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Old 02-03-2019, 12:39 AM
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Opinions on the rust? 2014 JK

I am currently looking at a 2014 JK Sport that I am incredibly interested in. Looking at the rust, I am not sure whether I should make this purchase or not. It had come from Minnesota, but the owner now lives in Seattle. Thoughts and opinions are incredibly appreciated.

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I am currently looking at a 2014 JK Sport that I am incredibly interested in. Looking at the rust, I am not sure whether I should make this purchase or not. It had come from Minnesota, but the owner now lives in Seattle. Thoughts and opinions are incredibly appreciated.
And my reason for a huge interest with this Jeep is that it practically has nothing wrong with it, besides the rust underneath. It is a Sport that has been lifted, with some 35s as well.
Another thing to note, the owner had switched the stock stereo system, with a touch screen, and all of this (with a few more minor mods) is going for 25.5K.
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This rust doesn't seem all that bad in comparison to some "newer" vehicles I have seen from "salty highway" states. I believe, if I were real interested in the vehicle I wouldn't be afraid to buy but would take the time to address the rust before it progressed. All said that price doesn't seem so good in comparison to the price of a new Sport in my opinion. When I was shopping for a good used Jeep the price of a low mileage Jeep was within a few thousand dollars of a new purchase so I just bought the new Jeep, I drive a vehicle at least 10 years. Be careful of the modifications, not all lift kits are created equal, some make driving the vehicle a miserable experience. Also mods shouldn't raise the value of a used vehicle. Check one of the online vehicle pricing websites to find the suggested value of the Jeep before you buy.
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This rust doesn't seem all that bad in comparison to some "newer" vehicles I have seen from "salty highway" states. I believe, if I were real interested in the vehicle I wouldn't be afraid to buy but would take the time to address the rust before it progressed. All said that price doesn't seem so good in comparison to the price of a new Sport in my opinion. When I was shopping for a good used Jeep the price of a low mileage Jeep was within a few thousand dollars of a new purchase so I just bought the new Jeep, I drive a vehicle at least 10 years. Be careful of the modifications, not all lift kits are created equal, some make driving the vehicle a miserable experience. Also mods shouldn't raise the value of a used vehicle. Check one of the online vehicle pricing websites to find the suggested value of the Jeep before you buy.
Thank you so much! I'll for sure keep in mind everything that you had said and see if I can negotiate with the seller once more. I appreciate it.
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What lift did they install?
The 4th picture looks like something is missing.
How does it drive?
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Is there rust on the floor pan or body panels? All I see is surface rust on suspension components, for the most part, and some frame brackets. I would be concerned if it were rusty body panels or the frame itself.
I just noticed the rust exhaust pipe, exhaust rust is no big deal, at least to me... they all rust out, especially if the vehicle is not driven often to dry out the moisture in the system.
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What lift did they install?
The 4th picture looks like something is missing.
How does it drive?
They had installed a 2 in Rough Country lift kit, and attached some 33s--not 35s--I apologize for the misconception.
The drive is smooth and obviously slow, due to the heavy tires, to which I don't mind.
What are you thinking? Are you thinking that maybe some part of the lift kit is missing? To me, it looked like everything was there. Here are some photos:
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Is there rust on the floor pan or body panels? All I see is surface rust on suspension components, for the most part, and some frame brackets. I would be concerned if it were rusty body panels or the frame itself.
I just noticed the rust exhaust pipe, exhaust rust is no big deal, at least to me... they all rust out, especially if the vehicle is not driven often to dry out the moisture in the system.
No rust on the floor pan or body panels. Just like you said, just the suspension components for the most part. There are a few surface rusts on the frame thought.
Thanks for mentioning the rust on the exhaust pipe, I was actually a bit worried about that.
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I just went out and looked underneath my 14 to compare, and there isn't any comparison. The rust I can see there makes me worry about what I can't see. My advice would be to look for a local jeep.
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I just went out and looked underneath my 14 to compare, and there isn't any comparison. The rust I can see there makes me worry about what I can't see. My advice would be to look for a local jeep.
Thank you for checking! I appreciate it.
You make a good point.
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That looks like surface rust that could be handled easily enough. But the price seems high by about $5k to me.
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Ah. I forgot to mention that this is a JKU. My apologies again. But I am not looking for a Jeep from a dealership, I only want to buy from a private party, for I truly hate dealing with salesmen. I appreciate your help though!
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That looks like surface rust that could be handled easily enough. But the price seems high by about $5k to me.
I appreciate the help! You may be saying this for my mistake of saying this is a JK. This is a JKU, so I do feel this is a fine price.
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Rough Country lift kits are cheap, like really cheap so don’t allow the Jeep having a lift make that your reason to buy. I believe if the kit was springs/shocks, $400 or so and closer to $200 if the lift didn’t include spring.

Personally, I would look elsewhere. Not because of the rust but due to the lift, also expect to have the base 3.21 gearing?

Do you plan on going off-road all?
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Rough Country lift kits are cheap, like really cheap so don’t allow the Jeep having a lift make that your reason to buy. I believe if the kit was springs/shocks, $400 or so and closer to $200 if the lift didn’t include spring.

