I'm sure this question has been asked a thousand times (I know because I've been lurking the forum for a couple hours now trying to gather information) but what are some specific issues that I should be cognizant of when test driving used TJs?
A little bit of background, all of my experiences working on Wranglers has been primarily with the JK, although I love them, I think a used JK is out of my price range. So I've set my sites a little lower and I'm going to be test driving an '06 Rubicon.
I've compiled a list of potential problems that I've gathered from other threads, is there anything that I'm missing?
- Rear main seal leaks
- front u-joints
- front driveshaft CV - the "angry sparrow" issue
- ball joints
- exhaust manifold cracks
- leaky pinion seals
- rear axle whine
- loose t-case chain
- tracking bar wear - "Death wobble"
- frame rusting/pitting and rotting floor panels
Are there any tests that you guys recommend to check for some of these issues? I realize some are pretty self-explanatory, but any info would be greatly appreciated.
Some specific info on the TJ I'm testing:
- 120,000 miles
- 6 speed manual
- soft top