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Old 12-15-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Hey all, I am new to the community and I am trying to buy a 2004 Jeep Wrangler X with only 52,000 miles. On the test drive I noticed that it grinds going from 1st to 2nd and sometimes putting it into reverse. When I took it to my local jeep mechanic, he said it may need a new transmission or it may just be the transmission fluid. The dealership only came down 1k for us, is this something that I should get into and is some grinding not too bad? I want to make a good decision and do not want to spend too much on fixing this issue after we purchase it.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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Before you make a decision, ask the dealership to take a look at the grinding problem. Maybe the clutch, clutch master, slave cylinder needs replacing. 52,000 miles is low miles for a 2004 Jeep.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #3
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If it was one of those, what would I be looking to pay extra??
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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If it was one of those, what would I be looking to pay extra??
DON'T pay extra.

Don't fall in love with a vehicle and get emotional. Either it's a good deal ... or it isn't. If I were you, I would come to terms with them on the Jeep if they fix the problem. You have no idea what you may run into, and you don't know the vehicle's history. Make your purchase with the vehicle in good, roadworthy condition. Then you won't have to worry and fuss with it afterwards. And remember: there are many, many more out there.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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DON'T pay extra.

Don't fall in love with a vehicle and get emotional. Either it's a good deal ... or it isn't. If I were you, I would come to terms with them on the Jeep if they fix the problem. You have no idea what you may run into, and you don't know the vehicle's history. Make your purchase with the vehicle in good, roadworthy condition. Then you won't have to worry and fuss with it afterwards. And remember: there are many, many more out there.
Ya, thanks for the advice. I was in love with the perfect one, and was on our way up to pick it up, and my salesman said that another salesman sold it out from under us and he was sorry. This was the only other one in my city worth looking at, but it grinding when shifting. It seemed like a small problem to me if they would come down on price, but they wouldnt as much as I needed them too...
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DON'T pay extra.

Don't fall in love with a vehicle and get emotional. Either it's a good deal ... or it isn't. If I were you, I would come to terms with them on the Jeep if they fix the problem. You have no idea what you may run into, and you don't know the vehicle's history. Make your purchase with the vehicle in good, roadworthy condition. Then you won't have to worry and fuss with it afterwards. And remember: there are many, many more out there.
I agree with all this.

In the mean time, I'm moving this to the TJ forum area so you can get more responses from people that own that particular Jeep.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #7
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I wouldnt be afraid of buying it. I would bet it just needs a fluid change to smooth it out.
Redline MTL and It will be smooth as butter.Worse case scenario might need a clutch but I doubt it at that low of mileage unless po totally nuked it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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....... unless po totally nuked it.
And THAT, my friend, was my point. Everyone is going on speculation. And that usually ends up costing money.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:13 AM   #9
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Wouldn't any older jeep need some repair, best case it's fluid and worst case it needs a new transmission is what my jeep guy said, so it could be 200 or 1k dollars?
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That's probably true. If you're prepared to spend the $1000 on it, then pull the trigger. But I'd get as much out of the selling dealer as I could.
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You could always ask the dealer to do a fluid change on the transmission and then ask to test drive again. Also the rest of the condition of the Jeep would be a good indication of how it was treated and thus most likely how the transmission was treated. The 2000+ manuals are pretty stout and seem to hold up well.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #12
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Ya that's a good idea, I may try that. Thanks for all the posts and grey advice! I think we're gonna wait for one we love. That one had soft top issues and transmission issues. I want to LOVE my jeep. This will be my second. Had one 8 years ago, lookin to get back at it after college

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