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06-13-2013 09:28 PM
bc3_Jeep I have a 95 YJ with less than 100K.... PM me if interested.......
06-13-2013 08:55 PM
37122 I'm lookin to buy my first jeep wrangler. I'm willing to spend 7500. any advice of what to look out for and good places to buy?
08-03-2011 07:16 PM
AVtj03
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Originally Posted by dschur View Post
Don't sweat the detail, enjoy your Jeep! For gods sake, get the top, the doors and the windows out in the great weather this week if you haven't.

Also, like a great wine, you have chosen the best year, the best color (black) and the best engine (4L) ('03 Black v6 FTW!)
sweeeeeeet

thanks
08-03-2011 05:47 PM
dschur
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Originally Posted by AVtj03 View Post
ha! just read that. Ya, I didn't know about the one in Rockford.
Oh well, at least I got me a jeep now.
Don't sweat the detail, enjoy your Jeep! For gods sake, get the top, the doors and the windows out in the great weather this week if you haven't.

Also, like a great wine, you have chosen the best year, the best color (black) and the best engine (4L) ('03 Black v6 FTW!)
08-02-2011 08:05 PM
AVtj03
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Originally Posted by dschur View Post
When I was looking A-1 was a bit pricey, maybe that has changed.

For example, they have a black '03 sport, that looks very similar to the one I got last year (mileage, features). A1 is asking 11,366. I got mine in Rockford for 8,250

ha! just read that. Ya, I didn't know about the one in Rockford.
Oh well, at least I got me a jeep now.
08-02-2011 07:54 PM
AVtj03
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Originally Posted by Nielubie View Post
There is a place in Elmhurst IL, close to O'hare that sells only Jeep wranglers. I've never been to the Rockford one.

A-1 Auto
A - 1 Auto Corp - www.a1auto.us
Just bought my jeep from there. 03 4.0 with new soft top, 31*10.5, 112k, replaced seals, replaced brakes, 50/50 6mo warranty 11k.

I know its over priced-ish...but

I noticed the jeep started leaking tranny fluid on my driveway, brought it in and they replaced the input shaft seal in one day, free.

replaced fog light switch free.

put it up on a lift before i bought it to inspect. found minor things like broken bolt in bell housing, tailpipe bracket broken, they took care of both. They do take care of their customers because they know the next used jeep you may get will be from there. great place
07-01-2011 08:48 PM
jmt27 the jeep store in rockford is the place to go, they always have good deals.
they do all the little touch ups no dealer bothers to do, sometimes they take a little too long to do it but you get a good bang for your buck
06-22-2011 10:55 AM
dschur When I was looking A-1 was a bit pricey, maybe that has changed.

For example, they have a black '03 sport, that looks very similar to the one I got last year (mileage, features). A1 is asking 11,366. I got mine in Rockford for 8,250
06-21-2011 10:39 PM
Nielubie There is a place in Elmhurst IL, close to O'hare that sells only Jeep wranglers. I've never been to the Rockford one.

A-1 Auto
A - 1 Auto Corp - www.a1auto.us
06-04-2011 05:51 PM
bigbodied
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Originally Posted by bigbodied View Post
got mine in OH....

07 jeep jk rubicon -- $19,400

had everything except for power windows, locks, and navi. which i dont need and are over rated...

came with just a soft top, but had stock half doors, which are money!!! bc stock half doors are gonna cost you some good money...

it had 19,100 miles when i bought it in feb 11!

but the most important thing to getting a good deal is to get one in the off season, in a state to where they dont get used yr round "like up north", and to constatly bargain w/ the person or dealer that your buying it from... "but keep in mind if your gonna try and play hardball you better know a thing or two about jeeps"

also had a winch and a 2" body lift as well...
06-04-2011 05:48 PM
bigbodied got mine in OH....

07 jeep jk rubicon -- $19,400

had everything except for power windows, locks, and navi. which i dont need and are over rated...

came with just a soft top, but had stock half doors, which are money!!! bc stock half doors are gonna cost you some good money...

it had 19,100 miles when i bought it in feb 11!

but the most important thing to getting a good deal is to get one in the off season, in a state to where they dont get used yr round "like up north", and to constatly bargain w/ the person or dealer that your buying it from... "but keep in mind if your gonna try and play hardball you better know a thing or two about jeeps"
05-04-2011 10:00 PM
dschur Update - I had an issue, jeep wouldn't start at all. Tuned the key, no crank. Jumpstart - nada.

Did a very precise diagnosis with the special BFH tool and determined my starter was caput. 150 bux and 15 mins later, issue solved.

Suppose it is to be expected at 110 K.
04-17-2011 10:22 AM
dschur Sounds like a nice deal.

