About to buy a 2001 TJ - Jeeps Canada - Jeep Forums
Canadas Jeep Forum


Jeep TJ Forum Third generation of the classic Jeep - manufactured since 1997. Known by the coil springs and round headlights. Includes the Rubicon and Unlimited editions as well

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-04-2017, 02:16 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: BC
Posts: 2
Smile About to buy a 2001 TJ

Hello folks,

tommorow I am going to view and testdrive a 2001 TJ with manual transmission and 234k on the ondometer. The seller is asking 7.300. I hope I can talk him down obviously if I like the Jeep.

From what I can tell from the Craigslist post, the body outside is in good shape, inside even better. A few little things here and there but nothing major.

What are TJ-typical things I have to focus on when I inspect and drive it?
Does 7.300 bucks to start with sound reasonable?
How can I tell if the 4x4 works fine? It would be the first time I own a 4x4.

I borrowed an OBD 2 diagnostic tool from a colleague. Do they actually only diagnose an issue when the engine control light is on or does it diagnose like "hidden" issues as well.

I hope someone can explain things for dummies, since I donīt have much experience yet.

Thank you very much guys. I hope I can post a pic of my new TJ here soon. I totally fell in love with those Jeeps but I dont want to be ripped off.

Thanks in advance
LKausR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2017, 02:50 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: quebec
Posts: 615
Default Re: About to buy a 2001 TJ

I can't comment on the price as they vary considerably depending on location, it does sound high to me though. The favorite places for these to rust is the bottom of the windshield frame, the top of the fenders and the tub just forward of the front lower corners of the doors, take a magnet with you to make sure these places are metal. check the universal joints on the driveshafts especially the ones inside the front knuckles. The 4 x 4 system on these trucks is pretty reliable, the only problems I've seen has been with the linkage so pull the lever to see if it goes into the various positions and if it does you should be good. The obd2 system will certainly save codes even if the cel is not on, whether the scanner will read them or not depends on the scanner. Crawl under and check for oil near the joint where the motor joins the gearbox (bellhousing) as it could indicate a leaking rear seal. If you have more questions I will be in the chat room on Sunday night begining at eight Montreal time.
oldfart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2017, 10:36 PM   #3
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: BC
Posts: 2
Default Re: About to buy a 2001 TJ

Thank you very much you helped a lot. I saw a pretty nasty oil leak around the rear main just where you mentioned. Did not buy it.

Now I am going to see a 1998 TJ with only 178k and a 3īī lift which is exciting. It has an intresting paint though lol.
Itīs the 4 cyl one which will be slow, but hey I am driving a Chevy Van now haha. I donīt plan to drive any races anyways. Off-road it should be just as capable right?

Greetings from the greater Vancouver area where everything costs you an arm and a leg or two...:)

Last edited by LKausR; 11-05-2017 at 10:47 AM.
LKausR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2017, 07:57 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: quebec
Posts: 615
Default Re: About to buy a 2001 TJ

I never had any complaints driving the 4 cylinder but a lot of guys would disagree, but I drive like a grandpa cause I'm an oldfart. capability off road has as much if not more to do with the driver than the actual machinery. If it has a lift look carefully around to see what else has been done and if it has been done properly, pay particular attention to brake hoses.
oldfart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2017, 06:30 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Topbanana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 287
Default Re: About to buy a 2001 TJ

If there is a lift and larger tires on it, one thing you should be sure to check out is the steering box. It's located on the frame between the front bumper and the grill and thus easy to check on.
The extra weight of bigger tires is notorious for wearing them out and even worse cracking the mounting point on the frame. High wear is usually exhibited by leaking seals as things get sloppy
and outta round, especially check the top seal. Used boxes are hard to come by and usually will let go soon after installation. Rebuilds are expensive and heavy duty replacement units even more so!
Ask me how I know all this.
topbanana
2004 TJ Rubicon
Topbanana is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking to buy a 2001 TJ jduchock Jeep Mailing List 0 03-27-2006 11:15 PM
HELP deciding which ZJ to buy 2001 4.7L Limited or 2004 4.0L Laredo, more inside Paul Tremblay Jeep Mailing List 76 08-17-2004 11:56 PM
Re: YJ written off to buy or not to buy Big Daddy Jeep Mailing List 2 08-26-2003 12:55 AM
Re: YJ written off to buy or not to buy Peter Parker Jeep Mailing List 0 08-25-2003 07:09 PM
Re: YJ written off to buy or not to buy L.W.(=?iso-8859-1?Q?=DFill?=) Hughes III Jeep Mailing List 0 08-25-2003 07:02 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:39 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Page generated in 0.11831 seconds with 8 queries