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06-27-2012 10:59 PM
blackforestgreen i am thinking if money is tight, you would be better off looking at thos hundyia 99.00 dollar leases and start to re establish your credit. drive this new car with warranty, save some dollars and then get your jeep. financing an older jeep is not the best way to go, esp if this is your daily driver. even minor problems that will come up are expesive to fix. don't want sink any farther credit wise at this point. just my thought.
06-27-2012 05:14 PM
computeruser I don't think that financing a 9 year old vehicle is a very good idea under any circumstance, but if it is what you have to do to get transportation, make sure you get a good price on the front end and get it paid off ASAP.

Buy a 4.0L, and either go with a 3-speed auto or a stick; the 4-speed auto is troublesome. Keep up on your preventative maintenance and you should be fine with your vehicle choice.
06-27-2012 05:06 PM
pkmcd99
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Originally Posted by ken93
Hey, a couple of you guys had asked what I can afford month to month.
I really cant afford much more the 200 dollars a month at the moment. I ruined my credit when I was younger. Fortunately I have a co-signer, so I'm hoping I can work this out.

Does anybody have any opinions on the 2003 "Freedom Edition" 2door 6 cylinder? I'm looking at one right now.

Also thanks everyone, this is very helpful.
Tj Freedom Blue is sweet. Cant go wrong with the 4.0 either. 2003 are great a year, last year of original Tj interior I believe. Went to new seats in 04. Look for a dana 44rear axle, some manuals came equipt. Although the D35 in a Tj isnt bad since there gvrw is so light.
06-27-2012 04:54 PM
ken93 Hey, a couple of you guys had asked what I can afford month to month.
I really cant afford much more the 200 dollars a month at the moment. I ruined my credit when I was younger. Fortunately I have a co-signer, so I'm hoping I can work this out.

Does anybody have any opinions on the 2003 "Freedom Edition" 2door 6 cylinder? I'm looking at one right now.

Also thanks everyone, this is very helpful.
06-27-2012 03:09 PM
eagle223
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Originally Posted by blackforestgreen
didnt 03 and 04 models have a head problem. op needs to check this, if you trust your mechanic to inspect it then 100000 miles or so is a good buy, esp. if you can get the service documents. check out some cherokee forums, you will see 4.0 engines and trans going well over 300000 miles.
00 and 01 had head problems, some 02. Google or search 0331 head. By 2003 model year they were fixed with the TUPY casting. 05-06 have the OPDA issues.
06-27-2012 02:46 PM
N3M0 what are you looking for a monthly payment and how long do you plan on paying for it?
06-27-2012 02:43 PM
blackforestgreen didnt 03 and 04 models have a head problem. op needs to check this, if you trust your mechanic to inspect it then 100000 miles or so is a good buy, esp. if you can get the service documents. check out some cherokee forums, you will see 4.0 engines and trans going well over 300000 miles.
06-27-2012 01:41 PM
jkjeeper06 Would you be able to afford the payments on a more expensive lower mileage jeep if you got a 5 year loan? If you are looking at years between 97 and 06 then you should post in the TJ section. Anything after that is the JK section.

As far as high mileage goes. If I Were to buy a high mileage car it would definitely be a jeep. Things high mileage cars can need are timing chain(at about 130-150k), clutch(if a manual) brakes and possibly lines and calipers if they are bad. Luckily you shouldn't have any problems with any jeep engine provided it got regular maintenance. Those are usually the last things to break on jeeps. Also take a look underneath. Vehicles can rust and jeeps do too. If you buy any jeep, crawl under it. Look for scratches and especially dents in the skid plate. The only way to get that is off roading more than just some light dirt roads. Most of us here have them but you want to be the guy doing that so that you don't run into someone else's problems due to wheeling. Along those same lines. Be wary of lifted jeeps. They look great but you don't know who installed it and if it was good. By all means lift it once you get it If you want, but you just don't want to inherit other people's problems. Good luck!
06-27-2012 01:36 PM
eagle223 03, or 04 are the tj model. The 4.0L motors in them are highly reliable, many are known to go over 300,000 miles. You will probably only have to deal with little things like the cooling system. When you find one you like, take it to a trusted mechanic to have them look it over. Also check for things like rust, frame damage. And check that the 4 wheel drive works. I highly recommend a jeep with a 4.0 I6.
06-27-2012 01:31 PM
ken93
FIRST TIME BUYER, Higher Mileage and Used

Hello everybody,

I'm bran new to this forum. Recently my sedan broke down and I'v been looking at Wrangler Jeeps, I have always wanted one. I'v been searching Autotrader.com trying to find wranglers to finance in my price range,.

Would I be crazy to finance a 03' or 04' Wrangler with just over 100,000 mileage, or possibly more? I'm looking for something that will last and not cause me problems. What are my dangers in buying a higher mileage jeep? Can I trust these dealerships? What should I be looking for, or asking for when shopping? I'm just concerned that I'll start financing a higher mileage jeep and wind up with a hand full of problems. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Some friends have told me that given my situation I should look for Nissan or Toyata. But this will be the first car I'm financing and I'd really like to get something I want. So I figured I'd come here and learn from the best.

Thanks.

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