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Old 04-29-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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buying jeep for my kid...

Ok guys, I'm in the market for a used jeep for my son. Problem is I've never purchased a used car in my life so I'd like a little advice. Here's one that I saw today on Craigslist....

jeep yj for $3000

I'd like an auto and a 6 but I'm assuming this one is not a 6. Would three grand be a good price? What are some of the years I should avoid or look for, or any other things I should stay away from??

Any advice would be appreciated, including horror stories

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:24 PM   #2
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It might be worth $3000. There is a good chance it is, but I would need a mechanic to check it out to be sure.

Hard to find an auto YJ. I peronally would no go older than probably 92 if I were in the market for a YJ. Preferably, I would go with a 95.

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:57 PM   #3
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If you get a yj try for a 95.How old is your son? If he just started driving I would get him a early tj because it has air bags and would be safer for him.I'm only 15 and my dad bought me a jeep to work on over the summer and he wouldn't get me a yj because they don't have air bags.
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:56 PM   #4
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I'm only 15 and my dad bought me a jeep to work on over the summer and he wouldn't get me a yj because they don't have air bags.

well your very lucky

tiny, no that jeep is not the 6 so your assumption is correct.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:03 PM   #5
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well your very lucky

tiny, no that jeep is not the 6 so your assumption is correct.
lol
Ya i wouldn't get a 2.5 go for a 4.0 it's better engien and should last longer.
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ya same here my parents would only let me buy a TJ, up here though a good 97 TJ w/out rust is about 7-8k. Maybe for a first jeep an 97 XJ for about 3000, sooner or later he will smash it up and with the insurance $$ and him being a little older you/he will buy a TJ, or a YJ, but if he just smashed a Xj up you probably would want him w/ air bags idn.
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wait ur dad bough you yours
damn you are lucky!!

and if you want to get him/her what he really wants, get a CJ-7 w/ a V8 in it, i have been begging my parents to let me buy this

1975 Jeep CJ Custom Built.
but they wont , it will flip, no airbags, to much $$, you will crash, blah blah blah ERRGH
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wait ur dad bough you yours
damn you are lucky!!

and if you want to get him/her what he really wants, get a CJ-7 w/ a V8 in it, i have been begging my parents to let me buy this

1975 Jeep CJ Custom Built.
but they wont , it will flip, no airbags, to much $$, you will crash, blah blah blah ERRGH
Ya I wanted one to work on because I go to a tech high school and take auto and i'm always am working on a car.I also got good grades all year so he bought me a tj.
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Man. I guess none of your parents drove until recently seeing as how air bags are relatively new
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:59 PM   #10
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When I was a kid, we didn't even have seatbelts...

Good luck in your search, Tiny. If it were me, I'd get him the 4.0, 6 banger, just to make sure he has the power to make the trails you know he's gonna want to try.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:23 PM   #11
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I'm not worried about an airbag, I wrecked my mustang three times, bent the frame twice, and walked away without a scratch. (I liked to race)

I'm actually pretty interested in a YJ for him (but not set on it), needs to be a 6, and I've found one or two in auto, but they were just too much. I figure I can look for a bit longer and see if something shows up.
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Yup, keep looking until you find what you want. I don't know what it's like in Cali but, up here, by mid-summer, there are just about jeeps for sale on every car lot.
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Is this the kid in the picture with you that looked like he was about 6 or 7 years old?
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:42 PM   #14
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haha, course not. This is for my 17 year old. He needs a job and I don't wanna have to drive him to it. The little one's getting a machine gun.
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haha, course not. This is for my 17 year old. He needs a job and I don't wanna have to drive him to it. The little one's getting a machine gun.
... and a lightning rod?
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Nope, never been worried about lightening strikes.
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:54 AM   #17
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Tiny, honestly the 2.5 wouldn't be bad for a kid to have. He wouldn't be hot rodding it around much that way. Plus if he wanted to build it up later gearing can overcome a lot of that lack of power.
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:03 AM   #18
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Both my kids got wranglers, about 5 years ago son got a 89YJ, 6 auto, hard top, ran good till he was hit head on by an infinity while he was stopped at a stop sign. 25ft of backwards skid marks, infinity in two piece, nose/engine and body, jeep, bent bumper, grill, fender, broken marker lights, he drove if for two months then sold it for a TJ. The woman tried to blame him too...
Daughter in her TJ had a girl make a left turn in front of her from the other direction, she was doing 40, it was a saturn, her TJ tboned it, broke the saturn in half, it had a big crack in the roof from b pillar to bpillar, blew all the airbags, windows and shot it like a croquet ball into a power pole. Nobody got hurt though the guy in passenger seat probably had 7 slot grill nitemares for a while. TJ had bent warn front bumper, crumpled fender chin, broken marker lights and fender flare. They are tough trucks and there is nothing wrong with a 2.5L 5 speed, they already have 4:10 gears and handle 30's with no problem.
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Air bags kill!!!
Wear a seat belt.
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Must be nice having parents buy your vevicles for you. Airbags aint that great anyway. What are the odd of getting in a head on collision thats the only time they should go off right.

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