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Old 12-01-2019, 02:54 PM
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Talking Im finally part of the jeep wrangler/tj family !!

IM TOOOOO ****ing geeked about this jeep right now. I'm the proud owner of a 00' Jeep TJ Sahara. I just bought it today for $4,000. 31,300 original miles, new battery, starter, body mounts, driver and passenger floor panels, and new Bedrug carpet. I mean it has typical rust for the Year but whatever I can get that touched up. It drives GREAT... Overall it's my baby !!

let me know whats some first-time jeep mods and things I should do. shit idk I'm just happy to be part of the family and cant wait to start the journey !!

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If no excessive rust even if it has the typical 2000 head crack it would be a good deal


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Get the rust scraped off and then Por15 with a coat of Por15 topcoat.

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If no excessive rust even if it has the typical 2000 head crack it would be a good deal


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what you mean by "Head Crack" ? and yeah i say a damn good deal !
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Hell yeah, Jeep225 ! I'm not even tripping on it really. its a project at the same time as my daily driver. im take it one step at a time.
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For 2000 the TJ 4.0 received a new head design that was flawed and just about every one cracks and often the crack leaks coolant into the oil


Jeep redesigned the crack prone head in late 2001 and all the improved less crack prone heads have TUPY cast into head

Google tupy head for more info

Beware as if the hair line crack developed the only sign is a slow loss of coolant and contaminated oil

Many owners change the oil and sell the vehicle rather than face head replacement as they realize that any time spent running engine with contaminated oil quickly wears the main and rod bearings


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Nah I don't believe that to be the case with my jeep. but I will keep all that in consideration. I appreciate that.
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Hit the trail, run it hard and enjoy!

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Welcome to the world of Jeep Freaks!!! I wanted one for years and finally bought mine new in 05. Only way I would change would be if I could afford to buy a Gladiator. Have fun!
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Well, first I'd go through and do all of the PM stuff. Belts hoses, plugs, fluids, brakes. get a good solid platform to start your mods from. You don't want to shoot your wad on a lift kit then need that cash to do a head gasket.

Then decide what kind of stuff do you want to do with it. Even if it's a daily driver, how much would you be daily driving and how tolerant you will be with some of the drawbacks for off road mods. Like, do you mind loud tires, is climbing in and out of a lifted jeep going to be a PITA, do you mind having a vehicle that gets crappy MPG?
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Well, first I'd go through and do all of the PM stuff. Belts hoses, plugs, fluids, brakes. get a good solid platform to start your mods from. You don't want to shoot your wad on a lift kit then need that cash to do a head gasket.

Then decide what kind of stuff do you want to do with it. Even if it's a daily driver, how much would you be daily driving and how tolerant you will be with some of the drawbacks for off road mods. Like, do you mind loud tires, is climbing in and out of a lifted jeep going to be a PITA, do you mind having a vehicle that gets crappy MPG?
I don't plan on doing any off-roading
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what you mean by "Head Crack" ? and yeah i say a damn good deal !
0331 head casting. Numbers can be found on the edge of the head, on the drivers side just forward of center somewhat. Kinda mind boggling to hear the floor pans have rotted away and had to be replaced as clean and well kept as it looks..
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$4,000 and 31,300 original miles means one of three things. It's stolen, odometer was unplugged at 31,300 miles or it needs a new frame because of the rust. Which is it?

p.s. I love the Desert sand color. I had a 98' TJ and my 99' XJ is that color.
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How's the frame look? Check specifically behind the rear wheel near the control arm mounts. These frames rot from the inside-out. $4k for 31k miles does seem a little too good to be true.

She sure looks nice in the pictures though, congrats on the ride Welcome to the addiction.
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That's an amazing deal
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$4,000 and 31,300 original miles means one of three things. It's stolen, odometer was unplugged at 31,300 miles or it needs a new frame because of the rust. Which is it?

