I will be using it for light offroading thru bumpy 2 tracks and sandy washes. If I can find a newer engine for it it would become my DD, but for now I have a Toyota Corolla for when I have to drive to the city.
I would look for something in a little better condition. Looks beat on and the flat fenders look chopped. It also has electrical problems that can be a nightmare to repair. If you looking for a straight trail rig then maybe. But in my opinion you could do better. Just my 2 cents.
I have never heard of anyone regretting their purchase of a Rubicon. Hardcore wheelers like to build a rig from scratch, but a Rubicon gives you a head start with a more than capable off-road vehicle. I bought my first Jeep in 2000...a 99 Sahara. When the Rubicon came out in 03 I knew that would be my next Jeep. My 99 was totalled last year, so I found an 04 Rubicon to replace it.
I think it was Jim Allen in the Jeep 4x4 Performance Handbook that said that you can build a more capable Jeep than a Rubicon for less money by building it yourself. That's a strong argument to spend the 6K cash now, and upgrade as you go. Watch the bone yards for a D60, or 8.8, and you'll eventually end up with a Rubicon killer anyway.
OK, Im looking at a 99 TJ 5 speed 6 cylinder, body, suspension and drivetrain appear to be in excellent condition. Interior has one small rip on the drivers seatside. Motor is 134k. There is a bit of lift on it and the rear is only a dana 35.
Im not rock crawling, but there are bumpy roads, washes and loose rocks where I'm going. Also its a soft top and has no A/C.
I was under the impression the A/C didnt work all that good in soft tops and my duster never had A/C so Im probably going to be ok with the A/C thing, but elsewise do you think this thing is worth 6k$?
This way I dont have to get into financing
The seller lives up here in Wickenburg and part of a Jeep club of some sort on a different forum.