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What was your costliest mistake?

cliffish

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Fell for a fraudulent email on my land closing in PA and wired $19K away. I really think the title closing company got hacked as they every bit of info on the deal. Bottom line, I jumped at something to try and expedite the deal so we could start building...would have been a nice Rubicon to stash at the house too.
 

AndyG

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1. Not evaluating the TJ wisely ...assumed low mileage cured all ills . Which led to mistake number-

2. Paying too much considering it needed a new lift , tires, and a lot of freshening up ...which led to ....

3. Attempting to offset my mistakes by regearing it myself , which led to doing it twice.

All education cost money .


To sum it up , if I had gotten on here and learned what was going on , and looked at a few and understood a little more what to look for , It likely all would have gone smoother . Not only in cost of money , but time , aggravation , lost enjoyment/downtime , running it to the shop and back, waiting on parts and all the figuring out , etc....any of that sound familiar?

This netted out to a TJ I have spent a lot of time/money on , but it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the better built ones on here ...I enjoy it , but at the same time , I know it isn’t the be all of nice Rubicons. That’s ok , I may do a nice automatic in a year or two ...and I’ll use what I have learned .
 
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matkal

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Michigan’s Thumb
1. Not evaluating the TJ wisely ...assumed low mileage cured all ills . Which led to mistake number-

2. Paying too much considering it needed a new lift , tires, and a lot of freshening up ...which led to ....

3. Attempting to offset my mistakes by regearing it myself , which led to doing it twice.

All education cost money .


To sum it up , if I had gotten on here and learned what was going on , and looked at a few and understood a little more what to look for , It likely all would have gone smoother . Not only in cost of money , but time , aggravation , lost enjoyment/downtime , running it to the shop and back, waiting on parts and all the figuring out , etc....any of that sound familiar?

This netted out to a TJ I have spent a lot of time/money on , but it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the better built ones on here ...I enjoy it , but at the same time , I know it isn’t the be all of nice Rubicons. That’s ok , I may do a nice automatic in a year or two ...and I’ll use what I have learned .
I hear you brother. In hindsight I think I would have asked someone more familiar with TJs to go with me to look at “ the one”.
At this point I would be willing to help someone out in this way. I’m no expert but I know a lot more now than I did before I bought mine.
 

AndyG

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I hear you brother. In hindsight I think I would have asked someone more familiar with TJs to go with me to look at “ the one”.
At this point I would be willing to help someone out in this way. I’m no expert but I know a lot more now than I did before I bought mine.
X2 . All the way.
 
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JMT

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Before the TJ I had a F250. Lost the AC and drove it for 6 years, in TX, braving 100* heat every summer. Finally sold it and bought a TJ with AC. It was so nice for 6 months. Drove it for a year and another 100* summer. Got fed up with it. My mechanic said it was the compressor. He replaced it and for 3 days I had great AC. Long story short, $600 later I still have no AC. I decided to move to WA state. Now I don’t need AC, but I could sure use the $600 for some CA’s.
 

AndyG

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That’s a good shating story.
That definitely could top the list for costly.... As in everything you have.

I can't stop laughing .

Reminds me of the guy confessing his sins at the altar , and one after the other the preacher would say
"Tell it brother !"

Then he mentioned something with a farm animal , and the preacher said "I don't think I'd of told that "
 

DrDmoney

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That definitely could top the list for costly.... As in everything you have.

I can't stop laughing .

Reminds me of the guy confessing his sins at the altar , and one after the other the preacher would say
"Tell it brother !"

Then he mentioned something with a farm animal , and the preacher said "I don't think I'd of told that "
Ask him about catching flies barehanded
 
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AndyG

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Fell for a fraudulent email on my land closing in PA and wired $19K away. I really think the title closing company got hacked as they every bit of info on the deal. Bottom line, I jumped at something to try and expedite the deal so we could start building...would have been a nice Rubicon to stash at the house too.
Bless your heart pal , that is awful .
Man .

I get approached by scam texts in my construction company constantly .

They want to do some type of deal and use a credit card . Always the same . And have horrible grammar.

I always respond the same -

"Ok , I 'll go ahead and turn your number over to the fraud division at our local police department , to protect you from any chance of getting your secure information in the wrong hands , let me get the ball rolling ."
 

Gotdirt

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Oct 6, 2019
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Bought a complete new set of seat belts from Morris 4x4. These were made by Seatbelt Solutions. A nightmare to say the least. The rear belts hung a foot slack, would not tension up. The front belts are an engineering nightmare of very poor design.
I test fit the rears and didn't even try the fronts. When I received them I noticed a small tear in the plastic guard on the rear belt. I didn't think it was all that important. UNTIL I RETURNED THEM. Morris refused to refund my full purchase. Out of $309.97 they refunded $134.99, for the front pair and told me to pay to have them shipped back to me. Lesson learned, don't buy anything from those crooks, ever again.
 

89grand

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Mar 29, 2019
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Ruining, and having to replace a $1000 set of wheels on my Magnum 1 day after buying them by using a wheel and tire cleaner that was "safe for all wheels"...except for painted wheels and polished lips like mine, written in tiny print on the back label.

I still have the wheels, and got 3 looking pretty good, and just have to get the time to finish the 4th. I'll sell them with full disclosure at a good discount. They technically were only used for 1 day. The wheels are Boss 338's in gunmetal grey.
 
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