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Unread 10-19-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Why are Jeeps so expensive? (TJ)

I'm in the market to buy a new toy as I live in Massachusetts and need something a little more capable than my current rear wheel drive car. And I've been wanting a TJ forever. I'll put in the disclaimer that I don't know much about them... Here's my wishlist:

-Older to help cut down on the price (97-00ish)
-5 speed
-Moderate lift (~4")
-33-35" tires
-No rust issues
-Less than 90k miles

What kind of price can I expect to pay for something like this? I can't help but feel like EVERY seller is being delusional with their asking prices. Seriously, would any one actually pay $9k+ for a 14 year old vehicle with 160,000 miles on it? That seems like an absolute rip off, but that also appears to be the going price. Am I the one being delusional?

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Unread 10-19-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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I'm in the market to buy a new toy as I live in Massachusetts and need something a little more capable than my current rear wheel drive car. And I've been wanting a TJ forever. I'll put in the disclaimer that I don't know much about them... Here's my wishlist:

-Older to help cut down on the price (97-00ish)
-5 speed
-Moderate lift (~4")
-33-35" tires
-No rust issues
-Less than 90k miles

What kind of price can I expect to pay for something like this? I can't help but feel like EVERY seller is being delusional with their asking prices. Seriously, would any one actually pay $9k+ for a 14 year old vehicle with 160,000 miles on it? That seems like an absolute rip off, but that also appears to be the going price. Am I the one being delusional?

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If that is what they are going for then that may be what you have to pay. I have an 01 and I wouldn't sell it for 9k. They are a more unique vehicle compared to others. Supply and demand.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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You can find cheaper but you will shell out $$$$ in repairs. The question you have to ask yourself is how much work you are willing to do. Putting in work will get it exactly the way you want but might end up costing more.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 03:53 PM   #4
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look for a stocker , dont worry bout a lift or big tires get those later yourself

saves cash in initial purchase

also is probably seen far less offroad than a lifted modded rig

look underneath for scratches /evidence of trail use is a talking point to get better price

and remember find a motivated seller because cash talks
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:06 PM   #5
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Why are TJs so expensive? Because they're worth it.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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Well one factor is that you live in the NE. Salt gets to most vehicles there so there are fewer "older" vehicles left worth buying. The ones you might find will be inflated a bit when compared to vehicles from other areas. Also, like Ross said, "Supply and demand". There is a huge Jeep following so demand is high for a used Jeep. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Unread 10-19-2011, 08:47 PM   #7
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look for a stocker , dont worry bout a lift or big tires get those later yourself

saves cash in initial purchase

also is probably seen far less offroad than a lifted modded rig

look underneath for scratches /evidence of trail use is a talking point to get better price

and remember find a motivated seller because cash talks
I disagree with this a little bit. Back when I was looking for one, summer of 08, stockers seemed to cost the same amount as lifted ones. I ended up buying my 2000 with a brand new lift and brand new tires for $9000. Had I bought a stocker, I would have had to dump another $2500 to get it to where mine already was.

Now, mine was obviously not beat on or I wouldn't have bought it, but it was nice not to have to pay for the extra's like the lift and tires.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 10:13 PM   #8
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It also depends when you're buying. During the summer/warmer months, prices go up because more people want a Jeep. Winter months/colder months people realize that the Jeep they bought has a ****ty top on it and you have to dress like you're going on an arctic expedition just to drive 3 miles, so there is a surge of Jeeps on the market. If I was you, I would try and wait a few more weeks when its really cold (whatever that is for you northerners, down here 50 is pretty damn cold) then you will see a good bit more Jeeps pop up at lower prices. Just my .2 that noone will read.
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:01 AM   #9
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^ I read and I agree as thats what I did last year when a friend and I decided to get Jeeps But I didnt end up getting a wrangler...
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:03 AM   #10
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I got my T.J 2000 with 98,000 miles hard top soft top bikini top 31inch BFG MT (300 miles on them) minor rust issues 5spd 4wd 4.0l full doors ect for about 9,000 here in michigan. If you want cheaper I say go for 2.5l but thats if you can stand a 2.5l lol.
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:09 AM   #11
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The bad news as a new buyer is, TJ's don't lose a ton of value, but it won't loose that much more even if you sell it years later.

My little over 3 year old to me now, 2000 Wrangler was purchased for $9000, and today, I could probably sell it for nearly the same amount.

It's not a lose, lose ordeal.
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:16 AM   #12
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I got my T.J 2000 with 98,000 miles hard top soft top bikini top 31inch BFG MT (300 miles on them) minor rust issues 5spd 4wd 4.0l full doors ect for about 9,000 here in michigan. If you want cheaper I say go for 2.5l but thats if you can stand a 2.5l lol.
I wish I would have thought about the 2.5 more before ibought it. If I could go back I would have got a stock 4.0
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:37 AM   #13
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What's the problem with YJ's?
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Unread 10-20-2011, 03:06 AM   #14
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In NC last year when I was looking for a Jeep. I ran across quite a few TJ's that were in great condition and priced 5800-7000k. That was in the beginning of the summer.

Most had the 6plopper.
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Unread 10-20-2011, 05:07 AM   #15
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What's the problem with YJ's?
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A lot easier to fix as well, I love coil spring suspensions... but when I need to get under one? **** that!


All the TJs I've been in (except for two) didn't feel like a jeep for some reason, maybe cause the owners were all mall crawlers. The two that felt like jeeps had 35s, I6, and both owners happen to be bald!
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