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Old 08-05-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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Should I Purchase: 99 Jeep Wrangler

Hey guys first post here,

I am looking at a 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport with a hardtop that has about 90K miles on it with automatic transmission. What are yalls opinions on it and what should I look for when test driving it.

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check tranny for smooth shifts check for leaks at botom of motor, both diffs always drip but bring up that they are dripping anyways, check hardtop for stress cracks at doors, the timing chain will need to be done soon, check axels and make sure there is no gap.

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My only piece of advice is that since it is and AT make sure it is at least the 4.0L (i assume it is since it is a "sport") Everything else is up to you, remember, your not buying it to get great gas mileage. Hopefully your buying it because you've always wanted a JEEP. if the price is right, your call. Keep in mind that it is 10 years old and will probably be due for some general maint. But, rest assured, you'll be able to find what need for it, OEM or aftermarket. Good luck.
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Hopefully your buying it because you've always wanted a JEEP. Good luck.

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Old 08-05-2009, 11:33 AM   #5
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Hey guys thanks for all the tips,

Firstly, ilovegeeksnj I will take your advice into consideration and look at all the items you mentioned, being a Jeep novice this is exactly what I was looking for.

Sycamore007, YES I have always wanted a Jeep and understand the gas mileage is not what my 08 Jetta brings so I am aware of that. One reason I am starting with an older modle is obviously becuase of the price. I would love to get my monthly costs down in car payments even though my gas may be a little higher. But most of all Jeeps have always appealed to me.

BTW it is a I6 4.0/242.

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Old 08-05-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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Frogot to mention I do plan on using this as a daily driver..
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:47 AM   #7
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We need to highlight this a lot more.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:01 PM   #8
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Why all the highlights??
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:01 PM   #9
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Why all the highlights??
Because Jeeps are slow, they're noisy, they tend to ride poorly, they're not the best handling vehicle, they're not really comfortable, they're not roomy, and they have the aerodynamics of a tool shed.

All that said, I love it. Personality and fun can trump all.

I (we've) seen too many people buy a Jeep and then hate it for any of the above reasons. The "Jeep People" tend to be born that way. Others get exposed and infected with the disease. But if someone's just buying for transportation, they'll likey be listing it in the For Sale ad's within a year.

Just giving you honest, good advice to think about.
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check tranny for smooth shifts check for leaks at botom of motor, both diffs always drip but bring up that they are dripping anyways, check hardtop for stress cracks at doors, the timing chain will need to be done soon, check axels and make sure there is no gap.
Okay, 1st both diffs do not always drip, dripping oil should not be considered normal., the rear dana 35 will have oil that leaches out around the plastic drain plug, 1-2 inches, but not dripping.

2nd you will not need to worry about replacing the timing chain with the miles it has. In fact I doubt unless you have a timing issue you will ever have to replace the chain on a 4.0L.

3rd. If you plan to use this jeep off road.. look to see which rear axle it has. IF has the plastic diff cover plug, its the less than steller dana 35, if it has a metal drain plug its the much liked dana 44.
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What part of the country?
How much?
Any rust look on frame,body mounts
6 cyl for sure

X2 no timing chain will be needed
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What part of the country?
How much?
Any rust look on frame,body mounts
6 cyl for sure

X2 no timing chain will be needed
I am buying this from a local dealership, here are the answers to your questions:

Price 8500.00 (This is listing price, let the haggling commence)
Ill check for rust tomorrow
6cyl YES

I just checked the carfax and it looks clear with 4 previous owners the latest one being the car lot I am purchasing it from.
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Frogot to mention I do plan on using this as a daily driver..
But you have another ride to fall back on, right? Garage queens and boulevard cruisers are one thing, but a well used 4X4, at 90,000 miles, with 3 prior users, and especially if it has a lot of time on the beach can be a real money pit. The dealer should have no problem with you having a garage of your choice look it over. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:58 PM   #14
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coolbreeze,

Good idea, there is a mechanic I use not too far away, actually for that matter there is two I typically use not to far away.

What should I ask them to do when I take it to them?

Here is a link to the vehicle I am interested in: Used 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport (Green SUV) Corpus Christi, TX

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #15
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Looks well optioned and better than average shape by the pics. Good luck.
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Just tell your mechanic you want to buy a used Jeep and you would like him to look it over, and how much will you charge me? He should listen to the motor, look at the fluids, and check all systems for function. The main thing is his experience and his lift. Always a good idea to look at the underside of any used vehicle, and its much easier when they are up in the air.

The rig looks very clean and doesn't appear to have been on the Rubicon Trail Have fun with your new Jeep
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Carfax looks clean on it.
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Again guys,

Thanks for all of your help and thoughts, I will let you know how it goes tomorrow at the mechanics shop and as well as haggling with the dealer.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:17 PM   #19
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I personally won't buy any 10 year old + vehicle for more than 4,000. I got my 97 with 128xxx for 3,000 , the engine was remarkably strong and sturdy for its age and the mileage, no leaks. Plus I don't use it as my main vehicle and only log around 1-2k miles each year. If your looking for a daily driving vehicle, I wouldn't recommend it. Invest another 4-6k and get a 2004 on model from a private seller since dealers are money stealers. I have access to manheim auctions (the site dealers get their used cars) and a used 99 with that mileage sells for around 6k at an auction. Try to buy from a private seller and then buy a 3rd party warranty if your worried about that kind of stuff. The warranties aren't expensive either around 150$ for 3 months for engine transmission and axles.

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