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Old 09-08-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Good buy or not? Give a newbie some advice-1989 Jeep Wrangler

Hey guys, new to the forum. Been reading for a while but never created an account. I thought I would go to the experts as far as advice for this purchase. What to look for, is it a good buy, ect.

The Jeep is a 1989. Tons of new parts, including battery, steering box, radiator, alternator, power steering pump, plug wires, distributor cap, new tires, new skid plate, new distributor, new windshield wiper motor, new stock carbuerator, new stereo. The Jeep has the 4.0. It is pretty sharp looking, only has a small spot of rust bubble on back bump, paint looks good, 5 spd manual. New soft top too. Half doors.

Haven't checked out the Jeep in person yet. He is about 3 hours away so fingers crossed he will meet me halfway.

140xxx miles.

No mechanical problems (he says)

There are heavy duty mud tires on it right now. He says them skip a little when turning hard at a decent speed.

Won't be doing any heavy wheeling, but I would like to take it off road every once in while. Don't do very much highway driving either.

Jeeps are way overpriced in Kansas City right now compared to other parts of the country. Especially the 4.0. This seems to be a good deal. He did not write the ad well or add pictures so I don't think it's picking up much interest. He was originally asking $6000 and I have him worked down to $5000.

Is the 4.0 too much for what I would be doing with it?
Will it be better to just go with FI?
Is it a good buy?
Should I look at a newer TJ or YJ instead?
Anything I should buy right off the bat for aftermarket?

I am semi-mechanically inclined. Also a student that doesn't have a ton of money right now so this is on the upper end of my budget. Any advice out there for a (hopefully) soon to be Jeeper?

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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I don't know enough about YJ's to tell you if it's a good deal or not. But I would prefer a fuel injected engine over carbed for off-road. I would try to negotiate under 5k due to mileage.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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Its not a bad price. Look under it for rust. Also take it to a mechanic for a once over. Good luck, it looks nice on the outside
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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That's a 4.2, the 4.0 was never carbureted.
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