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Old 11-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #61
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Ever think about how the other guy feels? I had my dream Jeep swiped from me in a similar fashion. Seller said he'd let me look at it, but I refuse to skip class, so I had to wait for that evening. On the way there he said he let a guy hold it with a deposit.

When I'm selling a car, if I tell someone they can look at it, I let them look at it. That's keeping your word...and I'm from the North.

2 months later I'm still looking for my dream Jeep, again.
I guess there are a lot of "what-ifs" I'm just glad how it worked out.
In my experience, a younger buyer always wants to dicker over a few hundred dollars for some reason. I told her I would pay her asking price no questions which was probably premium price but well under book. I was pre-approved up to $35,000 and only had to take the VIN back to get the loan. Test drove on Tuesday, had cashier's check on Thursday.

Their home was obviously upper middle class with late model cars in the drive (she bought it as a present, sheesh.) She could deal with other interested parties any way she wanted. Whether the guy showed up or not whether he had cash or not, that was all up to her. My deal with the $500 was: either I come back with the cash price or you keep the five bills.

Don't see any other way to play it. Let the other guy look out for himself.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:20 PM   #62
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Always wanted a Wrangler, but needed a family vehicle so got a Nissan X-Terra. Finally replace my wife's Saturn with the new Nissan Altima, so we didn't need two family type cars.

So I saw this Jeep wrangler out of the blue that looked to be in REALLY great shape. Took a test drive over to Extreme 4X4 and Performance in Katy and they looked it over and said it is in really great shape. The price was really nice, so I jumped on it.

Now I just need to sell my X-Terra so I can start MODDING the new toy.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #63
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I had been looking for one for awhile. I had plans to build up my wife's JKU but she wanted to keep it mostly stock. I sold my 2001 TJ years before. So I went looking for a clean 80 or so thousand mile silver or green manual transmission TJ. I had bought some of my previous Jeeps at Rick Hendrick Jeep so I asked them to look for one for me. They had a few on the lot but nothing I wanted. So they bring me this silver one. Looked pretty good from the outside but the engine compartment was all white corrosion like it was a "Beach Jeep". The salesman said it wouldn't hurt anything. I told her that she needs to learn more about Jeeps as I was her first customer ever. She dragged over a shop mechanic and he said yea that Jeep had seen some salt water. Anyway the next day she tells me there is Shale Green TJ over at Rick Hendrick Toyota down the street. So I checked it out on a Sunday and fell in love. Clean , 81K miles, completely stock. Just what I wanted. Monday it was mine. I've made some mods to it but it is mostly a daily driver so nothing major. Loving every minute I drive it. My wife even drives it to work once a week. Plus the TJ is a soft top and the JK is a hard top so the TJ is the one that is topless when I can. I was driving around today with the windows and upper doors off. It doesn't get any better.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #64
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i got the jeep bug after offroading in my brothers jeep. a few months ago


had a budget of $9000
needs: solid engine/transmission/ and working 4x4 low-ish miles

found 1997 4.0 sport with 110,000 engine/trans/4x4 are in great shape

down sides: its green with tan interior.some body rust (that i fixed already)
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #65
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Put my 2.5L 1995 YJ 140,000 miles up for sale was up on CL for a week and sold it on a Sunday for $6000. The next day I went TJ shopping. I was looking for 4.0L so I could tow my ATV easier, and 5 speed. That after noon I couldn't find one on CL for the price I wanted. Happen to talk to a friend that mentioned a place that only sells used Jeeps 15 miles from my house. Called and they had a 1997 TJ with 4.0L and a 5 speed and only 104,000 miles. They wanted $6900 which was cheaper than the ones on CL. Went to look at it and offered them $6000 because turn signals didn't work and AC only came out the defrost vents. they accepted the offer. Upgraded and didn't have to spend a penny more. Bonus.... AC, Black on black, new custom rims, 104,000 miles, fixed both turn signals and AC issue for no money!
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #66
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I'd been looking for a YJ for several months. I didn't want to have to take out a loan and I needed something I could drive right away. I thought that I wouldn't be able to afford a TJ because everything decent in my area seemed to top six grand--much more than I had on hand. Then one of my co-workers put his '98 up for sale... The price was right and it ran. He made it clear that it needed some work and that it was dirty. I went to look at it (at night!) and knew, then and there, I had to have it. I didn't even start it, drive it, check the fluids, or anything. Just looked it over. A few days later, I paid him for it. I have no regrets. None at all. I got my Jeep and I bought a learning experience. Good times!
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #67
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I chose Jeep in general after I had an offroading accident in my massive f-250 I bought earlier this year. The accident was minor but turned into a nightmare after it was vandalized. I had a local 4x4 group pull with out with their jeeps! After that I was sold on jeep life. A few months go by of extensive research on jeeps. Found a great 94 yj with all the bells and whistles for 10k. Was all set to go get it when the seller decided to sell it to someone else's who was willing to pay more. Can't blame him for doing so even though its poor ethics. Another month goes by and I found a black 04 X with 69k, 33" big horns as a 4" lift. Paid a little more for an extended warranty and haven't looked back.

