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Old 11-06-2019, 11:43 AM
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7-10k unreasonable?

Looking for a TJ in the VA area willing to travel but haven’t had any luck finding one. Overall I’m wanting a clean TJ little to no modifications and with mileage around 70k-130k. The ones I do find people want 13k-15k and I can’t justify spending that unless it’s on a older JK. Should I bite the bullet and spend the extra cash? Or is realistic to think I could get one between 7-10k? Thanks.

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7-10k is a reasonable price around here in Florida. Maybe your market is pricey'er due to being in the rust belt? I'd keep on the hunt for that deal, just takes some time and patience.
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I might go $10k, 130500, no wrecks, great shape.
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Having bought 18 Jeeps here in Va, that price range can get you a nice Jeep IF you are patient. I've sold all of my lifted Jeeps in great shape for $11,500-13,500. It takes me over a year to find a good deal and they will sell the same day. I bought my stock Rubicon in D.C. for $9500. I could have easily sold it the next day for $12,000. It was a one owner Texas Jeep. I bought it 10 hours after the ad was placed on a Saturday night. The guy already had 10 calls/emails about it when I got there at 8am Sunday morning. A guy beat me to it and was going to give the guy a deposit until the bank opened Monday morning. I called the guy when I was on my way and told him I had cash (not a check).
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Having bought 18 Jeeps here in Va, that price range can get you a nice Jeep IF you are patient. I've sold all of my lifted Jeeps in great shape for $11,500-13,500. It takes me over a year to find a good deal and they will sell the same day. I bought my stock Rubicon in D.C. for $9500. I could have easily sold it the next day for $12,000. It was a one owner Texas Jeep. I bought it 10 hours after the ad was placed on a Saturday night. The guy already had 10 calls/emails about it when I got there at 8am Sunday morning. A guy beat me to it and was going to give the guy a deposit until the bank opened Monday morning. I called the guy when I was on my way and told him I had cash (not a check).
Yeah patience is key. Low mileage ones can be had below $10k, but you need to be glued to your phone and be ready to make the purchase within a few hours. I've seen some nice ones snatched within four hours of a listing going live.
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Yeah patience is key. Low mileage ones can be had below $10k, but you need to be glued to your phone and be ready to make the purchase within a few hours. I've seen some nice ones snatched within four hours of a listing going live.
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Also, I'd pay MORE for a clean tj than a jk
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The main thing is not to get the fever. I warned a co worker about this but he did not listen. Once he decided to get one, he could not get one fast enough. He payed $12k for one lifted with 35 in tires. The po had cleared the computer of codes, and filled the ac with freon which quickly was gone, it quickly developed a shake in the steering. Long story short he dumped major $ into it and traded it in. No telling what the guy lost in $$$.

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The main thing is not to get the fever. I warned a co worker about this but he did not listen. Once he decided to get one, he could not get one fast enough. He payed $12k for one lifted with 35 in tires. The po had cleared the computer of codes, and filled the ac with freon which quickly was gone, it quickly developed a shake in the steering. Long story short he dumped major $ into it and traded it in. No telling what the guy lost in $$$.

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Did I read post number 4 correctly? Ten hours after the add posted?
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I paid 9k for my stock 2004 TJ Sahara with 118000 miles in the SF Bay area. Its a Canadian Jeep with the odometer in KMs. The exterior and interior are shockingly clean. This Jeep was obviously loved. The underbody is extremely rusty however and I'll be taking it to the shop next week to determine if anything needs to be replaced. I did notice a big gob of sealant on the rear differential but no fluid is leaking. 8k would have been a reasonable price but Jeeps, especially a TJ this clean Jack's the price up quite a bit. The seller probably could have asked $10-11k. So, I imagine that if you can't find many there, the price is going to be high due to demand. Regardless.. that sounds way to high for an old TJ. But I'm completely new to this game with very little mechanical experience. Hope this helps with your decision.

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I paid 9k for my stock 2004 TJ Sahara with 118000 miles in the SF Bay area. Its a Canadian Jeep with the odometer in KMs. The exterior and interior are shockingly clean. This Jeep was obviously loved. The underbody is extremely rusty however and I'll be taking it to the shop next week to determine if anything needs to be replaced. I did notice a big gob of sealant on the rear differential but no fluid is leaking. 8k would have been a reasonable price but Jeeps, especially a TJ this clean Jack's the price up quite a bit. The seller probably could have asked $10-11k. So, I imagine that if you can't find many there, the price is going to be high due to demand. Regardless.. that sounds way to high for an old TJ. But I'm completely new to this game with very little mechanical experience. Hope this helps with your decision.

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You're kidding right? You paid that much for a jeep rusted out underneath? Around here, $7k will get you a rust free jeep, decent interior, with about $150k miles. You will get it closer to $6k if you haggle and the guy is ready to sale. Forget the interior being pristine, if there is rust up underneath it does not sale.
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You're kidding right? You paid that much for a jeep rusted out underneath? Around here, $7k will get you a rust free jeep, decent interior, with about $150k miles. You will get it closer to $6k if you haggle and the guy is ready to sale. Forget the interior being pristine, if there is rust up underneath it does not sale.
Where is "around here"? And $6k here in NorCal will get you a beat to shit hoopty that's gonna cost you a pretty penny to rebuild.

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where is "around here"? And $6k here in norcal will get you a beat to shit hoopty that's gonna cost you a pretty penny to rebuild.

