This is my first post on this forum and hope to be a regular member once I buy a Jeep. I have been looking for a used Wrangler for quite a while, the goal is to find something mechanically sound to use as a winter driver and have a bit of fun with. I found one near me, it is a 2002 TJ that has been used quite a bit. Has 117K miles on it and the following parts (quote from ad):
Upgraded battery to a Optima Yellow Top
Mirror Relocation brackets both sides
33 inch BFG Mud Terrain Tires 90% Tread left, 33 inch Procomp Spare
4 inch Procomp Lift (installed 5 years ago)
Currie Tie Rods
Upgraded Warn Front Bumper
Ugraded Warn Rear Bumper with Tire carrier
Upgraded Front diffirential cover
B&M Short through shift
Upgraded Transfer Case with customer drive shaft (slip Yoke Eliminator installed professionally)
Dana 44 Rear axle
Bikini Top and Dust cover along with Wind jammer
Original Soft top no tears(good condition)
No Air conditioning
Full Doors and roll up windows
Factory Radio/CD player
I drove it today, overall it tracked straight and the owner seemed honest enough. It is a single owner Jeep and he has taken it all around the country to wheel. The clutch was tight and the brakes were perfect (said to have redone front pads and fluid flush 6 months ago), engine seemed strong. The frame looked good and no body rust. Now for the minuses:
- Fair amount of clear coat scratches with associated battle scars. Nothing too terrible, just what you might expect.
- Driver door lock doesn't work
- Steering was less than perfect. It had a lot of dead travel before the wheels turned. Owner claimed he had replaced the steering box with a junk yard one; his claim is that replacing it with a new one would fix it.
- Cut wires where fog lights hooked up (he removed his larger ones that were previously wired up)
- Dirty (maybe that is not a minus)
He is asking 8K but is willing to negotiate. Recognizing I am asking for opinions via internet and nobody has seen the truck, any thoughts on the price or potential risks? I know Procomp doesn't always get great reviews and that a jeep with a 4 inch lift and 33" tires is not going to drive like a sports car, does the steering box story check out? I can rewire new lights as well as take care of some of the little stuff.
I had a Grand Cherokee that I drove to 175K before the auto trans went out but I love the 4.0 straight six and think overall the drive train is pretty strong.
Your opinions and thoughts are greatly appreciated.