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Unread 07-03-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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5.9 for $2500 should i go for ir

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/cto/3892559449.html
Seems clean enough looks like it may need new header panel or just headlight adjusters the miles worry me but otherwise what do yall think

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Unread 07-03-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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Take it for a good test drive first to where you can get up to freeway speeds. Make sure the gear shifts are smooth. Looks good to me, minus the all white exterior (I never liked that look on Jeeps)
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Unread 07-03-2013, 06:44 AM   #3
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Needs a/c work could mean upwards of $1000...
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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I just purchased a "budget" 5.9er, so you can learn from my experience. Paid $1400 for it with 225K miles on it. Near perfect body and interior. Things I knew were needed when I bought it:
  • Viscous Coupling needed to be replaced. I'd be amazed if you didn't have to. Kit with new VC, gaskets, etc was $350, did the work in my driveway. Do tight figure-8s in a parking lot to see if yours is bad.
  • AC compressor was locked up. Replacement from my FLAPS, and a recharge, all good to go. IIRC the compressor was about $250
  • Noisy rear end. Wound up being the most expensive repair. I had the entire rear end rebuilt, bearings, limited slip clutch pack, one axle shaft. Thread below.
  • headliner falling down - took it out myself, had a shop do the fabric, $80
  • rear brakes - haven't done yet, but they are thin.
  • alternator was intermittently failing. New alternator was $250, all good now.

$1400 original cost, plus about $2K of parts and work, so for $3400 I have a (so far) dependable 4WD beast of a Grand Cherokee.

Threads:

Original :should I buy it" thread - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/c...ughts-1525416/

Alternator troubleshooting - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/b...nator-1536093/

Rear axle discussion - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/h...-axle-1539674/

I don't regret it at all, but don't think you are getting a $2500 5.9er. It WILL need some work.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
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I'd love a 5.9 even to fix up. Or an orvis.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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doesnt seem like too bad a deal. drive it around alot. do some tight figure 8s to test the viscous coupler. if its bad, thats an easy way to talk $300-400 off the price.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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Looks clean, I'd imagine no rust being a FL truck. I agree with the other guys, make sure it shifts good and drives straight. Headlight housings are cheap. I replaced mine, the corner and marker light housings all for around $70. Make sure all the electronics work, seats, sunroof, windows etc. Good luck :beer:
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Unread 07-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #8
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Bought mine in a divorce sale for $3,500 with 115K on it. Came with rebuilt D30, brakes x4, calipers, belt & water pump
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Unread 07-04-2013, 12:59 AM   #9
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The emblems look off on the rear hatch, to me that means A. Been rear ended and put back together with no means of quality, or B. emblems were off and just put back on in the wrong place... The little things can bring attention to bad news later on...
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Unread 07-04-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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Good catch ^^

Maybe it's just the crappy pics, but after looking again I don't see hood louvers. Anyone else see that or am I just blind?
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Unread 07-04-2013, 10:10 AM   #11
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Needs new headlights I can't make my *** from a hole in the ground with that ****ty picture quality
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Unread 07-04-2013, 11:09 AM   #12
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I don't see any louvers either
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Unread 07-04-2013, 11:28 AM   #13
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no louvers means its probably been wrecked and they couldnt find the right hood for it. that would explain the far away pictures. either that, or its a 5.2 that they're trying to pass off as a 5.9. check the VIN. if it is a 5.2 that they're trying to make a 5.9, i bet they weren't smart enough to change the little sticker on the upper rad support that says "5.2 liter."
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Unread 07-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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It's got niner rims, and that looks like niner style rockers.

I paid 2500 for my niner. It's a reasonable price if you have to have one.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #15
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There might be hood louvers there. Between the white-out color and the crappy picture size/quality we are all just guessing.
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