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Old 11-02-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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What do you guys think?

interested in buying a YJ, but I LOVE getting advice from others since i know i do not know everything.

I'm looking at this jeep this weekend and wanted to know if there was anything specific i should look out for, or any advice before i waste my money on something that isn't worth it. Also if its a fair price.

is she the one???


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95 wrangler
4.0 I6 motor
AX15 tranny
manual
~200k miles on body and tranny(as far as current owner knows) and ~40k miles on engine replaced ~ 2 years ago.
31 inch tires(i dunno if stock gear ratio... so is there a way to check without ripping apart)

the last ~20k/2yrs or so has been behind a motor home.

I'm essentially looking for advice on questions to ask, things to look for that commonly fail in YJs, and any other advice you have in purchasing a YJ.
Thanks in advance

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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my main problem is wiring; make sure everything works, and take a look under the dash to see if anythings out of place or taped up. if you're going to be spending that much money on a 16 year old jeep that appears to be mostly stock with high miles, it better be in pretty decent shape. and look for any missing screws on the dash, it's a sure sign that somethings been going on with it. and definitelly check under those seat covers, and the carpet if you can. look for any signs of leaks underneath it too. and take it for a test drive; if he's not comfortable with that, then happily agree to a ride instead, it is still his jeep after all.


also, to check the gear ratio, i believe you can do it by rotating the rear tire 1 turn and checking how many times the driveshaft turns (thats just what i've heard, i haven't actually tried it so there may be more to it than that). And i remember seeing in hot rod magazine a disk that you attach to the hub so you can figure out the ratio, i don't remember what its called though.

so check everything you can think of (seat slider, defroster, wipers, even the little things that you would assume to work, even the cig 12v outlet). and don't assume the buyer is honest. get a history report if youre willing to spend the money

and for God's sake, don't go look at it at night, or believe the guy when he tells you he'll fax you the title "tomorrow"

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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Check for rust underneath the carpet and around the entire body. Also, i would try to negotiate couple hundred off the price if hes willing to budge. Try to act not interested and point out any faults if u can.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #4
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If it's as good as it looks and no rust, motor is low miles and all he said it is, then I think it a very good Deal. look at the date code on the side of the tire for when they where made, if over 5 years they should be changed. Looks good but I an't up close!
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Look for rust under the carpet, and make sure you have the plugs too. run it through a carwash to see how bad the top leaks. check the stem the 3rd brake light is on to make sure that isnt broken
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:00 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help! I may be posting about my new jeep if all things look good this weekend!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #8
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Look for rust under the carpet, and make sure you have the plugs too. run it through a carwash to see how bad the top leaks. check the stem the 3rd brake light is on to make sure that isnt broken
That carwash bit is fantastic! I never thought of that, altho I doubt the seller would be willing to.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:51 PM   #9
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I like the car wash thing too, dunno if I'll do it because not sure how the seller will feel but we will see!
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If the soft top is only a year old as he claims it should handle a carwash just fine. Just make sure it's one of those high pressure wash ones and not a brush one.

Check the frame rails for rust, especially at the rear near the shackle mount. Give any suspected spots a good stab with a screwdriver to make sure.

Put it in 4x4 and make sure that works. Don't trust the light; make sure it actually engages the vacuum motor by doing some tight circles in a parking lot and see if the tires scrub.

After that everything else everyone else has suggested. Good luck.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:25 PM   #11
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Planned on going Saturday, scheduled a time with him and he text me this evening and said it was sold! Dangggg!
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look for rust and and if you can see that everything wiring wise is functional, no sketchy wire jobs on it

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