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Old 01-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #61
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Just gotta watch for deals and make an offer, in march 2011 I got my 99 with 55k on it off Craigslist. He was asking 8500. I got it for 7250.

On topic though if you just maintain the engine well with good maintenance it will last you a long time.

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Glad it worked out for you, I'm kinda gun shy of "Low" mileage vehicles, I've had more problems out of them than the high mileage ones. Rust is a biggie up there, and we have to watch out down here for ones the dealers bring in, especially CarMax. If it appears to have been maintained well, you will probably get good service out of it. About 85% of Jeeps have never seen dirt, so it's likely nobody has buried it in a Mudhole ruining the axles and transmission.

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I have a 98 tj 4.0 and it has 200k on it. Runs great.
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High Mileage - not for that engine

Ok, let's talk mileage. Like many folks mentioned, it's not the miles but how well the maintenance has been. That said, I'll tell you about 2 well maintained jeep 4.0L engines.

My Dad had a 94 Cherokee, garaged daily, well maintained. When he finally sent it away, it was for rust. No major engine or transmission work and very little "regular" sort of work either. The engine, when he got rid of it (he had bondoed the windsheild and couldn't risk it as his daily transport) the engine still ran great.
390,000 miles

My 2000 TJ. Bought it brand new and kept it maintained. I still drive it today and plan to for some time. Never garaged and I live in new england. I had one engine issue with a bad valve spring (650 to fix at mechanic and I'm sure I overpaid due to situation). I have a leaky rear main seal which is extremely. Common on this engine. The worst costs were a couple of frame welds due to rust at 1000 a piece, but again, I live in new england and we get a lot of snow.
270.000 and going.

The rear main seal is the main thing to look for (back of the engine, if really oily or really clean (as in, they cleaned it hoping to hide the leak)) is a good eyeball check. Frame check on the middle plate and corners near the control arms. (The pivoty things if you're not mechanical).

The only caution I'd give is that it is TERRIBLE on gas. Don't be fooled by the needle, it has approx. 20 gallon gas tank. If daily driving, especially if it's NOT a 5 spd manual, you will not love the frequent fuel $$ spent.

Also, just my suspicion, but don't ever tow it if you don't have to since I had to do the clutch both times (1 was Parking spot related) it was towed.

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #65
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[QUOTE=Plowboy1970;3188527]I ran the VIN on this and it has 3.73 gears and the Dana 44 rear axle. That is what you want. Here is the specs.

What did you do to "Run the VIN"?

BTW I have a 98 TJ with 220K Pulled the engine apart just because and found that the cylinder walls still had cross hatch marks. Replaced the bearings and machined the head.

Just watch the frames by the rear control arm mounts.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:23 PM   #66
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High Mileage Sahara

I also have a 2000 Sahara but mine has a slushbox and 183K on it. Runs good and don't think anything of jumping in and drive a few hours to get to the Outer Banks. Here's a new slogan for Jeep. "Jeep. Just go."

Technically, Jeeps can't have too high a mileage since they can be rebuilt from the ground up. If you're willing to own it, then you commit yourself to it thus keeping it in good shape for as long as you own it. My father's 77 Cherokee Chief Wide Track went nearly 450K before he sold it in 1994. Even those FJ's had a good amount of aftermarket body parts available at the time to rebuild it if he wanted to.

Like with my 2006 Freightliner Columbia CL120 truck-tractor. I have 876K on it. All I have to do is decide how much I "want" to put into it to keep it up and running.

So how much are you willing to put into your Sahara?


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I am new here. Was a Jeep Wrangler owner in the past and am finally getting around to buying another

I found one I am very interested in, in my price range. It is a 2000 Sahara 4.0L. It's in great condition but has 154,000 miles on it. Runs clean and smooth, clutch and all gears feel great. Engine looks to be clean and well maintained. Should I be concerned about the high mileage? I know Wranglers are built to last but I stumbled across this forum and wanted to see what the experts have to say.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #67
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I got my 2000 Sahara 4.0 back in 2008 for $6500 with 169,xxx miles...It's been good to me, but definitely had some neglect...

Things that I did right away (and things that I should have done) were spark plugs, oil change, new head unit (old one was definitely well used), had the heater control relay mod done, new top (old one had some cracks and holes) and a few others...

