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Old 07-15-2019, 09:49 PM
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220k on a well maintained 2.5L. Too Much?

I'm looking at a 2002 TJ. 220k on the OD. Rust free top and bottom, one scratch and waxed nice blue paint. Fresh OEM soft top. Shifts like butter and the clutch seems fresh. Engages past 1/2 way up. Underside has the usual goo and the rear seal area is dry. Mostly used for DD duties commuting 80 miles a day on the freeway. Original owner, a woman had the dealer maintain to by the book. Rad and Alt not original. Inside as clean as your maiden aunts Camry.

So, with 220 on the block, how far will it go? 325?

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Old 07-19-2019, 01:19 AM   #2
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Nobody can determine that, except the Jeep Gods. If you like it and it's cheap enough, go for it. I had a 2.5L once and never had a single problem with it. I sold mine to a neighbor when it had 230,000 miles and it never even used a drop of oil. Getting a used replacement engine or rebuilding it would be cheap, if something happened to it. They also have a timing chain, as opposed to a belt used in 03-06' with the 2.4L.

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Old 07-20-2019, 12:24 AM
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Thanks. I'm having my mechanic take a look. They are asking $4200.
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:06 PM   #5
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There is a magic mile that a four cylinder will fail. I drove an MGB with a four banger, 150,000 miles before I had an engine failure. Was driving to catch a plane in Nashville, and was running late. Was actually going 110 mph when it puffed twice big blue smoke out the back. I was young and stupid, ended up that the rings in two of the cylinders broke, thus the two puffs of smoke. Rebuild was simple and cheap, so if you take good care of a well cared for motor you might be okay. Just remember the magic mile folklore and don’t be dumb like I was.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:23 PM   #6
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I bought an 2001 2.5L with 225k. The way I saw it was.... 150k, 200k or 225k are all a lot miles and something can go wrong regardless of 150k or 225k. Reading on the forum of Jeeps at 300k give me hope. It’s also not my daily vehicle so I know I’m not gonna add much.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:36 PM   #7
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Thats a heck of a lot of miles, and like already stated, many other things can go south-quick.My experience with replacing that engine is not cheap. I was going to buy a jeep with that engine and decided too much rust. Anyway, i figured in a new engine replacement. To put in a re man engine and labor was $4K. You may get a local that can do it much cheaper but I checked everywhere in the area and that is what I came up with.

If you don't buy it for a daily driver, you may be ok for a long time. Just don't expect to buy it and drive it everyday and on long trips, just not going to last very long with out some kind of failure.

And remember, if you do want it, the bargaining chips is on your side of the table with that many miles and it being a 4 cylinder. Use it toward your advantage.

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