If the vibration isn't coming from the engine or trans, it can probably be readily taken out with new tires/suspension mods. Wit a non-matching tire that alone may do it.

Sometimes having tires that need replacing soon is not bad, as you can get what you want and take your time doing it. I put the KM2's on mine myself this winter (31.5x10), as mine came with about 3/32nds on really cheap wally world tires. The KM2's are a great tire, I would recommend siping the inner lugs (only) if you go that route (for ice in Illinois winter driving). These tires made a huge difference on my jeep and the 4.0 could handle them (on stock wheels, manual trans) no problem. They fit under the stock suspension just fine in that size, no rubbing.

Hope it all works out. Let me know if you pick it up.
04-15-2011 08:36 PM
rpblanchette87 Its a stock suspension/wheel setup. needs new rubber by the time winter hits. one of the rear tires is non-matching, may have hit something and got a flat/threw the balance off. Everything else is amazing with it besides the fairly large vibration once I hit like 65. my guess is the tires need balancing. may end up just charging a set of KM2's and wheels to my card if that's the case. Going up there again tomorrow to pick it up. Hope it isn't too problematic.
the way I figure, after taxes/etc. its running me 7k. If i have to invest another 1k to get it balanced out, i still made out with a pretty good deal.

kbb valued it between 9.5 and 11
04-15-2011 06:50 AM
dschur Yep, mine is still running like a top, no problems. It's a little higher than when I got it now ;-) I think I got a keeper, now that it's broken in.

Have there been any suspension modifications to the one you are looking at? Does it have a poor choice of muddier tires? If not I would not think there should be a wobble on a stock suspension with stockfish tires.

If it's stock I'd look at balancing the tires, the steering stabilizer, and possibly drive shaft.

Good luck on the looking!
04-14-2011 01:12 AM
rpblanchette87 Just stopped by the Jeep store earlier today and put some cash down on a Blue 01 4.0 with 109k. seems like a nice little truck. looked it over myself with a fine tooth comb and only came up with a few little things that a jeep with that mileage would obviously need. starts right up, engine purrs like a kitten, shifts well. very little surface rust on the frame. for 6300 i am definitely happy. One thing i noticed is that i jumped on I90 to test it out at high speed and it seemed to wobble quite a bit between 60-75. I'm new to the jeep thing, but i dont think this is quite the infamous death wobble. frame looks ok and everything else. any ideas on what could cause it? tires needing balanced?

So far, I like jeff and the jeep store. best deals i've seen in the illinois area.

dschur - yours still running ok?
12-21-2010 04:56 PM
Mortalis5509
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Originally Posted by Ir8divr View Post
Does the jeep store still have that lime green lifted rubi? Have'nt seen it the last few days; i drive past there to and from work everyday......... Which one you getting?
electric lime green? That's what I have.
12-21-2010 03:47 PM
Phrankoff thanks for keeping the updates here. I just get a really odd feeling when I see some of the posts he has.

They are considerably lower than everywhere else that something is not right there... for instance.... a 2004 Sahara w 60 on it for $10,700... its like.. Uhhmmm....wtf?
12-11-2010 06:38 PM
dschur
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Originally Posted by BobKnake View Post
Glad to hear it...

As am I - after 3 months, I am very happy with the Jeep I picked up. I'm sorry to hear about others experience, but for me, this has been a great experience picking up a very solid jeep. To date, I have replaced a blown heater resistor (apparently rather common - cost me $15), the battery (never died on me but it was an 8 year old OEM and in this cold weather I could tell it was time, replaced it with an optima yellow which i've always had good luck with), and the mentioned blown speaker.

I'm willing to say it this point if anything goes wrong, they didn't know about it when they sold it to me.

If you ask me, best place for a used jeep in Illinois = Jeff at Jeep store in Rockford.

YMMV
09-28-2010 09:23 PM
BobKnake
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Originally Posted by dschur View Post
Going on a month now and the '03 sport I picked up has not fallen to pieces or had any real issues. None more that I can think of at all.

In hindsight I'd say so far I got a fair and honest price on a used jeep from the Jeep store in rockford. Give Jeff a call and let him know what you're looking for if your in the market, in my book - cant hurt.
Glad to hear it...
09-28-2010 09:06 PM
dschur Going on a month now and the '03 sport I picked up has not fallen to pieces or had any real issues. None more that I can think of at all.

