09-19-2019, 09:38 AM
Join Date: Sep 2019
Proceed with Caution
Let me preface this by saying that I have never written a review like this before in my life. Also, I understand that purchasing a vehicle, especially a late model vehicle like a CJ7, it comes with a lot of potential cost and or risk beyond the initial sales transaction. Thank being said, regardless of an “As Is” sale transaction, there is some sort of moral obligation everyone should have when representing anything they are selling. As a novice buyer in the world of automotive mechanics, you are somewhat relegated to the integrity of the individual you are buying from. In the case of my experience, all I can say is I learned a hard lesson.
I learned that just inquiring about something that seems malfunctioning (based on ones limited knowledge) does not ensure a correct and or honest response. In the case of the purchase of my Jeep, I now have a laundry list of both safety and mechanical issues to address that will cost me close to $10,000 to repair. If you are not mechanically inclined, I would highly suggest you don’t purchase. I will not go as far to say they are dishonest but maybe just take their responsibility as a seller way to lightly when it comes to making sure the buyer receives full disclosure of any issues that could potentially not only be costly but way more importantly a safety issue.
This is just part of the laundry list I have in front of me to get this thing safe enough to be on the road….
ReplaceTie Rod/Steering Linkage
ReplaceFront Sway Bar Bushings
ReplaceFront Brake Pads & Rotors & Pack Bearings
ReplaceBack Brake Lines
MissingBolts from Engine to Bell Housing
ReplaceFront Drive Shaft
Replacemissing Vent Housing
Replacemissing Defroster Duct & Hoses
Unfortunately, that is not the entire list but a snap shot of what you need to be aware of as a novice buyer. When I originally addressed it with one of the owners, I was assured “they would make it right”. However, the reality is I got zero support in the end. I won’t even ge tinto the details concerning the inch of water that came in through the front cab of the CJ because of a poor installation of the new V8 engine and holes throughout the firewall or the missing vent housing that added additional H2Oin the cab…. Or the fact that this was during my maiden voyage home the day of purchase…. Good times…
I will repeat, I understand the “As Is” and the buyer taking on risk but there was no win/win in my experience when dealing with them. Best of luck if you are a newbie and remind yourself it will be worth it in the end.