I bought my old 2000 2wd WJ for 4500 about 4 years ago so I guess you're about where I was.....Just the time and energy you've put into it. Although I can tell you that having my newer '04 WJ 4wd I feel more assured that I can do more with it....Of course I live out in the country and occasionally have to drive down a really nasty driveway that I've actually had to miss work because of in my old 2wd WJ.
With the new '04, I've taken it down the same driveway without having to mess with anything thanks to the QuadraDrive and it went through it pretty easily. (I've got a creek crossing near the entrance of my property that washes the driveway out when it floods and it flooded a few days ago).
$39,850. Loaded in 1999. Every option they had. Still going strong 220000 mi. later. Need to do bearings in rear. Bought from Jasper Jeep. Only champagne v8/ quadra-drive/upcountry in Atlanta back then.
Paid $10K for a 2004 4.7 Quadra-drive II Limited w/74K miles and every option you'd ever want a couple months ago. Bought it from a dealer as a dd for my wife and it came with a 100K mile power-train warranty so still have 25K miles left.
This may seem like an awful lot of money but to tell you the truth I had to search for a couple months to even find a late model WJ 4.7 limited w/o lots of miles. And the few I did find were selling for about $12K. Was also looking at WK's and sure am glad I went with the WJ body style which looks a whole lot better!
Actually my 93 year-old Jeep-lovin' mommy paid for most of the cost!
Still not sure I'm into the "pimped out" look with the full running boards and plastic rain shields over each door window. But what the heck since it helps my small wife get in/out of it while the rain doesn't come in the windows when cracked.
I just picked up a '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ a blown 4.0 for $400. Body and interior are really nice and everything seems to work, it even still ran when I bought it. Motor is currently out of it and the "rebuild vs. buy used" engine debate begun...
1986 Jeep Cherokee-Sold 1994 Jeep Wrangler-Sold 1994 Jeep Cherokee-Sold 1997 Jeep Cheerokee-Sold 1997 Jeep Wrangler-currently under the knife 1985 Jeep CJ7-Sold 2001 Jeep Cherokee-Sold 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee-Working on it
Then let the shop take care of it for $3000. Then that motor went and I got another for $1200. Then that motor went and rebuilt it last month for about $3000 (including things like motor mounts, fluids, seals, etc.) just to do everything right. Then include the $1000 in a used lift kit, $550 on light bar/roof rack, and somewhere around $700 for other little things
All in all, anywhere between $10,000 - $11,000 into the jeep. Never done the math until now. And I thought I was getting a great deal at $750... Damn
still paying for mine actually (technically the credit union still owns it) but a little over two years ago I picked it up for 8200, AZ vehichle rust free and had just under 98,000. Purchased from a used car dealer.