Looking to buy used TJ Rubicon - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-11-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 15
Looking to buy used TJ Rubicon

I found a 2005 TJ Rubicon 6MT with low miles and clean CarFax report. I am new to Jeeps and would appreciate any pointers on buying a used Jeep.

The drive train warranty is 7/70,000 for this car. Is that applicable for a 2nd owner? Technically there is still one year left on the Warranty.

I know to look for rust. This is not usually a problem here in the south but I know where to look for that. What things should I look for in the test drive?

Finally what is a good price? It only has 35k miles and Edmunds lists it for 16,800, NADA is 19,600 and KBB is 20,300. They have it listed for 18k. What would be a good price for this? My wife says to offer 15k but that seems too low.

__________________
_oooo
/l ,[____],
l---L -0lllllll0-
()_)-()_)-o-)_)
rcase13 is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
SirGeorgeKillian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,282
Images: 2
No harm in offering 15k. Just be prepared to spend more...

SirGeorgeKillian is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 12:38 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
06GoldenEagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: bergen county, nj
Posts: 849
18k is kinda high for that even tho it has low miles, but varies depending on your area. jeeps really dont sell according to kbb or nada values. i think that warranty is for the first owner unless its sold used used through a chrysler dealer and they check the vehicle out and make the transfer to you. thats the drivetrain warranty, only has a few months left on it also as 2012 is 3months away.
06GoldenEagle is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
C.L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North NJ
Posts: 2,156
Sounds about right. Low miles could imply that it was more of a weekend toy though, make sure you crawl under and look for bent control arm mounts and damage to the skid plates. Take it for a good 10 mile or so test drive to heat up the oil, and look at the rear main seal. It will probably have a new drop of oil forming on it, assuming the dealer wiped the old one off before the test drive. It's not a big deal, but opens the door for some more haggling.

A bad batch of CPS or oil sending units moved through in 2005, i can't remember exactly what it was, but bad news if the gear failed. Maybe talk the dealer into changing that instead of working at the base price so much.
C.L. is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 15
This Jeep is at a small used car dealership in a small town. They don't have a garage or anything like that to replace anything.

The used car place that has the Jeep was closed today but I went by anyway to get a good look. It looks really good. There are scratches on the hood and the drivers door. Also the tires are shot. They are down to the wear indicators. The good news is they are all worn exactly the same and show absolutely no uneven wear.

I actually crawled all the way under the Jeep to take a look. I am mechanically inclined and do my own work but must confess I know nothing about jeeps. There was a lot of surface rust but not a single scratch on anything. That huge front axle really sticks out but not a scratch on it. I get the impression this was just driven only on the pavement. That is a good thing right? The surface rust is normal correct? The end of the axles that are shaped like a "C" are really rusted. Very big piece of metal so it certainly can't rust all the way through. There is no rust on the body.

I am going to call and offer 15k tomorrow. The scratches were small and I can live with them. It is 6years old so I don't expect it too be perfect. I was actually thrilled with the condition. I like that it hasn't been modded at all. It's completely factory. Which is good because I intend to mod the hell out of it. The pathetic rock rails will be the first to go... After the tires are replaced of course.

Thanks for the help. I will certainly crawl under it after the test drive and check for oil at the rear main seal. When you say bad news if the gear failed... How bad news? How much would a repair like that cost? This raises another question. What would the single most expensive failure be on this Jeep?

I have to say it was quite a shock to look under the Jeep. The body and interior all look kind of cheap but you look under the vehicle where it counts and it looks like a piece of military hardware. LOL this thing is going to be a blast if I get it. My son loves it. It's flame red and he loves red.
__________________
_oooo
/l ,[____],
l---L -0lllllll0-
()_)-()_)-o-)_)
rcase13 is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
SportsGal501's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New York City
Posts: 529
TJ's are tanks....don't let that exterior or interior fool ya
__________________
Wrangler "X" 2006 DOB-5/06 24 x package automatic~all tinted windows quasi-military Lt metallic Khaki w/hardtop Mopar Grill Guard Mopar Rock Rails 30" Bridgestone Duelers A/T
www.jeepprofile.com/sportsgal501
"Move along...nothing to see here"

"I was elected to lead not to read."-The Simpsons Movie
SportsGal501 is offline   Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 10:33 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
C.L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North NJ
Posts: 2,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by rcase13 View Post
Thanks for the help. I will certainly crawl under it after the test drive and check for oil at the rear main seal. When you say bad news if the gear failed... How bad news? How much would a repair like that cost? This raises another question. What would the single most expensive failure be on this Jeep?
It's got a pretty good chance of taking the engine out with it if you're not paying attention. Here's the TSB for it: 2005 JEEP WRANGLER Bulletin - Vehicle Safety TSB ID 9419

As far as expensive failures, the engine seizing is probably right up at the top of the list. You mentioned that you were mechanically inclined; supposedly it's not too difficult to change on your own. Bring the TSB with you and use it as a bargaining chip if need be.

C.L. is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2012 Wrangler information thread Milous JK General Discussion Forum 1605 07-17-2013 02:45 PM
Eagle Scout on the Rubicon... Great project!! Tread Lightly Land Use Forum 0 08-31-2011 05:11 PM
04 rubicon stuff in brownsburg, IN Indyrubi Classifieds Archive 12 01-16-2010 12:01 PM
Rubicon Express just lost a customer for life!!! Timberman TJ General Discussion Forum 38 12-01-2009 02:14 AM
Rubicon vs. TJ springs: The Results..... compshooter TJ General Discussion Forum 9 08-22-2008 12:06 AM



Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:34 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC