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DanG 05-20-2012 01:59 PM

Help With Buying a Used Wrangler
Live in Southern Indiana - Louisville KY area. Planning to purchase a used Wrangler this Fall. A 40 birthday gift for my wife. Something she has always wanted - soft top Wrangler. We have never owned a Jeep. Don't know that much about them. Where is a site(s) or books that would help me understand / learn what to know and look for when purchasing a used Wrangler? What to avoid - what to inspect Besides Consumers. Planning to spend $12K -$13K. Based on some initial browsing seems a 1999 - 2005 with 70,000 - 120,000 miles falls into this price range depending on variables. This will be a third vehicle - weekend and nice weather with the top down. Minor off roading. Any assistance and suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

Mr Mac 05-30-2012 05:38 PM


This is the place to get all those questions answered!


Hellcat03 07-09-2012 06:42 PM

Your definitely looking at a Tj Wrangler.. I personally like the 4.0l motor.. That motor though is the king of oil pan gasket leak sometimes valve cover and loves breaking the stock exhaust manifold. The oil pan and valve cover leaks are nothing to write home too. They usually don't even drip. For your price range at least in Denver you can get a pretty modified Wrangler. I just bought my 2nd Wrangler. '03 Rubicon and only had 62k on the odomiter. Any more questions feel free to pm and I would love to help out a new Jeep buyer.. I have owned and built 81 cj7 .. 85 cherokee, 98 Tj and now my 03 Rubicon also got a grand cherokee.

Marcgalindo1968 08-30-2012 07:54 PM

I'm new to Jeep too. I looked at Consumers but I dont they they give a fair review of the Wrangler. They compare it to mall crawlers and you just cant do that. Edmonds is a good site to get reviews and info (besides this forum). Check Auto Trader for whats out there. If you havent got it yet - Good Luck on your hunt.

TravYJ 10-25-2013 01:09 AM

I have always bought early 90s Wranglers and put money into them, their cheap and more important easy to work on. You can find them with low miles around $4000, I've done this with three and never had an issue.I've always used craigslist

Steamish 04-28-2015 10:58 PM

For that budget you should be able to find an early 4.0 TJ in nearly immaculate condition and have some left over for tires and a top!

Ctshrum712 07-09-2015 12:30 AM

For your budget if you shop around you can get a fairly nice Rubicon! I have owned 7 Wranglers; 1 YJ, 5 TJ's, and 1 JK. By far my favorite was my '03 or '04 Rubicon! Something about the Rubi just makes you feel invincible! Where you live, you get a fair amount of snow, so the axle lockers could certainly come in handy and be a lot of fun in the winter time. I hope this helps, if you have any other questions or need more advice feel free to private message me!

topher525 09-17-2016 11:46 AM

I would stick to a stock TJ. You don't want someone else's mess. Not sure how they take care of snow and ice in southern Indy but watch for rust. Look at the body mounts and undercarriage. 4.0l is the way to go. Have fun

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