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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:37 AM   #1
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Any Advice? I'm Ready to buy my first GC!

Hello All,

I have my heart set on Grand Cherokee but with my limited budget of 10k, I'm having a hard time finding a model with less than 100k and leather interior. I'm not opposed to owning an older vehicle but I do worry about the repairs for a GC that has passed the 100k mark.
(The leather is a must as the smell of jet fuel lingers in cloth seats.)

I've got to have it for several reasons:

I need the space to sleep.
I'm a broke aviation student and I work 2 jobs, and sometimes, I'm just far too tired to drive back home. I need a place to crash and the fold flat area perfectly fits a sleeping bag. the tinted windows allow for great privacy.

I love hiking and camping.
And lets face it, a civic isn't going to cut it.

It's a jeep. it's pretty much the most versatile vehicle you can get.

So, can you steer me in the right direction? I know that every one I look at will have a different history and service record but in general, should I only accept one with less than 85k miles? are there any big issues I should be aware of? is there anything you can tell me, to help me negotiate or otherwise make the right decision?

Thanks in advance for you help!

Mimi

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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:53 AM   #2
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Plenty of Jeeps make it to the 200,000 mark and to be honest I'd be heartbroken if mine didn't. What style do you like the most? You could probably find and '05 for around your budget. There are plenty of wj in my area with 100,000 miles that I would easily snatch up for their asking price of around 4-5,000. If you buy a car for 5,000 bucks and you get a 100,000 miles out of it (on top of 100,000) are you really going to be dissapointed?
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Unread 04-24-2013, 03:19 AM   #3
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I'm looking at a 2003 Grand Cherokee limited.. V8, less than 120k miles.. a little over 6,000.
forgive me, what does WJ stand for?
I wouldn't be heartbroken if I didn't make it past 200k, seeing as it will in a way, be like a second home so,for the amount of money I'll be getting a good deal.
but I would like to know how much maintenance im in for, because I can see myself getting pretty attached to it already and I'd like to keep it as long as possible.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 03:23 AM   #4
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I mean, a little over $6,000.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 03:24 AM   #5
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WJ is the model of Grand Cherokee, I have the WK then there is the WK2. Just diffrent body styles. That price here would be a little high but in Cali it's probably in great shape. It's the limited so it has all the bells and whistles. Someone on here put it right when they said "Jeep" "Just empty every pocket" My first year was a pain as I feel most people will give you similar expeirence, but once you fix everything the last owner neglected you should be good to go. As long as you take care of it. It should last a long while.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:22 AM   #6
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I mean, a little over $6,000.
I got a 98 grand cherokee laredo. Has the inline6 quatratrack 4x4 4.0 it had a 120k on it when i bought it around a couple years ago i got it for $2500 it now has over 250k still runs great just started haveing transmission problems but i might know whats causing that but all ive done to it is plugs wires distributer cap and rotor tps cps cathletic converter water pump thermastate upper and lower radiater hoses transmission oil coolant hose brakes and rotors fan clutch idler pully alternater the serpentine belt change the oil every 3,000 miles i get really irritated if it doesnt get changed every 3k but ive put sway bar bushing on the front i just serviced the transmission the shocks then i got a hatch a taillight door handle passeger fender passenger headlight assembly driver parking lense for a blown up neon not worth $200 but now it still needs differentials serviced shocks rear sway bar bushings. Front and rear sway bar ends then it still needs a full front suspention tune up besides sway bar bushing that includes steering gear box and a new power steering unit along with a/c pump heater core rear hatch interior light switch and latch middle console just broke then it needs another good toon up including the distributer and the ignition module exhuast manifold is cracked guessing from the motor mounts that also need to be replaced with the tranny mount it prolly has stock fuel filters in the tank so those are being replaced then it needs the rear suspention rebuild and i believe that covers it this is the first vehicle ive kept this long so trust me when i say its a good vehicle ive had 2005 model focus it lasted five years for me 06
Cobalt lasted three years jeep might stand for just empty every pocket but if you do empty your pockets it will run practically for ever and parts arnt that expensive until you get to motor components like power steering a/c and you coolant system most i payed for a sensor so far
Is 40 bucks and a course the tax
The most expensive part is going to be the exhuast manifold wich is $200
Then i can most likely get a low milage transmission not guaranteed for the same if not then cheaper oh and does anybody know of a location in north eastern or just northern alabama i need a sunroof motor and wiring as much as a completly hate using used or rebuilt parts but i will settle for a used transmission and sunroof motor
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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:29 AM   #7
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A period would have been nice. Your post seemed like you were trying to scare him away until you came back with the, it will break but you can always fix it comments.
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A period would have been nice. Your post seemed like you were trying to scare him away until you came back with the, it will break but you can always fix it comments.
No not trying to scare no one just giving him the facts my 4.0 is one of the best motors ive had besides my 5.9 i had and the suspention is worn from trails mud and i tend to get a complete opposite lock when i drift it I've been good to it unlike my other vehicles i just play hard every once in awhile in it ...hell after all it is a jeep
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Unread 04-24-2013, 04:47 AM   #9
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I feel like that is one of the best ways to put it though. If your good to a Jeep, It will be good to you.
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I feel like that is one of the best ways to put it though. If your good to a Jeep, It will be good to you.
Well now that depends on the previous owner to though i bout a 89 lerado guy said it didnt run He would sell it pretty cheap i got it. fixed it rebuilt the front suspention just like my 98 needs , but fixed the four wheel drive it wasnt reliable like my 98 is jeep if i turn the key and it doesnt start no Sweat just turn the key one more time and your off the 89 if it didnt crank that first time you knew you was going to have a problem and it had cooling issues i sold it told the guy i wanted to buy it back if he screwed it up i wanted the transmission because it would fit in mine and sure enough thays most likely what mine needs now but anyways he over heated one day ok nothing happened to it, it still ran the next day he over heats it again but the guiness poored ice cold water out of a beer cooler in it well i was like ok got me a tranny when i heard what he done but instead of selling it back to me like we agreed he goes and scraps it for beer money freaking idiot this guy didnt understand why his car blew up and he was under it with a freaking drill drilling around the gas tank that had dry rotted filler hose and **** for the fumes to excape from .we told him the drill is ELECTRIC DRILL he says well where does it make the sparks at i turned the half melted drill so he could see the side pulled the trigger and pointed i shook my head and just walked off
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:08 AM   #12
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:14 AM   #13
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This is making me feel a lot better. I really like the whole " once you fix what the last guy neglected
, you're set. Kind of mentality."

