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Old 11-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I'm super new to the Jeep thing, and I happened to stumble across this gem (in my opinion) on craigslist. 1992 Wrangler, 2.5L 4cyl 5speed, 116thousand miles. From the pictures it looks great! Really well taken care of cosmetically, and under the hood looks clean to.

I NEED YOUR ADVICE!

What kinds of things should I look for in the model? What issues does it tend to have? What sounds am I listening for in the test drive? etc etc etc

Thanks guys!

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Old 11-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:03 AM   #3
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First off welcome to the forum!!

Rust! Look very carefully underneath for rust. The frame will rot particularly near shackle mounts and the holes that are punched in the frame. Seeing as how you are in Cali this is probably not an issue. I'm in CT and all jeeps are rotted out here. The tubs will rot in the floor pans. Look under the carpet. Also where the seat belt mounts at the bottom of the tub. Look underneath. If there is mud and stuff caked under there chances are there is rot from the PO not cleaning it after wheeling.

Check to make the 4x4 works. There is a vacuum system to lock the front axle that frequently stops working. I installed a posi lok cause mine was bad. Make sure the transmission and transfer case shift smoothly through all of the gears.

Check the steering. The lower steering shaft has u joints that wear out. I had about six inches of play in my steering wheel when I bought it.

The gauges frequently stop working.

Look for oil leaks underneath.

Ask about maintenance items like water pump, O2 sensors, timing chain, belts and the like. See if they have been done recently.

If any of these are an issue I wouldn't let it stop me from buying it (except rust). Use them as bargaining chips to get the price down.

I bought mine for $2500 and have spent more than $3000 in upgrades and fixing things. Keep in mind this is an old vehicle and WILL need repairs. If you are the type to wrench yourself you will be much better off. I guarantee that it will need some work.

Good luck and welcome to the addiction!
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