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Old 01-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Lightbulb I'm about to buy my first jeep WRANGLER need some help!

I about to drive about 300 miles this weekend to look at a 2000 jeep wrangler with 100k for about $7,000, Carfax Certified. I'm just wondering if you well informed members and wrangler owners, have any tip/things for me to look out for. I have to be honest I don't know much about cars/jeeps. I have a Cherokee with 150,000 miles and with no problems so I trust the name.

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Check the under belly for damage from offroading. If it has a 4cylinder instead of six, that can make it worth less. Make sure the 4wd hi and lo work and it goes through all the gears well. That's all I can think of for now.

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be sure to check for rust, don't be afraid to get under and check out the undercarriage.
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Welcome to the Forum Mike

As mentioned above check for rust and put it to the test. Check 4H and 4L, then get it out on the highway and see what kind of power it has. You'll know if it feels right. Let us know what happens and don't forget to post pics when you get it.
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Mike,

Others have mentioned mechanical things to look for. If you don't mind I'll mention some things from the standpoint of actual driving.

1.) Wrangler is a short wheelbase vehicle (even the Unlimited Wranglers). On a 2 door you are actually sitting BEHIND the center-line between the wheels. This makes the Jeep appear to pivot on the rear axle. It's a strange feeling until you get used to it.

2.) Unmodified, the Wrangler is a low center of mass vehicle, which means that you can take corners harder and handle sideways slopes better (I had occasion to have a Jeep sideways on a 45 degree angle hill and go around an outside corner while looking DOWN at the guide).

3.) Wranglers are meant for low-end power rather than speed. As a result I've taken a Mustang GT off the line up to 30 miles an hour (you should have heard his engine whine as he passed me at 30 in low gear. Sounded like a sewing machine or a Suzuki motorcycle). And I regularly take vehicles off the line at a stop light, making a left hand turn from the outside of the corner. And that's with an automatic. Wranglers aren't fast, but they will get you there, regardless of the conditions.

4.) Wranglers are addictive. The more you drive it the more you want to. This can lead (so I've been told) to wanting to drive more challenging routes, which can further lead to wanting to mod your Jeep. After a while, driving anything else just seems tame and boring.

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