Are the repairs on a jeep reasonably priced, I know that might seem like a silly question but what I mean is, if I were to buy a Lexus, Id know that I'm going to spend a fortune on a 150k mile service. Does the mechanic see you roll up in a jeep and get dollar signs in his eyes?


Also, judging by the posts on some other boards, it's seems a lot of people do work on their own,
And, I think I could do some upkeep. Is system pretty simple, like.. A ford? I've done a few things on an old f150 I had as a teenager. And i really enjoyed it.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #14
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This is making me feel a lot better. I really like the whole " once you fix what the last guy neglected
, you're set. Kind of mentality."

Are the repairs on a jeep reasonably priced, I know that might seem like a silly question but what I mean is, if I were to buy a Lexus, Id know that I'm going to spend a fortune on a 150k mile service. Does the mechanic see you roll up in a jeep and get dollar signs in his eyes?

Also, judging by the posts on some other boards, it's seems a lot of people do work on their own,
And, I think I could do some upkeep. Is system pretty simple, like.. A ford? I've done a few things on an old f150 I had as a teenager. And i really enjoyed it.
Well most part prices ive seen are fairly reasonable i mean i dont have alot of money at all and you see everything ive done to mine ,like any other vehicles they do have pricey parts every once in awhile my most exspensive part so far was tires lol motor mount 20 and 40 for them alternater was a hundred or alil more water pump 40 hoses are alittle cheaper transmission service kit was around 70 that the filter gasket and fluid as you can see parts prices arnt bad working on them are simple just have the repair manual close by for torque specs it sucks to break bolts 20 min brake job turned into six hours of tapping the sheared bolt out if my rear caliper took 15 mins to do the other three corners
see i could rebuild my ignition system and still be able to buy some well needed suspention parts for the price of a half *** tune up on my car
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This is making me feel a lot better. I really like the whole " once you fix what the last guy neglected
, you're set. Kind of mentality."

Are the repairs on a jeep reasonably priced, I know that might seem like a silly question but what I mean is, if I were to buy a Lexus, Id know that I'm going to spend a fortune on a 150k mile service. Does the mechanic see you roll up in a jeep and get dollar signs in his eyes?

Also, judging by the posts on some other boards, it's seems a lot of people do work on their own,
And, I think I could do some upkeep. Is system pretty simple, like.. A ford? I've done a few things on an old f150 I had as a teenager. And i really enjoyed it.
And i couldnt tell you about the machanics point of view truthfully i would give a better rate on a jeep just for the simple fact that its not sitting on the ground and its rear wheel drive i would charge more for little front wheel drives because one you can't slide under it with out a jack and on top of that you only have around a inch of clearance to movei did a tensioner on my escort sport i had to pull a/c and power steering pump just to replace it now on my jeep pop the hood i took the fan shroud and fan out replace my fan clutch and idler pully took five bolts and Less than 30 mins just simple and you have room to work only problem i had with the jeep was i had to pull my a/c pump to get one of my spark plugs in not bad considering ive had to take intake manifolds off and droppped transmissions to get some plugs in but if you want a reliable vehicle jeeps are very reliable just keep your fluids changed and maintane it like it should be and it will run practicaly for ever i got worried before i new i had a exhaust leak i swore i hard a ticking but it was just the sound of the exhaust escaping by the manifold but hey over 250k and it doesn't even have a hint of harmfull engine noises just need suspention and engine tune up and it would be perfect besides tires and i hope my tranny problem is just another short from a sensor like it was before "fingers crossed "
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