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Old 12-25-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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I gotta vent about my jeep. I know I am not the only one with jeep problems, but mine just seem to be piling up one after another. Started with the front dif leaking...fixed that, then the cat hanger broke, then I noticed my rear motor mount was broke, my exhaust/intake gasket is leaking, and my head gasket is a little more then damp now. oh yea, and tonight my headlight went out. And in the mornings or after the jeep sits a little, when I go to drive up the road it makes the most obnoxious sqeaking from the back wheels, but stops after about ten min.... No clue why. Its not my breaks... think the hub could be rubbing the backing plate?

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did you buy it used?

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did you buy it used?
yea, I bought it used about 8 months ago with 96k on it...so I thought it woldnt be in bad shape..... Aparantly it was beat! When I bought it I had to replace the front motor mount, wheel cylinders, sway bar end links and rotors, and the header had about 4 cracks in it, I believe it got hit on the down pipe off roading because there is a dent in the exhaust behind the oil pan.
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The only problem with buying a vehicle designed for off-roading used is you never know if the previous owner romped the everliving shit out of it... mine LOOKS to be in really good shape, but I know it was romped pretty good. I found sand/mud caked up underneath my battery when I changed it out...looks like it spent some time running through creeks/streams/rivers. Just be glad most of those aren't major repairs.
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The only problem with buying a vehicle designed for off-roading used is you never know if the previous owner romped the everliving shit out of it... mine LOOKS to be in really good shape, but I know it was romped pretty good. I found sand/mud caked up underneath my battery when I changed it out...looks like it spent some time running through creeks/streams/rivers. Just be glad most of those aren't major repairs.
yea...I took my carpet out when I got mine, and every grove in the floor was caked with mud...and airsoft pellets..... who knows. as far as the battery... the battery strap was missing just hope I get the time and money to keep fixing it up, because I'm definitly not getting rid of it.
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yup, its hard not to carefully inspect a vehicle when you buy it too because you feel a little awkward and act like the PO is a suspect. So far my salvaged Honda I bought is working just fine, only time will tell on this used vehicle. I dont think ill ever buy such a beater car again though, too much stress.
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yup, its hard not to carefully inspect a vehicle when you buy it too because you feel a little awkward and act like the PO is a suspect. So far my salvaged Honda I bought is working just fine, only time will tell on this used vehicle. I dont think ill ever buy such a beater car again though, too much stress.
I have the best intentions when going to look at cars, making a mental checklist of 101 things I'll be sure not to pass over.... then I'm like a giddy little kid when I see the car and every imperfection becomes "oh that's not a big deal, right?"

When I bought my first car, a 2000 Cougar, I was ecstatic when I saw it on the lot. Took it for a test drive (the dealer let a 17 year old take a coupe out by himself ) and fell in love. Looked in the engine bay. The interior was clean enough (pft, seats can be changed right). Bought the car and didn't notice until a month later that oh yea, the driver side has been hit under the door and carfax lists prior frame damage Lucky for me, the car gave me no problems whatsoever, and for the three years I had it, I was addicted to Cougars (autos and the ladies).

Then with this Jeep, I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice Looked at a few, and was not thrilled, some had visible damage. Found mine by me for $6k, with the owner saying he bought it from a friend three years ago and hasn't driven it more then 2k miles (title reflected it). Looked it over and I was sold on it almost immediately. No rust, hated the chrome bumpers (change 'em), hated the seat covers (can change 'em), and he let me drive it for a good distance around town (max 45).

Purchased it cash that day.

Got home and realized....

Never checked 4WD, never checked heat/ac, didn't look in the rear, didn't look under the seat covers, didn't check the tires. I bought this car on a whim without inspecting it AGAIN

Luckily, 4WD works great. Heat/AC works great. Nothing wrong interior. Rip in pass. seat, but no biggie. Tires less then 50% but not worried. I'm afraid to pull a carfax

Yea, I suck at car shopping.
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Yeah well My 04 seems to have one thing after another and it only has 41k miles on it. Some simple, some not. Needed new U joints, bearing hubs, leaking new bearings, weird noises, can't get the idling right when changing gears (Rpm stay high between shifts when clutch is pressed--changed TPS twice, and thinking might need new CPU mechanic said) , exhaust hanger also broke, list is starting to pile up....

