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Kevin_lopez 06-17-2013 05:30 PM

Should I?
 
Hey guys I am about to buy my very first jeep wrangler...it's a 2000 jeep wrangler unlimited 2.5 manual but it needs a clutch and has a bad rod...they're asking 4500$ is that a good deal? Is it hard to fix?

PStov98TJ 06-17-2013 05:34 PM

Let's see a picture of it.

Is it listed as an "Unlimited 2.5L"? If it is I'd be wary of it. They never manufactured an LJ (Unlimited) with a 2.5L engine. The owner is clueless if they're claiming it as this.

Edit: Excuse me. Both I and UnlimitedRubicon were wrong. They made the LJ from 2004-2006 and the Rubi LJ from 2005-2006. (I deleted my mistake from my original post.)

Here's my source:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/st...ations-452871/

UnlimitedRubicon 06-17-2013 05:40 PM

What is your budget?
What is your mechanical aptitude?
What is the condition of the rest of the Jeep?
Are you looking for a fixer-upper?
Got pics?





The Unlimited is a 2003 and on model.

KBR97 06-17-2013 06:07 PM

What kind of rod...A connecting rod? Yes that is a lot of work, and so is a clutch job. Doesn't matter if its a SE, Sport, rubicon, unlimited. Thats quite a bit of work to do for a vehicle with that price.

$4500 is a lot.

Kevin_lopez 06-17-2013 06:18 PM

Alright thanks guys

Kssun 06-17-2013 06:56 PM

Maybe the other guys didn't answer part of your question. Should you get THAT Jeep, may be no, but should you get A Jeep is definitely YES.

There are a lot of them out there so take your time to pick the right one for you based on need skills etc. You won't find a perfect at a stupid low price, but I found one with no critical problems and few minor problems for $5800, it just took a few months.probably could have found one cheaper if I wanted to wait a bit longer, but your local market could be different.

PStov98TJ 06-17-2013 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Kssun (Post 3870609)
Maybe the other guys didn't answer part of your question. Should you get THAT Jeep, may be no, but should you get A Jeep is definitely YES.

There are a lot of them out there so take your time to pick the right one for you based on need skills etc. You won't find a perfect at a stupid low price, but I found one with no critical problems and few minor problems for $5800, it just took a few months.probably could have found one cheaper if I wanted to wait a bit longer, but your local market could be different.

This is a good point. Sorry if we crushed your hopes and dreams but it's not the only jeep for sale. You'll find your Jeep. It just takes time. But I guarantee you'll be happy you waited for a good one with minimal problems.

Shoe 06-17-2013 08:06 PM

As far as the price, you could be looking at $3000 worth of repairs on a jeep that might be worth less than $6k when you are done. It would probably have to be closer to $2500 to be worth considering.

Kevin_lopez 06-17-2013 08:12 PM

I also went to a dealer and found a 2006 jeep wrangler x 6 speed manual for 15,999$ is that more fair or still pricey? Sorry guys I'm not very good at jeeps it's my dream car and I'm determined to buy one!

Zdrisko 06-17-2013 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3870776)

This is a good point. Sorry if we crushed your hopes and dreams but it's not the only jeep for sale. You'll find your Jeep. It just takes time. But I guarantee you'll be happy you waited for a good one with minimal problems.

X2
Have patience, don't buy the first thing that falls into your lap. I own two TJ's and both times I was in the market for one, it took about two months until I got what I wanted. Clean, unmolested, 4.0, 5speed.

apannone 06-17-2013 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_lopez (Post 3870959)
I also went to a dealer and found a 2006 jeep wrangler x 6 speed manual for 15,999$ is that more fair or still pricey? Sorry guys I'm not very good at jeeps it's my dream car and I'm determined to buy one!

Mileage? My initial reaction is that it is overpriced. Dealers will always carry a higher price. The only upside, or potential downside depending on how you look at it, is that they offer financing. NADA is about $15k retail, but that quote doesn't include many variables that affect price. You can probably find a comparable Wrangler for less.

Kevin_lopez 06-17-2013 09:12 PM

The mileage was about 60k and yeah it is quite expensive I thought

jp2611 06-17-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_lopez (Post 3871193)
The mileage was about 60k and yeah it is quite expensive I thought

Welcome to the fun...and it has only just begun...couple things the TJs (from '97-'06) hold their value better than any other mass produced vehicle IMO. Part of the problem is 4cyl or 6cyl? Dana 44 rear or 35? Stick or auto? Hard or ST? Stock or Mods? If you want to toss in the JK to equation it realyy gets fun...in THEORY you could buy a brand NEW Jeep with very little down and a smaller payment than a used TJ...because they won't finance older Jeeps as long...and that may not be the way to go....ask mor questions/ tell us what you want to do, type of driving , how mechanical you are and what your budget is...than we can help...and if you are lucky someone may stumble across a Gem and let you know!!! Seen it happen before on here....:)

apannone 06-17-2013 09:26 PM

I'll tell you a quick story. I test drove a 2006 Wrangler X with a 6 speed, just as you described, back in February. It only had 42k miles and the price was similar. It drove nice but during the test drive I got the death wobble like I've never experienced. The salesman denied even feeling it. After the drive, I looked the car over and it was obvious there had been extensive front end repair work, which again the dealer denied. 3 months later I bought an '03 Wrangler X from a private seller for a fraction of the cost of the one at the dealer. Granted it didn't have the 6 speed tranny and had higher miles, but I'm confident in saying I got the better jeep. Just be patient and take emotion out of the buying decision. I've seen a lot of people end up in over their head because they "love" the car.

Kevin_lopez 06-17-2013 09:33 PM

Man you guys really do help!! Thanks alot guys and if I have any other options I will definitely consult you guys first!

Zdrisko 06-17-2013 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_lopez (Post 3871259)
Man you guys really do help!! Thanks alot guys and if I have any other options I will definitely consult you guys first!

This "private dealer" is less than ten minutes from my house. He has nice Jeeps, a little pricey but he installs body lifts and brand new rims and tires on everyone he sells. It may or may not give you an idea of what you want.

http://www.jeepshop-indiana.com/

Usnrubi143 06-18-2013 12:26 AM

If it was me I'd get a rubicon cuz you can find some nice stock unmolsted ones for about 10k to 15k and would say ffff that x you won't be disappointed

MarkGLHS 06-18-2013 04:05 AM

the more TJ's you go out and actually inspect and drive the better chance you will find one right for you at a good price. do not forget to crawl underneath and check the frame for rust. be patient. took me 7+ months of daily searching.

UnlimitedRubicon 06-18-2013 05:36 AM

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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3870360)
Both I and UnlimitedRubicon were wrong.


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Too many damn models to keep track of!


The beer didn't help either.


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