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post #1 of 23 Old 01-18-2020, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a 1999 WJ with 385,000 miles?

I have been looking for a second jeep recently. Mainly for a backup vehicle. I found a 1999 grand cherokee laredo with 385,000 miles. It has the 6 cylinder and looks in good shape especially the interior. It passed emissions inspection but not the safety inspection due to needing rear shocks and brakes and tie rod ends. The owner wants $850 for it. I was a jeep mechanic at a dealership so can fix any issues on a WJ since I also owned one for several years. I would at least do a compression check before buying it. Would you do buy it?

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-18-2020, 06:26 PM
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I bought a 94 zj with 475000 kms on it and sold it with 510000 kms so I probably would or would have at 1 point.
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I wouldn't, but I also don't have the time (or garage space) to be fixing things every week. Any maintenance history?

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Offer 650 and say that the 200 is needed for the shocks and stuff
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Personally, I'm not interested in anything '99 or older and especially at that amount of miles. Dude should gift it to you....Good Luck. Maybe you get a Perisian of a Jeep????

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I have been looking for a second jeep recently. Mainly for a backup vehicle. I found a 1999 grand cherokee laredo with 385,000 miles. It has the 6 cylinder and looks in good shape especially the interior. It passed emissions inspection but not the safety inspection due to needing rear shocks and brakes and tie rod ends. The owner wants $850 for it. I was a jeep mechanic at a dealership so can fix any issues on a WJ since I also owned one for several years. I would at least do a compression check before buying it. Would you do buy it?

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I saw this Jeep on craigslist also and was impressed with the way it looked inside and out with that many miles. Did you actually look at it? Does it have that mileage on it? IMO, if it runs and drives good and is maintained well, that is a fair price. I bought the limited in my avatar 3 years ago with 200K on it for 900. I have swapped the trans (my choice) and added a shift kit, I've replaced the water pump, thermostat, all control arms, rear ball joint,shocks and exhaust. It has 240 as of today and runs like a charm and is as clean as the day is long. Mileage doesn't bother me if the vehicle appears to be maintained well, from first glance at that ad and pics, I'd go for it with a little lower offer, name of the game. The owner should be able to give some history with that many miles.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-19-2020, 09:10 AM
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IMO mileage doesnt really matter on these older vehicles when major mechanical components ie. Engines, trannys and axles can be bought used for very low prices... As long as the body is clean and its been well maintained I'd go for it.

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post #8 of 23 Old 01-19-2020, 10:44 AM
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I would consider buying it but it would depend on the condition of the body and what has been and needs to be done to it.
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-19-2020, 06:45 PM
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You're the one who will be working on it. So really, you're the only one who knows the answer to that question.

I would not buy it as a daily driver no. But as a backup, if it's on good shape and you know how to work on them then sure

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I have been looking for a second jeep recently. Mainly for a backup vehicle. I found a 1999 grand cherokee laredo with 385,000 miles. It has the 6 cylinder and looks in good shape especially the interior. It passed emissions inspection but not the safety inspection due to needing rear shocks and brakes and tie rod ends. The owner wants $850 for it. I was a jeep mechanic at a dealership so can fix any issues on a WJ since I also owned one for several years. I would at least do a compression check before buying it. Would you do buy it?

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if the vehicle is in the rust belt - definitely not.
Assuming it is not....with 3 lifetimes on the vehicle, it would depend on what all has been replaced - IF you got all the time in the world to wrench, and don't mind throwing parts at it, then may be worth it, as a back up. Other than that, I would say no. An engine with that many miles on it scares me away....
Your call obviously....got any maintenance history?
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post #11 of 23 Old 01-20-2020, 12:30 PM
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Yes on the Laredo, no on the '99.

I personally wouldn't go to all the trouble for a '99. IF I were going to buy a WJ with that many miles, I would prefer an '01 or '02 because there were lots of small changes between '99-02 that just make it a nicer package. Some adds in '02 were nice but also some sad deletions in '02 though so it's a toss-up between '01 and '02. See here for model years changes: http://www.wjjeeps.com/newoptions.htm

The only thing I really like about the non-Laredo packages is the matched color side cladding. The rest of the Limited package consists of electronic luxuries (dual zone climate control, etc) that are not reliable at this age.
At 385k, obviously engine and transmission rebuilds are in your immediate future


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post #12 of 23 Old 01-20-2020, 01:06 PM
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For cheap backup transportation, I would buy it. The price is low and it obviously has had someone taking care of it the right way most of its life to still be holding together, running and driving. Neglected oil changes and scheduled maintenance would have taken it off the road long before now.

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post #13 of 23 Old 01-20-2020, 04:04 PM
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The price is low, and you would know what to look for as if itís reliable at its age.

My 99 had 115,000 when I got it, but it wasnít $850.00!!! Now itís got a whopping 128,000 on it two years later!


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post #14 of 23 Old 01-20-2020, 07:51 PM
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No, I would not buy it. $850 in the bank account would be the back up.

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post #15 of 23 Old 01-21-2020, 08:38 AM
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For not that much more than $850 you can get one with a whole lot fewer miles on it.

If it was in really good shape, I might go $600 but that would be more buying it for body/interior parts as the drivetrain has to be in need of some serious reconditioning.

With that many miles I'm guessing every rubber joint and boot in it is worn to oblivion.

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