Not to mention my list of "to-do" on her is neverending
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I realized when I bought my honda that I didnt even check what was in the trunk! for all I know there coudlve been drugs or a dead body. I also knew that AC was not blowing cold air but I figured it needed a refill, but its a 2001 and its been in an accident which prob means it has a leak = / didnt account for that if I take it to a shop probably $500 to fix. Wheels I figured cheap to replace, cost me $237 for 3 tires mounted and balanced for the cheapest ones.

Carfax is a must even though I took the PO's word on why it was salvaged and all. Crazy enough she posted her car up for sale on CL and when I met her I found out she went to HS 10 min from my hometown and we knew some of the same people (we were in hawaii at this point). I assumed she wouldnt screw me over and it seems like shes told me everything. But I take people in good faith too easily = \ I have yet to be screwed badly, but I wouldnt trust people as easily as I do, im just asking to get burned! one thing I couldnt figure out is that she said she probably only put 8k miles on it, but on the title it looked like 20k, I just attributed that to a memory lapse. Ill never know if she lied or not.

But its worked fine and i hope it keeps it up. What im going to do next time is make a checklist and write it down and check it off. I didnt check alot of things either.
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I figured mine had been wheeled some and was mainly a street jeep and I was right

I still wonder why I am the 6th owner for a 1999
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I have the best intentions when going to look at cars, making a mental checklist of 101 things I'll be sure not to pass over.... then I'm like a giddy little kid when I see the car and every imperfection becomes "oh that's not a big deal, right?"

When I bought my first car, a 2000 Cougar, I was ecstatic when I saw it on the lot. Took it for a test drive (the dealer let a 17 year old take a coupe out by himself ) and fell in love. Looked in the engine bay. The interior was clean enough (pft, seats can be changed right). Bought the car and didn't notice until a month later that oh yea, the driver side has been hit under the door and carfax lists prior frame damage Lucky for me, the car gave me no problems whatsoever, and for the three years I had it, I was addicted to Cougars (autos and the ladies).

Then with this Jeep, I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice Looked at a few, and was not thrilled, some had visible damage. Found mine by me for $6k, with the owner saying he bought it from a friend three years ago and hasn't driven it more then 2k miles (title reflected it). Looked it over and I was sold on it almost immediately. No rust, hated the chrome bumpers (change 'em), hated the seat covers (can change 'em), and he let me drive it for a good distance around town (max 45).

Purchased it cash that day.

Got home and realized....

Never checked 4WD, never checked heat/ac, didn't look in the rear, didn't look under the seat covers, didn't check the tires. I bought this car on a whim without inspecting it AGAIN

Luckily, 4WD works great. Heat/AC works great. Nothing wrong interior. Rip in pass. seat, but no biggie. Tires less then 50% but not worried. I'm afraid to pull a carfax

Yea, I suck at car shopping.
I was so hyped up about going from a 93 ford ranger to a jeep that nothing seemed to be a big deal.... most of the stuff I thought to be regular repairs... Then the day I drove i home problems started... heck, just on the way home the tps sensor went out. Oh well, slowly getting it done. Fixed my headlight, painted the part aroung the light black, when it warns up, i want to finish hurculining the inside(still gotta do the fender wells on the inside), Gota pick up the motor mount next week.... as far as all of the noises it makes.... my radio coveres those up I think the whissling sound I hear is my water pump though...
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finally getting it fixed up. Bought a new cat... got a headlight... waiting for some warm weather to do some other things....
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That what comes with owning a jeep, especially one with 100k on it, what did you expect...?

Mine has 105k and I'll tinker here and there, i mostly maintain it and do "upgrades" because i enjoy it
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I figured mine had been wheeled some and was mainly a street jeep and I was right

I still wonder why I am the 6th owner for a 1999
no joke... im the 6th owner of my 1998
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I have the best intentions when going to look at cars, making a mental checklist of 101 things I'll be sure not to pass over.... then I'm like a giddy little kid when I see the car and every imperfection becomes "oh that's not a big deal, right?"