Bonuses:
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What I wanted:
D44 front and rear
Lockers
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Soft top
A/C

After owning it for 3 months Im super happy I bought it. I'm glad it wasn't completely done up Bc half the fun of owning a wrangler is building it to your specs.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:23 PM   #68
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I traded my CJ8 in on a Cherokee Sport back when I became a father,but always said I would own another "JEEP". I would hit the dealerships every year to check out the new Wranglers. In the fall of 2000 I was driving by the dealership and saw a strange looking Wrangler on display. It turned out to be the Landrunner conversion. While I was looking at it the salesman came out and we started chatting. We ended up looking at the last 4 TJ's for the 2000 model year. After pondering it that night(meaning selling the wife on it), I went back the following afternoon and pulled the trigger on the last 4.0 manual trans on the lot. I was disappointed it didnt have a hard top, but it had everything else I wanted at the time. A used hard top came a few years later.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #69
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did you get your jeep for 1 or 2 ATVs?
1, 2000 Polaris 500 with 2100 miles on it. Nothing wrong with it ran good just didnt use 2 of them very often. Kept my Sportsman 700
I need to add that I had to kick in $700
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:02 PM   #70
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Cause my buddy made me a 3 grand back of low book deal on a 60,000 mile Rubi auto with 33 tires,skids and Body Armor rear bumper.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #71
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Had a 2006 ford focus 220000miles.

A guy had a lifted tj..lost his job couldnt afford fuel for the hog...even sawp...
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:27 PM   #72
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Had a 2006 ford focus 220000miles.

A guy had a lifted tj..lost his job couldnt afford fuel for the hog...even sawp...

Nice Trade
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #73
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Very pleased with the trade..
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:30 PM   #74
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Cuz it came down to 2001 mustang and jeep wrangler chose the right one
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #75
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I had a 2005 2wd chevy colorado. yeah haha im not really a 2wd guy and never use the box for anything except when I go camping and then I'd rather have the 4x4. had some $$$ saved up and I figured out if I sold my truck + the money I had I'd be even for something with similar mileage. Looked pretty seriously for a month then found one that seemed like a good deal. 2006 Sport 61k miles had gross faded fenders but since I came on here I knew it would only be a couple cans of bedliner to get it looking a lot better right aways. it had a 3" lift with 33's with a snorkel and was a little more then I was originally looking at but it was the best deal I could find even without the lift/tires/snorkel. Talked him down another $500 to pay for a new windshield (it was cracked) but I had already looked into it and it was $230 for a new one installed.
im really happy with it, I've been on the used car sites a couple times after and still haven't really seen anything similar locally within $1000 of what I paid.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:57 PM   #76
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Was looking for a manual transmission so I could teach my College age daughters how to drive a standard during their school breaks came across an 02 in great shape and brought it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #77
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Well for me, ever since I was little I wanted to have a wrangler. I learned to drive on a Grand Cherokee and learned to drive manual on a friend's 90 yj (4cyl, 2 inch lift, 31" swampers). I went through a couple imports and then landed in a 2000 s10 xtreme with a 4 inch drop after the factory drop. This thing was LOW, about 2.5 inches of clearance from the front bumper to the road. I like the truck alot but I got a new job and now had the ability to get a nice vehicle. My search began in 2010.

After a month of looking I found a wrangler that just caught my eye. It was a 2006 Solar Yellow X, I was on vacation in florida when I saw it on the internet at a dealership back home in Iowa. I decided I would check it out when I got home. The day before going home from vacation I got a call offering me a position in Alaska. Well now I had to buy a new vehicle because my truck would not handle most pot holes and no way could it handle Alaska. I went home an picked up my jeep a couple days later for 5k under kbb. it's an amazing vehicle and I love driving it everyday rain or rain or rain or shine. lol
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:49 PM   #78
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I've never had a 4WD before and wasn't sure how much I'd like it. I always kinda wanted one, but wasn't sure why. I knew I wanted cruise control, A/C, and a hard top. I did not want a lifted Jeep. I wanted good road manners and something that would drive well on the highway. I planned to do a little off roading, but nothing serious.

