Sunday, May 1, 2016

Low Miles?: 2006 Jeep Limited CRD 4x4


When can you use the term "low-miles" in a used car ad? Under 50K? Less than 100K? If you have looked at a lot of car ads, you will find that the term depends on a few factors.  Here is an example of an SUV that could make the cut.  Find this 2006 Jeep Limited CRD 4x4 for sale in Columbus, OH for $8,250 via craigslist.


Malaise era American cars weren't made to go much further than 100K miles.  Tolerances were not as tight as they are now. Materials were not as advanced as they are today.  Engineering was not as refined as it is currently.  You could say that 200K miles is the new 100K miles.  In the case of this Jeep, you could call its 113K odometer reading "low-miles" in an ad headline and not too many people would throw the BS flag.  These Common Rail Diesel powered 4x4s often reach well over 300K and are still going strong.


The seller of this Jeep refrains from claiming "low-miles" and my hat is off to her or him.  The mileage figure is placed in the ad body, and in the ad criteria section, as it should be.  After all, what will make you close out an ad faster than the absence of an odometer reading?    


A claim of "low-miles" as a selling point for a contemporary passenger car with over 100K miles would probably detract from a seller's credibility in most cases.  Some cars, however, should be exempt from this rule.  Examples are: Lexus 400 series sedans, anything powered by a Cummins diesel engine (anything under 150K is just gettin' broke in), and Checker cabs.  Please list your "cars that can't be killed with conventional weapons" in the comment section below.


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15 comments:

  1. 1986 Toyota Tercel, 5 speed. Also entered in the category "Cars that last longer than you actually want them to."

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    1. Yeah, but even most cars with a blown head gasket will run farther than the "out of my driveway, out of my life" that I'd want that Toyota would run.

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  2. 1986 Toyota Tercel, 5 speed. Also entered in the category "Cars that last longer than you actually want them to."

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  3. Miata. As always, the answer is Miata.

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  5. I've been cruising the sub $3k local Craigslist Cars basement now for the past few weeks. All I have to say is that these sellers have some pretty "interesting" views of what constitutes "low mileage."

    There's the "low miles... for the year" seller with his/her '86 Chevy SWB 4x2 that has "only" 300,000 miles on it. S/He says, "only 10k miles/year, that's below the national average!" Thus, low miles in his/her mind.

    There's the 5 digit odometer "low miles" seller that just assumes nobody will spot their trickery when they advertise and obviously 210k mile beater as a "10k original miles" car.

    There's the delusional "these [insert make here] run FOREVER, 500,000 miles is JUST BROKEN IN..." seller.

    Finally, there's the guy who just drops "low miles" right next to "JDM" and "drift missile" in the fuster cluck of keywords at the bottom of their K-car advert hoping to snag someone who isn't paying attention.

    I may have missed a type, feel free to correct me.

    Oh, right, about the car... the CRD is a decent engine, far better than the 3.7 V6 found in lesser Liberties... Libertys. Whatever. They didn't put manual transmissions behind these in the 'states iirc. I just can't get over the looks of the Liberty, though. They did put this engine in the WK Grand Cherokee, however. Though not a "looker" it's still less-ugly in my opinion than the Liberty.

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    1. I stand corrected by Betty/Parallax. This is *not* the same engine as in the WK. VM Motori supplied the diesel found in the *WJ* Grand Cherokee as well as the WK2.

      I mistook the Mercedes diesel found in the WK which is a decent engine for the engine in the Liberty.

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  6. completely different engine in the GC... the liberty is a VMotori engine, the GC is a MB engine (same as in the sprinters)... still common rail diesel CRD but... COMPLETELY different AND they behave different too... i believe the GC MB engine is chain too.. the Libery VM is a belt interference engine

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  7. completely different engine in the GC... the liberty is a VMotori engine, the GC is a MB engine (same as in the sprinters)... still common rail diesel CRD but... COMPLETELY different AND they behave different too... i believe the GC MB engine is chain too.. the Libery VM is a belt interference engine

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  8. Weird! What are the odds that Betty and parallax post the exact same thing at the same time!

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  9. Hey, not that NADA is the all-end-all at all, but this is $2k over for average w/113k.
    I like it, but if 'rare supercedes 'deal' here, so be it.

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  10. I thought these were a depreciation champ and junk mechanically!?

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  11. My annoyance with used diesels that are "just broken in" at 190k or what whatever is that everything else but the engine is still going to be toast. Unless I see receipts for new brakes, suspension, automatic tran, anything rubber, etc I'm still not interested.

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  12. My parents had a 98 98 olds that had somewhere between 250k and 300k that I learned to drive in no less. It loved to screech around corners at anything above low-moderate speeds.

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  13. There are many cars these days that will run mechanically almost forever, but the trim will decay long before that.

    There are some cars these days that are one electronic control module failure from being a total loss. Fortunately, private enterprise has sprung up in many cases to address this, if you need a fix for one of the several modules that can cause the BMW E65 7-series stereo/nav/HVAC/everything else controls to go away there's a couple guys in basements soldering away on fixes.

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