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Old 08-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Hi, after my 4 cylinder blew up its engine for no reason, I am now in the market for a 6 cylinder. I found a 98 4.0 with 133K on the clock. Here is the description from the seller. It is listed at 6500. And I have talked to the guy and the steering stabilizer has been put on. Please let me know what you think because I am going into withdrawl from no jeep

:::I am selling my 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ. Runs great. Looks great. Chrome side bars and Bumpers, plus chrome grill inserts. It has a Rustys 3 inch suspension lift, 33 inch BFG tires with aftermarket wheels, and a Banks highflow exhaust manifold and Banks Monster Catalytic Converter. The 33 inch tires hardly slow it down a bit with the aftermarket exhaust. DANA 44 rear-end was added as factory option Limited slip rear differential also added as an option. I have had it as my primary vehicle since 2004. Mileage is 133K, clutch is in great shape. Only trail-ridden once, sadly, due to it being my only vehicle. Never in the mud, though. It has sway bar disconnects...also never used Recently Rhino-lined to protect against rust and water. Factor CD and tape. It has AC, but I haven't recharged it for several years since i only go 5 miles to work and prefer for the side windows to be out. Full Hard-doors and tinted side windows. It does need a new top, but we can negotiate that if you want. It also needs a new steering stabilizer to accommodate the bigger tires. I can fix all of these things to suit your needs or you can do it. Please make me an offer.

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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I just paid $6,500 for a bone stock 2001 TJ with a 4.0 and 138k miles on it. Overall, it was in very good condition inside and out. I don't think it had ever been offroad. Being stock was important to because at the time, I didn't know anything about lifts, etc...

FWIW...In my area, that was a pretty good price. I believe I could have immediately turned around and sold it for $7,500-$8,000.

Sorry, that's all the help I can offer.

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thanks, every bit helps
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Diesel swap!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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Other than the motor, anything esle wrong with the Jeep? if not, 6,500 could easily do an engine swap instead of completely buying a new Jeep.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #6
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My jeep is already sold n this is the one I'm looking at buying.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:27 PM   #7
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Any other thoughts on whether this jeep looks like the one to buy?
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #8
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It's it on a website? If so post the url please
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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Using my phone and can't right now but in the pics it looks pretty good n not abised
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:34 AM   #10
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:45 AM   #11
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Sounds OK But Have it checked out Prior to Purchase By A Mechanic,Might want to run a Carfax on it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:07 AM   #12
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if a/c is important to you, you may want to also factor that in. is the reason why he has to recharge it b/c of a leak? last TJ i bought the owner said the a/c just needs a recharge. after it was recharged, i found it only lasted about a month until it leaked again. replace the condenser & then evaporator (behind the dash....big job). i didn't let that be my only deciding factor when i bought that jeep. but i didn't expect the heft bill that came along with those repairs.


definitely have a trusted technician to go over everything to see if he could find any potential problems. the 5th jeep i bought i thought i looked over pretty well. saw it had some broken link pins & figured that was an easy fix. ended up finding that it had a tweaked frame. but i got it for so cheap & i was able to have a frame shop fix the problem, so i kept it. but i never would have known there was any problems until i tried to get an alignment & the specs were way out.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:15 AM   #13
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I would never use ac so not a big deal. However I am several hours away from the jeep so I guess I should find a local shop to look at it since I dont have a mechanic friend
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Not a bad price. I'd be checking it out.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:25 AM   #15
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Is the rustys suspension lift good or is it cheap?
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:58 AM   #16
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I believe they're on the cheaper end. I've seen a mixed bag of reviews.

Sounds like he's willing to negotiate & with the AC issue/new top needed you've got a few cards to play. I'd drive it at all speeds to check for DW & thoroughly check for rust.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:02 AM   #17
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Yea I'm hoping he will come down some. I asked about rust and he said there wasn't any underneath but il sill check

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