My dream Jeep would have a LS1 and 4L80E, but I knew I probably wouldn't find that. So I settled on a 5-speed and a 4.0 with cruise, A/C and a hard top as a starter Jeep. We'll see where it goes from here.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:45 PM   #79
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I had a CJ-7 for several years quite awhile ago. I grew up around jeeps as my family always had at least a CJ-5 or Jeepster the whole time I was growing up. Decided it was time to jump back in so I sold my Mustang GT and got a TJ.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #80
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I used to own a TJ, but being from Michigan the unibody rusted through pretty badly. When I was stationed here in El Paso I found that the sand was slowly eating away the rust that was holding it together. I wanted a frame with a 4.0 and a 5 speed manual. Then I started building from there.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:17 AM   #81
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My jeep sort of chose me. I always wanted a wrangler and since my 96 Honda was developing new problems on a daily basis I started looking for a wrangler. My list consisted of: manual transmission, full doors, hard top, ac, interior carpet (blew my mind when I went to check out the first one I found and it had no carpet), around 50,000 miles, decently priced, no accidents and no rust. The only thing I compromised on was the hardtop but it was in such amazing condition and only 37,000 miles on it I really didn't mind. I say the jeep chose me for a few reasons first off while working out the numbers for jeep at the dealership 2 other people came in to see the jeep I was about to purchase and a third person called the dealer wanting to see it. Second while I was looking at the carfax my jeep was delivered to the dealership on my birthday brand new in 2005. Weird thing was it was the same exact dealership I was purchasing it from years later. Some things are just meant to be.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:31 AM   #82
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Always wanted a Jeep since high school & even before, but never could justify it, always seemed to find an excuse for something else (first a Civic, then a couple of pickups, and even a winter-beaten Eclipse thrown in for good measure). Finally one day at work during a slow moment, i was surfing the Web and was looking at Jeeps on autotrader, and thought: "I'm a grown-a$$ed man; if i want to drive a Jeep there's no reason not to!" Found my (nearly) perfect Jeep a few days later, an 04 Columbia Edition, new soft top, hard doors, 3.73 gears, and unused off road, clean title, haven't looked back since!
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:51 AM   #83
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I've loved jeeps since I was a little kid. I always wanted one and then when the day came and I could start looking I realized. The look of that LJ was just too good to pass up. I knew I had to have it. It was that or a Durango that had the 5.8 hemi. I chose the jeep because I knew I'd be much happier with it.
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I wanted one ever since I could walk. My mom is a teacher and her good friend's brother past away and after a year of keeping it and not driving it, I asked them if they were willing to sell it and they did. Best purchase I ever made in my 17 years.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #85
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I had always wanted one, but it was to be a 3rd vehicle so I did not want to have to get a loan or spend a lot. When I started looking it had to be a 4.0 I preferred an auto tranny but having a manual was not a deal breaker, I did not care about doors and top as long as they kept the water out. As for lift and tires I was hoping to find something as close to stock as possible so that I didnt have to undo the PO work before getting started on my own. I found one about 20 minutes away from my house on craigslist and after an hour of picking it apart and some hard barging I walked away with this;

Its a 97, 4.0, 5 speed, with a 2" BB and 31s. That was 2 years ago, now it has a little more lift, a little more tire, better axles, and an auto tranny. among other things.

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Its a 97, 4.0, 5 speed, with a 2" BB and 31s. That was 2 years ago, now it has a little more lift, a little more tire, better axles, and an auto tranny. among other things.

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I love what you did to it, and thanks for taking off the decals! How much did it cost to switch out transmissions, and what'd you put in for axles?
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Thanks, The tranny swap cost me about $600 but I did all of the work by myself and I got a good deal on all of the parts. The front axle is a High pinion dana30 from a cherokee and the rear axle is an 8.8 from an 01 explorer.
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Solman, the before and after is amazing! Doesn't look like the same jeep. Awesome job !
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I think my Jeep chose me, found it on Craigslist, under 6k, and automatic. I can always add ac, get a hardtop, do upgrades. My first vehicle
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Solman, the before and after is amazing! Doesn't look like the same jeep. Awesome job !
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