I own a 97 SE auto. Although I take it off road and absolutely love it, the fact that it is not a manual and the pathetic power in the engine has given me a real itch for a new Jeep. I've only owned it for about a year now too. It's got about 66,000 miles, in great working order, and has a new set of 31's BFG muds on it. Here's a couple pictures of it.
Anyway, I checked the blue book value on it last night and it said around 9,000$.
I was driving home yesterday and saw a CJ7 for sale. I pulled over and got some specs on it. It is a CJ7 Laredo with a I6 and 5 speed. 33X12.50 SS TSL's with about 60% tread left. Has a 3 or 4" superlift. Aftermarket tubular bumpers and lights. The exterior is nearly in perfect order, even with a brand new soft besttop and doors. The entire was in good condition too. Nice sound system, no rust to mention of, no dents, underside was in good condition appearance wise. Anyway, I haven't gotten to test drive it, but am assuming it is in working order since it's obvious the owner took great care of it. The engine has 140,000 miles on it. I checked the blue book value on it and it was around 2-3000$. The guy was asking 7000$ or OBO. I know he's tryin' to get money for modifications.
Well, I loved the look of it and have always heard that CJ7's were dependable. I think this would satisfy the itch I have for more power and a manual. Plus it would honestly be cheaper than modding my own to get what I want. Assuming that everything mechincal is in good working order, would it be worth getting and selling mine? What kind of price should I offer?
Sorry about the long post. Long time Jeep kid, but new to the whole CJ field. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.