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Johnboy11 07-28-2011 09:46 PM

Why are TJ's sooo pricey?
I think I have my car sold and 5500.00 is what I will have for a TJ sport 4.0 in good shape for that price. I have looked all over the place and anything in good shape costs 7-9 k. I see where you guys buy them for 4-6 k easily why so high here? Independence Kansas or Oklahoma even Missouri WTF

RockyWrangler98 07-28-2011 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by Johnboy11
I think I have my car sold and I have 5500.00 burning a hole in my pocket for a TJ sport 4.0 in good shape for that price. I have looked all over the place and anything in good shape costs 7-9 k. I see where you guys buy them for 4-6 k easily why so high here? Independence Kansas or Oklahoma even Missouri WTF

Idk if it's true for everyone, but I bought mine in your desired price range, knowing I had to put some work into it. If you're willing to put forth the effort to have a great jeep, you can start with one at the "steal" price.

UnlimitedLJ04 07-28-2011 09:51 PM

they're popular.

After all- you want one, right?

ClayL 07-28-2011 09:51 PM

i picked my 87 yj up for $300. needed some work but well worth it. and hte reason they cost so much is because wranglers hold their value really well. ive seen some rebuilt yj's go for like 8k here in co. just depends on your area

Johnboy11 07-28-2011 09:54 PM

But on the " How much you pay" thread there are a ton that get em for my price range with low miles

ClayL 07-28-2011 09:57 PM

just gota keep looking man, how far are you willing to go?

ClayL 07-28-2011 09:59 PM

1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ needs some work, and this is the cheapest. most expensive was 21k

markzeronine 07-28-2011 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by Johnboy11 (Post 1418605)
But on the " How much you pay" thread there are a ton that get em for my price range with low miles

Few things..
A lot of people budge the truth to feel like they've won, or to brag.
Many people get deals from relatives, I've heard more storys of "Im giving my jeep to my nephew, daughter, etc" than any other car
Many people have needed to put a lot more work into their Jeeps than they're willing to admit on a forum.

I got a very good deal on my Jeep, however I didn't get it for a "STEAL" per say, two thousand or so under blue book value. Not to mention it's about the most desirable Jeep of the year 2000. (5 speed 4.0 d44 rear, never modded, no rust anywhere..) If you find one for around blue book value, and it's in good shape, buy it.

They have one of the best resale values of all time, so it's nothing to worry about.

dale 3 07-28-2011 10:07 PM

I had a cj over 20 yrs. ago.Started pricing tj in new england area.I could not believe 10k buys something decent with over 70k miles.SAHARA OR RUBI add 3-5k.Your price range ya need a lucky barn find.

ClayL 07-28-2011 10:08 PM

ya see i actually got mine for $300, but i had to put close to $2k into it so that it would pass emissions and ran good. still needs some work and paint. the rebuild is in my sig

dale 3 07-28-2011 10:12 PM

300 Might buy a set of crap rims and 1 seat.

ClayL 07-28-2011 10:16 PM

um $300 was a jeep that kinda ran with all 5 tires/rims, sure now the best, they got replaced. and a full good interior. oh and it has the I6 4.2 so ya mine was truely a steal deal. dude wanted it gon because the plates were 10 months old and barely ran.

Red Neckerson 07-28-2011 11:17 PM

Seen a 2004 Rubi today that the guy bought in Kearney, Mo for 15k. 80,000 miles and stock except it had been Rhino-Lined inside. Nice, clean Jeep.

flyfishnevada 07-29-2011 12:54 AM

I got $5500 for my commuter coffin. Not enough, so I sold my boat. Now I have a Jeep. I think I came out on top of that one.

Wyominer 07-29-2011 01:10 AM

Traded my 98 sport/5spd 67100 miles for $6550, for an 06 rubicon LJ/auto 47500 miles for $12,500 difference. I was going to give you the web site to check out my old Jeep, but it's sold, in less than 10 days, with a list price of $9875. I bought the 98 in june of 2009 for $8400!

They do have a 2004 SE, 40000 for $12900 -, Brant is who I delt with, I feel I was treated right.

GoldenSahara00 07-29-2011 01:12 AM

You got ripped off when you sold your TJ.

BenW 07-29-2011 01:13 AM

Make the drive here to Arkansas we have tons on Craigslist for your price range

bink98xcab 07-29-2011 01:21 AM


Originally Posted by Johnboy11 (Post 1418605)
But on the " How much you pay" thread there are a ton that get em for my price range with low miles

i dont know about a ton, but on that page there may be 20 or so, out of how many have been sold in total? do the math. just got to be patient. i mean your kinda looking for a base 4 cylinder price on the higher end jeep. and Clay is right , they just hold their value really well. and you can kinda throw NADA out the window when shopping for one. think about this , if a rhino / razor can be 10 grand , why is a tj not worth just as much or alot more

ilmjumper 07-29-2011 01:37 AM

Also, look out in the less populated areas, around here (decent sized beach city) wranglers are gold plated! Had major issues find one in my range...and my range was under 10 grand. Craiglist search under general Eastern NC, drove 2 hours in blizzard the day after Christmas, but only paid 6,500 for my 99 sahara with 125,000 miles. Be patient and search hard..the deals are out there!

