05-05-2011, 06:09 AM
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Scotts Hill, TN
Do you have plenty of money to throw at it and the knowledge it takes to fix it? If so, then sure, why not.
BUT from your post I'm going to guess that you haven't had a lot of experience with a wrench in your hands and this little guy is going to be a project of some proportion.
New radiator, that's fairly easy. Battery may be bad or could be a bad alternator OR an electrical gremlin that is drawing it down in a trickle. Electrical problems go one of two ways. Either straight forward or a complete PITA to track down.
4Low could just be an adjustment to the linkage BUT since the clutch is also acting badly, it sounds like this little Jeep has been abused and neglected. Then again it could be any number of fixes from (again) linkage to having to replace the clutch completely.
With the clutch not working I'm going to guess that you weren't able to drive it. You never know what else may be problematical unless you can get it moving. With the current condition I'd be very watchful of things like water or mud in the fluids (tranny, transfer case, diffs, etc)
If you have someone that knows mechanics, then have them take a look at it. Even better if you know someone who knows Jeeps.
For $1200 it could turn out to be a steal and it could be a real nightmare.
Did you crawl around under it and look for "trail damage", mud and rust? Any signs of it burning oil or anything like that?
What about the owner. Does he/she know anything about Jeeps, was it theirs for long?
Do they know their ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to mechanics?
If not that would explain some of the neglect. If they seem to know about mechanical stuff then get out of there and don't look back. That means they KNOW what the problems are and they are dumping it.
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!