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post #1 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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First-time Jeep buyer

Sparing you all the I've-always-wanted-a-Jeep speech, suffice it to say I'm FINALLY in the market to purchase my first Jeep.

Quality examples tend to be a bit pricey around here, but my top contenders are as follows:


06 TJ Sport by
2006 TJ Sport
32,000 miles
Hard top/full doors
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Asking $19,700; meeting to negotiate early next week
This Jeep is pristine -- looks like it's never been taken out of the garage. Bone stock.




08 JK Sahara by
2008 JK 2-door
61,200 miles
Hard top/full doors
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Asking $22K, negotiated to $18,200
This Jeep has a couple of fist-sized dents in the left rear quarter and a few deep scratches in the fender flares.

Any thoughts? Things to watch out for? I've read and reread the thread on the OPDA issues on '05 and '06 TJs; still not clear on how widespread this issue is.

I'm definitely leaning toward the ultra-clean TJ, particularly since the JK is burdened by the 3.8-liter engine. That said, should I give the JK more serious consideration? Sitting in it, the JK felt HUGE by comparison.


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post #2 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 10:19 PM
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The images aren't showing, I'd probably go with the TJ, is the JK a 4 door?

No but honestly a TJ in such good shape vs a pretty much abused JK I think the decision is obvious.

Personally having owned both the JK is a better daily commuter but in your situation I would take the TJ.
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They are both a bit pricy. I'd get the tj for sure. That being said, I usually don't buy things based on price, first, but based on want and need. If the tj is super clean, as in perfect, then go for it. Try to get him to go a little lower though.

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They're both two-doors -- the only kind of Jeep I'd own. (No disrespect for you JK Unlimited fans.)

I wouldn't go so far as to say the JK has been abused, but it definitely shows a little wear and tear. I've driven a TJ before, but this was my first time even sitting in a JK. I suppose the only thing even giving me any pause about the TJ is the potential OPDA issue. That said, the dealership offering it boasts a lifetime powertrain warranty for used vehicles under 100K miles, so I could be worrying over nothing.

I'm obviously wanting to get the TJ lower than the nearly $20K asking price. I tried to feel out the price issue over the phone, but he wouldn't talk price over the phone. Since I've been working seven-day weeks for two months now, it'll have to wait until I take a vacation Jeep-shopping day on Tuesday.

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I did a quick NADA search and the TJ is right on the #'s price wise if it is indeed super clean. That being said, you should be able to knock 'em down $1,000 or so. Jeep prices vary greatly by region so I like to use nadaguides.com as a tool. They seem to be much more accurate than KBB.

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I was heavily leaning toward the TJ, but yesterday I found an '09 JK with 17K on it, and got the price down to just over $10K! It had some very minor hail damage to the hood, but I'd planned an AEV hood if I got a JK anyway.
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Congrats! You'll like the JK.
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That does seem like a good deal, but that tj is just so clean.

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I know, it was a hard choice, particularly given my taste for TJs. But given the price, the low miles AND the fact that it had half-doors won out.

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Congratulations that's a good looking JK! So what are you planning on changing up first?
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Congratulations that's a good looking JK! So what are you planning on changing up first?
Thanks! Sadly, it'll likely be a while before I do much of anything substantial. My wife has some medical bills that'll have to be paid off before I can set aside any "play" money.

Once the weather warms up, I'll pull off the "X" and the dealer sticker on the tailgate -- might go ahead and debadge the rest of it, too. I'm thinking of getting old-school Jeep stickers in bright silver to go where "Wrangler" is now.

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When you go to take off those stickers/decals consider using a heat gun. I got one a Harbor Freight and zipped all the crap off my YJ with minimal effort. Heat 'em up to soften the adhesive, then scrape carefully. Some will just peel off once you get an edge started.

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Unless you put some $ down, chances are that JK won't be available Tuesday when you get a chance to go look at it. Jeeps priced like that move extremely fast generally (unless there is something wrong)
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Thanks! Sadly, it'll likely be a while before I do much of anything substantial. My wife has some medical bills that'll have to be paid off before I can set aside any "play" money.

Once the weather warms up, I'll pull off the "X" and the dealer sticker on the tailgate -- might go ahead and debadge the rest of it, too. I'm thinking of getting old-school Jeep stickers in bright silver to go where "Wrangler" is now.

Don't worry just take the doors and roof off when the weather is nice. That should be more than enough fun
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