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Looking at getting my first TJ: 2003 Sahara

Datman

Member
May 15, 2019
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louisiana
Found a 2003, all stock except radio, , 2 owner, 5 spd sahara w/ hardtop, looks to be a dana 44, cold A/c, 120k miles...southern state jeep all its life. Carfax clean w/ maintence records.....Pretty much rust free...Looks like rear seal has slight leak.... will need 2 new tires soon....can get it for $8k..... I pulled the carpet up and didnt see any issues....check and smelled the fluids, all look good...It looks like he kept up with changing the fluids and such...No mudd as you can see in photos..He said he never really uses the 4wd. its a city jeep....He also said the 4wd lights have never come on in the dash.....when we test the 4wd, the lights didnt come on but i could def feel the 4wd and hear it engage...
Id love to hear if you think its worth $8k...Its pretty clean for a 2003

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Datman

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May 15, 2019
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louisiana
Frame looks good. Sounds like a decent deal.
It has been the nicest looking tj that i have looked at so far...found a few that are a few grand cheaper but they all have like 6-9 owners and are lifted and lived a rough life lol
 

Chris

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Sep 28, 2015
38,789
Salem, Oregon
It looks a bit crusty (or mummified) on the underside, but I don't see any frame rot or things like that, so I can't say "pass".

I'd say that for where you're at, it's probably one of the nicer ones you'll find without heading to Florida or the Southwest.
 
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Datman

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May 15, 2019
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louisiana
It looks a bit crusty (or mummified) on the underside, but I don't see any frame rot or things like that, so I can't say "pass".

I'd say that for where you're at, it's probably one of the nicer ones you'll find without heading to Florida or the Southwest.
yea, dont really wanna spend $8k...but everything that has been cheaper has all been rode hard
 

Chris

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Sep 28, 2015
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Salem, Oregon
yea, dont really wanna spend $8k...but everything that has been cheaper has all been rode hard
You get what you pay for, trust me.

8k is cheap in terms of Jeep Wranglers. Go look for a clean, rust free, low mileage 03-06 Rubicon. Here on the West Coast you'll pay up to 20k for one, no kidding either.

I paid 17.5k for mine, and 19.5k for the other. Both 2005 Rubicons with less than 60k miles and no rust. That's just what they go for around here.

So at 8k, you should be happy. Anything less than that and it would likely be a rust bucket.
 
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Datman

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May 15, 2019
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louisiana
You get what you pay for, trust me.

8k is cheap in terms of Jeep Wranglers. Go look for a clean, rust free, low mileage 03-06 Rubicon. Here on the West Coast you'll pay up to 20k for one, no kidding either.

I paid 17.5k for mine, and 19.5k for the other. Both 2005 Rubicons with less than 60k miles and no rust. That's just what they go for around here.

So at 8k, you should be happy. Anything less than that and it would likely be a rust bucket.
I was hoping you were gonna be a little bit more excited about it for $8k with the hardtop and the dana44 and only 2 owners lol.....
 

Rubi04

TJ Enthusiast
Feb 3, 2019
207
Jefferson, Oregon
You get what you pay for, trust me.

8k is cheap in terms of Jeep Wranglers. Go look for a clean, rust free, low mileage 03-06 Rubicon. Here on the West Coast you'll pay up to 20k for one, no kidding either.

I paid 17.5k for mine, and 19.5k for the other. Both 2005 Rubicons with less than 60k miles and no rust. That's just what they go for around here.

So at 8k, you should be happy. Anything less than that and it would likely be a rust bucket.

This. Paid $16k for my 04 Rubi, 58k and clean and was super happy with that deal. 8k? I wish! 8k has in this state buys a 92 YJ that is broken.
 

glwood

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Sep 16, 2016
6,362
Albuquerque, NM
Some years back I paid $7500 for an 03 X that had a shredded top, trashed seats & carpet, but ran good, and no rust. If I'd seen that Sahara at the time for $8k, I'd be driving it today.
 
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Datman

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May 15, 2019
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louisiana
Some years back I paid $7500 for an 03 X that had a shredded top, trashed seats & carpet, but ran good, and no rust. If I'd seen that Sahara at the time for $8k, I'd be driving it today.
I feel ya on that!.... He wouldnt budge on the price..I tried. lol
 

lowranger

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Feb 6, 2017
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If you want it, you better buy it soon. For $8,000, it won't last long. Someone else will snatch it up. Looks good to me for $8,000. I would definitely buy it if I was looking for a TJ, especially with the Dana 44 and the miles.
 
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Datman

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May 15, 2019
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If you want it, you better buy it soon. For $8,000, it won't last long. Someone else will snatch it up. Looks good to me for $8,000. I would definitely buy it if I was looking for a TJ, especially with the Dana 44 and the miles.
question, its weird that the 4wd dash lights dont come on....
 
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Datman

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May 15, 2019
46
louisiana
Do you have access to the Jeep? If so, you could see if the 4wd light shows up when you first turn on the ignition. If so, then it's either a bad switch in the TC, or a wiring issue. Happens more than you'd think. Not a deal breaker.
If I decide to move forward I will double check that!