New member and hopefully a new WJ owner.
I came across a 99 Limited on CL that was a good price. Left a deposit and plan on picking it up this coming Saturday.
Have a few concerns/questions about the truck that you might be helpful in answering.
1999 Limited V8
3rd owner for past 3 years.
Appears to be cosmetically and mechanically sound. I hope..
I went to look at the truck last weekend. Its been sitting for 2 months due to the owner picking up a used RX350 which he got for a great price from his boss after the WJ broke down.
Here's the story:
Car was used for typical light duty/commuting since bought new. The owners have all known each other and work together. Truck passed inspection with no problem back in October. Two months ago the PO was driving home and it began to misfire. MIL came on. He got it home and took it to the mechanic the next morning. The mechanic told him it would run him approx $1500 to fix it (this is a very high price. The owner lives in South Hampton Long Island. You won't find "cheap" mechanics out there.)
I wasn't able to drive the truck. It has 2 tires out of air, I drove 2 hours in crappy weather to get to this truck, got there close to 9pm. The owner is not car savy, and the nearest location to get air is 5 miles away. Let's go over the things i observed during my intensive visual inspection:
- Car fired right up after we put the battery back in. He takes it out because the car sits and he has no way of jumping it if it dies.
- No blue/black/white smoke upon starting. Just typical cold start condensation smoke.
- The misfire is mild. Does indeed feel like a fouled plug, bad injector, bad coil type of misfire.
- No odd noises coming from the motor.
- Oil color looked as smelled fine
-Tranny oil level and color looked healthy (yes. Checked when car was warm)
- No signs of leaks from the drive train. Diff cover has a slight sign of moisture towards the bottom of it. New seal is probably due.
- Suffers from the common dual comfort zone blend door issue. Only blows cold.
- No gear engagement issues. Goes into reverse without issues. No grinding or flaring when i tried to see if the truck responded to load.
- No gear engagement issues when putting into D or manually putting in lower gears. Can't confirm shifting behavior when driving.
- Needs valve cover gaskets
- Interior is mint. Leather looks great for its age and mileage
- Body is very good. A few stuffs but nothing No rust anywhere on the
- Think it needs an exhaust gasket by the cat flange
I thought the car would be a piece before I headed out to see it but after looking at it and the small issues (that I saw), and speaking to the owner, I feel the price is based on the following:
- Town frowns upon having cars on your property that aren't registered.
- Landlord is coming down on them to
get the car off the property.
- They already have another car and just want this one gone.
- Needs some work to be on the road again
- High mileage
So here's where I'm at, I'm very mechanically inclined and based on my observation, I've concluded that I can show up Saturday morning with my toolbox, water pump, coolant, and some type of pump to fill the tires up. Fill them up, get the car to a nearby lot and change the pump out.
Aside from the possibility of tranny issues (since I couldn't drive it), is there anything that I should look for when I go pick it up to steer me away?
I've read through a few WJ buyer's guides on a few forums, etc and reviewed the things too look for and feel that a lot of the things listed, the car does not suffer from.
I'm not expecting a flawless WJ. I'm getting it for a steal and given the fact I can turn a wrench, I don't mind putting in some hours.
Thanks in advance!
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