i found a 2004 black wrangler se 4cyl 5spd with hardtop and hard upper sliders 77k miles for 6700$ at a local car dealer. i had my mechanic look at it and he said it sounded ok other than a starter whine and looked alright other than it looked like it was wheeled some on. has steel wheels with good tires, looks like vinyl seats, after market front bumper and the rugs already were removed. i was looking at it to buy and resell for a small profit because the book on it around me is closer to 9-10k$. i have a 06, but i am in the process of loking for a new job and if it requires a lot of driving this 04 might be a little better on gas highway driving than my 4.0 is. Does it sound like a good deal? has clean title and dealer had no problem putting on the lift for me to look under. says its priced to move when i asked why so cheap for an 04.
Something is not right about it...but I think that is when I look at a similar priced one in a similar condition, I found out that it had been swamped in one of the eastern hurricanes and it was past around from dealer to dealer via auction. So I am very cautious now, and avoid used dealers.
with the mileage and year, i believe the dealer can offer a warranty if they want and there are a lot of after market warranty companies that for like 700$ cover a used car purchase pretty much drivetrain, powertrain and everything as i looked into one on the 1995 pickup i purchased from a used dealer years ago but decided honestly that anything that could break on it i could fix cheaply on my own and nothing major ever did in the end before i sold it.
Stealership warranties for jeeps are basically useless, you pay lots of money through the nose, for basic repairs you can complete yourself. the only way you ever break even with those junk warranties is if your entire drive train blows. engine, tranny, etc. For some one that claims they can always make a profit, I'm a bit surprised you would even consider a dealer warranty.. oh BTW,,, No, you will not get any better fuel mileage from a 4 cyl, unless you avoid I-78, I-287, Jersey pike, or I-80, and stick to the streets, and don't go much over 45 mph.. The 2.5 litre needs to be wrapped up a bit to keep up with traffic, you would only see 5th gear on the flat, or down hill. up even the slightest grade, or headwind, you'll be dropping down into 4th just to maintain 65 mph.. good luck !!
04' Rubi, with all the gizmos we need for long range excursions, / home modified excursion trailer;
96' Lexus 450, locked, loaded and ready to roll..
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i dunno i never drove the dohc 4 cyl jeeps but the few ppl that i spoke to that owned them seem to get better mileage than mine with the 4.0 and it would be pretty much all highway with the job that i'm looking at. i only mentioned warranty of any kind because the only thing i would consider pricey to replace would be the motor or trans and thats easily over the price of any warranty to have replaced which if it happened in the winter i wouldnt be doing because i dont have a shop, in the summer i can tackle it no problem.