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jblade
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Joined: 03 Dec 2004
Location: Phoenix

PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:19 am    Post subject: To buy or not to buy... Reply with quote

Trying to decide if I should purchase a newer Jeep or keep my 2000 Sport with 55K. I plan on installing a 4 lift, lockers, and regear in the next year. All my mods to this point have been easy bolt-ons I could swap to another Jeep if necessary.

Before I invest a decent amount of cash on my planned upgrades, would it make more sense to buy a Jeep with say, 15K on it?

My current Jeep is in great shape, all fluids changed on short intervals, and no body damage beside scratches all over.

I guess what I need to know is how many miles will it last if I keep it on a good maintenance schedule? 200K?

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BlueJ
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion, a 2000 Sport with 55K miles is a good base to modify, if you have the Dana 44 rear axle. You already have the 6 cyl. engine. Your engine and driveline has plenty of life left in it.

If yours has the Data 35 rear and you're planning to build a a heavy duty rock crawler, you may want to sell it any buy one with a D44. Then again, just dump the rear axle and replace it with a beefier one (D44, 8.8 ) with disc brakes.

If I had to do it over, I wouldn't have started modifying my 2001 off the dealer's lot, I would have kept that for the road, and bought a 97 - 00 with 50K+ miles to modify...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i second keeping it. my girlfriend and buddy have both recently bought jeeps (unlimited and sport respectively) and both were around $20,000+. a few monthes ago i bought a '01 and payed half that but got much more than half the jeep! if you have dana 40's id say stay put.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if your's is close to being paid for than keep it. Car payments suck!
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jblade
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is paid for. Thanks for the advise!

I'll stick with what I have.
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TJgirl
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good choice, keep it!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whoa now folks, not so fast.

If you're jeep is in good shape, you can sell it for blue book. Take that money and put it down on a Jeep Rubicon. Even if you get a used one like a 2003. Right now Jeep has Employee pricing and the cost has come down quite a bit. Go ahead and price out what it would cost you do have Dana 44's put on front and rear, 4.10 and ARB air lockers front and rear and I think you will find that getting the Rubicon is a far better deal. I've priced it out and it's about a $6K job for all of that. I'm selling my 2005 X and starting over with a Rubicon. Those even have a SYE kit on them. All you need to do is a mild lift and put some 33" MTR's and you're ready bud. For some serious stuff!
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