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Unread 05-12-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Totaled my XJ last week. I found a 2002 Limited GC w/ 4.7 v8 and Select trac transfer case. It has around 85k miles. its in excellent shape. My wife likes it, she hated the XJ. I think i can get it for around 10k. Is this about right. Is there anything I should know or look for that are known problems with this generation WJ. My XJ had 150000 miles on it and aside from the ac not working was 100% mechanically. Any help would be appriciated to keep me out of a mini-van.

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Unread 05-12-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Seems a bit high. Bought my 2004 with 54k miles last year for 12k. It was in near perfect condition inside out.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 06:43 AM   #3
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If it was at a dealer, that's about the price you'd pay in my area. It's a bit higher than most private sale prices though so keep that in mind. That is also fairly low miles for a 10 year old vehicle, so that's a good thing.

Read through the FAQ thread and bookmark www.wjjeeps.com. In my opinion, 02-03 are the best years for the WJ since you get the updated brakes at this point and still have the earlier-style bumper which I like only because it is easier to replace if you crash it/wheel it. All in all, WJs have their issues like any used car but aren't really any different than buying anything else. Just make sure everything works (heat, A/C, heated seats especially).
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Unread 05-12-2011, 06:54 AM   #4
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$10K sounds pretty high to me, but when you get into vehicles that old they can range greatly in condition. Meaning, a well-kept '99 can be a more reliable Jeep than an '04 that was driven hard and put away wet. You'll have to look at a few that are available in your area so you can compare price vs. condition.

And yeah, '02 seems to be the sweet spot because it was after many of the common were fixed and before they started cheaping out and removing small features. Read WJJeeps.com for the details I can't remember right now.



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Unread 05-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #5
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Might be marked up a bit because of the select trac with the V-8? Probably an HD TC being '02. Test the 4wd and make sure it doesn't pop out of gear or grind, and check the fluid too.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 01:36 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Going to drive it again tonight. It is at a dealer. Its the nicest jeep I have seen in the area. Thats not over 15000. I tried to tak them out of the 02 Overland they that needs engine work but they have their own Jeep garage know what they can sell it for once its fixed. Everything works but the drivers seat does not go forward or back and aftermarket remote start, they will either fix or take more off price. Just looked at 00 TJ w/ 130000 and it was still 10000. I think gonna get the WJ and stay out of minivan. Used car market sucks right now and dont have the money to by new JKu.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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Bought this one. Amazed how much nicer it is over my old XJ. Found some stuff wrong with it over the weekend we had it. Dealer is makin it right. I dont think in goin to get the 19 mpg I got with the XJ, can I hope for 15?
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Unread 05-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #8
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20-22 they say highway, with 16-18 city. The best I've gotten is 21 highway. But that is also before my most recent tuneup and fuel filter change. I haven't had a chance to drive it but 2 miles since that.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 07:40 PM   #9
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I think 16-18 city is pretty optimistic. That's usually what I get in mixed driving, with city-only in the 12-13 range. Freeway, anything over 19 is a bonus.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #10
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i average about 16.5 mpg with my 4.7L but i'm currently getting about 17-17.3 mpg which i consider very good considering i usually get less than 16.5. just be sure to cut the a/c off, keep tire pressure good and keep your fluids recent

oh and leave the lead shoes at home
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