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Old 03-27-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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Need Help? What should I offer for this jeep?

Based on this information what would you all offer for this jeep?

I need help? Solf my offroad Grand Cherokee years ago and need to get back into the jeep offroad family.

Here's the info I have right now:
1997 Jeep Wrangler, TJ 33x1250 tires, good condition, 3 1/2 lift, winch bumper with 8000 lb ramsey winch, off road lights on bumper, 5 speed, locking rear differintial, sound bar, roll cage, approx 100,000 miles.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Which motor, 4.0 or 2.5? Which axle in the rear, Dana 35 or Dana 44? Which locker does it have? What ratio are the gears? How does it run? Does it have a Slip Yoke Eliminator or does it use transfer case spacers? Does it have cruise control or air conditioning?

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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^^^ all of this plus most importantly.... What's the rust situation look like?
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I'm talking with the private owner now and am waiting for a response to those questions?
Why does it matter which axel in the rear?

I'm a major NEWB.
What would yalls ballpark # be for it based on this limited info?

Thanks guys.
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Rear axel wise a Dana 35 isn't recommended for 33" tires, ESPECIALLY with a locker, it just puts too much strain on an already weak component.

As far as a ballpark number, all that information changes it drastically, you'll go from 4-5k on a low end and 8-9k on a high end. That's in my area, each market is different.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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Why does it matter which axel in the rear?

What would yalls ballpark # be for it based on this limited info?
A factory Dana 35 has very fragile internals and with a locking differential it is going to break.

It's very hard to put a price to it without those questions being answered, but if it has a 4.0 and it's in really good shape with the proper gearing for those tires, I'd guess it's value around $8000, maybe??? You'll get a better idea of it's value by looking on Auto Trader, E-bay, Craigslist, and your local newspaper. Car values really do vary from one area to another.
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LOL, Jeep guy3, I guess we were typing pretty much the same thing at the same time.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:17 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.

When I get that info I'll post it back in here.

In the meantime all other posts/comments/estimates are welcome.
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I just bought mine a few weeks ago but have been shopping for a year. If it has the 4.0 I would guess the dealers would ask $9499 for it. In a private party sale I would say $8599 and you could buy it for $7ish. Mine is a 99 setup similar to that one with a 3.5 lift etc(no winch) with 69k miles and he was asking $9500 and we settled on $8300. That is all here in SoCal and I know the market is strange here for Wranglers. I'm no expert and this is just my take on it. Good luck to you and my only bit of advice would be... make sure you start with a good example. I'm finding out that purchasing a jeep is just the beginning if you plan on building it to your liking.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #10
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Thanks guys.

When I get that info I'll post it back in here.

In the meantime all other posts/comments/estimates are welcome.
Another thing I found out the hard way with the old XJ's I had... If the PO lifted it, he more then likely wheeled it. It isn't a problem as long as he didn't abuse it and maintained it properly. Look for bent, worn, dented, broken, scratched components on the underside to give you an idea on how much respect he had for his vehicle. Last thing you'd wanna do is buy something that your gonna have to end up replacing everything right away anyways.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:27 PM   #11
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Which motor, 4.0 or 2.5? Which axle in the rear, Dana 35 or Dana 44? Which locker does it have? What ratio are the gears? How does it run? Does it have a Slip Yoke Eliminator or does it use transfer case spacers? Does it have cruise control or air conditioning?
Ok guys, here's the response I got from the seller.


- What should my concerns be?
-What would you pay if it was you looking to buy?
Ps. I'm at the beach in SC so no plans to ever rock crawl with this or take in a bunch of mud. Just local trails and beach (sand) crushing in North Carolina.


