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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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Whats a TJ worth with a blown motor?

So a friend of a friend drove his jeep into a drainage ditch, the whole engine compartment was submerged and locked up the motor.. i went to look at it.. water in the oil. battery is fried. among the other things that happens when a truck dives into the drink.

so my question is.. how much is it worth.. i wanna buy it because i already got a new motor lined up for it.. i offered $500 and his counter offer was $3500 then 2700, then 2200..

Im not high i know im not interested anything close to 1000 with that many problems.. what you guys think>?

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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:31 PM   #2
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year? miles? trans? options? little more info would help us put a price on it
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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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What year and what model?
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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:36 PM   #4
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oh my bad, its a 2000, 95k miles, auto trans, chrys 8.25 rear. brand new 31 in tires. no top, no doors, no lift, scratches, faded paint, no back seat, flares are all banged up...
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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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Maybe 1K tops, depends on how deep for how long? ECM get dipped or soaked, wiring is a pain to replace, tranny & axles fill up, , etc. Sounds like he is just deducting the cost of an engine, much more involved, plus no top, doors and in rough condition to begin with.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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so you're buying a frame and tub basically?!?

Why does it have an 8.25 rear?!
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #7
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someone couldnt find an 8.8
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #8
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it was in the water for about 2 hours... if i hook up a battery to it, is there anything i can do to check the ecu?

im content with changing a motor, but if wiring and a new ecu gets involved, im not going higher then 500.

what are some things i can check with him there.. i obviously cant take off the sparkplugs in his drive way.. checked the oil, and just water showed up on the stick.. not really sure what else i can do
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Unread 12-21-2011, 05:20 AM   #9
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Yea $500 would be all i would want to go, trans may be shot also and wiring doesn't like water. If you hook up a battery see what works, lights, heat fan, etc and see if it blows any fuses.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #10
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Honeslty, You're probably only buying a frame tub and axles at this point. You should go into thinking everything else is trashed and then see what you can salvage. I wouldnt pay more than $500 bucks for a tub and frame lol
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You're looking at trying to sell a table stand inside of a jeep... $200 be my tops.
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You're looking at trying to sell a table stand inside of a jeep... $200 be my tops.
I agree with Xpress even though he chose not to agree with me on another topic

Thats like buying a banged up iphone after its been submerged...well it dont work but you can use the case for it on another phone...pretty much useless.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 03:43 PM   #14
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oh my bad, its a 2000, 95k miles, auto trans, chrys 8.25 rear. brand new 31 in tires. no top, no doors, no lift, scratches, faded paint, no back seat, flares are all banged up...
so you book it like it had an engine, and ding it 3500 bucks to replace the engine....

the rest will prolly be salvagable with some elbow grease


so if its 'was worth say...6ish.... it would now be worth about 2 grand...

REALLY!! ppl 200 bucks give your head a shake, you could not by the rims off it for that for **** sakes.. couldnt even buy a salvaged title for 200 bucks

Itprolly no doubt has a very solid, body, frame, it has a 8.25 that just needs some new fluid, ya could not buy THAT for 200 bucks at a salvage yard.....

I find it funny how an engine could make a vehicle go from 200 bucks to $5000 when an engine is about a grnad to replace.....

as most of us know to replace a 4.0 is not a big job... and for 3500 you could EASILY do it and replace whatever else is needed.....

has anyone TRIED to start it... pull the plugs drainghte water, change the oil and fire it up, you may be surprsed, we hydrolocked a dodge last fall. it was in over night before we could get an H1 into get him out.... we drained it there, dried it, brought oil and drove it home
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Unread 12-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #15
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I buy Flood damaged vehicle's all the time. I would start by pulling spark plugs, manually turn engine over until all water is pumped out of cylinders. If it turns then the engine will be fine. As for water in the oil, just change it. Replace electrical parts as needed, jeeps don't have that many electrical parts to go bad. I suppose this is a Cherokee, by the 8.25 rearend? I have a few for parts if you need any electrical stuff.
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