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Old 12-14-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Thinking on buying a Wrangler....HELP

We want to buy a Jeep Wrangler. Looking at a used fully loaded 1997 with 110,000 miles. What should we look for in problems? Should we buy new? he is asking $8000. Help a newbie please.

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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I think at 110k miles you should be able to talk him down a little on price. I would think (without actually having done the research) that $6-$7k would be more appropriate.

Whether or not to buy new mostly depends on what you are going to do with it. If you simply want a 4x4 for running around town and dont plan to hit trails, mud, trees, rocks, etc, and plan to make it a daily driver for a long time, buying new could be a good route. If you are going to mod it out and take it off road, buying a used one takes a lot of the sting out of the first few dings/dents/scratches etc....

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Old 12-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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ditto on price negotiation. his price is high IMO. check New Cars, Used Cars, Blue Book Values & Car Prices - Kelley Blue Book To your first issue of "should we buy new" there is a massive difference in a 8k jeep and a new jeep...Personally I avoid buying new like the plague. you take a big hit as it rolls off the lot, and you really need to keep it forever (or until paid off) to not be upside down in it. But some people like new. and that's their choice. so you should decide if you want old (used). or new...used has its own potential for issues. new has certain costs.

depending on what you plan on doing (if moderate offroading is in your mind) look under the rear end for a metal drain plug on the rear diff.
metal= Dana 44 (stronger)
rubber plug = Dana 30

I assume its a 4.0L. that's good.

Auto? stick? if auto when was last time it was serviced. If manual when was clutch changed. if its @ 100K+ on original clutch expect to be changing that in a year or less (I'm being pessimistic. as with a good experienced driver clutches can last longer, but hey, you never know...plan for worst, hope for best.) It also may need rebuild on transmission.

Basically drive it. up to 65-70mph if possible. use brakes, use each gear. try out 4WD (in dirt/gravel) see if everything works as it should, and negotiate on the price.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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Jeeps are rock solid if taken care of. I would ask for service records to see how often everything has been changed etc. In addition climb underneath of it, see if it has scratches all over the underside, if so it may have been offroaded and not taken care of.
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depending on what you plan on doing (if moderate offroading is in your mind) look under the rear end for a metal drain plug on the rear diff.
metal= Dana 44 (stronger)
rubber plug = Dana 30
You mean D35c with rubber plug. This is the number one thing i wish i knew to look for when i bought mine, would have saved me time and money, oh well. Definitely get the Dana 44 (metal plug) if possible.

I agree with 6-7k, and what does fully loaded mean? Stock? Aftermarket? Lift? Tires?
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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Jeeps are rock solid if taken care of. I would ask for service records to see how often everything has been changed etc. In addition climb underneath of it, see if it has scratches all over the underside, if so it may have been offroaded and not taken care of.
Just because it was off roaded doesnt mean it wasnt taken care of
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:08 PM   #7
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Do some research and read the forum you may be surprised what you learn. I bought my TJ a couple of months ago and I looked for a long time before I bought one. One thing I did learn is the price of Wranglers varies alot at least it does in TN. If you really want one there is the one out there for you. I would not buy new. When you find the one you like drive it, check the car fax, and remember there are plenty of them out there. Don't jump on the first one. I bought a 2004 TJ X 4.0 5 speed 50,000 miles hard top $12,000
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yea theres Rubis out there with about 60k mileage with alot of addons for 13k only 2003 also, so I would buy a "newer" Jeep if I were you
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oops, yup Dana 35 is rubber plug. all these damn numbers confuse my simple mind.

oh, and I'll put my vote in for not wasting your money on carfax. they say its guaranteed. however, when I tried to get my money back I couldn't. its very difficult.
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Sounds like a decent jeep, and I learned not to worry so much about the mileage. But the price is way to high. I paid $6000 even for my 1999 Wranger 4.0 w/ 118k miles.
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Drive it, drive it, drive it. If you like it and are willing to pay the price then go a head and buy it. It took me 2 months of solid searching before I found mine. 98, 4.0L, 113k, soft and hard top with lift and tires for only $4,900. Yours is out there just have to look for it.
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Bought 97 4.0 automatic 6 months ago, just love it. truly a utilitarian vehicle tho.... my other car is a mustang...tho...

8,000 is too much. i would have paid up to 5or6K for mine, got lucky in western washington for 4500, even with new tires.

have had check engine light on forever, checked everything, just don't worry about it anymore. its an exhaust engine light anyways...

the good thing, is that if you don't mind working on vehicles a little bit... you've got the all kinds of people, like here that can help diagnose and tell you how to fix things. just be weary of REAL transmission problems. i had paperwork in mind that said my tranny was redone. However the transfer case leaks, I learned on internet how to fill it, so i just keep filling it.

PS I'm a girl, so anyone can do this stuff. I like the humor of these jeep peoples...... You've got to be willing to wave all the time at us tho:~) didn't know that.....its been fun. Best wishes. Good god, they'll go anywhere tho......

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