You should have tried to find a buyer looking for a built truck... Could have saved someone a lot of effort and money and you'd know it was going to get good use. How much do you think someone is going to pay for a beat up old stock XJ that has gone through the rigors of wheeling but has no upgrades to show for it? What you did was switch your buyer base from enthusiasts, to regular people who have no idea what an XJ even is and aren't going to value it over a Chevy Blazer or something. Either one will do fine for a kid's driving to school car, but the Blazer costs $1000 and Chevy's are more reliable than Jeeps according to Consumer Reports!
Edit: I like your goal for the Wrangler a lot! Huge tires and little lift makes sense because you can cut them up so easily. They're almost like open wheel race cars
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