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2002 I6 auto 41K miles
Stock with original Goodyear tires - They will be getting replaced next couple of months.
This Jeep has been a road vehicle. Only trail riding has been mild on gravel, dirt or manicured lawn.
It has had an off set steering wheel that tends to move, sometimes centered, sometimes off to 1:00 or 11:00. Drives straight, tire wear is even.
Dry steering test, can't find anything unusual or moving, but want to get the steering center issue straightened out before new tires.
Tie rod ends replaced by PO done by a garage.
Suggestions have been track bar or TB bushings. Seems solid when I did dry steer.

What type of mileage should we be getting on stock Jeep parts wearing out?
Thanks, Pete
 

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13 years old. 3Kmiles/year? Sometimes inactivity is worse that high mileage and your '03 must be parked for months on end. The tires are 13 years old? Rubber does not last that long. How many oil changes has it had?

I'd expect everything to start failing. You cannot ignore a vehicle.

That said does it have any rust? or even a rock chip?
 

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Billiebob,
First owner was an elderly couple, oil changes ever 3k or so, have the receipts. PO had it for 6 months. I don't think it just sat for lengths at a time, picking through the oil change receipts pretty consistent mileage up into the last year or so before we bought it.
It was always garaged, didn't see rain. Factory soft top had never been fully installed / stretched until we bought it. I unwrapped the windows from the factory packaging to install them. Factory tires are going soon.
Only paint chips are on the top back of the tub.
Underneath has been bedlined by PO. No rust anywhere.
 

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I had a similar situation a few months ago. 2000 Sport 133000 miles, steering wheel was off center to 10 o'clock position but yet it drove strait when I let go of the steering wheel and tire wear seemed pretty even. I took it in for an alignment and they found the track bar and the tie rod both extremely loose and had to be replaced before they could align it properly.
 

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Billiebob,
First owner was an elderly couple, oil changes ever 3k or so, have the receipts. PO had it for 6 months. I don't think it just sat for lengths at a time, picking through the oil change receipts pretty consistent mileage up into the last year or so before we bought it.
It was always garaged, didn't see rain. Factory soft top had never been fully installed / stretched until we bought it. I unwrapped the windows from the factory packaging to install them. Factory tires are going soon.
Only paint chips are on the top back of the tub.
Underneath has been bedlined by PO. No rust anywhere.
Without a doubt it is great buy. We are all envious but age is more important than mileage. Don't be surprised when things that look new go wrong. Still way easier to replace rubber parts than repair rust. You bought well.
 

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I just posted about tires in another thread. Mine's a pavement princess so it doesn't see wheeling. I had to have some tires bad and I wasn't putting street radials on it just in case I hit snow or trails.
I researched for months and my 30x9.5's don't come in a lot of brands. I found goodrich TA's that tested best for everything except heavy mud and rock. I picked them up for about 7 bills and we had a freak snow storm in AL of 7 inches. It drove through it great. Hope this helps some.
 
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