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Old 10-09-2015, 05:12 PM
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How old is too old for a jeep?

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I am learning about the joys of jeep ownership before purchasing and wonder if the older jeeps with high miles are worth the money. I need to haul a hay wagon occasionally and take down small trees on my little farm. Any advice on what I should look for is appreciated (such as how many miles is too many, age of vehicle, etc.) I have to buy used and affordable...

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The great thing about a Jeep is that everything is reparable or replaceable. I have both a '43 and an '07 and love 'em both. I suggest you check out the forum areas on the specific Wrangler models. Each one has their plusses and minuses.

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I have a 2012 unlimited and a 2000 sahara. I love both. The Sahara has 146 K on it and runs great. I looked for awhile before I found the sahara. Picked it up 6 months ago for 3600. Worth every cent
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That is funny - I saw this thread and came in because I thought the question pertained to the "owner" being too old! LOL Welcome!
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The great thing about a Jeep is that everything is reparable or replaceable.
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I would think condition has more of a bearing than mileage.

Also if a person was looking @ an older model and there are issues
w/ the frame (rusted out or cracks), it's probably better to pass.
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For farm use, the older the better. Manual steering, manual brakes, a carburetor, a 4cylinder motor. Cannot be beat for a workhorse.... and a roll bar just gets in the way.

Mileage and age mean nothing if the vehicle has been well maintained.
And a poorly maintained newer model will be a money pit.

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For farm use, the older the better. Manual steering, manual brakes, a carburetor, a 4cylinder motor.

Mileage and age mean nothing if the vehicle has been well maintained.
And a poorly maintained newer model will be a money pit.
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The wonderful thing about a Jeep is that there are parts out there for any year and for parts that aren't available there are adapters for a newer replacement part. I wouldn't be afraid to buy most Jeeps that have the essential parts in working order or are intact.

Make sure the frame isn't rusted through or cracked.
Make sure the floorboards are intact. (Meaning you aren't looking through to the ground under the driver or passenger floorboard.)
Make sure it drives straight down the road not like a dog trotting down the road sideways.
Listen for rear end whine or front end clunk when you're turning at low speeds.
Check the fluids to see if they look okay. Antifreeze that has oil floating on top could be serious engine problems. An automatic transmission fluid should NOT smell burned.
Listen for engine knocking. That could mean a spun rod bearing.

I guess this list could go on but listen to that internal feeling of this is okay or RUN!!!!
Even if you did get a Jeep that isn't in the best shape, this forum and others like it have loads of good information and help to bring a not so good Jeep to up and running reliable condition.

I had a '48 CJ2A for over ten years and didn't have any problems finding parts. I was just young and didn't have the money for the parts. I also had an '85 CJ7 that was in pristine condition. It was my daily driver. Now I'm on my third Jeep, a '98 TJ and looking for a CJ5.

Hope this helped a little.
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Not an expert, but I would take into consideration the shape of the whole Jeep not just the mileage and/or age. Good luck and welcome aboard!

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