Hey guys, could use some advice. On the prowl for my first Jeep, looking at a 1989 Wrangler, private seller. Asking price is 3,000 but negotiable as he is trying to get rid of it before going off to school. No body rust, lifted an unknown height, and 33" tires. Just under 100K miles. Needs a new clutch, new rear shock mount, and wider flares to pass inspection. Overall looks to be in good shape, but definitely a 24 y.o. vehicle. Just enough work to do to get me excited.
Is this reasonable price? Anything in particular I should be looking for? Obviously going to take it down to a trusted mechanic before buying.
The one thing throwing me off at present is the tailgate. From what I know, which is to say very little, the year places it in the YJ category, but the tailgate is not swing away like the other YJ Jeeps I've seen, rather a drop down. Was the drop down a stock option? Should I be questioning the year listed? Checking the VIN with a decoder shows the vehicle as being an automatic, or sometimes doesn't even show (guessing due to it's age?) Unsure if a Carfax report would help in this.
Anyways, any ideas you guys could throw at me would be super helpful. Doing my own research as I go, but a few quick answers would go a long way. Looking forward to joining the Jeepers!