In hindsight I'd say so far I got a fair and honest price on a used jeep from the Jeep store in rockford. Give Jeff a call and let him know what you're looking for if your in the market, in my book - cant hurt.
08-27-2010 02:33 PM
BobKnake
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Originally Posted by dschur View Post
So far so good on the 2003 black X I picked up from the Jeep Store in Rockford. I tore the seats, consoles, carpet and dashboard out and powerwashed/simple greened everything, it was rather dirty inside and had a lot of sand in the floorboards. There was also a musty smell, possibly was smoked in, but that's gone now. Also powerwashed the engine bay and things look generally good. This weekend I seafoam top to bottom, all fluids replaced, new plugs, serp belt, diffs and transfer case serviced (local lube shop stoners want $600 and use garbage, I got all quality supplies for under 200)

The only problems I found was the center speaker was badly blown ($20) and the heater blower resistor was bad ($20).

All in all, so far I am happy with the deal. A 2003 X, manual, 106K miles with a 1 year old soft top for just a hair over $8K. It was a far more solid deal than the local stealerships, and a lot of the 6-8K jeeps I saw on craigslist were complete beaters.

I'd recommend anyone look at Jeff's jeeps in rockford when looking. Just be prepared that communications wise he isn't the best. You send him an email with 5 questions, he might respond, and then he answers one in my experience.

One small downside is as a dealer, he has to collect the 6.5% sales tax. Private party is flat rate and more like 100 bux, so factor that in also.
Glade to hear you have had a better experience with the JEEP STORE than I did... Understand about the emailing of questions & lack of answers... he did that with me too...
Of course the questions that I didn't get the answers on... were basically the issues I had problems with.
OH WELL.

Enjoy your JEEP.
08-26-2010 11:03 AM
dschur So far so good on the 2003 black X I picked up from the Jeep Store in Rockford. I tore the seats, consoles, carpet and dashboard out and powerwashed/simple greened everything, it was rather dirty inside and had a lot of sand in the floorboards. There was also a musty smell, possibly was smoked in, but that's gone now. Also powerwashed the engine bay and things look generally good. This weekend I seafoam top to bottom, all fluids replaced, new plugs, serp belt, diffs and transfer case serviced (local lube shop stoners want $600 and use garbage, I got all quality supplies for under 200)

The only problems I found was the center speaker was badly blown ($20) and the heater blower resistor was bad ($20).

All in all, so far I am happy with the deal. A 2003 X, manual, 106K miles with a 1 year old soft top for just a hair over $8K. It was a far more solid deal than the local stealerships, and a lot of the 6-8K jeeps I saw on craigslist were complete beaters.

I'd recommend anyone look at Jeff's jeeps in rockford when looking. Just be prepared that communications wise he isn't the best. You send him an email with 5 questions, he might respond, and then he answers one in my experience.

One small downside is as a dealer, he has to collect the 6.5% sales tax. Private party is flat rate and more like 100 bux, so factor that in also.
08-19-2010 03:49 PM
dschur
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Originally Posted by dschur View Post
I am having it inspected by Alliance tomorrow morning, thanks for the advice. I always have used vehicles inspected. That said it is an 8 year old jeep, so I am realistic about expecting some maintenance/repair work.
Just got the 11-page inspection report from AIM. All mechanicals are good (good brakes, strong clutch, engine).

Quite a few small chips in the paint (they really looked close), small dent on the cowl by the antenna. Nothing unusual for a car with 100K plus on it.

Biggest concern is the hood, it has been repainted an the paint is cracking. According to the carfax this had 70,000 miles put on in the last 2 years. I am thinking someone had a brutal commute, added a lot of road rash and painted the hood to dress it up to sell.

Overall I'm good with the inspection and will pick it up at the jeep store tomorrow. I ain't picky and I'm realistic about an 8 year 'ole jeep, especially at a good price.

Biggest issue will be I need to replace all fluids not knowing their upkeep so I'm at a known starting point. at over 100K its prob due for it anyways.
08-18-2010 08:29 PM
Ir8divr Yes, you're right, machesney park; both towns, including rockford are butted up against each other. You would think i know better; i work in machesney park
08-18-2010 07:25 PM
Gate53 I watched Craigs List and found mine. Ya gotta kiss a lot of forgs to find the prince!
08-18-2010 07:19 PM
dschur
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Originally Posted by Ir8divr View Post
Technically its in loves park.......
The address I had was Machesney Park
08-18-2010 07:18 PM
dschur
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Originally Posted by BobKnake View Post
check it over with a fine tooth comb...
I agree he's was a nice guy... but I never got responses from him when I tried to contact him...
I am having it inspected by Alliance tomorrow morning, thanks for the advice. I always have used vehicles inspected. That said it is an 8 year old jeep, so I am realistic about expecting some maintenance/repair work.
08-18-2010 12:21 PM
Ir8divr Technically its in loves park.......
08-18-2010 12:21 PM
Ir8divr On the corner of north 2nd street (251) and harlem road; its a big building with an office furniture store and a goodwill in it. The jeep store is on the north side of the building.......... You cant miss it
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