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Just a daily driver some mountains nothing serious. Do want ac and 5sp hardtop rest dont matter. What should i look for miles?how many is to many? Im looking from 4 to 10000at most.
 

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We got our jeep at 60,000. It's at 76,000 now and we have yet to make any major repairs besides stupid brakes. Biggest things with jeeps is rust. If there's no rust and under 100k then it's probably going to run very well for you. Be sure to buy a stocker as well, and check the underside not only for rust but mud to give you an idea if the PO has taken it offroad or not. Those are my bits of info that I've picked up on here I'm sure others will chime in
 

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Another Guy In A Jeep said:
Anything before 07

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And anything after 95 :D

I'm saying this cause I have a tj which were model years 97-06 and they're the best ;)

Anything after 95 will have coil springs which will give you a much better ride and better articulation offroad.

In your price range you're probably looking at a tj (97 to 06). I would just try and avoid a 97 cause it was a new model year and all the bugs werent worked out yet. In 99 the fuel tank increased from 15 to 19 gallons which can be nice. If i were you I'd look at years 99-06, at least under 100,000 miles (although if its been well maintained jeeps will last forever), and rust free.


Check it good for rust, test out the 4wd, pull up the carpet and check the floor boards to make sure someone didnt pull the drain plugs and forget to put them back in(the previous owner of my last jeep did that and the passenger side floorboard was rotted), check for fluid leaks around the diffs, tranny, t-case, oil pan, ect, if you want to wheel it seriously and throw lockers in it look for one with a dana 44 rear axle (if you're gonna keep it stock or close to stock the dana 35 will be fine), and most will agree you should look for one with the 4.0 inline 6. I've a jeep with a 2.5 4 cylinder and the 4.0 6 cylinder and i can tell you that the 6 makes highway driving A LOT easier, the 4 is underpowered for the highway and you'll be struggling to merge and pass at times. On the other hand around town and offroad the 4 is just fine and both the 2.5 4 and the 4.0 6 are reliable engines. The 4 is usually cheaper by a grand or two.
 

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Take your time before you lay down money and reseach. Find a street queen TJ for about $6K-$10K. Avoid Dealers (someone else's nighmare of a trade-in).
 

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I just cant beleive how many are for sale. Makes it very hard craigslist and ebay are my options. Tried a local 2002 55k 4cyl 5sp drove nice but had been wrecked the hood was rubbing grill bent a little but paint was pretty he was a skeemer. Tried a lifted one to bouncy for me and a rubicon which i liked but 17000 for a2004 with65k way more than i want to spend.
 

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I just cant beleive how many are for sale. Makes it very hard craigslist and ebay are my options. Tried a local 2002 55k 4cyl 5sp drove nice but had been wrecked the hood was rubbing grill bent a little but paint was pretty he was a skeemer. Tried a lifted one to bouncy for me and a rubicon which i liked but 17000 for a2004 with65k way more than i want to spend.
yep...keep looking and be patient. You will find the right one that fits your criteria...its a buyers market. Once I had cash in hand and was serious, it took me about 3 weeks to get mine (passed up a lot of crap).
 

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Do you guys trust ebay? I find alot of jeeps and email them most say rust free.
Personally I won't spend a dime on something I can't look over first. So if can see it in person and meet the seller before I bid, then I trust buying vehicles off ebay.
 
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