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Your location has a lot to do with a asking price but also any mods or upgrades. For example a Jeep with 35s that has been re-geared or one that has lockers or better axels May be worth a little more.
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Don't know what part of Va your in but here is one thats in Md thats really clean and one in Gainsville as well.

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Just spent the last couple of months looking for a super clean low mileage hardtop auto LJ in the 2004-2006 range. There are a lot of them some are wrecks and some look like they just come off the showroom floor. The absolute pristine ones that have a Underside you could eat off and 70,000 miles and less are minimum 15-16k
I'm in SD and was considering ones all across the country, most would cost me 1k to have shipped back home. Yesterday found one in Indo CA. A 2006 LJ With 55k new pcm, trans, radiator and 5,000 miles on a set of Goodyear duratracks it's looks better than new, you would think I had 5k not 55....originally bought in the Palm Springs area and lived in a guys garage......I paid dearly 18,000 but after looking across the US this seemed fair for the history. These prime years well taken care of un-molested jeeps are rising in value
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just spent the last couple of months looking for a super clean low mileage hardtop auto lj in the 2004-2006 range. There are a lot of them some are wrecks and some look like they just come off the showroom floor. The absolute pristine ones that have a underside you could eat off and 70,000 miles and less are minimum 15-16k
i'm in sd and was considering ones all across the country, most would cost me 1k to have shipped back home. Yesterday found one in indo ca. A 2006 lj with 55k new pcm, trans, radiator and 5,000 miles on a set of goodyear duratracks it's looks better than new, you would think i had 5k not 55....originally bought in the palm springs area and lived in a guys garage......i paid dearly 18,000 but after looking across the us this seemed fair for the history. These prime years well taken care of un-molested jeeps are rising in value
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All of these TJ’s that are in decent shape are starting to get way crazy expensive, especially low mile ones. I’ve have 4 of them and just recently sold our 4 cylinder ‘97 with 150,000 to upgrade a bit. Looked at an ‘05 Rubi with 45,000 on it and the guy wanted $18,000, I was shocked when he told me 😳. Ended up buying an ‘05 Rocky Mountain Edition with 80,000 and looked new for $12,000. Felt a little violated, but around here you jump on low miles, no rust taken care of TJ’s if you want one. Besides, our Rubi needed a little sister 😂👍
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Here is a nice one across the river from Louisville KY craigslist 7004113361
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I just picked up a stock, unmodified 2000 TJ sport, auto, good condition, new tires, good condition top for $6,000.

It's my second TJ, I had a 2001 Sport, manual that I sold 2 years ago. Missed driving a Jeep, and do not miss the shifting. When all was said and done I sold my other TJ for $10,500 and it had been trail driven, modified multiple times previously, had leaks, couple issues. i think it's very true about being on top of the sale ads, mine was 10 minutes from me and listed hours before I found it.

I had actually been looking for a CJ7 since July but they are also a lot of money for a nice one, or you're going to be spending a bunch on it to repair. Last weekend I was about to drive to Alabama (9 hr round trip) for an '82 cj7 that came up and it had some minor rust. The guy said someone was already looking at it that day. Bought my TJ the next day.
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Did I read post number 4 correctly? Ten hours after the add posted?
A deal is a deal. You have to jump on them or they're gone. If the guy would have taken a deposit, I would have lost out. I almost sold it a week later for $12,000, but I backed out of the deal.

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A deal is a deal. You have to jump on them or they're gone. If the guy would have taken a deposit, I would have lost out. I almost sold it a week later for $12,000, but I backed out of the deal.

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Yeah. Im just yanking your chain. I bought my 180,000 mile tj just a few hours after it posted. Knew when I saw it it was mine. Drove it, offered $1000 less than he asked for it, evaluated what I would need to fix and took it home. Its been a blast and no unforeseen issues in the five months Ive owned it.
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Yeah. Im just yanking your chain. I bought my 180,000 mile tj just a few hours after it posted. Knew when I saw it it was mine. Drove it, offered $1000 less than he asked for it, evaluated what I would need to fix and took it home. Its been a blast and no unforeseen issues in the five months Ive owned it.
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I agree. I wanted another TJ several years ago, saw a beautiful condition 98' Sahara (paint and interior) and did jump on it for $6,000. Auto, d44 rear, hard top 101,000 miles. I drove it home 2 hours and loved it. I made the mistake of not checking out the frame, because I never came across a Jeep with rust. It was patched and would pass VA state inspection, but I didn't like the crappy weld job and sold it a month later to recoup my $6,000. I told the guy about the frame and he didn't care. He sold it a month later for $9,000. I just can't rip people off when selling my Jeeps. Looking for #19 now and trying to slowly upgrade my $3,000 99' XJ (poor man's 4 door JK). I like desert sand colored Jeeps.
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I agree. I wanted another TJ several years ago, saw a beautiful condition 98' Sahara (paint and interior) and did jump on it for $6,000. Auto, d44 rear, hard top 101,000 miles. I drove it home 2 hours and loved it. I made the mistake of not checking out the frame, because I never came across a Jeep with rust. It was patched and would pass VA state inspection, but I didn't like the crappy weld job and sold it a month later to recoup my $6,000. I told the guy about the frame and he didn't care. He sold it a month later for $9,000. I just can't rip people off when selling my Jeeps. Looking for #19 now and trying to slowly upgrade my $3,000 99' XJ (poor man's 4 door JK). I like desert sand colored Jeeps.

Oh geez, that's my 99 right there...minus the rust. Bought near-new, wife's grocery getter until I built it for running trails.

I've wheeled it hard on a bunch of hard trails, so it's scuffed up a bit, but it all works good.

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