage isn't bad for these machines. Yea, assuming it is a '99 it sounds like a pretty good deal. Definitely look underneath and check for anything crushed, bent, squished and out of place. Make sure she rides straight at all speeds, and then put her in 4x4 hi and 4x4 lo. At $4500 expect some little things here or there to deal with because that is a fairly low price. I paid $6000 for mine with 118k miles and a 99. Does it have a 4.0L I6 or is it the 4-cyl. I'd avoid the 4-cyl. like the bubonic plague.
It's got a Willy's body, a Chevy engine, Ford axles, GM transmission, and Dodge steering components... it must be a Wrangler.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:08 AM   #5
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$4,500 with 143K miles sounds like a fair price to me.....if there isn't a high dollar item that will jump up and bite you. The above advice is good.....I'd sure get underneath and see what kind of life it's had.

I bought my '98 TJ six years ago....paid twice the price of your Jeep and it had 98K miles but was exceptionally clean and exactly what I was looking for. I consider it money well spent and wouldn't part with it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:15 AM   #6
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If the Jeep has been well cared for and is clean then that sounds like a pretty good deal. Wranglers hold their value. As stated above, check for rust and mechanical issues and if you get the chance, post up a pic or 2. You would be suprised what some of the guys (and girls) on this forum can tell you just from looking at a pic. Oh yeah, Welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:05 AM   #7
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good price

Sounds like a good price. Parts are fairly inexpensive and a lot of em are a DIY. Hope you enjoy the ride! Also, just change all fluids if you make the purchase
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:45 AM   #8
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Thanks for the help everyone! BTW this jeep is a 98 and the guy drove it year round including Wisconsin winters, so I am expecting some rust.
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welcome to the forum! sounds like a pretty solid deal, the 4.0 I6's are known to run to 400k miles and above pretty easily with proper regular maintainance

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