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Question How to tell if a renegade is frequently used for off road?

Hi, I am considering purchasing a pre-owned renegade latitude. I like the exterior of renegade, and it is the biggest reason why I want it, hence I don't care about its off-road capability. I assume most people drive renegade off-road a lot, I worry that might bring lots of wear and tear. So my question is how to tell if a renegade is frequently used for off-road or driven on tough terrain? So that I can get buy a renegade with better condition. The only thing I can think of is just avoid buying 4WD version. Do any gurus here know some tricks to tell if a renegade is heavily used in touch situation? Thanks in advance!
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You fear is probably very unjustified. Most people never drive their wranglers off road, much less their renegades.

Like with any vehicle, if it's modified and you don't know who did it and how the owner treated it, just run away form that vehicle.

Now that you have done that, you are probably more likely to leave a casino with more money than you went in with than find a renegade that has been off roaded.

But you can get under it and check. Is there dried mud in funny places. Is the under body or skid plates scratched up. Is the rear drive unit scratched/gouged. Is the exhaust flex pipe up front damaged. Is the exhaust pipe in the rear where it passes over suspension components squashed (this one isn't a standalone indicator, it can get squashed a little pretty easily from things like road debris, etc. But if it is pristine, it was probably never off roaded). Check the CV joint boots, are they beat up or damaged. Check the struts, are they leaking.

The junky plastic end links tend to get clunky regardless of off roading.


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Thank you for your fast reply! I have never been a jeep owner, hence have no idea that how many people actually drive their jeep off road. As you said, I indeed concern too much. Time to start shopping my first jeep vehicle now
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As my Dad said back in 1987 when I bought my Suzuki Samurai Special Edition (that he called "The Barbie Dream Jeep", yep he hated it "We're a JEEP family !!")...

Shortly after I got it, I got it stuck doors deep in some mud that appeared harder and more shallow. As I hosed it off in his yard, he came out, coffee cup in hand and said, "When they said it was for off-road, they meant off the road into your driveway.". Then walked back inside, shaking his head.

I believe many owners of 4x4's do just that, drive it on the road 99.9% of the time. Granted, I'm not one of them, but most people are. Not my Latitude, it's a 2 wheeler on purpose; I need it daily to get to work and I can't resist the urge to "Let's see where that dirt trail goes"...
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Thank you for your fast reply! I have never been a jeep owner, hence have no idea that how many people actually drive their jeep off road. As you said, I indeed concern too much. Time to start shopping my first jeep vehicle now
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You fear is probably very unjustified. Most people never drive their wranglers off road, much less their renegades.

Like with any vehicle, if it's modified and you don't know who did it and how the owner treated it, just run away form that vehicle.

Now that you have done that, you are probably more likely to leave a casino with more money than you went in with than find a renegade that has been off roaded.

But you can get under it and check. Is there dried mud in funny places. Is the under body or skid plates scratched up. Is the rear drive unit scratched/gouged. Is the exhaust flex pipe up front damaged. Is the exhaust pipe in the rear where it passes over suspension components squashed (this one isn't a standalone indicator, it can get squashed a little pretty easily from things like road debris, etc. But if it is pristine, it was probably never off roaded). Check the CV joint boots, are they beat up or damaged. Check the struts, are they leaking.

The junky plastic end links tend to get clunky regardless of off roading.
Like he said. Check for road rash on the skid plates. If they're clean and the rest of the body is in good shape, you're good.

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