Found a 2005 TJ 6cyl in very good shape. The owner just made a transfer case repair and car looks great. I wanted to use it for a few months and then sell it but are there too many miles for this to be worthwhile? I brought him down to $5k
I bought mine with 102k, about 5.5 years ago, it has about 122k now. It runs and shifts like new. If it was maintained well, that mileage really isn't that much. If it wasn't...well who knows then, but to be honest, I had idea how well mine had been when I bought it, when it was already 8 years old. It looked good.
That's pretty cheap, unless it's a rust bucket, which isn't a problem here in Arizona.
I have 2 other cars (one being a 2011 JK with only 7000 miles) but I missed my old TJ and wanted to get one back for a bit and maybe sell it come spring and make a few bucks. I was just wondering if the car would be desirable and sellable for a decent return with 110 miles.
'05 TJ is about 9 years old now. 110k miles is not unreasonable. I'd say look for signs that it had been off-road; even if it has not been lifted or modified does not mean someone did not off-road with it. Look for damage to the paint, or dirt built up and hiding in inconspicuous places (no joke, when I bought mine there was large amounts of dirt jammed in between the plastic fender flares and the metal body). If it looks like it has stayed mostly on the street, and has been reasonably well maintained, then I'd say it's a steal at $5k.
As long as the frame is not disgustingly rusted you should be completely fine. Make sure you check the oil for a milky color, and check all the brake lines. No Matter what if you are firm with your price on a Wrangler 6 cyl. It will sell. Especially in the spring when everyone wants one to take the top off of it for summer.
An 05 TJ 6cly for $5K (as long as it all checks out) is a great deal. I got my 03 TJ 6cly Sport two years ago with 163K on the clock and now has 189K on it, still runs and drives perfect. Resale for the 05 with 110K may not be to bad, just hold out for the best offer and you should easily break even (or earn a bit).
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