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Old 04-12-2010, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I have a few questions about my next venture in life. My family is considering buying a Wrangler to have some fun in. We are looking at about $10,000 for a nice manual transmission Jeep to tool around in. It will be a daily driver for us as my wife and I both have to get to work but we figured we might as well have a nice ride getting there.

Biggest concern is my four year old daughter. Wondering about safety and all. I don't know anything about Jeep other that the Wranglers look like so much fun to drive. We will be using for camping trips and running around on the weekends as well as daily work transport.

Any help you could provide on year models and trim as well as fun "add-ons" would be most appreciated. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Well u might want to look at geting the unlimted its longer 05-06in the tj 4 door in the jk(will be more than 10,000) as far as safety just keep them in the car seat or buster seat. Have fun

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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Welcome. In that price range you'll be looking at the TJ models ('97 to '06). You should be able to find a good selection in that price range. Get a 4.0 motor. Look for one with under 100,000 miles on it. It will still have a lot of life left in it. Gas mileage will be about the same as a 4 banger, and you'll have a lot more power. I would try to find one as close to stock as possible. Your daughter should be perfectly safe in the back seat. You are right. They ARE fun to drive. Good luck!
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:45 AM   #4
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Yeah for $10,000 you can get a real nice looking newer TJ with a ton of life left in it... Jeep will barely even be broken in... your daughter should be just fine in the back seat... have fun and good luck with your search
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
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Thanks for the quick replies. Sounds like I may be on my way. Quick question though, what exactly do you mean by newer? What years should I be able to find for my price range? I know Jeeps hold their resale value really well (read Expensive) and I don't really know enough to haggle with whatever owner I try to buy from. Thanks again.
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I would start by looking on craigslist. Also don't buy the first one you look at until you go look at a few others to compare. For 10k I would think you should be able to get a 2001 or newer. Also depending how much traffic you have on your drive might want to drive an auto just to compare it. If you can get one with the rear dana 44 axle.. has a metal fill plug in the diff cover vs. the round plastic plug of the dana 35.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thank you all for all of your responses, sorry for the delay in posting again. I found a possible Wrangler but I am having trouble getting pricing info for it. It is a 1987 Wrangler (YJ) With a 4.2 L engine, 5 speed manual, with a hard top and full doors. 126000 miles and the owner wants 3995.00. How does this sound as far a price for an 87. Thanks again.
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That doesnt sound bad but I would like to say 97 or newer is a better ride with springs not leaf springs especially if your gonna drive it a lot.Now pre 97 guys dont get your leaf springs in a bind there still good just my preference having had both.Make sure you try both stick and automatic big difference.I paid around 9000 for mine with 40,000.
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That's not a bad price if it has little rust. The thing you need to consider with the 87 is that it has internal slave cylinder and sport roll bar. You were looking for safety with the 4 yr old daughter and IMO the 87 would not be what you are looking for. If you are considering a YJ(87-95) then look for 94-95. Both have family roll bar and external slave cylinder. And I also agree with looking for the I6 5 speed it has the ax-15 tranny which worlds better than the ax-5 you get with 4 banger. I'm new to this site but not completely new to these figures.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:57 AM   #10
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there is another thread in here from a guy lookin' to buy that 87. I suggested offering 3k to drive it home.
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The early YJs are probably the least collectible Wranglers. Of course, that makes them the least expensive to buy. Complaints about the early YJs would center around some Peugeot sourced driveline components.

And, to repeat what Jerryj is saying, a YJ is less civilized than a TJ. Most people will prefer a TJ for a family ride.

I would strongly recommend test driving a YJ and a TJ before making a decision on which direction to go.

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:04 AM   #12
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I would pass on the 87 thats just me
I would go with a fuel injected 4.0 model
I think after 91 at least
but I also think you should go 2000 or later
TJ with a dana 44
Also look for a stock ride then add your touches
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ALso, look at edmunds.com, and KBB.com to see what is "reasonable price" in your area.

Never pay "retail". try for trade in, but expect to pay private party, or close to it.

I will also say drive a YJ and a TJ before you buy a YJ.

You should be able to find a 2001+ easily for under 10k. I live in an area where jeeps keep value more than most, and I was able to get my 2001 w/ 118k on it for between 8 and 9k. (I can't remember the exact numbers). this was ~7 months ago.(at that time it was less than private party value per kbb/edmunds).

Good luck on your search. I too will recommend you see if you can find an LJ (unlimited). they are longer, ride better (supposedly), and have more room.

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