I checked this '04 WJ's Carfax and it looks clean. It's basically a single owner. The guy selling it just bought it in March and he's only the second owner. Everything else checked out.
I had it looked at by the local Jeep specialist and for the most part, he reported that everything looked good. Mechanically, all of the parts operated well and the fluids looked good. He recommended flushing the brake fluid and replacing the transmission fluid. He also recommended replacing the radiator hoses as they are original...150k miles. I find this interesting because the seller said they just replaced the radiator, so I don't understand why you would replace the radiator and not the hoses. Seems like a waste of time and coolant.
There are some aesthetic things like small scratchs that would probably buff out, the dents on the hood as I mentioned before, torn up splash shields around the tires, and the mud underneath. Also, the driver's side mirror has some messed up silvering on the bottom half. The mechanic said the chromatic replacements are about $300...or you can just do normal glass for about $50. I will also add here that the driver's seat has an issue with the front lifter mechanism...all of the other directions work, but the front that goes up/down doesn't work. Also the brake pedal doesn't adjust properly...the gas pedal works fine, but not the brake...not sure that that's a serious issue, but it's worth noting.
So here are the major issues which could be a $5 fuse or a $500 part/installation. As I mentioned previously, the airbag and seat belt lights don't turn off. He said the Airbag Control Module (ACM) was not responding according to the code they pulled. The seat belt light could be a messed up sensor in the buckle or it could be something more serious. Also the cruise control doesn't work. The light comes on, but it doesn't set. All of these things could be linked to the same issue, or it could all be different. I'm pretty sure I would need to have this fixed before it would pass inspection.
So what are your thoughts? Is it worth pursuing further?