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admiers 04-12-2013 04:04 PM

Wranglers were made to be driven, not sit. Potential problems due to sitting?
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I am looking at purchasing my first wrangler soon. I like to research the shit out of whatever I buy to help minimize the potential for that good ole "buyers regret" feeling we all know and love. How could I regret buying a wrangler? It's not that I'll regret buying a wrangler by any means; it's the potential money pit I could dig myself into due to my limited/growing knowledge of the vehicle.

The wrangler I intend on purchasing is a 2 owner (Illinois and Wisconsin), 2006 Wrangler Unlimited LWB with 30,000 and is priced around the $16,000 mark. I want all the perks a Wrangler has to offer, with the added cargo room and the highly praised 4.0L I6. According to the CARFAX report, the vehicle appears to be great and has been religiously maintained and serviced. I know future problems pertaining to the engine, transmission, oil pump drive, leaks, etc. are impossible to predict; but any knowledge, experience and guidance to ease my mind would be great.

My main concern is actually the low mileage. Vehicles were made to be driven, not sit. Are there any issues I might run into because the car has sat for so long? There is also some rust on the bottom, more then I'd expect from a car with such low miles, but it is a 2006. I don't know how detrimental it is, or if it's just surface rust I can take care of with some Pour-15.

I apologize if I'm being vague or have asked questions that have already been answered. I'm just nervous that I may run into issues because this wrangler has spent so much time sitting and not enough time driving. Please help steer me in the right direction.


sparky 04-12-2013 04:18 PM

You don’t know that it has sat, just not driven a lot. My daily commute is a total of ten miles. Regular weekend driving. I’ll do maybe 5,000 miles a year, but it is driven everyday. The one you are looking at might have been a second vehicle, just used on weekends. Don’t know unless you can talk to the PO.

Sitting for a long time can distort the tires, ruin a battery, become critter infested. Tires you can tell just by looking. You’ll know if the battery is bad, but that’s easy. Other than that change all the fluids, give it a good cleaning and a wax job.

That rust showing is minimal, no issue.

n00g7 04-12-2013 04:41 PM

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It's been in IL and WI, all american cars look like that. What you don't want is rot. You, or a shop could clean that up without too much effort -- it's mainly a looks thing.

Now, if I was still in the midwest, and looking to keep a potential rust bucket for a long time, I'd have the underbody painted and sprayed with chassis saver.

admiers 04-12-2013 06:06 PM

Thanks guys. It's at a dealership, so unfortunately I won't be able to talk to the previous owners. It's good to know that the rust is normal. I'd probably clean it up and toss some pour-15 on it. On the off chance it has been sitting, are there any potentially big issues I could run into? I've just heard things can rot, corrode, develop leaks, seal problems and it's just not good for the engine and fluids to sit. I definitely feel more confident in this purchase. Thanks again for the advice.

kshaws21 04-12-2013 07:02 PM

Well the rust at the skid plate bolt area concerns me. This is what may be lurking when pulled apart. Not saying it is but I would request the dealer pull it apart before I signed anything.

Sccafire 04-12-2013 08:56 PM

I have an 05 TJ wiith 29K. I have no issues.

n00g7 04-13-2013 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Sccafire (Post 3629780)
I have an 05 TJ wiith 29K. I have no issues.

Yup, got my '05 Rubicon just recently @ 38k. Now at 50k and flushing ALL fluids, the engine coolant was pretty nasty. Did oil last weekend... diffs today, and tranny and tcase next weekend.

tonyz 04-13-2013 02:17 PM

Tires are a good thing to look at. RV owners face this problem....they sit for long periods and the rubber goes bad. Tires contain oils that when heated through normal used keep the tire flexible etc...when they dry out (dry the extreme case) they get weak are are more likely to blow out. If they are original tires look at the closely, perhaps inspected at a neutral tire shop. That can be a great indicator of the veh just having low miles vs. sitting.

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