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Would you buy this TJ?

tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Hi folks,

I found a manual 2005 clean white TJ. 81,000 miles on it. No rust. Some mild cosmetic issues. Biggest issue.... driver side collision, i believe something with the axel. Now.... title is rebuilt. The seller states she bought it without a title from first owner (if that makes sense) due to the frame and condition and knew she could repair it. She had her brother repair whatever was messed up. They had to have it inspected 3 times by the state to get the title to say rebuilt. Her asking price is 13,000. Condition looks mint in person. Would you guys buy this?????
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Hi folks,

I found a manual 2005 clean white TJ. 81,000 miles on it. No rust. Some mild cosmetic issues. Biggest issue.... driver side collision, i believe something with the axel. Now.... title is rebuilt. The seller states she bought it without a title from first owner (if that makes sense) due to the frame and condition and knew she could repair it. She had her brother repair whatever was messed up. They had to have it inspected 3 times by the state to get the title to say rebuilt. Her asking price is 13,000. Condition looks mint in person. Would you guys buy this?????
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Hi folks,

I found a manual 2005 clean white TJ. 81,000 miles on it. No rust. Some mild cosmetic issues. Biggest issue.... driver side collision, i believe something with the axel. Now.... title is rebuilt. The seller states she bought it without a title from first owner (if that makes sense) due to the frame and condition and knew she could repair it. She had her brother repair whatever was messed up. They had to have it inspected 3 times by the state to get the title to say rebuilt. Her asking price is 13,000. Condition looks mint in person. Would you guys buy this?????
 

Bratch

Member
Supporting Member
Jan 22, 2018
51
OKC
No. Not paying a premium price for a rebuilt title. Should get a nice discount due to that title.
 
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JMT

The Jeep Guy
Supporting Member
Ride of the Month Winner
Feb 27, 2017
7,896
Texas Hill Country
Not knowing the miles it is hard to say,

~$8,000

For reference, I bought an 05' TJ with 46,000 miles in awesome condition, no rust, no issues, great interior for $12,000.

How are you going to know the axle is straight? I just talked to a guy who drove his for thousands of miles and didn't know his axle was bent.
 

JMT

The Jeep Guy
Supporting Member
Ride of the Month Winner
Feb 27, 2017
7,896
Texas Hill Country
Which axle, front or rear?

What model TJ is this? X, Sport, Sahara, Rubicon?

Turn the key on/off three times to see if there are any codes.
 

06lj

TJ Enthusiast
Jul 14, 2018
190
Oregon
Keep looking! For that price you could get a nice TJ or LJ without a salvage title. If it took them 3 times to pass inspection I would wonder how well they fixed things.
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Which axle, front or rear?

What model TJ is this? X, Sport, Sahara, Rubicon?

Turn the key on/off three times to see if there are any codes.
Front axel. It’s a sport. The owner did not go into too much detail of the collision. Basically bought it off of someone as salvaged then had her brother repair everything. It was inspected 3 times, most recently in july. I’m not 100% sure if the story is the truth, going off what she said.
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Keep looking! For that price you could get a nice TJ or LJ without a salvage title. If it took them 3 times to pass inspection I would wonder how well they fixed things.
Appreciate it. You think that was a red flag when they said they brought it three times for inspection. Not sure if it was part of the state regulation or not?
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
The mile
Not knowing the miles it is hard to say,

~$8,000

For reference, I bought an 05' TJ with 46,000 miles in awesome condition, no rust, no issues, great interior for $12,000.

How are you going to know the axle is straight? I just talked to a guy who drove his for thousands of miles and didn't know his axle was bent.
The miles are 81k. Shes asking 14000. Needs a new windshield. Other than that, no rust rot issues. I do not know if the axle is bent.
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
That’s what I figured. The only reason that i’m torn between just trying to get the jeep for cheaper is..... I’m having a difficulty finding a manual white clean TJ in great condition no rust. Very very hard
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Based on the story, nope.

For $13k, you can get a clear-titled TJ without the drama, with low mileage.
That’s what I figured. The only reason that i’m torn between just trying to get the jeep for cheaper is..... I’m having a difficulty finding a manual white clean TJ in great condition no rust. Very very hard
 
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tennant

Member
Apr 26, 2019
74
Connecticut
Can you run the risk on buying a clean title TJ and have many issues to follow as well??? That’s why i’m torn. It’s a used vehicle so I guess it’s a dice roll regardless. Any advice?
 

glwood

Jeep # 13
Supporting Member
Sep 16, 2016
6,079
Albuquerque, NM
That’s what I figured. The only reason that i’m torn between just trying to get the jeep for cheaper is..... I’m having a difficulty finding a manual white clean TJ in great condition no rust. Very very hard
I can understand that, based on where you live. You may have to widen your search area, if possible.
 
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