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Old 12-29-2016, 09:21 AM
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1st time buyer needs advice

Hello, I have been wanting a Jeep for along time. I finally have a small budget of 3,500 so it has been difficult finding something nice. I have read many posts and think I want 6cy / Manual. It will be weekends only & 95% cruising around town with family and hopefully some jeep club events.

My questions: I found this in my budget, 1992 Jeep Wrangler, 4.0L, standard trans 4 wheel drive. 200430 miles (are these miles to high and I will need to spend a lot more in near future?) I know it also depends on the actual vehicle condition & work previously done.

Or save / Sell my motorcycle and get something a bit newer with less miles. I would kind of like a jeep that is more stock. So I can build as I want with less issues of what someone else has done or messed up.

If you have any advice it is appreciated. I plan to keep learning & reading from y'all. Thanks
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Jeeps are like horses or boats. The purchase price is just the beginning.
There seems like there is always some new gizmo that you want and older vehicles need a lot more TLC.

200K is getting up there. However, the previous maintenance will make a BIG difference between a good useable vehicle and a junker that will want to break the bank. I wouldn't be afraid of the mileage if it runs well. Make sure you check the frame VERY carefully for rust.

As far as selling your motorcycle, it depends on what is worth more to you. Jeeping is more of a family sport if you have kids than motorcycling is.
If you keep the motorcycle and buy the Jeep, you can decide which is more valuable to you. You could sell the motorcycle and buy a new engine and/or transmission for the Jeep.

Talk it over with your wife. In my experience (I'm and old buzzard) women are pretty smart.

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Thanks, Luckymac

The one I liked turned out to be a bucket. But great advice. I will follow.
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Thanks, Luckymac

The one I liked turned out to be a bucket. But great advice. I will follow.
I bought a TJ... didn't like the YJ I had back in the 90s. I did end up selling my Harley later... for other reasons, but the added money from the sale worked great for me to get a jump on customizing the TJ. And with the top down, it satisfies the open air urge of the bike.
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Just my 2 cents.........

Think long and hard about selling one toy to buy another toy. Several years ago I sold my HD Fatboy to buy a boat. I really love the boat, it's great fun with the grand kids and to fish in, but I really miss the Fatboy. Sometimes you just need to get in the wind to clear your head. The bike was paid for before I bought the boat. Even though I did pretty good selling the bike I still had a boat payment. Today I wish I'd kept the bike and paid on the boat for a couple more years. Raising a family will, and should, always be the #1 priority. Which sometimes means the "toys" get put on the back burner. Maybe some day I'll have another Harley to help clear the head. Again, just my 2 cents. Gunny Out!!
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I am new to the site, I am currently looking at a 1993 YJ, 125K miles. There is no top. Asking price is $2500...I used to have an 85 CJ but of course getting married and having kids caused me to get rid of it 25 years ago. I am getting back into the game.....Its a 4 Cyl which is where I am stuck.....Worth it?
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I am new to the site, I am currently looking at a 1993 YJ, 125K miles. There is no top. Asking price is $2500...I used to have an 85 CJ but of course getting married and having kids caused me to get rid of it 25 years ago. I am getting back into the game.....Its a 4 Cyl which is where I am stuck.....Worth it?
Several things to consider:
1. Are those the actual miles...speedo still working?
2. Do they use salt on the roads in the winter? Check the frame for rot. Frame repair can be a lot of work and how's the body look?
3. How's the tire tread?
4. New soft tops aren't to expensive. That wouldn't bother me.
5. Those 4-bangers will last along time with good maintenance. Does the current owner have any maintenance records?
If it were me and all those things checked out I'd feel pretty good about $2,500.00 but still try to wheel and deal a little. I'm sure with a jeep that old you will find some small things wrong with it. But that's the fun of as you said; "Getting back in the game". Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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Several things to consider: 1. Are those the actual miles...speedo still working? 2. Do they use salt on the roads in the winter? Check the frame for rot. Frame repair can be a lot of work and how's the body look? 3. How's the tire tread? 4. New soft tops aren't to expensive. That wouldn't bother me. 5. Those 4-bangers will last along time with good maintenance. Does the current owner have any maintenance records? If it were me and all those things checked out I'd feel pretty good about $2,500.00 but still try to wheel and deal a little. I'm sure with a jeep that old you will find some small things wrong with it. But that's the fun of as you said; "Getting back in the game". Good luck and let us know what you decide.
Another thing to consider in Mississippi is flood damage. Make sure there is no rust or water damage. Having no top means it has likely sat out in the rain. Make sure everything works. Tops are a few hundred bucks but the frames for tops can be expensive. Unless you're ok with a frameless top. I personally would try to find a 4.0 6cyl, but I like to go fast.
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Several things to consider:
1. Are those the actual miles...speedo still working? Yes confirmed working
2. Do they use salt on the roads in the winter? We do not have salt trucks, dont really get any snow here.
3. How's the tire tread? Tires are like new
4. New soft tops aren't to expensive. That wouldn't bother me.
5. Those 4-bangers will last along time with good maintenance. Does the current owner have any maintenance records? No records that I am aware of
If it were me and all those things checked out I'd feel pretty good about $2,500.00 but still try to wheel and deal a little. I'm sure with a jeep that old you will find some small things wrong with it. But that's the fun of as you said; "Getting back in the game". Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Not so concerned with going fast. Just a joy vehicle for me and my family.
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I know you don't get much for $2500, Its a project for sure.
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It is personal but I would try to buy a littler newer. My personal recommendation would be to sell the mc because I found in my experience that having a jeep with top off and maybe a bimni and half doors was more fun than all my harleys, atvs, and boats. You are in the wind out in the open with the ability to share the fun with others in the vehicle. jmo mark
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What is the first thing I should look for when purchasing this 93 YJ? I looked for rust and it looked pretty clean....any tips?
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What is the first thing I should look for when purchasing this 93 YJ? I looked for rust and it looked pretty clean....any tips?
  • Rust: frame rails near shackles, floor boards, bottom area near front of rollbar bases, rear cross-member above fuel tank.
  • Spotty modifications: 3+ " body mounts, huge shackles, spaghetti wiring under dash, diamond plate armor covering rust
  • Mileage: self explantory

There are alot more for sure, but these are the common things people see
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ID:	3426970 ..this is what $3500 gets you in California, only 92k on the odometer, 6 cyl , also a 1992


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Attachment 3426970 ..this is what $3500(and a bit of luck) gets you in California, only 92k on the odometer, 6 cyl , also a 1992
There...fixed that for you
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Haha, I was like, what??


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I would have thought that 92 in Calf. would cost $7,000.00!
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I would have thought that 92 in Calf. would cost $7,000.00!


At the time I didn't realize I got a good deal, California owned by a fallen fireman and a family friends kid had it a short time and ended up wanting a tjhis loss was my gain lol. It had 92k when I got it. Manual, fuel injected, ax15, 4.0


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