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Old 11-19-2019, 12:33 PM
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First time jeep buyer...

so here is the deal. i am looking for my first jeep. ive always wanted a jeep and been a fan of the wrangler my whole life. so with that being said im shopping for my first jeep wrangler. i am on a budget so im looking for a used wrangler maybe something 97 - 2004. now all the jeeps ive seen online look very nice exterior wise but my questions are what should i look for, frame and engine wise. what problems should i ask the seller about so i can avoid having to spend hella money in the long run on repairs.

now people im new to jeeps and forums so can yall go easy on me with the replies.

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Old 11-19-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hi,
You posted in the JL section of the forum, which are the brand new ones. If you're looking for the 97-04, you might want to post in the "TJ" section, which encompasses 97-06. Then they went to the JK in 07-18. There's lots of info there on what to look for w/used Jeeps. I own one of each, and like each for different reasons (although like the TJ alot more). Good luck w/the search.

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Old 11-19-2019, 05:11 PM   #5
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Check the frames for rot. If you can't get a scope to look inside, do your best to look and feel inside the holes along the side of the frame rails. If you feel big flakes or chunks of rust inside the frame or piles of rusty debris inside, it is already well on its way for some issues.

Nothing wrong with a repaired frame if it was done properly. That would be something to get a second opinion on, if you decide to leave a deposit on a vehicle.

Drive it around and bring to a trusted mechanic or Jeep friend for a look-see.

A vehicle that has already had major issues fixed may not be a budget sale price. Some may be a bargain and tip top shape. That would be awesome!

Lower priced may be more stock, more original, maybe less updated. Sometimes, that is better because you know what you are up against and not trying to chase other people's screwed up repair jobs.

It is tough finding the balance between what your heart wants and what the wallet can afford...

Our friends here are a great sounding board. If you find something you are serious about, post with pictures and details. Members here are awesome for sniffing out the good ones from the stuff you should run from.

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No matter what year you buy, it will end up costing you hella lot of money. Might as well plan on just emptying every pocket....
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Check the frames for rot. If you can't get a scope to look inside, do your best to look and feel inside the holes along the side of the frame rails. If you feel big flakes or chunks of rust inside the frame or piles of rusty debris inside, it is already well on its way for some issues.

Nothing wrong with a repaired frame if it was done properly. That would be something to get a second opinion on, if you decide to leave a deposit on a vehicle.

Drive it around and bring to a trusted mechanic or Jeep friend for a look-see.

A vehicle that has already had major issues fixed may not be a budget sale price. Some may be a bargain and tip top shape. That would be awesome!

Lower priced may be more stock, more original, maybe less updated. Sometimes, that is better because you know what you are up against and not trying to chase other people's screwed up repair jobs.

It is tough finding the balance between what your heart wants and what the wallet can afford...

Our friends here are a great sounding board. If you find something you are serious about, post with pictures and details. Members here are awesome for sniffing out the good ones from the stuff you should run from.

Good luck!

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Prices on both are a lot lower than what I would find in my area.
Maybe there is a reason for that. Hard to say at this point.

Try to get sellers to send you photos of underneath. A bunch of them at different angles and viewpoints.

This is just my own personal gut reaction...

While the gold Sahara is ridiculously low mileage, there has been a lot of rust already. It is hard to tell how well anything has been fixed or what damage still exists there. Photos and, if possible, having someone who knows frame and body repairs personally inspect it for you would be helpful to you. With such low milage, having floor pans replaced and some visible rust issues seen on the outside, low milage may not always be the best thing. Sure, the block may be practically new, but other things that sit too long can see more damage from lack of use.

The blue on is higher mileage, but just on how the outside looks... There may be less going on there, in terms of chasing rust. Maybe the frame is spotless. Hard to tell without detailed underside photos.

Again, these are just my own gut reactions to the few available photos and not seeing/hearing the Jeeps in person. Other forum members may agree or disagree. I am willing to bet that more information would be needed to figure out. More photos.

While we can't make your decision for you or be held liable for steering you to buy anything (or not), we can do our best to help show you what to look for in making a decision on your own.
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In all honesty I didn't even have to click on the adds to know I wouldn't buy em.... the location was enough for me.... salt and rust

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