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Unread 12-15-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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I'm looking at wranglers mostly 1997 tj's . The ones in my price range (5k) have 120-160k miles. Is this the norm? They seem well cared for but thats a lot of miles.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Yes, that sounds normal. I wouldn't have a big problem with a 130k mile, late 90s TJ. I suggest you look for a private seller who kept their service records.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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I would say that's decent mileage for the year. I bought my 97 with 124k on the clock. Had it for a little over a year is at 128k.. I don't work far from home lol
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Unread 12-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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Average mileage for most vehicles/drivers is 10-15k per year.

With that said, I bought a 5 year old TJ with 114k, that's 23/year, but the vehicle was well maintained.

Maintainence is key, also check for rust.

Edit: based on these averages, a 16 year old '97 should between 160-230k miles. Many vehicles today go 200k miles.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 06:24 AM   #5
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Unread 12-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #6
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Average mileage for most vehicles/drivers is 10-15k per year.

With that said, I bought a 5 year old TJ with 114k, that's 23/year, but the vehicle was well maintained.

Maintainence is key, also check for rust.
Absolutely correct. Figure a minimum of 10k per year or a normal usage of 15k per year. Beware very high or very low mileages, especially very low figures as there was a reason for the jeep not being used.
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