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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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High mileage new Wrangler vs. Low mileage older wrangler

I'm in the market for my first Wrangler and I can't decide between 2 that I like. One is a '04 Wrangler X Sport with 145k miles. The other is a '97 4cyl 2.5 with about 75k miles on it. The high mileage on the '04 scares me a bit, but it's priced about $1500 under kbb because the guy is leaving the country this week. Is the high mileage going to be an issue sooner rather than later?

Any experienced wrangler owners care to throw in their 2c?

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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Maybe a touch on the high side but I wouldn't consider that super high on the 04. Personally at 136k on one two years younger. I'll probably be at 175k in two more years (same age that one is now). Realistically it boils down to where the jeep has lived its life (e.g. desert of southern california v. high snow, high salt northeast) and how well the jeep has been taken care of by previous owner. That's what you need to be getting a handle on.
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It's been on the east coast and hasn't ever been off-road. How well it's been maintained is difficult to tell, unfortunately.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:47 PM   #4
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It's been on the east coast and hasn't ever been off-road. How well it's been maintained is difficult to tell, unfortunately.
Where on the east coast? NY is different than NC. Living at the beach is different than living in the mountains. Other than that, without seeing photos not much that can said. Really there are very few "bad jeeps", just bad prices. There is a "right" price for almost everything.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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It's in Alexandria, Va. Going for a negotiable $7000. The only pics I've received so far aren't very telling.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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I would prefer the 04 with the I6 if you plan on dd the jeep you will like the additional power and as already said 145k isn't all that up there for a 4.0. My 06 has 148k and runs great.
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Any pictures of the undercarriage?

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I would prefer the 04 with the I6 if you plan on dd the jeep you will like the additional power and as already said 145k isn't all that up there for a 4.0. My 06 has 148k and runs great.
^ x2 on that. My 01 is about to hit 170k and still runs strong.
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While not 100% worthless those pictures are pretty close to that. Jeep prices can vary a lot depending on area of the country. You want to talk to The Boogieman. He's in Charlottesville. Buys used jeeps, dresses them up and resells them. He'll have a good sense of the right market. Around here (NY) I'd call 7k "OK".

By the way, its not an "X Sport". It's either an "X" or a "Sport". Based on stickers in picture it is at least looks like a Sport.

Also, I personally would almost always want the 4.0 v. 2.5 but there are people who are happy with the 2.5.
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Only pics I have so far are the ones posted above, which don't seem to tell a whole lot.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 03:29 PM   #10
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My low mileage older wrangler was nothing but problems when I got it.
I battled that thing for 3 years before it finally settled down.

It's not the number of miles on the rig, it's the type of miles.
My vehicles PO clearly beat the snot out of it.

99 Wrangler, bought with 62k on the clock, still has less than 96k.
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Please inform seller we will need more pics of the girl to make a proper decision.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 05:12 AM   #12
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It's in Alexandria, Va. Going for a negotiable $7000. The only pics I've received so far aren't very telling.
Does she come with it?

I'd go with the newer as long as there is some maintenance records for it. Better safety gear, and the 2.5 seems to be notoriously anemic.
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You're going to have more problems sooner with the higher mileage Jeep. But I'd still buy it because I'd rather have a 6 cylinder over a 4.
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You're going to have more problems sooner with the higher mileage Jeep. But I'd still buy it because I'd rather have a 6 cylinder over a 4.
all depends on how it has been cared for. could go on with little to no problems for a long time. either way 6 cylinder over the 4 cylinder anyday
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I'd take a Jeep with 150k on highway over 75k in the city, any day.

You can tell if it's been maintained if just about everything works. If the list of stuff that "needs attention sooner or later" is as long as your arm, the PO half-assed maintenance.

This is a bit of a leap but given how bad the pictures in the for sale ad are, I would doubt the Jeep was well maintained. If the current owner can't be bothered to walk all the way outside and take pictures of a Jeep for sale, do you think they really stayed on top of maintenance and repairs? I don't.
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