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jonscouch2 10-11-2010 07:55 PM

Advice Needed Should I purchase this Jeep TJ
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Let me start off by saying I am new to the Jeep world. But after borowing one a few years ago after I was in a car wreck I was hooked. I now have the ability to buy a second car for the weekend/ fun driving. Plus to use to hunt fish off road etc.
That said Please give me your advice Should I purchase this Jeep. I looked at a drove it and was pretty satisfied but I defer to those who know more.
There are no leaks of any kind Oil change receipts and a female daily driver mostly on the Highway. Infinity speakers. Bug guard has got to go..
Soft top included but had a separation on the seam which was resown by the dealer looks Good not great. Tires all match and are in great shape.
Price wise asking $9200 KBB has it between 8800-9700
Im going to offer 8200 if I go down not much more then 8500

Here is the Add and Photos:

Nice Jeep, it has 101840 miles as of posting. I am the second owner and have had this jeep since it was a year old and had 13000 miles.It has always been garaged since the day we brought it home. It has never been off road minus a few gravel roads. It comes with a soft top,5 speed,4.0 inline six,CD player with soundbar and infinity speakers,2 inch lift and 4 brand new BF goodrich Mud Terrain KM 2 Tires with less than 4000 miles on them (bought them from Discount Tire) with all the warranties. Have to upgrade to larger rig. Possible trades for a nice Tahoe.$9200.00 O.B.O

Kerner 10-11-2010 07:59 PM

what year is it?

cpainter56 10-11-2010 08:01 PM

Very nice jeep, that engine bay looks like it's never seen any mud. Thats tough to find in a TJ. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money, the only complaint I have is the full doors. Half doors are just better in my opinion. But other than that, it's a keeper.

cpainter56 10-11-2010 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by Kerner
what year is it?

My guess is an 03 or 04.

jonscouch2 10-11-2010 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by cpainter56 (Post 814374)
My guess is an 03 or 04.

Its actually a 2000

4Jeepn 10-11-2010 08:24 PM

Unless it has the dana 44 rear(metal fill plug vs. round plastic plug) I would go lower on the price. Also looks like it has not had the recall for the area below the fuel rail, but can't tell for certain.

JDsDream 10-11-2010 08:27 PM

You mentioned that you drove it. Did you get offroad and try out the 4WD and did you have a chance to get it out and run at higher speeds? For a 2000, it is beautiful and looks to have been well maintained and that color is a big plus for me. Let us know what you decide.

jonscouch2 10-11-2010 08:31 PM

I got it on the hwy and to about 65 Rode perfect. I didnt go off road anywhere but did engage the 4wd and it was fine.

GoldTJ 10-11-2010 08:32 PM

Looks like a great buy to me!

Littleyellow 10-11-2010 08:48 PM

Thats extremely clean, if everything works out i would absolutely buy that.

jonscouch2 10-11-2010 09:00 PM

What about the price do you think thats on? or a good deal? or too high?

Kevinm2467 10-11-2010 09:09 PM

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..

Curt93acw 10-11-2010 09:21 PM

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!!

Littleyellow 10-11-2010 09:46 PM

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

subtlez28 10-11-2010 10:13 PM

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!

Sherpa 10-11-2010 11:13 PM


Originally Posted by jonscouch2 (Post 814507)
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.

AOR 10-12-2010 07:32 AM

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.

jonscouch2 10-12-2010 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by AOR (Post 815000)
. 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.

Got 4 Lo 10-12-2010 08:53 AM

looks sweet

camper 10-12-2010 12:20 PM

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.

530ktm 10-12-2010 02:39 PM

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.

oIIIIIIo 10-12-2010 03:01 PM

i say go for it! Good luck.

jonscouch2 10-12-2010 07:09 PM

Im going back on Thursday and hopefully picking it up if we can agree on the price.

BANGER 10-12-2010 08:24 PM

http:// 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 .


BANGER 10-12-2010 08:25 PM

25172021k 10-12-2010 08:34 PM

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

jonscouch2 10-14-2010 09:35 PM

Wont sell for less then 8700. Still thinking.
think its worth it

JDsDream 10-14-2010 09:49 PM

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.

Nicholson 10-14-2010 09:59 PM

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.

05tjrubi 10-14-2010 10:11 PM

Just buy it and get it over with

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