Originally posted by budbiss
I just don't want to buy one and have to end up putting a tranny or something into it. I understand 100,000 miles isn't a horrendous amount for cars and trucks these days, but its still 100,000 miles. I'm 23, but I live in a somewhat rural part of PA, so I'm hoping insurance isn't going to be a huge killer. But right now I just want a GC because I like how they look, they drive nice, 4wd will be great for the northeast PA winters and I have a 4 year old and want something he will be safe in. Maybe later down the road I'll get more into heavy off-roading.
BTW, you said you have to do some repairs on stuff the previous owner let go, what exactly do you have to fix?
I live in a high risk (Miami) area, so insurance is expensive here.
The repairs I've done are a new radiator (hole) $155. Water pump $50. radiator & heater hoses $25?, anti-freeze $12, distilled water $3, Serpentine belt $32, tranny filter & fluid $35, TC fluid $15 same as tranny fluid), valve cover gasket $6, delay wiper module $28, differential lube (synthetic 85W/140) $20, new wiper blades $12, dist. cap, rotor, wires(Bosch), plugs $??.
Plus, he never lubed the suspension points, so I still have to do that, and I want to change the shocks and steering stabilizer with Monroe Sensa-trac ($150). Except for oil changes and new plugs at regular maintenance schedules, I see no need to put more money into it. My VC in the TC is bad, but I can live with it.
Don't go 'muddin', but I wouldn't be afraid to go trail riding with this stock setup (Fla. is flat).
If what you find looks good and rides good, the "radio test" is the last thing to check: Turn on the radio, if the first button is skull-splitting head banger heavy metal, be very suspicious. I'll put all my stations on 'easy listening' before I try to sell it. :-)