If you are okay with Auto, Pass and offer this guy $9200 cash. hard top, Sahara, 2001, and way less miles. (ad copied and pasted at the end of my "tips).
Here are some random tips from my having owned a TJ which lived in both NorCal and SoCal.
Join as many TJ or off road forums as you can and post a WTB ad. You may get a sweet deal from a board member.
Hard tops are a must if you want a hard top. Used you can find one for around 1000 in California but why pay separate when you can incorporate the cost into your original purchase (plus it works out cheaper that way). You can always take off the hard top and put it in your garage.
Soft Top, plan on replacing yours with a sailcloth top, WAY much quieter for freeway driving, but not as quiet as hard top.
La you need AC no matter what. I don't care if it doesn't sound macho. i drove with no a/c across the dessert with just a Bimini top and no doors.. it was fun the first 3 hours then it was murderous hot hah hah hah. wish I had AC i would have put my top up and CHILLED. had to buy a throw away ice chest and fill it with ice ala swap cooler.
Stay away from 97-99 if poss. the AC has the slider switch. The rotary switch on the 2000-up is much better. Catalitic converters go bad so check for a rattle sound under the passenger door and have the seller change or walk away.
I live in NorCal so I know TJ's are way over priced in Cali but hold out and you will find what you want. If you want a hard top, wait and buy a TJ with a hard top. Def get the D44 on the Sport or Sahara. I personally had a 4 cyl (SE) and wished I would have gotten a 6 cyl. it was great at first I drove it all over the southwest but when I started getting bigger tires it became a dog. my next plan was to re-gear but then i had to add the cost of a D44 or D60 or Ford 9inch to "do it right". If i had the D44 at least i would have justified the re-gearing cost. (TJ D44's are more of a D35 D44 hybrid)
Also get the full doors ones (Sport or Sahara) you can always buy half doors or take off your doors (especially in Southland weather). Buying an SE you get the half doors which are great but in LA highways you wish you had the full doors with roll up windows for when you need them, and like I said, take them off when you don't.
Craigslist tends to be cheaper than autotrader in Cali, but do still check autotrader and car gurus. Also dealer wise, consider (if they have one you like) the Jeep dealer in Ontario as well as the OC dealers.
I prefer to buy from an owner but sometimes that means it will be a higher mileage TJ they want to part with whereas dealers will have lower mileage vehicles they bought at auction.
IF you go dealer (or private) make sure you check the history of the vehicle. the last few years saw a few vehicles from flooded areas retitled in Cali.
Don't jump on the first one you see unless it has EVERYTHING you want.. (except stuff you can change like tires rims or stereo or speakers or fog lights - though most sports and Sahara's had them)..
I am on the fence about purchasing a previously lifted TJ unless you have a lift guy that can check it out for worn or bent suspension components.
Cruise control can be added later if you want with an oem harness (LA DRIVING) but they went from around 100 dollars to crazy expensive now that they don't make them anymore, so again, if you want cruise then hold out for it.
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2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2-Door SUV
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- Title: Clear
- Engine: I6 4L OHV
- Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive
- VIN: 1J4FA59S61P324372
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Interior Color: Green
- Mileage: 75,841
- Exterior Color: Maroon
- Transmission: Automatic
- Stock Number: 1493