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Please help! Is this MJ worth the asking price?


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Hi all,

 

Awesome site you have here! jamminz.gif

 

I've wanted an MJ since I first had a chance to drive one 15 years ago when I was a teenager. It was a black 4.0L eliminator. I was amazed with the power, and at the time it was one of the strongest small pickups available.

 

Anyways, I have a chance to buy a nice '87 2.5L 4speed 2wd Commanche. The owner is firm on his $1800 asking price. The chassis has 187,000 miles on it, and the engine was rebuilt around 2 yrs ago. The owner doesn't use it as a daily driver, so it hasn't had much miles put on it since the rebuild.

 

It looks like the rear bumper was replaced and there is a small dent in the passenger rear corner with some surface rust. Otherwise the owner says it has no rust anywhere else. The paint is original and alittle faded on the hood and roof.

 

It has factory A/C, but it doesn't work.

 

KBB says an '89 with 187k miles in good condition is worth about $700, this is an '87 (kbb doesn't go back that far)

 

So is the price out of line??? Willl the body be worn out with that kind of mileage??? Thank you and all opinions welcome!

 

 

 

 

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Around here these little pick ups last forever and rust very slowly. For here I would say the price is high but you area may be different. Also very easy to find here which may be part of the reason for lower prices. Also I would want the 4.0 liter/AW4/4x$ combo so a 4 banger 2wd would be lower imo.

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I wouldn't buy that for 1800. The 2wd+2.5+4spd is almost the worst drivetrain to come in an MJ. It's the opposite of "amazing power". 700 would be more in line with reality.

 

And he better have some paperwork backing up the claim of a rebuild.

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1800 does sound high, but some people think these things are jewels, and you can't tell them any different. It does look like a nice truck though. My 87 2wd has 342000 miles and still going, also a southern no rust baby, but not as pretty as that one. Print out the KBB page, show it to him, and then tell him youll give 1000 for it just to be nice. I wouldnt go much higher than that though, its really not worth that much! good luck!

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Thanks for all the replies! Yeah, I think he is asking too much...

 

dasbulliwagen, I will try that and see what happens (he'll probably throw me off his property)

 

there is another '91 4.0L 2wd for sale in the area w/79k miles, but he wants $4250! and it has a windshield leak... :wall:

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If it helps, I paid $550 for an 87 4x4 LWB 4.0 in decent running shape.

 

Show the guy the KBB value and don't pay any more .... unless of course you feel there are other factors that make it worth more .... such as availability and personal interest.

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take a magnet with you and go around the truck and make sure it sticks to metal. put it on the cab corners, rockers and above the fender wells. most importantly, lay down under the truck and inspect the floorboards for rust. is he the original owner? like pete said, he needs to provide supporting docs on the engine rebuild, especially since that's probably what he's basing his price on.

 

there is NO consistency to price on these trucks. MrSimon is an example of an exceptional bargain. others have paid well "above average" for various reasons, or no reason at all LOL. what do you plan on doing with the truck? keep it as is or convert to 4wd? i.e. how much more money do you plan on putting in to it? all things worth considering before you make an offer. go to the classified forum here and there is a link that captures several websites with Comanches listed for sale. If you are willing to travel a little ways, you may find a much better deal. IMO patience is what finds the best deal.

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I bought my 87 2.5/AX5 2WD way back in 1998, and I only paid $1500 for it then.....and it also only had 68K on it. 10 years later and it's a completely different vehicle, but that's beside the point. I wouldn't go much over KBB on it, if even that at all. JMHO :cheers:

 

Jeff

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take a magnet with you and go around the truck and make sure it sticks to metal. put it on the cab corners, rockers and above the fender wells. most importantly, lay down under the truck and inspect the floorboards for rust. is he the original owner? like pete said, he needs to provide supporting docs on the engine rebuild, especially since that's probably what he's basing his price on.

 

there is NO consistency to price on these trucks. MrSimon is an example of an exceptional bargain. others have paid well "above average" for various reasons, or no reason at all LOL. what do you plan on doing with the truck? keep it as is or convert to 4wd? i.e. how much more money do you plan on putting in to it? all things worth considering before you make an offer. go to the classified forum here and there is a link that captures several websites with Comanches listed for sale. If you are willing to travel a little ways, you may find a much better deal. IMO patience is what finds the best deal.

 

Great advice! thank you. I would like to restore one to/find one in original condition and then go from there.

 

That kind of explains it. For some unknown reason people want twice as much for their junk in Alabama as elsewhere. I've seen it time and time again. Even in the junk yards. And I don't know why.......

 

GO 'BAMA!!!!!! :banana:

 

But yea it's a bummer, I'm not like that though... Awesome looking truck you've got there :cheers:

 

the top pic showed the wheels straight but the second pic shows the steering wheel cattywompers.

 

lots of work there if so.

 

How so? Thanks

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