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Old 05-26-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a Wrangler

Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum and am looking for some advice on what I should get, and what to look out for.

I'm looking to buy a stock Wrangler to have as a second vehicle and I'd like to spend around $4k.

I looked at a '94 yesterday with only 84k miles, but the body and under carriage had more rust than I would like. Is it wrong of me to think I'm going to get something (in New England mind you) without a ton of rust in my price range?

Over all I've found there to be a lot of older ones ('89 - '95) with relatively low milege, or '97 - '98's with higher mileage. Of those two choices, which would be better? And how high is too high for mileage? I've been reading that these engines last, so would it be ok to get something with 150k plus?

Also, what's more reliable - 4 or 6 cyl? manual or automatic?

Any advice you can offer would be great and appreciated!

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Old 05-26-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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Hey, I am also Kate, also looking! Instead of starting a new thread, I just wanted to add a few more questions. I am willing to spend a little more if I have to... 8000-possibly13,000, but probably cannot go over that. Yesterday I test drove a 2002 with 75K for 9500--is this a good deal? Should I pay more and buy a newer model with fewer miles? Also-- same question as first post-- is there a mileage limit? How many miles are too many? What can I expect for repairs after 75K? This Jeep comes with a 5 yr/100,000 mile warranty....Same question about the 4 or 6 cyl. The Jeep I test drove was fine, but a 4 cyl-- really slow pick up and what the owner called "lot rot" breaks....

Also-- any advice RE: soft tops vs. hard tops as far as convenience, safety, comfort... this jeep is a soft top-- i will also be dealing with Wisconsin winters if this changes anything...

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Old 05-26-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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Welcome $4 grand you will have some rust
Get a 6 cyl you wont be sorry
If you have a place to store a hard top
Get one
I would find one with the jeep
they can be hard to find and cost alot
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:55 PM   #4
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Is that considered a lot of rust for a '95? Or is that average..
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for new england i would say that does not look to bad. most appears to be surface rust.
one thing that bugs me about that is it looks like one of the body mounts is missing. the metal bracket is there, but i dont see the bolt and bushing going to the body.
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Depends on where you live. From the looks of it you live near either a snowy winter, or a lot of sand. That's more rust than I would buy.. but for 4,000 you might have to settle.

As long as things aren't falling apart I'd drive it.
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Lots of snow, salt, and sand in the winter up here..

Its only the 2nd Jeep I've looked at (the first had been in a front end collision so I didn't even bother to look at it closely), so I'm hoping I can find something with a little less rust, or at least a little cheaper... that one was listed at $4500.
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:18 PM   #8
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Here in Georgia you can find early 90's YJ's all over the place for $3-5000. Unfortunately for you the same rust that makes your search hard also makes the prices high on the ones that aren't piles of flakes in the junkyard.

Here's an example: 1991 Jeep Wrangler
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for new england i would say that does not look to bad. most appears to be surface rust.
one thing that bugs me about that is it looks like one of the body mounts is missing. the metal bracket is there, but i dont see the bolt and bushing going to the body.
Wow, you've got a good eye.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:50 PM   #10
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Ok, so after searching for a few weeks, I think I found a good deal... what do you guys think?

It's an '89, 6 cyl, 5 speed with 90k original miles. Just had a whole new exhaust put on. Needs a tranny (current one works but is making a noise), but the guy has a new one he's going to put in it (said the one in it had known issues for the year, and was putting in the upgraded one.. something like that). Comes with a soft and a hard top. The owner is a mechanic who is into Jeeps. Asking $2700.

He said he has the shift knob off and the trans. fluid is leaking? Hence the puddle.













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I have had both soft and hard tops. I wouldn't look a gift hard top in the mouth but I favor the soft top. You can go topless on short notice. I like to go on trips and leave all the windows in the hotel room. To me hearing the flap of the top is part of owning a Jeep. Going topless is why I favor a Jeep over toyota or other brands. If we had snow here I might reconsider the top but for now soft tops rule!
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If you're not going to buy it, tell me where it is so I can. From what I can see in those pictures it looks like a good deal.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:38 AM   #13
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I will keep you guys posted on if I get it... then I'm sure I will have a lot of other questions, since I've never owned a Wrangler.

My first two vehicles were Jeeps, so I'm excited to have one again

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