|02-17-2014 05:21 AM|
Did it have Hot Wheels and Barbie logos on it?
|02-15-2014 08:45 PM|
That's nothing. When I bought my Willys the PO had painted it with house paint.
PINK HOUSE PAINT! And no this sadist didn't just paint the body, he painted the frame, chassis parts, axles, and wheels PINK!
Had to totally disassemble it, sand blast it and start over.
|02-15-2014 01:36 PM|
|dawg4||I got half way through the first page of this thread before realizing PO wasn't Parole Officer...lol|
|02-12-2014 06:40 PM|
|.mll.||PO was either saving weight or lazy....hard top had no bolts holding it down and door hinges have no bolts...I kind of like not having the bolts for the door hinges though...so simple and easy if it's a sunny day. Too far to reach for the wrench lol|
|02-12-2014 06:34 PM|
|02-12-2014 04:40 PM|
|Jack Straw||My PO put all seasons on a rubicon.|
|02-12-2014 04:34 PM|
|jarrods2000tj||PO decide as a rv tow car he didn't new trailer lights for the hitch on the jeep and cut the white ground wire 1/4" from the plug|
|02-12-2014 03:27 PM|
I'm still working through all the issues with mine, but so far I've found...
1.) High lift jack was mounted onto the rear tire carrier in such a way that whenever it was closed it would take a chip out of the tailgate door hinge. All I had to do was flip it around and the problem was solved.
2.) Leaky rear main seal, as well as differentials.
Blown rear shock and bent up shock and control arm mounts.
3.) Mix and match lower control arms, one of which had barely any bushing left whatsoever. I ended up replacing two arms just to get them all to match.
4.) A fuel tank that, when I had my mechanic pull it due to an evap leak, appeared to have been in a small fire. The entire top half of the tank was melted and scorched.
5.)Bolts through the tub to attach the rock sliders that were way too long, poking holes through the floor mats and catching shoelaces.
6.) Smittybilt soft top and tube fenders. The fenders have already lost a substantial amount of powdercoat and the back window on the top ripped randomly. The smittybilt winch, however, I have no complaints about so far.
7.) Shot motor mount bushings. I ordered a set of brown dog motor mounts which I'm planning on replacing them with.
8.) Super stiff rubicon express shocks, to the point where it is very uncomfortable to ride on a bumpy road.
9.) Transfer case fill and drain plugs put in with an impact gun. Took me forever to get them unstuck.
10.) Most grease fittings are either broken off, or seized up and turned in the wrong direction making them impossible to get to. I may actually have to unbolt a bunch of the suspension just to grease it.
11.) Ripped sidewall in tire.
12.) Messed up wiring on turn signals. Actually ended up having to take it to a mechanic and shell out several hundred dollars to get them working correctly.
13.) Blown sub and crackly speakers.
That's all I can think of at the moment.
I'm actually kind of thankful though. In the three months I've owned this Jeep I've learned more about it's mechanics than the four years I spent with my Grand Cherokee and my previous TJ.
|02-12-2014 01:58 PM|
|Newbie1324||The jeep I'm thinking about buying is an 05 with 82,000 miles on it... Four POs... The only mods done to it are larger tires and new bumpers.. Everything else is stock... Little to no rust.. What do you think? Pass or buy?|
|02-12-2014 10:30 AM|
|02-02-2014 01:05 PM|
|lys327||Still finding all the crap PO has done...most recent and frustrating was PO swapped heater core hoses and had lousy heat. Also, found multiple extension cables used as I want to say speaker wires. So I am still hunting down all the "fixins" he did before selling me the jeep. well I traded my liberty for his TJ with a new motor.|
|02-02-2014 12:22 PM|
The PO of my last tj was a real moron!
#1 he couldn't get the top rear shock mounts loose so he just cut the shock and ran it without.
#2 he installed a 2" body lift and instead of extending the shifter he cut 2" off the bottom of the console.
#3 the thermostat housing was leaking so he would just put a tube of stop leak in the radiator every week. Took me a day to get it all out.