p.s. I love the Desert sand color. I had a 98' TJ and my 99' XJ is that color.
well she started off selling the car for 6,000 then after she went to $5,500
after a couple of days. After a day she went to $5000. so I jumped on it and went to her house to see it. Now mind you on the post she did say it needed a front driveshaft so its two-wheel drive, but it's not damaged it just needs a drive shaft. so I went and seen it and asked all the questions I was supposed to ask about a jeep (suggested by jeepers on the forum). All the answers passed! Now it does have some rust but i mean it is a 2000' jeep in Michigan. The story behind it is she bought it from her son and they spent hella money getting fixed up and ready for MODS but long story short lil man (17yr) can't afford to keep gas in it, and forever uses their cars. so now she wanted to get rid of it.
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well she started off selling the car for 6,000 then after she went to $5,500
after a couple of days. After a day she went to $5000. so I jumped on it and went to her house to see it. Now mind you on the post she did say it needed a front driveshaft so its two-wheel drive, but it's not damaged it just needs a drive shaft. so I went and seen it and asked all the questions I was supposed to ask about a jeep (suggested by jeepers on the forum). All the answers passed! Now it does have some rust but i mean it is a 2000' jeep in Michigan. The story behind it is she bought it from her son and they spent hella money getting fixed up and ready for MODS but long story short lil man (17yr) can't afford to keep gas in it, and forever uses their cars. so now she wanted to get rid of it.
I would be so upset if I was that little boy.
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plus they said they were taking a $3000 lose on selling it but whatever. I'm sure they got money to blow anyway
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Awesome find! Agree with major frame review, they are seriously prone. Its what made me get rid of my 2000 Sahara. Kept patching amd finding more, became too much to be worth it any longer as my DD. It did make 188k miles with no head issues though

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Sometimes frames look fine on the OUTSIDE.
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Sometimes frames look fine on the OUTSIDE.
idk bro... what do you want me to say ? its a piece of shit. Damn bro let me be happy.
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Not feeling too good about this as you mention rust and where you are located. That is super low rare mileage. The way it looks on the outside, the mileage, and price are not lining up. Ill give you and example, currently listed is a 2002 sahara, looks and claims are mint condition, we have zero rust issues around here (nc)unless you play in the salt water. 86k miles. The dealer asking price is just south of $11k. Probably could walk away with paying around 9k.

Upside, with the price and mileage, you probably can enjoy it for a very long time as long as the frame is not ready to break into. Just forget doing any mods...
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So a guy comes on the forum and show pictures of his newly bought 2000 TJ Sahara. The guy is happy with his new acquisition, yet the several of the responses were written to put him down.

Tough crowd.
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Tough crowd.
Nope …. not at all. A lot of us have done that song and dance before. Then life bites your butt.
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So a guy comes on the forum and show pictures of his newly bought 2000 TJ Sahara. The guy is happy with his new acquisition, yet the several of the responses were written to put him down.

Tough crowd.
LMAO... bro I'm not even Trippin. I mean it is a little tough in this thread but I mean I guess in some strange why they're looking out for me lol. but regardless I'm from Michigan where are cars get pretty shitty fast so I know a lemon from a decent reliable car. I mean trust me, not a perfect jeep but it is a HOT deal. Besides like I side earlier the lady bout it and spent hella money restoring it to give to her spoiled son. MIND you also certain parts of Michigan is hella low income so even really nice cars get sold for 7 to 8 thousand. mfs are just trying to some of their money back, as I said earlier she did start list at $6000 and I just worked my way to 4,500 so whatever. And plus bro this is a forum so you know everybody gotta flex their IQ on threads lol its ALL LOVE
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So a guy comes on the forum and show pictures of his newly bought 2000 TJ Sahara. The guy is happy with his new acquisition, yet the several of the responses were written to put him down.

Tough crowd.
Folks are commenting because based on experience a deal to good to be true usually isn't a deal at all.

We all hope his deal is.
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I had a friend that bought a jeep and evidently it had spent its life up north. The frame was so bad, no lie, you could have taken a hammer above the skid plate and knocked away 80 % of the frame, it was atrocious. He too got "a deal". Instead of flushing the $5k he paid for it, he started patching and about put that much more in it before scrapping it.
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ok.... lol i should have kept the price to myself thanks guys
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ok.... lol i should have kept the price to myself thanks guys
Nah, that's not it...

Peeps on this board know the ins and outs, all of the bits and pieces. And they know about "price" vs. "value".

Get under that sucker and take some pics and post them up. Then ask about what kind of "deal" you got.
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let me know whats some first-time jeep mods and things I should do.
Always start with making sure it's mechanically sound, then start playing with mods.
-battery/alternator/starter, plugs, flush ALL fluids, brakes, cooling system, clean throttle body and IAC sensor, o2 sensors, etc etc.

Then lift it a little and put some rubber that fills out those extended flares a little more.

Then chop the fenders, throw dana 60's under it and upgrade to 37s.

Then full cage it, 5-point harnesses, and swap in a turbo'd LS3 and make it a full-time rock crawling tank.

Then flip it and start all over.

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