Take a good flashlight with you. I probably spent 20 minutes under my jeep before I even opened the doors. The salesman probably thought I was crazy lol. I bought my 1997 4.0 5 speed for $6000 "out the door". With only 104,000 miles. I learned to drive a stick shift by purchasing a 1999 Trans am. Before that I had never driven a stick shift. Now I don't want any more automatics. Manuals are cheaper to fix if ever needed and can get better gas mileage depending on how you drive it. Another think is the 2.5 jeeps have a transmission that are known for 5th gear to go out. The 4.0 has a better transmission.
my yj had the ax-5 with 190,000 when my brother sold it. no gear issues. my tj has the same with 120,000 no issues. in fact ive never heard an ax-5 loose 5th. ive known them to loose 2nd but not 5th.
I had a1995 YJ with a 2.5 and a ax-5 and fifth went out at 135,000 miles. Looked on here and there were all kinds of threads about it. Took it to the transmission shop and he said he sees this same problem at least 20 times a year.
The 6 cylinder looks nice. I would inquire as to what exactly is meant by the "rebuilt rear end" comment. Maybe it has upgraded rear axles... or it could be that it was in a collision and had all that replaced? Definitely work the price down on that.
As far as the yellow one goes, I'm not sure I would want a 4 cyl Auto. Seems like it would be awfully sluggish. But I never test drove one, so I can't say for sure.
Well, I mentioned the automatic because I don't drive a manual. Like I said I've tried before but never to any length to own one. I do ride a motorcycle so you'd think I could drive a stick shift. Lol. Also, I wasnt planning on doing any real off roading. It would be my dd and here in St. Louis 4-5:30pm is rush hour! I'm usually in the thick of traffic heading to my second job.
I know you guys said I should wait and shop around for a 4.0 but the yellow 2.5 auto is tempting. I'm going to drive out and check it out Wednesday. Dealer said there were some small rust spots on it. Maybe a good negotiating point.