Blackpony04 07-29-2011 02:12 AM

Demographics are everything! The more populated the area the more product the lower the price. Just a couple of weeks ago I sold my 2009 Ponti G6 GXP in the Buffalo area for $1000 more than I paid for it in December in Chicago.

I also agree with the others that said you might have to put a little work into it if you expect to get it cheaper. I bought my 99 Sport w/91k miles for $5000 just last week but I knew I'd have to put another $1500 into it to make it decent. But even if I had bought it for $6500 it would still be less than the going rate for similar TJs in the area.

joehernandez 07-29-2011 03:59 AM

I spent 6 months looking for a tj. ... At the end the patience paid off. . Got a 2006 tj for 5500 6speed75000miles lifted and never off roaded oh and brand new all terrain tires. That's a steal! !!!!!!!!!

Moose105 07-29-2011 04:23 AM

Damn I wasn't so lucky. Grabbed mine an 04 tj with hardtop and ragtop for 12600. 86k miles never been on a trail in its life yet

jeepsr4grls 07-29-2011 05:02 AM

I know it isn't a TJ but it looks like a decent deal

1995 Jeep Wrangler

Be a place to start and with the price you would have money left to fix it up.

JimTJ 07-29-2011 07:15 AM

I've read that the TJ has the second highest resale value. Living in Illinois, I had a hard time finding any Wrangler or CJ. Most of the 97-99's I found were the 2.5 with soft top, half doors and 5 speed were around $6700. Some looked good, others looked thrashed. I ended up going to my home state of New Hampshire and saw Wranglers everywhere. I picked up my 97 Sport with new wheels and tires, 4.0, auto, air and after market bumpers for $4800.00. She had 113K on her. A steal? I dunno, you tell me. She has been off road as her body testifies, but I think the owner was a real Jeeper cause mechanically the Jeep is solid. I have driven her from New Jersey to New Hampshire three times and New Jersey to Illinois and back three times, twice this past month.

Also as corny as it sounds, remember the Jeep picks the owner. An old Jeep guy told me that once and it has been true with every single Jeep I have ever purchased.

Tery TJ 07-29-2011 08:11 AM

I traded my 97 tj in on my 05 tj they gave me 5000.00
for it.I called him he still has it said it was going to auction
that they could not put it on lot.Anyone interested Ill give you ph #.

thdrduck 07-29-2011 08:13 AM

I think it has a lot to do with where you look. For instance... Sacramento CA to SF Jeeps are gold. Here in Wisconsin, not so much. But even with that said, it is unbelievable how well they hold their value. 4 years ago I got my stock red soft top 4 banger 5 speed for $6 grand and I could sell it now for close to that. I did put a new top on it. Oh ya... not for sale.

SurfKaster 07-29-2011 08:36 AM

Classic American design with WW2 heritage. There is NO other vehicle like them.

arcountryboy 07-29-2011 09:03 AM

Bought my 98 2.5L, 5 speed with 130K for 2250. Had a cracked head on it. Guy had a new cam kit, new bearing kit, and new gasket kit. I spent 250 on a new head and 4 hours overhauling it, runs like a champ. Just have to be willing to do some work. Right now, with radio, bumper, lights, tires, and misc. stuff I have about 3200 in it.

Choicecut 07-29-2011 09:12 AM

You may need to really stretch your searching radius to find what you want. I was looking for an LJ Rubicon with low mileage and took 3 months to find what I wanted. People were asking 20k for ragged out LJ's with 100k on them within 500 miles of me and TJ Rubis are going for ~15k with 100k. I finally found an 06 LJ Rubicon 6sp in Texas (1400 miles from me) with 4" (I think, from measuring) fab tech lift, 33" MT's, Bumpers, rockers, Nerf Bars, Hella lights and with only 40k miles. Doesn't look like its been off road hardly and is in GREAT condition. Picked it up for 20k. The great people of this forum made it happen too. I made a thread, my very first post, and TJMike, a local to San Antonio checked it out for me. Keep searching man, it's out there.

I think the TJ's hold thier value cause they are proven to be solid builds and are still new enough to not be completely rusted out. The yj's and cj's usually require a crapton of work (and still priced high) and most people don't want the 3.8 that's in the jk's. The Pentastar engine is still really new and first year in the wrangler coming up. That makes a lot of folks shy, myself included.

ipleadda2nd 07-29-2011 10:15 AM

When I bought my first Wrangler (4 months ago) I was amazed at how much they are new and used. It blows my mind how well they hold their value!

I didn't know if it is just Colorado, or other areas as well. There are a grip of Wranglers in Denver metro area. Super popular.

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