When I bought my first car, a 2000 Cougar, I was ecstatic when I saw it on the lot. Took it for a test drive (the dealer let a 17 year old take a coupe out by himself ) and fell in love. Looked in the engine bay. The interior was clean enough (pft, seats can be changed right). Bought the car and didn't notice until a month later that oh yea, the driver side has been hit under the door and carfax lists prior frame damage Lucky for me, the car gave me no problems whatsoever, and for the three years I had it, I was addicted to Cougars (autos and the ladies).

Then with this Jeep, I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice Looked at a few, and was not thrilled, some had visible damage. Found mine by me for $6k, with the owner saying he bought it from a friend three years ago and hasn't driven it more then 2k miles (title reflected it). Looked it over and I was sold on it almost immediately. No rust, hated the chrome bumpers (change 'em), hated the seat covers (can change 'em), and he let me drive it for a good distance around town (max 45).

Purchased it cash that day.

Got home and realized....

Never checked 4WD, never checked heat/ac, didn't look in the rear, didn't look under the seat covers, didn't check the tires. I bought this car on a whim without inspecting it AGAIN

Luckily, 4WD works great. Heat/AC works great. Nothing wrong interior. Rip in pass. seat, but no biggie. Tires less then 50% but not worried. I'm afraid to pull a carfax

Yea, I suck at car shopping.
im the same way, but the jeep i bought is in really good shape and everything works fine so far
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That what comes with owning a jeep, especially one with 100k on it, what did you expect...?

Mine has 105k and I'll tinker here and there, i mostly maintain it and do "upgrades" because i enjoy it
I expected some regular repairs.... Just seemed in better shape then it really is. Don't get me rong, I like fixing it and definitly "upgrading" it... atleast when the funds are there.
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when i left the dealership with mine i had a 150 mile drive home..on the way i discovered that sometimes going into second gear that it would grind..the airbag light came on and i lost my speedo and tach......a week later the muffler rotted off...and a week after that i had to replace both front tires 35" bfs's.. and i bought it out of state so when i titled it i had to pay the tax out of pocket.. it has been an expensive purchase but i do not regret it one bit. I knew the exhaust would need replaced eventually (i didnt think it would be in a week) same goes for the front tires, the rears on it were brand new and the fronts were older but had good treat still, what i did not see was all the dry rot on the inner sidewalls. I put redline mt90 in the tranny and that seemed to help alot, and a friend of mine told me how to fix the gauge problem but that is not too big a deal, i just smack it when it happens and they turn back on. But all is taken care of for now....but i think it could use shocks and stabilizer.....
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I gotta vent about my jeep. I know I am not the only one with jeep problems, but mine just seem to be piling up one after another. Started with the front dif leaking...fixed that, then the cat hanger broke, then I noticed my rear motor mount was broke, my exhaust/intake gasket is leaking, and my head gasket is a little more then damp now. oh yea, and tonight my headlight went out. And in the mornings or after the jeep sits a little, when I go to drive up the road it makes the most obnoxious sqeaking from the back wheels, but stops after about ten min.... No clue why. Its not my breaks... think the hub could be rubbing the backing plate?
man that sucks but that is part of buying a used toy, its been used. good luck though, i know things like this get aggrevating
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when i left the dealership with mine i had a 150 mile drive home..on the way i discovered that sometimes going into second gear that it would grind..the airbag light came on and i lost my speedo and tach......a week later the muffler rotted off...and a week after that i had to replace both front tires 35" bfs's.. and i bought it out of state so when i titled it i had to pay the tax out of pocket.. it has been an expensive purchase but i do not regret it one bit. I knew the exhaust would need replaced eventually (i didnt think it would be in a week) same goes for the front tires, the rears on it were brand new and the fronts were older but had good treat still, what i did not see was all the dry rot on the inner sidewalls. I put redline mt90 in the tranny and that seemed to help alot, and a friend of mine told me how to fix the gauge problem but that is not too big a deal, i just smack it when it happens and they turn back on. But all is taken care of for now....but i think it could use shocks and stabilizer.....
You inspired me sir.
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I gotta vent about my jeep. I know I am not the only one with jeep problems, but mine just seem to be piling up one after another. Started with the front dif leaking...fixed that, then the cat hanger broke, then I noticed my rear motor mount was broke, my exhaust/intake gasket is leaking, and my head gasket is a little more then damp now. oh yea, and tonight my headlight went out. And in the mornings or after the jeep sits a little, when I go to drive up the road it makes the most obnoxious sqeaking from the back wheels, but stops after about ten min.... No clue why. Its not my breaks... think the hub could be rubbing the backing plate?
I take it that no one told you that buying a Jeep would not only be lots of fun to drive but that it would help you learn to be a Master Mechanic.
I have 6 right now and have been driving the first one for 33 years now and i have threatened many many times ( and followed thru ) to just drive it off a cliff but it turns out to be so much fun I drive it back up while apologizing then i take it home where i give it give it some tender loving care and start buttering up the wife so i can get another one.
So hang in there you will get it all fixed and be a Master of Jeeps
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Maybe I been lucky (so far, at least) with all the small stuff, but considering our Jeep is only 10 years old, and we only had it about 7 weeks, I got a laundry list of neglected maintenance. This is just what I've done since having it.
So, why don't people take care of their shit?
· Changed oil and filter
· Coolant flush and fill
· Replaced headlights, fixed aimer, and re-aimed both
· Replaced serpentine belt
· New tires on front
· Wired windshield lights
· Repaired rust, repainted front left fender
· Replaced rusty windshield frame—new rubber, old glass
· Cleaned and rust-proofed inside of boxed frame— +added drain holes, covered side openings
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· Greased all zerks
· Cleaned inside rear lights and installed new reflectors
· Repaired connection to intermittent front, left turn signal light
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· Built bracket to hold air cleaner
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The only problem with buying a vehicle designed for off-roading used is you never know if the previous owner romped the everliving shit out of it...
Ditto.
You have to realize that the majority of used vehicles, even if they were driven harder than usual, weren't given the punishment that some Jeepers put their vehicles through.

