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Old 04-13-2017, 05:32 PM
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I am in the process of searching for and buying my first jeep. I have spent some time doing my research reading WF and watching jeep prices like a hawk. I'm ready to pull the trigger but would like someone to hold my hand and tell me everythings gonna be alright (J/k).

But in all seriousness, I'm not sure of what to look for and was wondering if someone had some keys to look for when buying used.



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Your budgeted $$$ is the first part of the equation that needs to be determined. This will help to point you in the direction of what model years to look at.
The plus's and minus's of the different model years will vary.

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Old 04-13-2017, 11:20 PM
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Thanks for the hello's and responses.

My budget is $4-5K. Im looking for manual trans, preferably the I6 over the 4 cylinder under/around 150K miles. I would like to stay early 1990's and up to avoid the carbureted models. From there, I'm pretty open
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Welcome! Definitely stick with the I6, it's a great motor. Some things I looked for when shopping for a TJ were frame rust which you can see by looking through the wheel wells, check for rust on the skidplate in the middle of the Jeep because that can help you see if it was scratched up from hard wheeling, check the rears in front and back for damage or leaks, look up online how to see which type of rear is equipped to make sure you don't get one of the lowest models.

I also made sure that it went into 4wd high/low easily (there was one that didn't) while rolling forward at about 5mph. I checked the suspension was in decent shape when I drove it around, though if you will lift it you can replace most of that. I looked for oil leaks on the top rear of the I6 motor - this is an easy fix, but if the seller doesn't know it then you can use it to talk down the price. Last, consider if you want to mod it and what you want your Jeep to have. You might be able to find one with some stuff already done to it, and mods usually never add the value they cost to the price of the vehicle.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:31 PM
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Thanks Sharknado, that is exactly the pointers I was looking for.

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