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post #1 of 22 Old 05-20-2020, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy first jeep

Hello, Im new to the jeeps scene. Im a older gearhead, and I looking for advice from the knowledgeable people on here. I wondering what I should look for when buying an older wrangler? I know to inspect the frame. Is there any other major know problems? I would love to find an older one with a 350 swap done to it.
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-20-2020, 05:41 PM
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How old are we talking? As far back as the YJ? Or are you looking for something newer like a JK?
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Im open to anything. Older the better for me though.

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rust is the main issue by far and wide. body and frame.

how much you plan to spend? Might determine what type wrangler year.

leafs or coils? leafs are 1942cj- YJs Coils are TJ-latest jeep.

swaps depending on year and where you live can be an issue with local smog/inspections.

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Im in the process of selling a 71 C20 Muscle truck. So my budget will be around 12K. Unless someone has a jeep to trade. I have the truck posted locally. Im not really interested in some of the hard core wheeling. Just want to enjoy some local trails with wife here in Western PA.

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You should be able to find a nice Tj for that money. BUT again be careful about rust. people tend to underestimate rust issues and end up with something that will take a lot of money to restore. Even a rust free but engine blown is a better deal then a new engine but a rusted out jeep. PA. it may be harder to find a good one too. here in the south west they tend to be as rust free as it can be.

best of luck on the search and happy trails.

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post #7 of 22 Old 05-29-2020, 02:36 AM
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First things first. When I am buying a car my first check is a car history report at carvertical or carfax. Vin check gives you information about true mileage, accident history, lets you know where previous services were performed. If the history report is clean, when itís worth making a more detailed examination. Take a close look at undercarriage, potential engine leaks and of course pay attention to rust spots. As was mentioned before rust is the main issue for these models.
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Thank you. I have been looking for a few weeks now. Most of the wranglers seem to have high mileage for what im used to. What is a good standard for milleage? Im used to the older 350 chevy engines.

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What do you consider high mileage?

My guess is that you are finding Jeeps in the 150K-180K mile range?

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Iím up there in age also, my advice would be an automatic trans will be easier on your knees. Riding trails in a manual vehicle can work those older knees. So can being stuck in traffic. I did a St. Patricks Day parade with the club once and when it was over I could hardly walk. I would also recommend caution where the suspension has been lifted. Ride it hard and feel for vibrations. If you find yourself in the TJ market it will most likely have a 4.0L inline six. Legendary motor that feels like home to us old school shade tree mechanics. Most people prefer that over the 4 cylinder models. Last advice is to take your checkbook with you when you go looking. When you find the perfect Jeep that passes all the tests, buy it. The good ones go quick.

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Thank you for all your information..

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Something older that is easy to work on is what I prefer to have I have a cj7 I really enjoy
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Looked at an 02 wrangler sport today. 4.0 with stick. 109k miles. The underside looks good. Fame good. The front fenders have some small rust spots. Owner does have diamond plate covers to put on fenders. Has new sail cloth top. He was asking 9k, but will take 8k. Does that sound like a decent deal? From reading the forums, the 4.0 seems bulletproof. What maintenance sheld have been done to the engine, besides normal belts, hoses and fluid changes?

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Can't speak to the rust issues or overall condition, but around here, any TJ that runs and drives and has a 6cyl w/ under 180K miles is $7-11K (or more)

The rust in the fenders would concern me, as would the diamond plate.

On the plus side, that is relatively low miles

For reference, this is the least expensive non 4 cyl , non salvage title here on CL

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/c...125920084.html

And a more common condition/ common price example

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/...127027394.html
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If the frame is good, the small rust spots can be treated and fixed.

With the diamond plate, is it something he has and could put on or is it on already. If it's on, then I would be concerned that he is trying to hide something. If not, OK.

$8K seems reasonable for a fairly low mileage TJ with a 4.0 and a good frame.

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