Originally Posted by Marlin
I'd steer clear, certainly if you can't inspect it yourself.
There's a reason the thing hasn't been fixed.... it's obviously not ecenomical to do it. A replacement Commander was cheaper.
Very well could be the situation, but like I said, I would still be interested just to take the whole powertrain and interior and swap them into an XJ. I am sure the engine, trans, transfer case axles, hubs, brakes, seats, console and maybe even the dash would cost more than $8K. Swap what I can(you'd be amazed), and part off the rest.
There is also this:
My buddy had a new Dodge Ram, we were in it when this guy backed into his front end. It crushed the grill, header panel, lights and hood, and one fender. No frame damage, no engine damage, just cosmetic. They totalled it out! He accepted the check, then turned right around and paid $400 for the truck from insurance. Fixed the front end, and drove away in a brand new truck, paid off. The only change was his warranty was no longer viable. But with no payments, he had plenty of cash to fix things if they went bad.