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Old 11-10-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Advice on buying my 1st Wrangler

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?


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Old 11-11-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Go with a yj.
Ive seen them anywhere from 100k-200k miles. I read that they were estimated to get 400k out if the i6
I bought mine a few months ago for 1900.

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Old 11-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Try for fuel injection. I think post 1991 or somewhere in there.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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I believe '95 is the galvanized year. You'll have to search and scrutinize for awhile to find a really clean one in that price range. They're out there though, if you're patient.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. I am checking Craig's list daily, any other good sites to find used jeeps?

Also thoughts on automatic vs manual?

Thanks

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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.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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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.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:53 AM   #10
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Definitely will be doing some off road, so I assume manual would be better, right?
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I've heard that once you offroad in a automatic you won't go back.
Personally I think that a manual is the way to go.
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Manual vs automatic is typically a preference thing. They both have their advantages. I have to think that a manual when rock climbing would be pretty tough to do.
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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?
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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. :-)
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #15
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I'm finding that dealers in my area are asking like $1500 - $2000 more than a private sale.

I talked to a dealer a couple days ago who told me he was asking $12k for a bone stock 2001 TJ. I told him he was baked & walked off.
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I believe '95 is the galvanized year. You'll have to search and scrutinize for awhile to find a really clean one in that price range. They're out there though, if you're patient.
Dont think 95 is the galvanized year... couldnt be!? Replaced drivers floor and rockers right after buying this year...
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/galvanized-952520/

Apparently all YJ's had some form of newer rust prevention done to them. I know mine (93) had a crap load of rust on the frame but the body doesn't have any.

Here is some more info on the yj
http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-v...-buyers-guide/

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