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post #1 of 7 Old 03-04-2019, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Buy low mile original XJ, or a built up one?

Hello all, I’m looking to buy a 1999-1998 XJ. I found an all original 98 original owner with 75k miles for $3500. Would it be better to find a built up one that’s had work done already for a higher price, or put the money into the original?

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-04-2019, 11:22 AM
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Normally it's suggested to buy an unmolested one. When you buy one that's already modified, you are at the mercy of the original builder.

Did they buy the cheapest parts? Did they shortcut the mode? Are they trying to get rid of a problem?

The one you found sounds like a very good deal. If you buy it, you can make it yours.

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To play devil's advocate, buying one that's already built up can potentially save you quite a bit of money in the long run versus starting with a blank slate. Costs incurred buying parts and installing them rarely, if ever, increase the overall cost of the vehicle commensurate with the investment. The important part is to be able to identify what's been modified, was it done well, and did they use quality parts.

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-04-2019, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm... good points. Being such low mileage on a 21 year old XJ, is it going to take a lot of $ to get it dialed in? Dried seals, usual suspects and such?
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Most seals aren't too expensive or difficult to do yourself, and they may still be perfectly fine anyway. A good pre-purchase inspection should reveal any evidence of current leaks and the test drive should give you a good idea of the mechanical condition of the vehicle. I always make it a point to change all fluids and change out your typical periodic tune up parts on any used vehicle I get, so that would mainly just leave the question of whether the tires are old and cracked or not. Figure about $100-200 for fluids, serpentine belt, plugs, wires, cap & rotor, filters, and wiper blades. Above the basic safety and drivability requirements, the answer to how much money it'll take to get dialed in will be heavily dependent upon what your plans and desires are for your build.

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Are you a "do it yourselfer" type person, or a "do it for me" type person?

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-05-2019, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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I’m both a do-it-myself and do-it-for me... It’s dependent on how much free time I have to complete the task. I don’t want to leave torn up for too long if I can’t get to it.
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