Your best bet is to buy one without any mods. and that way if you want to do something you can ensure it will be done right. If you buy one that is modded, most guys will say 2.5" or less, for best roadablility. Not saying there aren't some that are built right, but be very careful especially if you don't know what to look for. Just my 2 cents.
first thing to do where you live is to check for rust. I would also go under (lift or not, more especially with) and check skid plates and rearends for trail damage. If you are not that mechanically inclined, spend the money and take it to a reputable mechanic and have it checked out. Lots of places for damage or rust to hide.
Watch out for the front brakes stickin as well as all the other stuff these gentlemen listed before me. The TJ is notoriously well known for sticking brakes.
I have never heard that before? not saying your wrong, just curious where you got your info?
Originally Posted by paul83
Looking to purchase a used Wrangler as a 2nd car for the summer and save some miles on my first car.
I live in Chicago, so looking for daily driving when I use. I know I want the 6 cylinder, automatic, soft top but not I'm just learning about Wranglers now.
Can anyone suggest things I should make sure I get when I buy? Such as, does the amount of lift on the suspension matter?
Whatever anyone can suggest is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
As others have said living in the rust belt, check the undercarriage. There have been too many people recently on here buying TJ's without noticing the serious frame rot. When you find something, post a couple pictures and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
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as was suggested, find the best un-modified example you can that is rust free (get on your back with a flashlight and inspect the frame and floorpan). TJ's with automatics are not easy to find, so be prepared to accept a 5-speed, that's what happened to me, and I am glad I did, the 5-speed TJ's get better fuel economy and are more fun to drive (unless you sit in heavy traffic a lot). It's fun shopping for TJ's if you take your time and be patient, there are a LOT of crappy TJ's out there so beware.
2002 Wrangler Sahara, all stock, 5-speed, Dana 44, duel tan tops, 2nd owner.
2008 Hemi Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4, Quadradrive II, original owner, 22,000 miles.
Appreciate all the info, definitely keep it coming if anyone has anything else to add.
Yeah, still being stubborn about the trying to find the automatic just because I know I'd go crazy with the heavy traffic in the city, otherwise would love to do stick.
I got my info from a website online I found recalls on quite a few TJ models. Not saying it is true but I have talked to a few people as well experiencing the same problem. Not saying it will happen to one u purchase but just keep a eye on it cuz it could happen and when it does be prepared for some death wobbles