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Old 01-16-2011, 02:19 AM
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Hey everyone, I live in MA currently, but have a great opportunity to move and stay quite cheap to Southern California in April. I'll be selling my civic here, saving up more money until the move and then going to be looking for a Jeep out there! Top down, doors off.. this seems like my kind of vehicle. And I've been lurking around here too, seems like a friendly bunch of people.

I'm hoping to get in a TJ for under $8,000 as my budget

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THanks everyone, is there anything I should look out for / keep in mind when looking for a TJ? Is ~120,000 an average mid life for these ?
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THanks everyone, is there anything I should look out for / keep in mind when looking for a TJ? Is ~120,000 an average mid life for these ?
I would say depending on how much you beat on it and if you maintain it or not the average mid life millage of the 4.0 historically has been closer to 150k

Forgot to add best be looking for the D44 rear vs the pos D35 rear found in most TJ's if you plan on offroading it at all.. There's another thread here with pics.. Let me find it for you

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Very cool, thanks XJ.

I have been looking around my area to try and find something... I will be driving it across the country. You can get much cheaper deals here than in CA it seems after a bit of searching.

1997 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA 4X4 2 TOPS ALL SOFT WINDOWS A/C 48000 MILES

That one looks great to me, but I'm wondering why it would be listed so far under blue book value, ESPECIALLY from a dealer. Should I call and find out about it or steer clear? THey are about two hours away.
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Very cool, thanks XJ.

I have been looking around my area to try and find something... I will be driving it across the country. You can get much cheaper deals here than in CA it seems after a bit of searching.

1997 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA 4X4 2 TOPS ALL SOFT WINDOWS A/C 48000 MILES

That one looks great to me, but I'm wondering why it would be listed so far under blue book value, ESPECIALLY from a dealer. Should I call and find out about it or steer clear? THey are about two hours away.
Check for frame or extensive rust.. Look for that rear axle.. If you like it and it looks clean from the pics.. Make sure they give you a extended warranty so if something was to go wrong in the first how ever long you ask for the warranty that you can have them fix it for no cost to you.. But for those miles and as clean as it looks.. If it has a D44 then I say go for it.. but you have to test drive it and look hard at it your self.. Also don't just fall for that one.. Keep looking, never know what you might find out there

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