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Old 11-21-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Need help.. I think i found a deal

Newbie here and i want to throw this out to you jeep gurus.
I have an chance to buy an 04 Jeep Wrangler X "Columbia Edition" It has a 6cyl. 5sp. manual, with 30,000 miles. premium sound A/C tow set up all for a whopping $11,000.. Do you think this is a deal?
I sold my 02 Dodge Ram QC lifted 8" on 35s over 20s just to get a jeep and think this might be the one..Looking forward to spending alot of time here... Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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Wow, that truck is pretty killer! But good choice on lookin for a Jeep, you dont be dissapointed. Anyway, on to your question. I think you can find better deals than that but you deff. found a nice clean looking TJ there. I got mine for just over 8K and its a 99' that had 50K miles on it at the time. Granted its older but I feel like you could probably get something for a little less. It also depends on the market in your area, that may be decent for where you live. I just know in Michigan that you could find cheaper. How long have you been looking? Also, what do you want to do with it (wheel every weekend?, mud, rocks, trails?, highway driving?) ? Depending on what you wanna do your gonna want to look for specific things.

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Old 11-21-2008, 09:40 PM   #3
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Make sure it has the dana 44 rear axle. It will have a metal drain plug in the rear diff cover, vs a plastic cap looking one. Stay away from the plastic one. If it where me, in this buyers market of used cars/trucks.. I would look around for a nice used 1st year rubicon. Might cost a bit more but it has most of the stuff you will add anyway, assuming your taking it off-road.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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I wish i would have shopped more before I bought. I was too impulsive. If i was to do it again I would wait and look for a 1st gen rubicon too! Also if your plannin on doin some wheellin then I would look for one that is already done. (Cheaper for you in the longrun)
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:33 PM   #5
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Last year I bought my 03 wrangler X, auto, 50K miles with a 4 inch suspension lift for 9500 on e-bay from a private party. And it had never been wheeled, women owned.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:26 PM   #6
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That RAM is tits! Reminds me of my old 5.9 1995 Red RAM. I made the same choice you are making about five years ago. So glad I did, I miss the truck still but the Jeep is unlike any other. Especially if you're like most Jeep owners and "always wanted one". Any way seems like a good deal. Assuming title and all check out. As mentioned above gears and axles are key to building a Jeep. Nice wheels, columbia package, etc. In a perfect world we'd have both been able to keep the beefed RAMS and have a TJ too, good luck.......Welcome
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:33 PM   #7
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i would of kept the truck (especially if payed for )) then bought a jeep on the side, i got rid of my 2005 ford f150 , cause i thought i didnt need it . so now i have a 94 wrangler .. but man!! the winter is not like in a truck. the luxuarys are not there , but i love my jeep and im thinkin of gettin another one . i love the fillin,, i just love it .. just not in the winter,, very primative.. its like the sale man said to me , either u love it or u hate it by the way I love it
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:22 AM   #8
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Looks like a fair price i always liked the special edition jeeps
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:55 AM   #9
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Looks like a fair price to me. Especially around my area. That TJ looks very familiar, Where are you at 4U2NV? I have seen a TJ just like that at a local Jeep dealership here in North Dakota, same year, price, color, wheels, milage and all. Anyway i do think thats a fair price. with the economy being so bad, some areas will sell cheaper, and some areas are holding better then others based on there area economy. Either way, once you get a wrangler your gona love it.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:05 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the input on this buy. The Jeep is being sold by an indivudal in the Dallas area. Well its kinda 50/50.. With some really liking my truck. What i've found here in south Texas is a jeep of that year/condition goes for around $15,000. Another find is Jeeps hold their value. I found 99s going for $9,000 to $10,000. Another Jeep i am looking at is an 04 Unlimited with 50,000 miles going for $14,500. None the less my plan is to be in a Jeep. Thanks again for the warm welcome.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:20 PM   #11
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It really does depend on your location and the market in your area. But as mentioned earlier, Id deff. look around and try to find a first year Rubi because its got the greatest ability off road right from the factory that any other model or any other vehicle for that matter. Its got D44's frnt and rear, air lockers, 4:1 t case, and 8" wide rims from the factory. A first year rubicon probably wont have the stock 31" MT/R's anymore but hopefully the previous owner would have replaced them with something similar as well. But you can find similarly built rigs for cheaper if you look. I got lucky on my '99 and basically bought myself a Rubicon for much cheaper since it had ARB's, long arms, and very upgraded axles. Its all about being patient and being confident in your purchase. In the end, get whatever makes you happy.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:00 PM   #12
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11k is cheap in my are.. get it. I bought last year for 17.2k 39k miles
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:34 PM   #13
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11,000 sounds like a great deal - if it has a Dana 44 rear end.

I just paid 12 for a very similar 04 Rocky Mountain Edition. I checked and nice 03-06 TJs were all in the 14000 + range so I thought I got a good deal. Still do as I am very happy with "Rocky."
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Old 11-22-2008, 10:23 PM   #14
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rubi's go anywhere from 12-15k around here if they're mint
regular tj's are lucky to fetch 10. if they are low miles/0 damage.
for 11k i'd try and find a rubi, even if i had to buy it somewhere else and drive it back.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:49 AM   #15
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:11 PM   #16
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damn.. where do you guys live.. there is such a big gap in prices..
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:26 PM   #17
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Michigan, I see things like this just about every week:
99 Tj Buggy For Sale $3000 Obo - Great Lakes 4x4
1997 TJ on 33s - Reduced to $5500 - Great Lakes 4x4
feeler...99 tj 4.0 - Great Lakes 4x4
This one had A LOT of work done to it:
90' Wrangler - Stroked and Stretched - Great Lakes 4x4

Just a few but you get the idea.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:26 AM   #18
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OK guys... Thanks for all the imput. After several hours on Craigslist I went with the 04 Wrangler. Already removed the "milk jugs" and ordered grab handles and a cab cover for when the top is off (really dusty where i work). I have researched suspension lifts and even though i had a rough country lift on my dodge i plan on staying away from it for the Jeep. I am leaning torwards a 3" lift from Rusty's and 15X8 rims with 33X12.50 A 1.25A bodylift may be in the works later. I have spent hours on here reading and getting ideas.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:55 AM   #19
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which rear axle does a Columbia edition come with??
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:09 AM   #20
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D35...pretty sure. Has what looks like a rubber gromet on rear diff.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:29 AM   #21
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X edition was never available with a 44 even as an option afaik.

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:53 PM   #22
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i think you got a deal, i just got mine last week and everythingi saw similar to yours was over $11k and over 40k miles

i wanted an auto and hard top to please the wife and paid $10k for my '00 and it has 53k

and yes i looked for a long long time, all the good deals had soft tops and 5-speeds

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