Personally, I would look elsewhere. Not because of the rust but due to the lift, also expect to have the base 3.21 gearing?

Do you plan on going off-road all?
I had no idea. I've seen so many people buying and reviewing Rough Country, I had thought they were reliable. Thank you so much for telling me that.

Yes, I plan on off-roading with it--not that heavy duty rock crawling, but definitely within the woods and such.
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Rough Country lift kits are cheap, like really cheap so don’t allow the Jeep having a lift make that your reason to buy. I believe if the kit was springs/shocks, $400 or so and closer to $200 if the lift didn’t include spring.

Personally, I would look elsewhere. Not because of the rust but due to the lift, also expect to have the base 3.21 gearing?

Do you plan on going off-road all?
Yup... Doing more research about Rough Country lift kits, and it is definitely pushing me away a bit.
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2014 JKU here no rust anywhere near where the pics you have has rust, North living I guess. Personally I wouldn't buy any Jeep with that much rust. Good Luck on your decision.
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The answer to your question depends on where you live! Because if you keep driving the vehicle in road-salt-country then the issue* that I am about the mention will haunt you anyway.

However, I don't regard Washington State (listed in your profile) exactly as road-salt-country. Because what is being used in Washington isn't nearly as corrosive as what is being used in other states (with the exception of Oregon, Idaho and B.C. that are using what Washington is using).

*The main issue why I would stay away from road-salt-country vehicles is the repair complications that arise from rusted stuck fasteners. On modern days repair unfriendly vehicles, it is hard enough to get to fasteners, let alone to get the rusted stuck ones to open. Even if you don't work on your vehicles, rusted stuck fasteners may add some serious labor to any future repair costs.

So I would rather look for a Washington State local vehicle. You will most likely find rust being a much lesser issue on those vehicles.
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2014 JKU here no rust anywhere near where the pics you have has rust, North living I guess. Personally I wouldn't buy any Jeep with that much rust. Good Luck on your decision.
Thank you for the comparison! Originally the Jeep was in Minnesota where all the snow is, but I assume he had recently moved to Seattle, where it has not snowed yet--apparently, it should be snowing tonight and tomorrow though.
I'll for sure keep what you've said in mind. Thanks again.
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The answer to your question depends on where you live! Because if you keep driving the vehicle in road-salt-country then the issue* that I am about the mention will haunt you anyway.

However, I don't regard Washington State (listed in your profile) exactly as road-salt-country. Because what is being used in Washington isn't nearly as corrosive as what is being used in other states (with the exception of Oregon, Idaho and B.C. that are using what Washington is using).

*The main issue why I would stay away from road-salt-country vehicles is the repair complications that arise from rusted stuck fasteners. On modern days repair unfriendly vehicles, it is hard enough to get to fasteners, let alone to get the rusted stuck ones to open. Even if you don't work on your vehicles, rusted stuck fasteners may add some serious labor to any future repair costs.

So I would rather look for a Washington State local vehicle. You will most likely find rust being a much lesser issue on those vehicles.
You're definitely right. It doesn't snow much--or even at all in Seattle, so I wouldn't have to worry to much in the increase in rust if I were to purchase this Jeep.

I appreciate you telling me about the fasteners, for which I hadn't thought about that. I think I will try to find a Jeep in better condition. Thank you so much for the help!
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I am currently looking at a 2014 JK Sport that I am incredibly interested in. Looking at the rust, I am not sure whether I should make this purchase or not. It had come from Minnesota, but the owner now lives in Seattle. Thoughts and opinions are incredibly appreciated.
Just save your money. This is a rust bucket
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Find another Jeep - its not the end of the world from the looks of it but plenty out there will be cleaner. My 2015 doesn't see driving when the roads are salty unless i have to and then it gets a proper cleaning or two or three and i fluid film mine a couple times a year zero rust. They are out there just be patient or come to VA and buy mine-
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The 2014 also has radiator issuses. I would look for a 2013, or 2016. Both are good years..IMO
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Do yourself a favor and avoid Jeeps with rough Country lifts...
You'll just end up replacing it down the road.

Oh, and also avoid Jeeps with dual steering stabilizers. Usually just masking other issues.
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Find another Jeep - its not the end of the world from the looks of it but plenty out there will be cleaner. My 2015 doesn't see driving when the roads are salty unless i have to and then it gets a proper cleaning or two or three and i fluid film mine a couple times a year zero rust. They are out there just be patient or come to VA and buy mine-

For sure. I will definitely keep looking. Thank you!
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The 2014 also has radiator issuses. I would look for a 2013, or 2016. Both are good years..IMO
Wow. I had no idea. I was mostly looking for JKUs 2013-2017, but I will take your word for it. Thanks so much!
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Do yourself a favor and avoid Jeeps with rough Country lifts...
You'll just end up replacing it down the road.

Oh, and also avoid Jeeps with dual steering stabilizers. Usually just masking other issues.
Noted. I had just declined the seller's offer mainly because of the lift kit that he had installed. Thank you so much for the tip!

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