My first Jeep Wrangler experience, She is in my Driveway...
So I decided I wanted to own a Jeep Wrangler. I was going to trade my car in on a new 2008; but I decided to read the Jeep forums first. I was unaware the “Inline 6” hand been changed to a V6 in the 2007 year. So my search was decided that I would not trade for new, but rather find a late model “Inline 6” with low mileage. My quest had begun…
I decided I wanted one of those long wheel base jeeps (I now know this is known as the “LJ” Unlimited). My search narrows. These 2 door LJ’s were only made from 2004-2006. I then decided I wanted a manual transmission; but wait the 2004 LJ’s were only automatic. My search narrows, again (has to be a 2005 or 2006 low mileage LJ). I also like the idea of the 7 speaker Premium Sound Package. My search narrows. Now I begin looking at the color schemes. After looking at all the color schemes, she pops out at me – the perfect Jeep Wrangler Color Scheme (IMO): Light Khaki Metallic w/ Khaki Interior. But of course, I find out that this is one of the rare colors. So, my search narrows even more. But now, I also wanted the seven-speaker premium sound package.
I find three (I live in the Midwest): One at a Sand Diego, CA dealer (Soft Top, but no Premium Sound); Ebay in Georgia (Soft Top, No Premium Sound, Trailer Hitch); New York a CPO with Hard Top, No Premium Sound. San Diego and Georgia are ruled out for various reasons. Looks like I’m headed to New York. I call the dealer; I spoke with a salesman that is supposed to get back to me. Two days pass and no one calls. I go online and search again – There she is, right out my back door an hour and a half away. After some negotiations of getting the price down via email and phone she is in my Drive Way at $15,500, as of yesterday. Sorry for the novel, but this is my first Wrangler experience and I had to express it.
2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Light Khaki Metallic w/ Khaki Interior
Never off road
…Only 11,096 miles
11,000mi, that was someones toy that sounds like it never got used much. Being in the midwest you might want to start hunting around for a hard top for November to April. It's possible the original owner might even still have one if it came with the dual top option, you can get a printout of the build sheet from the jeep dealer using the vin, tells you what it shipped with from the factory. Oh, and welcome to the forum.