Things I should have done: replace some bushings, trans service (just had it serviced and there was a decent amount of brass in the trans pan) and a couple other misc things...
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #68
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Oh, and I forgot to mention do the thermostat! My heater didnt hardly work...I went to do a cooling system flush and pulled the thermostat; it was broken into pieces...Moral of the story, with high mileage, check/replace your thermostat!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #69
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I got my 98 Sahara, Hard top, 72k miles, 5 speed excellent records and condition for 9300.
Though I had to install new front brakes and a new radiator, had a crack in it.
Runs great.
Gas mileage .. I get about 16 I town and 20 on the Hwy.
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I have the 2.5l with about 181k on it that runs great I expect to get at least 250k hopefully before I rebuild or swap in something. That kind of mileage is perfectly acceptable for the 4.0 but expect to have to change a few things. Is start with the basics fluids, plugs, and filters. Then see what else is worn or not working, which you should do regardless of the miles on any vehicle.
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I bought my 6-speed 2006 Jeep Wrangler in 2010 for 14k with only 32k miles on it. It is still in perfect condition and I only have 41k on it after owning it for 2 1/2 years. I love it every time I get into it. Fortunately. I was able to buy an extended warranty thru my USAA insurance. Mileage isn't bad, I drive in traffic in Los Angeles every day. I will have this Jeep for many. many more years to come. Insurance is very reasonalble on it as well. Jeeps were manufactured for the military so they stand the true test of time. Good luck on whatever you decide to purchase!
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I ran the VIN on this and it has 3.73 gears and the Dana 44 rear axle. That is what you want. Here is the specs.

What did you do to "Run the VIN"?

BTW I have a 98 TJ with 220K Pulled the engine apart just because and found that the cylinder walls still had cross hatch marks. Replaced the bearings and machined the head.

Just watch the frames by the rear control arm mounts.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:31 AM   #74
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I am the first owner of my 2000' TJ Sport 4l desert sand ex/camel interior, the jeep.com poster boy for the year 99, now having 125000 miles. 4 snowless winters in warmer climates, the rest are snow and frost up to -25C (-10F). A few times of brief mud offroading.

Still think of it as 'new'. Changed the water pump and, strangely, the radiator a few times for a clogging problem that could not be diagnosed yet (when one half of the radiator stays cold - no circulation - while the system goes boiling). otherwise it's just the linkage and the front wheel cardan joints. Shocks are still original except the steering damper. Third battery, the third set of tires and spark plugs, 4 or more front brake rotors and pads. Funny - the heater fan regulator switch broke up recently, now the 3-switch climate panel is replaced.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:35 AM   #75
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By all means have it inspected by some one you trust. Better to pay 100 dollars then thousands later. Unless it is what you are going to upgrade or add by your self, Get under it and in the tough to get to places and check for heavy rust. I wish you well and many fun miles.
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Bought a bone stock 2000 2.5L for $4,000. Front tires are worn and there are the usual minor dings and surface rust for a 12 year old vehicle, but it has been rock solid for six months now.

I hate to say it, but look around for a couple that is getting married or having a baby. The toy often has to go and in their hurry, the couple may just run it over to CarMax. Be ready with the cash. CarMax offered my buddy $4K. I offered him $4k and visitation rights any time he wanted. It Blue Booked at $7,600 but they just did not have the time to dink around with Ebay and tire kickers coming over and just wanting to shoot the shit about Jeeps.

So find a Jeep you like and fix the dude up with a chick and wait for it to fall in your lap.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:16 AM   #77
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Bought my 2002 TJ soft top three years ago for $7700 cash. It is an Arizona car, very clean with 113,800 miles. Found it on Craig's List. Have had a few minor problems, EVAP codes, LDP changed, gas cap, etc.

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:26 AM   #78
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I have an 01

My 01 has 105,000 miles on it and we are considered low mileage. Don't know if that helps or hinders
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Just an update for those of you who have been following: Went to see that white 2000 TJ on saturday... Saw it, drove it, fell in love with it... And bought it!
Congrats on your new purchase.
I would not pay too much attention to all the spectacular deals mentioned. They are out there every once in a while.
Those that got them come out of the woodwork whenever prices are discussed!

You did not get taken.... and a southern Jeep is worth some extra money... they last longer and are easier to work on due to min rust and no corrosion..

And what's a few extra dollars where "love" is concerned.

