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Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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YJ or TJ

So I am all set to purchase a 93 YJ with 148,000 on the odo. It's lifted (3" I think) with 33" tires. 4.0 I6 5 speed Sahara model. A little rough around the edges but structurally sound no major rust or anything. I got the guy to agree on $4,250.00. Today I see a 98 TJ with the 4.0 no lift, new (street) tires and 215,000 miles listed at $4,500.00. I am ready to pull the trigger on the YJ but now I am wondering if I should go check out the TJ. I verbally commited to the guy on the YJ and I would feel like an a-hole if I didn't go through with it. Does the lower miles and mods on the YJ make it a better deal than the TJ?

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Old 05-13-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Link for TJ 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport

I cant find a link for the YJ...

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Old 05-13-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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So I am all set to purchase a 93 YJ with 148,000 on the odo. It's lifted (3" I think) with 33" tires. 4.0 I6 5 speed Sahara model. A little rough around the edges but structurally sound no major rust or anything. I got the guy to agree on $4,250.00. Today I see a 98 TJ with the 4.0 no lift, new (street) tires and 215,000 miles listed at $4,500.00. I am ready to pull the trigger on the YJ but now I am wondering if I should go check out the TJ. I verbally commited to the guy on the YJ and I would feel like an a-hole if I didn't go through with it. Does the lower miles and mods on the YJ make it a better deal than the TJ?
Personally, the YJ seems more appealing overall then the TJ. Miles for me would be the deal breaker at 215K... Try pitting him against the TJ's price and see if he will drop it even more? Its your money in the end, maybe you need more time finding what makes you happy...
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Personally, the YJ seems more appealing overall then the TJ. Miles for me would be the deal breaker at 215K... Try pitting him against the TJ's price and see if he will drop it even more? Its your money in the end, maybe you need more time finding what makes you happy...
I really like the YJ (havent seen the TJ in person) I test drove a CJ5, 2 CJ7's and the YJ. Enjoyed the YJ the best, just wanted to be sure I wasn't passing up a much better deal.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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I really like the YJ (havent seen the TJ in person) I test drove a CJ5, 2 CJ7's and the YJ. Enjoyed the YJ the best, just wanted to be sure I wasn't passing up a much better deal.
Wish you could post a pic of the YJ, would help for opinions of course. But it sounds like your already set on the YJ... My only issue with YJ's is age unless it was garage kept, not ONE spec of rust, and even then parts may be harder to come by... When I bought my TJ last summer, I had to travel 6 hours within my province to get it. Everything local to me was either abused or rusted to hell.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #6
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What are you wanting to do with it???

All other things being equal, I'd go for a TJ over a YJ. But in this case, the 215k sounds like a lot. The YJ also has a lift and better tires, which will be quite a few extra $$$ if you buy the TJ (if that is what you want or need on your Jeep).

Until money changes hands, you aren't committed...don't feel bad if you change your mind or find a better deal.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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My plan is weekend trips to the beach and some Forest service roads. No extreme off roading but I'd like to get the tires muddy.
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So parts are hard to come by on the yJ and older jeeps ?
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So parts are hard to come by on the yJ and older jeeps ?
Thats what I said. The older the vehicle; harder to find the part.
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Thats what I said. The older the vehicle; harder to find the part.
what about reproduction parts ?
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #11
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what about reproduction parts ?
Sure. You go find your reproduction parts...
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #12
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thanks dude...
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #13
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pick whichever you like the best. i would personally go with the yj considering the less miles and upgrades, but if you want a jeep that hasn't been modified yet or one that's newer (though heavy miles) then check out the tj. for what you've said you want to do, the yj sounds like the better fit.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:23 PM   #14
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pick whichever you like the best. i would personally go with the yj considering the less miles and upgrades, but if you want a jeep that hasn't been modified yet or one that's newer (though heavy miles) then check out the tj. for what you've said you want to do, the yj sounds like the better fit.
I hear ya, but unfortunately due to circumstances of in my location, there aren't any yards and ebay shipping kills me every time(especially in heavy parts). Might be more likely to find yj parts more available in the US was my original point i guess.
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I hear ya, but unfortunately due to circumstances of in my location, there aren't any yards and ebay shipping kills me every time(especially in heavy parts). Might be more likely to find yj parts more available in the US was my original point i guess.
my bad, I edited my post and put the parts part in lime's thread (trying not to hijack too bad). ahh yeah Ontario makes it a bit harder for parts..but an awesome place. go over through the soo all the time!
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my bad, I edited my post and put the parts part in lime's thread (trying not to hijack too bad). ahh yeah Ontario makes it a bit harder for parts..but an awesome place. go over through the soo all the time!
Yeah taking it by the 17 is the scenic route for sure. I havent been out that way in a long time. Im determined to try abit more wheelin but just on light trails this year as i just got my jeep last summer. As for parts if i live like in the toronto area or south, then it wouldn't be as bad i guess but 9 hours north of the border, in a farming community we dont get access as everyone else does.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:06 AM   #17
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Thanks fellas, I appreciate the reassurance.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:09 AM   #18
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Thanks fellas, I appreciate the reassurance.
So have you figured out your plan then??
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I have a 94 sahara YJ 4.0 standard gearbox and haven't ever bad to wait more than 1 day for parts. The aftermarket support is there as well but I haven't had a problem getting replacement parts at all. The YJ's are certainly a little rough around the edges but I love mine.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:17 AM   #20
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Yes i will be picking up the YJ tomorrow and I can't wait! Lol
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:22 AM   #21
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Yes i will be picking up the YJ tomorrow and I can't wait! Lol
Right-i-o buddy... Just make sure to check it over and under and everywhere! Good luck!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:47 AM   #22
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Yes i will be picking up the YJ tomorrow and I can't wait! Lol
congrats! post pics once you get it
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I most certainly will
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Especially check under those carpets! And CONGRATS!
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #25
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Got it today and found a little mud patch by the house to spin the tires in

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Congrats man, did you have a crawl inside and out? No issues I hope??
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:17 AM   #27
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Yea i met the guy twice before i bought it. I went over the whole thing and test drove it both times, then i net him to buy it at his house so i could see where he parks it and there were no signs of leaks on the ground
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Yea i met the guy twice before i bought it. I went over the whole thing and test drove it both times, then i net him to buy it at his house so i could see where he parks it and there were no signs of leaks on the ground
Right on, now you don't make your jeep too much of a pig now and get it too dirty.

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