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Old 11-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hey, i'm new to the Jeep Forum.
I'm wanting to buy a 1997 jeep wrangler after the first of the year. The reason I have selected the 97 is the coil spring comfort, compared to the leaf srping in the YJ. I have never owned a jeep. I do have a Polaris Ranger.
The jeep will be a second vehichle for me to play around with. I will use it as a around town plus mud/rock playing also.
Need some ideas of best places to buy one and best parts places etc.

My name is Tommy, looking forwarded to e-mailing with the 'JEEP' FORUM CREW.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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welcome tommy! id say the best place to buy one is the closet one to you that has what you want! I would look at a few and post what you find so the forum can answer your questions and guide you through any questions you have.. as for parts store, there are alot... quadretec is good and even try to support your local 4x4 shop
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Need some ideas of best places to buy one and best parts places etc.
Avoid dealers if at all possible...check your local Craigslist and have cash in hand if you want the best TJ and the lowest price. I paid $5800 cash for my '99...the same TJ sell for $9000 at used lots.

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Watch Craigslist like a hawk and you will find some descent deals. Found my 06 LJ Rubi on Craigslist for $15.5k with 62k miles. They are out there, just have to look for them.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #6
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I have been looking on Craigslist and you are correct, the dealer are higher. Is there many changes from 97-2006 TJ'S
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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I found a 1989 yj in good shape, not great shape. Has a hard top and aftermarket bumpers,200,000 mile but run ok. They are asking $3,000 italso has good tread and nice rims. I think it's a pretty good deal. What do y'all think?
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I found a 1989 yj in good shape, not great shape. Has a hard top and aftermarket bumpers,200,000 mile but run ok. They are asking $3,000 italso has good tread and nice rims. I think it's a pretty good deal. What do y'all think?
Well, the good thing is that 5+ years from now it will still likely be worth what you buy it for.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:03 PM   #9
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I found a 1989 yj in good shape, not great shape. Has a hard top and aftermarket bumpers,200,000 mile but run ok. They are asking $3,000 italso has good tread and nice rims. I think it's a pretty good deal. What do y'all think?
I would pass on that one. Stick to the TJ version and you will be happier.
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Favorite your search criteria on Craigslist and hit it several times a day. Good ones go pretty quickly. Take your time though. Due diligence can go a long way. I had a friend available who manages a shop who allowed me to use their lift to check them out. Great way to check for rust, abuse, etc.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:45 AM   #13
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They are out there, just have to look for them.

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