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Old 07-04-2012, 03:03 AM
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Where to look?

Hi all, I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted to start off by asking where you would suggest I look for a TJ? I don't particularly care what year, but what I mean by my question is...I want to avoid a dealer as much as possible and websites like craigslist yield little in terms of good results for something in my price range. Are TJs "readily" available in junkyards and pullyards or things like that?

Here's my deal: Currently, I'm driving my moms car, awesome, I know. I'm on a very limited budget (I won't be purchasing for a while since I have to save up), but I want to know where the diehard jeep fans suggest I look so that I can check out a range of prices and start budgeting out what I need to save.

I don't particularly want to find one already customized, since I would like to do that myself, and i'm looking to build one more for mudding and trail rides rather than crawling.

Any suggestions? Like I said, i'm very new to this, but I've decided I want to get a TJ as soon as I can.

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Old 07-04-2012, 03:22 AM   #2
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welcome to the forum, and honestly i hate to sound like a d*ck but jeeps and limited budgets don't work out very well.

but when you look at buy one you need to do some reaserch, learn about gears, transmissions; lifts, axel... and every other fricken thing.. when putting a jeep together (building) its not as simple as lift it and put big tires on it. cuz the bigger the tire the bigger the gears and axels you are going to need and you will need to customize the drive shaft or it will just be a very shaky jeep.

theres a whole lot of information going into jeeps. but I'm sure you will find the right info on this forum

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Old 07-04-2012, 03:46 AM   #3
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What is your price range? Also to get a good idea of what a TJ cost in your area do a Cars.com 100 mile radius search. It will give you a idea of what they go for where you live
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:44 PM
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Ok, fair enough. I suppose limited budget isn't exactly what I mean, but, I want to start doing some research so that I know how much I need to put away each pay period for what I want to accomplish with a jeep.
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When you get paid, put $20 in your pocket. The Jeep demands the rest
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Mctim35 View Post
When you get paid, put $20 in your pocket. The Jeep demands the rest

Seriously though... Upgrades will get expensive, and quick! Just a little heads up.
Things like: Tummy tuck, leads to a body lift, leads to a motor mount lift, leads to a suspension lift, leads to a driveline upgrade, leads to bigger tires..... you get the idea, LoL!

Jeeps are great though, don't get me wrong!
Oh, and btw, 18mpg is pretty much the norm.

LOOK EVERYWHERE. Car lots, want ads, Craigslist, "park -n- sell" lots, anywhere cars are sold, you might find a great deal! Be patient. You might spend some time car shopping before you find one you like, don't settle on one you're "willing to deal with", you'll just regret it later.

And, browse the forum regularly. That will help you get an idea in advance of what to look for, what model to get, what to watch out for when you buy, and help you choose a direction when you start looking at upgrades.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:33 PM
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Ok, that's pretty much what I expected I would hear. The only problem with where I live (directly outside of Chicago on the North Side) is that there aren't exactly a lot of "park-n-sell" type lots which is why I've been browsing craigslist for the most part, but the majority of those ads wind up being much newer, much more expensive, and from a big-box type dealer. I know this is in response to an earlier comment, but I'll check out cars.com. For the right car though, I have no issue driving 200 miles to go pick it up.

18mpg doesn't bother me, haha, it's pretty much what I get no matter what...if I get lucky I can get it up to about 20, maybe 21, when I'm going for more than 150 or so miles. 18 or 19 is pretty standard for me anyway.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:44 PM   #8
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When looking always watch out for rust it can be anywhere and can make or break a deal.......as you said you want a mudtruck/trailrider.....i will say goodluck jeeps are awesome and can do anything and go anywhere but the mud you will find out is not as fun as it seems......but anyway good luck and keep your head up when looking!

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