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Old 01-02-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Used '05 Rubicon. Concerns about rust and seeking advice. See pics...

Hello all. So I've been looking around for a used TJ for off-roading and to take hunting for the past couple of weeks. I came across this '05 Rubicon and fell in love with it. It has only 35k miles on it and was garage kept by its last owner, but the underside has some rust. It has a 3.5" Rubicon Express lift and 33" Buckshots. After talking to a few people, I agreed to the purchase tonight for 14k. Before I make it a "done deal" tomorrow, please have a look at these pics. Most of the rust is on the driveshaft and muffler, but there is some on the springs and other replaceable parts. The tub is just fine. This forum has been great for information. All other Rubicons that I've seen have been 18-20k and thats WITHOUT a lift and tires. Please tell me I made the right choice.

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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Or if anyone has any advice on how to clean up that rust underneath, I would appreciate it. I have read about a couple of options in other threads, but I'm not certain just how much attention my situation warrants. Some have said to simply spray it down with a light oil, others have said to use por-15. Some have said to scrub the rust off then coat it. Others have said that these parts get surface rust regardless of what you do and that it's no big deal, so should I be concerned?

I'm buying this Jeep tomorrow. Thanks to anyone with any advice.

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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that's fine bro it's just some simple rust that some CRC or acid won't clean up (BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE TO USE ACID). 14K though is a little steep...
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Looks fine but if you are really concerned you can coat it all with Por-15 but that stuff is priced like liquid gold.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:51 PM   #5
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BUY IT. IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT DEAL!!!!! Just kidding man. I cant blame you for getting all the advice you can. I still cant believe my brother went down to 14k though. Here is a link on this site with somebody in a similar situation that may help you decide. Just let me know if your having second thoughts so I can repost it on here for sale.

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #6
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Nah that is just surface rust, it happens you can get under there and clean it up with a wire brush and spray some paint on it. Looks real clean, how many miles are on it?
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go for it. mine looks the same and i bought it new and kept it in a garage.wont hurt it a bit.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:46 PM   #8
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Looks fine dude...that's minor rust...definitely not problematic. $14k isn't a bad price...05 Rubicons at the dealership I work for are prolly going for over $20k. They've got an 04 Sahara going for $19k...they purchased it for more than $14k...and it's a D35 it's nothing special at all.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:10 AM   #9
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Thanks, man. Yeah, I'm thinking of coating it all with POR-15 just for peace of mind. It has 34,800 miles on it. I think it's a damn good deal at $14,000. I've looked at '05 Rubicons with under 40k miles on them online all day today and they average about 19-20k. Hopefully I'll have this Jeep for a long, long time.

Thanks for all the responses and Happy New Year.

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