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11-20-2010 03:47 PM
jonscouch2 Yes I did get it and 8700 ended up having a few issues but the BB has been helpful.
As for spending money. Already on it. Radio. ripped out Carpet and Going to Line-x inside in a week or 2
Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
11-19-2010 02:52 PM
OregonTJ check out this link for Oregon trails info-locations
PNW4WDA Oregon Trails
11-19-2010 01:47 PM
village idiot
Originally Posted by jonscouch2 View Post
Done Purchased.
Now I need to find some trails in Seattle.
Google the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association. Go on their annual Jamboree next July in Natches. You'll find some nice trails. Be sure to go on the Rimrock trail.

Looks to me like that was a good purchase.
11-19-2010 12:16 PM
hookuspookus tire kicker
10-16-2010 10:21 AM
jpg103 Yeah, for a TJ that clean I'd be all over it. I say pull the trigger!
10-16-2010 08:06 AM
Originally Posted by Sherpa View Post
Are you kidding??? I dream of spending way more money than that on my Jeep!
and I will be here to help you spend it!
10-16-2010 02:23 AM
Sherpa To the OP: congrats on making the purchase.

Originally Posted by AOR View Post
BTW, welcome to the endless, uncontrollable, lay awake at night in bed not sleeping dreaming of how to spend all the money you have on your rig club!
Are you kidding??? I dream of spending way more money than that on my Jeep!
10-15-2010 04:58 PM
AOR So you purchased it. That doesn't tell us what you paid for it. I thought all this hub-bub was about value and pricing. Show me the money!

BTW, welcome to the endless, uncontrollable, lay awake at night in bed not sleeping dreaming of how to spend all the money you have on your rig club!
10-15-2010 04:55 PM
05tjrubi Yes congrats
10-15-2010 04:30 PM
JDsDream Congratulations and welcome to the insanity that is Wrangler ownership.
10-15-2010 04:21 PM
jonscouch2 Done Purchased.
Now I need to find some trails in Seattle.
Thanks for the advice.
10-14-2010 11:11 PM
05tjrubi Just buy it and get it over with
10-14-2010 10:59 PM
Nicholson A year and a half ago I paid 10 for a 2000 4.0 L with 88k on it. I bought from a dealer cause I was trading in a year old truck and they would give me top dollar for the trade, so I paid the dealer premium. I also got a safari rack with the deal, which has been an awesome addition. I would spend the same for the same TJ again today, no regrets, only plans for the future- do wish I had a D44 in the back though, but nothing I can't swap myself when I find one off a totaled rig.
10-14-2010 10:49 PM
JDsDream Wranglers hold their value and if you find one that has been well cared for and that clean then I would say that yes it is still a good deal. Check around, you will be surprised at how much a dealer would charge for a Wrangler in that condition. I would offer 8500., but if they insist, I would give 8700. for it. Just my opinion the decision is ultimately yours.
10-14-2010 10:35 PM
jonscouch2 Wont sell for less then 8700. Still thinking.
think its worth it
10-12-2010 09:34 PM
25172021k I just bought a '99 6 cyl. 5 speed 115k with the dana44, hard and soft top, 30x9.5 tires for 6k. Mechanically it was clean- the rest took 3 days to clean ( dog hair mostly) then on the 4th day she got muddy I'd say look on craigslist, eBay, autotrader, and see what they go for. I like the idea of 79 100 dollar bills in one pocket. Then a few more in a back pocket just in case
10-12-2010 09:25 PM
10-12-2010 09:24 PM
BANGER Going to sell 2004 Wrangler X 77,000 miles 6 Cly 5 speed new BF 32 11.50/15 on nice rims the rest is stock . Only reason wife is sick and no time .

10-12-2010 08:09 PM
jonscouch2 Im going back on Thursday and hopefully picking it up if we can agree on the price.
10-12-2010 04:01 PM
oIIIIIIo i say go for it! Good luck.
10-12-2010 03:39 PM
530ktm So when do we all find out if you got this Jeep or not? Seems like a good one to me. Camper has some good information regarding Jeeps.
10-12-2010 01:20 PM
camper I'm guessing you might appreciate some fundamentals. I'm not a frequent contributor here, but since so far no one has briefed you on a few basics.....