Good Luck with it....RJ
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When I picked up my 2001 TJ this summer, it was basically in the same condition at 114953 miles but imo if it only had two other owners and was a 60th edition, average out the millage by age... 10k miles per year is nothing lol i beleive i got a good deal at 6.5k
That is a good deal. I bought my 2002 TJ Sport (one owner) with 103K on it for $10K. 4.0L, 5-speed, hardtop, Dana44. Owner had just replaced clutch, a couple seals, etc. Didn't think I overpaid, but looking at that, I might have. Got 113K on it now almost a year later and it has been the most reliable, trouble-free transportation I have ever owned. Of course, like everyone else, I have a list a mile long of things I want to do to it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:39 AM   #81
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This seems a little to good to be true in my own opinion. There is no way you can find a 2010 with 48k miles for only 12k. Even 2007's with 50k miles go for about 17k or more depending on condition. Just my $0.02.
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That is a good deal. I bought my 2002 TJ Sport (one owner) with 103K on it for $10K. 4.0L, 5-speed, hardtop, Dana44. Owner had just replaced clutch, a couple seals, etc. Didn't think I overpaid, but looking at that, I might have. Got 113K on it now almost a year later and it has been the most reliable, trouble-free transportation I have ever owned. Of course, like everyone else, I have a list a mile long of things I want to do to it.
I thought so, only issue for me was that the guy who sold it to me claimed it was certified (had papers to back that up) but after I had my personal mechanic look it over, it was not properly certified. (Had to change the rotors, brakes, and the rear dana 44 seal).

Even contacted the Ministry of Transportation (I'm Canadian) to see if his mechanic was pulling a quick one and the official said unfortunately the issues where too borderline to do anything about... SO I basically sucked it up, paid my 600$ and no issues since. My problem was that I had to travel 6 hours to get my Jeep (as everything local to me was either rusted to hell or abused too much from offroading) and when your not in an area you know, its hard to get some other mechanic on the fly who you do not know to do the check up to see if it was worth the purchase. I gambled and paid the price which wasnt too bad and could of been alot worse.
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Thanks all! Day 5 of driving it and I love it.... Very happy with my decision
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #84
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I bought my 2000 Jeep Wrangler 2 years ago with 134,000 miles on it. It was well cared for and I have had no problems with it. Change the oil and go at it.
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This seems a little to good to be true in my own opinion. There is no way you can find a 2010 with 48k miles for only 12k. Even 2007's with 50k miles go for about 17k or more depending on condition. Just my $0.02.
If you notice it says 4 door but its a 2 door
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Hi all,

I am new here. Was a Jeep Wrangler owner in the past and am finally getting around to buying another

I found one I am very interested in, in my price range. It is a 2000 Sahara 4.0L. It's in great condition but has 154,000 miles on it. Runs clean and smooth, clutch and all gears feel great. Engine looks to be clean and well maintained. Should I be concerned about the high mileage? I know Wranglers are built to last but I stumbled across this forum and wanted to see what the experts have to say.

Thanks in advance!
The 4.0L is the last of the Rambler (American Motors) engines. One of the best motors ever built. I have send them go over 300,000+ miles with no problems if maintained.
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I'm pleased to have 2 amazing motors.... The 4.0 jeep and the 4.4 v8 BMW in my Range Rover....... But the Rover is costing me jeep parts! I have to replace the tires not cheap.... 285/40/22's. and the front air struts . Too bad I love it and insist on 2 vehicles.
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My 03 Jeep Wrangler currently has 412K...changed first trans last month, two alternators, three batteries and lots of tires. Engine still runs strong. Since 100K have used Mobil 1 Full Synthetic and Lucas oil treatment. For tires check out Treadwright.com...high quality 4x4 re-treads.
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Hi all,

I am new here. Was a Jeep Wrangler owner in the past and am finally getting around to buying another

I found one I am very interested in, in my price range. It is a 2000 Sahara 4.0L. It's in great condition but has 154,000 miles on it. Runs clean and smooth, clutch and all gears feel great. Engine looks to be clean and well maintained. Should I be concerned about the high mileage? I know Wranglers are built to last but I stumbled across this forum and wanted to see what the experts have to say.

Thanks in advance!
Sold my 2002 TJ a year ago with 160k on it. It was in fantastic condition, I just simply wanted a 2012 JKU.
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I bought my 2005 Wrangler (4cyl. 6 speed) new out the door for 16k (after getting a lemon F-150 4x4 and then having a Chevy Jimmy trans die after 90k miles and promising myself I'd never buy anything again except a Toyota (I love my 2001 Tundra) or a Honda (My wife's Acura had 200k miles with only maintenance, and a clutch). Well, Chrysler bought my Jeep back as a lemon and I got to drive it for 5 years for about $500. If you want a 4x4, buy a little Tacoma 4x4 used. Seriously. Sorry dudes, but if you disagree, look at Jeep reliability stats.

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