I am ready to buy my 1st wrangler and am looking for advice. It will not be a DD and I will be using it to tow a small trailer with a couple of dirt bikes (1200 lbs total). Here is what I think I am looking for....
1) looking to spend 3-5K
2) want the 6 cylinder
3) need AC (live in Phx)
What should I be looking for to avoid a lemon?
Pros and cons of CJs vs YJs?
Other then CL any other good places to find Wranglers?
How many miles can you reasonably expect to get on these engines?
Look for a YJ, 88-95. Take a good look at the frame and for structural rust, but AZ is the right place to find one! Keep in mind your in the low end of the "good Jeep" price range. You may have 6k-10k in it before you've done everything you want to it. Trouble free? Budget 8k+ on a TJ. YJ's have a wider stance than CJ's, Id go YJ.
___________________________ 95 YJ New project as of 8/13
Gone but not forgotten; 99 TJ, 4" lift, 01 XJ, 3" lift, 95 XJ, 3" lift, 81 CJ7 Laredo, 74 CJ5, 360V8
Oh, I belief that one year of the yjs are galvanized. I don't remember what year for sure. BTW the ac unit for the jeep costs about 1thousand dollars.
Look for rust, its best to get the least rust as possible. (Obviously.)
The 95 models have some of the same parts that the tj's have. In 95 they changed the drum break styles.
I've got a 1995 YJ with AC, and live in Austin, TX - it's also hot here. You will likely not be happy with the AC performance of the YJ. It blows cold, but the volume of air is weak, and the vents are way down low at your knees.
I would recommend a TJ model - 1997-2006 - just for the better AC. Otherwise, the YJ is great, and very cost-effective. It's good that you are only looking for the 6cyl.
Auto vs Manual...personal preference. It depends on the traffic you get in, and if you are going to do any offroad.
1995 YJ, 4.0L, AX15, 3" susp lift; Lock Right in Dana 30; 8.8 w/ARB; Flat Tummy Tuck, 1" Daystar BL; 1" MORE MML; 35" MT/r Tires;
I've been looking for my first Jeep too. I haven't ruled out a YJ yet, but I think I've decided to go TJ.... coil spring suspension & I think I like the dash better. I test drove one so far. Hoping to drive more before I buy.
I live in an area that gets snow every winter so I definitely want EFI.
Does Kelley Blue Book not apply to Wranglers? All the ones I see (even stock) are 2-3k over blue book. Are these bad deals, or should I not be looking at KBB?
When I bought one the dealer was asking well over blue book. I told them I wasn't going to leave there with a jeep and not be able to sell it the next day for what I paid if I chose to. Lucky for me they wanted to sell a jeep that day. :-)