In my area (central florida), a clean 6 cyl. stock jeep TJ with obvious good maintenance would easily sell for $10k. And my opinion is that the best used jeep to buy is one in factory condition with little or no off road wear.

You want the six cylinder option. The four cylinder TJ wrangler is usually a couple thousand dollars less expensive, but pay for the six. A clean TJ model with 50K miles is getting pretty hard to find. 100K is about half the average life of the six cylinder, but many have gone way past 200K.

The pictures show a hard top, and full steel doors with roll up glass windows. If you also get a factory soft top, then you're getting more for your money. You can purchase replacement canvas for the factory soft top. If you have a convenient way to hang your hard top in a garage, then you will appreciate the hard top when you feel like running with it. Full doors are what you want and they can be easily removed and replaced with canvas half doors when you feel the desire to go that route.

There are two rear axles used from the factory in a six cylinder jeep. Most will be a dana 35 with either 3.07 gear ratio or 3.73. There is usually a metal tag on the differential cover with the gear ratio stamped on it. The 3.07 ratio is for smaller diameter tires (factory 28") and allowed for the best highway mileage. The 3.73 is more desirable for a bigger tire, but still not great for stop and go, headwind, and uphill driving. Think about the days of youth on a ten speed bicycle. Sluggish gears, hard to get going, etc.

Some of the TJ wranglers came factory with a little tougher rear axle...a dana 44. This will be geared 3.73 if found in the jeep you're looking at. It will still have the same sluggish feel if you run large diameter tires (33-35 inch). Amoung the internet crowd, the dana 44 rear is a great find. That's because it can more dependably handle the strain of larger diameter tires. Regearing both the front and rear axles for larger diameter tires is a common, desirable modification that you can consider down the road.

I personally would not turn away from the jeep if it has the more common dana 35. If the vehicle is otherwise appealing to you. There are millions of these rear axles on the highways and trails. You will learn about ways to address any concern you may develop regarding its dependability.
10-12-2010 09:53 AM
Got 4 Lo looks sweet
10-12-2010 09:38 AM
Originally Posted by AOR View Post
. Also, yank the little pine freshener and colored steering wheel cover, then go out and get her muddy. She's been starved for 10 years.
Already planning on pulling that out. And yes she is very starved. I will have to put her on a high mud diet.
10-12-2010 08:32 AM
AOR Go with your $8000 in 100s. Cash talks. Then have in your back pocket(s) the difference of what you will pay max. Look around the Jeep a few more times and then scratch up the difference. A wad of cash always get them. Btw, a rig that clean, always garaged is a bargain. Also, yank the little pine freshener and colored steering wheel cover, then go out and get her muddy. She's been starved for 10 years.
10-12-2010 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by jonscouch2 View Post
What about the price do you think thats on? or a good deal? or too high?
Clean, well maintained cars always command a premium price. For this exact vehicle, I think $8500 is a very reasonable price. Even if you have to step up to $9000, it is still a good deal. I cannot recall anyone ever saying, "gee--the car I bought was simply too clean/nice/well maintained; I wish I had bought something more beat up/dirtier/run down."

Full disclosure: I just bought my '98 Sport 5-spd softtop with 82k miles for $6500. However, the top was ruined and needed to be replaced, the tires were bald, it has a couple oil leaks and is clearly overdue on basic maintenance, there is no lift installed, etc. To get a Jeep two years newer and as clean as yours, I would have happily paid $2000 more.
10-11-2010 11:13 PM
subtlez28 It is amazing how well these Jeeps hold their value. I am searching for a TJ also, and really expected them to be cheaper.

Good luck w your hunt!
10-11-2010 10:46 PM
Littleyellow 85 is still a decent price ..what are others going for in your area.i got mine for 6200 01 with 120k on it.. so it all certainly looks clean though
10-11-2010 10:21 PM
Curt93acw It's getting harder and harder to find clean used jeeps. It looks like a good buy! IMO $8500 would be a great buy. Personally, I will pay a little more for something that is clean and well taken care of.

Good luck!!
10-11-2010 10:09 PM
Kevinm2467 I paid 8,500 for my 97 tj. Auto,ac. 33's 4 inch susp. Rhino lined inside. 125,000 miles. Hard top, soft top, hard doors. Headers exhaust. It's 4.0 also. I love it... Just diffently check the 4 wheel drive throughly..
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