#4 never fixed the rear driveshaft after lifting the jeep so he drove it in 4 wheel drive for a year before locking up the front driveshaft and exploding the transfer case all over the highway. In which case I was behind him and bought a very cheap tj that day
|02-02-2014 10:49 AM|
|Mott97tj||My PO had a sound bar in but took it out before he sold it. Upon installing my own sound bar and running a new wire harness I found that he/or she spliced into the front speakers to run the bar instead of wiring into the radio like your supposed to so it works properly, and in doing so melted the dash while soldering the wires... Time to rewire everything|
|01-27-2014 10:40 PM|
|THE COYOTE||He sold it.|
|01-27-2014 10:39 PM|
|Goalieme||Hahaha. Mine was from a little old man who drive it to the grocery store, church, and once or twice to Red River, NM in the summer. It was a 98 with 38k when I bought it 2yrs ago.|
|01-27-2014 08:13 AM|
|Scootsk||My PO was a 53 yo female. Since buying the jeep new in 2003 she managed to rack up an unfathomable 23,000 miles in ten years of ownership. She had the gall not to drive it and garage it in the winter and have it detailed twice a year. To top all that off she only used the dealer to do maintenance and kept every receipt in a neat file. The only off roading was a gravel parking lot. Imagine the internal angst I endured as I decided whether or not to buy this jeep. Sometimes we must bite the bullet and pray that our decisions were the right decisions.|
|01-26-2014 05:57 PM|
|MaximumJed||Gradually going through my Jeep and discovering what the PO did right and wrong. So far the strangest choice was to fit sway bar disconnects, brand new and pretty looking JKS ones, then set them to different lengths nowhere near the correct settings, and finally only using it as a street car in and around London.|
|01-25-2014 01:11 PM|
|01-25-2014 11:58 AM|
|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxluisf14||Gentlemen, here it is. The jerry rig of all jerry rigs.|
|01-22-2014 10:51 PM|
|GingerTJ||There was a chunk of wood under my gas tank, in between the skid... Like why?|
|01-22-2014 10:32 PM|
|JohnDoe||My PO bent both of the front lower control arms about 2 inches outward... I don't even know how that happened, the uppers were fine... Smh...|
|01-22-2014 09:32 PM|
|Crthomas98||My PO put brand new street tires on...|
|01-22-2014 09:05 PM|
I've found loads of matches behind my dash from the PO. Not only that but my drivers seat is held in by two wooden planks. Literally, the seat itself is screwed into planks above the seat bracket. ill get a picture soon for ya'll.
Not only that, but the seat itself isn't the OEM drivers seat. It's completely torn, and I'll be dumping it in a few because I just purchased a brand new seat which hopefully will be arriving soon.
Funny thing about it is, the PO took some black spray paint and just sprayed the wood to not make it visible. He did a bad job at that, because he missed about half of the plank, and called it a day.
|01-22-2014 08:43 PM|
|01-22-2014 08:27 PM|
|c1orox||I thought the same thing, but I replaced the 28" tires with 30" tires and it still reads what seems to be close to 10℅ faster than actual speed (guessing based on GPS/radar). Given the discrepancy from 28" tires to whatever tire the speedo was set to, at least the odometer presumably reads far higher than the actual mileage and it may have had a better preventative maintenance frequency by 200k miles. Maybe that one is a thank you PO item.|
|01-22-2014 07:45 PM|
|01-22-2014 05:34 PM|
First Jeep, first post, and first time buyer of an older used vehicle in the salty Northeast. Jeep had at least 2 POs that didn't care much for doing things even halfway right or keeping things clean. Good learning opportunity and chance to help bring it back to life.
A few of the gems:
1) factory soft top back window zipper held in place with paperclips poked through the fabric and twisted around to hold it in place.
2) Sahara factory steps were welded to the frame, crooked.
3) Carpet was used as a tackle box. After pulling the first 6 fish hooks out, realized the tacklebox slime was never going to come out anyway. Ripped it out, un-salvageable.
4) Broke the drivers side door panel in what I can only assume was an attempt to fix the door lock. Did not screw the grab handle back on to the door and lost the screws.
5) Used epoxy putty to fill the holes in the horribly rusted oil pan. Yeah... that did not work. New oil pan.
6) Must have been addicted to bottled water. I found at least 30 white bottle caps in the Jeep. I still find them even after ripping out the carpet, behind the dash, under the seats, etc.
7) My personal favorite, because I did this exact same thing a few weeks back. Installed a new wiper motor and hooked up the linkage backwards. The wiper arm carved a nice gouge into the hood in front of both wipers. I always wondered how he managed to do that until I replaced the wiper motor and also hooked the linkage up wrong, deepening the previous gouge in the hood. Guess if I ever sell it that makes me a bad PO too :P
8) Replaced factory 30" tires with what I believe were 28" tires. WTH
9) Haven't gotten to the bottom of this one yet, but speedo is off (reads fast). Assuming PO replaced transfer case speedo gear with the wrong one. As fast as it reads, I would assume it was calibrated to at least a 32" tire.. Doesn't sound right to me as this isn't lifted at all.
10) Headlight adjuster screws tabs were broken. Jeep looked like a disco driving down the road at night with the wobbling grooving headlights.
|01-16-2014 01:40 PM|
|elite56||When I got my jeep I was the first person to ever take the doors off|
|01-16-2014 07:52 AM|
the PO of my 04 tj SE installed led brake lights, removed the 3rd brake light, and smacked up one of the fenders to he put tube fenders on it. He hacked up the wheelhouse in the process of installing the tube fenders. so me and my dad faked a piece of metal and fixed that. Also had no working turn signals, hood latches, and the car needed an alignment pretty bad. Got it for cheap took a few weeks to set everything right again. Oh and the driver side door is still bent funny.
not the worst but it was a little bit of work.
|01-15-2014 09:08 PM|
|gmdavestevens||Was driving with PO before I bought it, asking about if he had the fog lights, he said that he took them off because he couldn't find the switch that turned them on. When I showed him the "switch" he was dumbfounded. Apparently he had never used fog lights in any of his vehicles.|
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