Look at it this way ...
You can either make repairs to THIS vehicle or a NON-JEEP vehicle.
The difference is, once the repairs are complete,

YOU'RE IN YOUR JEEP.
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I take it that no one told you that buying a Jeep would not only be lots of fun to drive but that it would help you learn to be a Master Mechanic.
I have 6 right now and have been driving the first one for 33 years now and i have threatened many many times ( and followed thru ) to just drive it off a cliff but it turns out to be so much fun I drive it back up while apologizing then i take it home where i give it give it some tender loving care and start buttering up the wife so i can get another one.
So hang in there you will get it all fixed and be a Master of Jeeps
Since I've posted this I have actually bought another another jeep all stock and is now on 35s, an 8.8 and 4.88 gears. Did everything myself except the gears and welding brackets on. I have definitely learned a ton and enjoy it all. It does suck up the money but at least I'm learning and having fun. Also I bought a daily driver which makes working in the jeep so much easier haha
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Everyone knows the acronym for B.O.A.T break out another thousand right well with J.E.E.P it's Just Empty Every Pocket. Bad thing for me is I have a jeep a boat and an Airboat= Anytime It Runs Break Out Another Thousand!

Gotta think of it this way gives you alot of hands on experience! LOL
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Lets see, bought my 02 Border Patrol Special for 3k from my bro, dumped 1800 to get her running, drove 860 miles to get it home and am slowly fixing every little thing up. Glad the wife let me buy it but fixing every thing I need to is a touchy subject with her now lol. Ill keep Jeepin though!!
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Considering mine is a '99 with 180,000 miles and still going strong with just small fixes( ie. radiator, alternator, battery, etc) i think she's doin real good. Hope to get a lift and tires soon. But all my pockets are already empty!!
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I have had my problems too, but I still love my jeep, its a jeep thing people dont understand.
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My "Great Deal" has turned out not to be such a great deal...I'm in it now, so I guess I'm not looking back at this point.
So far - new power steering box (durango) - regear (diffs were leaking, took off cover, gears shredded) - all new control arms and tracbar - and my engine (I6) just went (still not sure what I'm doing with this one).
Soon I'll have pretty much a whole new jeep.
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I got lucky myself. Bought the '02 in 2007 with 43k miles on it, and only one PO. Since then I've ran it myself to 105k with the only real money I've had to put into it (so far) is a new battery, serpentine, TPS, blower motor resistor, new head unit and new tires. The PO kept it on the road and in the garage...I got lucky.

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