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Old 04-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Thinking about '04 Unlimited.

I've been tossing the idea around of trading in my car and getting a Jeep for a while now, I've been looking for an Unlimited (usually have 2 kids with me) and I've finally found one.

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Is that a fair price for it, and what should I look at when I go to check it out.


(Ill be trading my car in or selling it privately, it's a 2008 Subaru Impreza)

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Old 04-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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LJ is always a great choice, especially if you want extra room and smoother ride.

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Old 04-27-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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As long as everything checks out mechanically on it I'd say that's a great price. It's an '04 so it's got the updated tranny in it with an OD gear. And it's completely stock. Those are getting to be a rare sight as the TJ/LJ era gets to be an "older" style wrangler. If you're really looking at getting one and have a family, I'd say that LJ has your name all over it. Looks like the top may be due for a replacement in the next few years but that's no biggie. And I'm on my iBrick so the pictures weren't fantastic so I might have just been seeming things. Ha

But basic things to look for is rust on the frame, weird vibrations under acceleration or turning. Those could indicate worn U-joints, not a hard fix just something to be aware of.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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What's the best (budget friendly) roof rack? I have a pair of kayaks I use regularly.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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I couldn't begin to tell you. I don't run a roof rack and haven't looked into them really. Do a google search for TJ roof rack reviews and some reviews on the various jeep forums should pop up.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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LJs are great! I love my 04 LJ and wouldn't want anything else. Except the rubicon version ;( . Just make sure its mechanically running. Test out the 4wd to make sure it works. Thats about all I can think of for a stocker.
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I have the 04 LJ stock with a 2" body lift on 285/75/16 and am very happy with the ride. Everyone that has has looked at it has been jealous of the extra room i have. The price is about right, but do check it out and don't look back as you drive off the lot with it, if you decide to buy it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #9
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Just got back from looking at it, unfortunately the place was closed so I couldn't take it for a test drive.

The good:
The price (asking) $10,900
The frame looked to be free of rust.
Engine looked to be fairly clean.

The Bad:
It has a bit of rust under the passenger side door (on the side of the body)
passenger front fender had a bit of damage and was bent and rusting.
tires tread was minimal.
carpet in the front and in the trunk area looks like bleach was spilled on it.
drive shaft was VERY rusted.
plastic windows on the soft top was opaque.
paint on the hood was cracking.
Oil looked to be leaking from behind/near the oil pan.


Also, while I was there I seen a 2008 Unlimited Rubicon (135k miles) for $18k unfortunately it was locked so I didn't look it over.

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