- 100,276miles
- 4 cylinder
- AC/HEAT = Heat works, Needs AC compressor.
- Am/fm cassette
- ABS? = Not sure
- Hardtop? = No soft top
- General Condition? = Good condition
- How much tire tread left? = All terrain very good shape and tread


-Which axel in the rear? = Don't know what you want to know other than Lock Right Locker by Power Tracks
- Dana 35 or Dana 44?= I know it's not a 44
- What's the rust situation like? = Dime size spot on one door
- Do you know if it has a Slip Yoke Eliminator or does it use transfer case spacers? = Unknown
Cruise control? = No


Thanks y'all are really helping a newb out!
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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im saying 5000
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also make sure zippers are in good shape and no rips or leaks on the top if so knock off 500.
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Well if its not a dana 44 couldn't it be a ford 8.8? someone back me up here. lol
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Well if its not a dana 44 couldn't it be a ford 8.8? someone back me up here. lol

Haha I don't even know what that means..

What do you think the value is?
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I would pass on the 2.5. I bet you can find a 4.0 out there in your price range. It's not that the 4cyl is bad but the 4.0 is soooo good. Good luck to you.
Again... just my take.
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I would pass on the 2.5. I bet you can find a 4.0 out there in your price range. It's not that the 4cyl is bad but the 4.0 is soooo good. Good luck to you.
Again... just my take.
ya pass on it... with a d35 and locker ur just asking for trouble. it could be a ford 8.8 however if he doesnt know the rear axle i highly doubt its a 8.8
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Dude only wants 5200 though
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if ur rear axle breaks, which d35 and locker and 33s it will be soon, that 2k right there. plus its only a 4 banger. with a 3.5" lift, idk but i think thats a horrible idea. now this all IMO of course so u dont have to list to me.
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Really appreciate it.

How would I figure out if its a ford 8.8?
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If you are in the Myrtle area, which I am guessing from the name and location, Between Myrtle and Wilmington you could find what you are looking for. I live in Wilmington and pass at least 30 Jeeps on my way to work on the small lots. Keep looking they are all over the place around this area especially this time of year. Good Luck
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If you are in the Myrtle area, which I am guessing from the name and location, Between Myrtle and Wilmington you could find what you are looking for. I live in Wilmington and pass at least 30 Jeeps on my way to work on the small lots. Keep looking they are all over the place around this area especially this time of year. Good Luck
Yeah, I hear ya Mike.
Was real excited about this one though, I know its looked down on in the forum but I'd love to buy one with all the major mods already done (lift, tires, aesthetic types) and my budgets only about 5k as it'll be a second car.

I'm going for the look and the fun crusing on the weekends. Don't plan on hitting the trails all to often.

Shoot me a message on here if you've got any leads on what I'm looking for.
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Yeah, I hear ya Mike.
Was real excited about this one though, I know its looked down on in the forum but I'd love to buy one with all the major mods already done (lift, tires, aesthetic types) and my budgets only about 5k as it'll be a second car.

I'm going for the look and the fun crusing on the weekends. Don't plan on hitting the trails all to often.

Shoot me a message on here if you've got any leads on what I'm looking for.
I know what its like to get excited about a rig and you can get tunnel vision. I would listen to those guys^^^ they seem to know a lot more than me about these. I also wanted to find a jeep with a couple mods and found one eventually and I'm happy I did but one thing should top your list IMHO is the inline 6 engine. If you see "SE" in the add, just keep looking. Someone on this forum posted a pic of his 4.0 jeep looking like new with 481,000 miles or something close to that the other day. I have seen a few like that and it was enough to convince me. Pass on it... keep looking.
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it just puts too much strain on an already weak component.

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IMO the 4banger is the deal breaker. offer him 4000.00 or walk away IMO
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imo the 4banger is the deal breaker. Offer him 4000.00 or walk away imo
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How would I figure out if its a ford 8.8?

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Hahaha, where is the fill plug on the 8.8??????
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Hahaha, where is the fill plug on the 8.8??????
It doesn't need fluid, its just that awesome...

OR you have to park it on the grill and when your done, you put the cover back on and lower the rear down...


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