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Apparently it was serviced every year at a shop with the original owner, but I haven't asked about proof for that or if the tires have been replaced.

Barring any major issues, I might still jump on it. The Liberty has a power steering leak and almost 269000km, and is the same year.

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Oh, and I see there were four sub models.....is this one the base model, with the wire wheels?

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Apparently it was serviced every year at a shop with the original owner, but I haven't asked about proof for that or if the tires have been replaced.

Barring any major issues, I might still jump on it. The Liberty has a power steering leak and almost 269000km, and is the same year.
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Missing the pillion may make up for it in weight.

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beezer - lol - I appreciate the humor. I'd love black, but the silver/grey is growing on me.

Yes, I need to get some info from him and see if it can be confirmed. And he does have the pillion for it.

Any idea what model this is.....is it the base model? I saw somewhere they had the wire spoke wheels.

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It's a C50. It has the emblem on the cover. Expand the pic and you'll see.

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I think it's just a normal 2 tone model. Nothing special other than one of the color options for that year.

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I'm sure there are quite a few here that found similar older bikes with very low mileage...bought them,,,hopefully they'll share their experiences on whether it was a good buy or a regretable purchase. Around 4 years ago, a girl blew a stop sign and totaled my 05 c90...when I went to replace it I found an 06 with 8k on the dial...would rather it would have had more mileage for the sitting concerns but after spending some time with the owner and learning about the circumstances why there were low miles, and looking around and seeing how he takes care of his things, I felt comfortable enough to take the plunge and it turned out to be a good buy, Just turned 50k on the dial...no major issues. The first thing I did was to replace the tires and have all the fluids changes and have it given the once over by my mechanic who said it was a good buy. Good luck...tough choice...many see these opportunities as a great buy and then quickly learn it can be an ongoing problem. Lotsa great used mc buys out there.

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I have no idea of the value on a Jeep Liberty.
Is this a problem child you are trying to get rid of?

The C-50 isn't a bad bike at all, but in trade for a 4 wheel drive car?

I guess I'll be the one to say it.
I think you could probably do better.

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I'll second what DCinCT has said. There are many bikes out there that have low mileage for a number of very good reasons (mostly to PO thought they wanted to get into riding and they just didn't for whatever reason). My story is that I got back into riding after 27+ years away and just didn't want to invest a ton of money in something that may not pan out. In the end, it was a spur of the moment decision that led me to an '01 Volusia with 7K on it. It was at a dealer and he was willing to stand behind the bike, hold it for me through the winter and service when summer came around, so I bit. Probably paid a little too much for it at the time, but lesson learned. Fast forward three years and the bike has been awesome! Everything I could have asked for and more. Sure, I wish it had a 6th gear or was more powerful, but for 95% of my riding it has been great.

As many have said, go into this with as much knowledge about what you're looking at as you can get. Spending a little money to have a qualified mechanic look it over is money well spent. If the owner is shy about that happening, that says volumes about the bike. If you pull the trigger, definitely plan on investing some time and money going through it completely. New tires are a MUST. They are your very small contact patch with the road. When they fail, you fall! All things rubber should be replaced and all fluids changed along with the battery. Hopefully the gas tank is OK. If it is, run a couple of tankfuls of fresh fuel through with a can of Seafoam in each. It will clean out any varnish and gum.

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Ok, thanks for everything and all the advice, you all have been great. In terms of coin, both the bike and the jeep would probably be sold for less than they are worth, whereas a trade would give each of us something better than what we currently have or would get from selling.

He needs something he can use, and I'm not using the jeep. I do want the bike though. So could be a win win situation.
I do have some shade tree mechanical experience, mostly with jeeps (engine transplants). So some maintenance work does not scare me off.

We're going to see if we can meet up and make a deal, so hopefully I will be back in the short term with a bike.
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