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Old 06-14-2010, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, looking at a Jeep, have a question

We are looking at a 1989 Wrangler that a friend has. Couple of questions. is there someplace that has values Kelly only goes back to 1990. I though they were pricing low based on other Jeeps being advertised. Want to make sure we aren't paying to much.

Second, the beastie will be for my 16 yo son and as a back up vehicle in case one of the others needs repairs. I try to do as much as I can myself, I'm putting a refurbed cylinder head on my 1989 Lebaron convertible just now. When I drove it I noticed a very uncomfortable tendency for it to drift about, I really had to pay attention to keep it going where i wanted it. My son will not be comfortable at all with this and frankly it makes me uncomfortable even at low speeds (just driving through a residential neighborhood). It's got big off road tires on it but the are clearly not new. The owner says that the person she bought it from had already done some work on the steering, but she's not sure which. When I looked it over some of the parts in the front suspension are clearly newer than others.

Alright I don't know nothing 'bout Jeeps yet, i always buy the Chiltons and Haynes books after I buy whatever. Is this a common issue with Jeeps, this model Jeep. Diagnostically if yours was doing this where would you start. I don't mind putting a few bucks into it to start off, but as I said it's for my boy so I kinda want to make sure I'm not buying a pig in a poke to start off with.

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Old 06-14-2010, 07:22 AM   #2
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Welcome,

Give us a few more details on the Jeep.
1. which engine
2. which trans
3. and pic's?

As for the steering, it might just need an alignment, which you can do at home and get good results. Could be a problem with a tire and rim. Or it could be issues with the steering parts themselves. . How much are they asking for it?

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Old 06-14-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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I believe it's the 4 cyl with automatic. Thought it was pretty lively when I drove it. Don't have a lot of details, we're going back over there today to help out with something else and I'm going to jot down all the pertinent data I can find.

The Jeep belongs to the single mom of my daughter's BFF. She had bought it for her boyfriend/fiance/husband but since that didn't work out for some reason she got it back from him. She says they have 4,000 in it and that's all she wants. My gut says it's to much, but I' have found that with certain vehicles the book value doesn't always reflect what people are willing to pay.

I found a shop that will look at it for free, they do the tire/suspension work on my other cars for me. I'll take a camera with me and I'll post some photos and stuff like the VIN and whatever else i can find. Thanks guys.

Yeah, just what I need, another damn hobby!
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Well, first I would not buy a 4cly.. they are slow and with the auto.. even slower. 2nd 4k is way over priced for an 89, unless it has some other stuff on it, winch lockers, full door, hardtop new tires etc etc.. to justify that price. I would look on craigs list and see what you can find for the same price.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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Well, first I would not buy a 4cly.. they are slow and with the auto.. even slower. 2nd 4k is way over priced for an 89, unless it has some other stuff on it, winch lockers, full door, hardtop new tires etc etc.. to justify that price. I would look on craigs list and see what you can find for the same price.


X2 4K is pretty up there i know a place in my area i can get a running YJ around the same year for 2K. i met a kid who got a running 92 YJ I6 for $1500.
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I guess it would be location, here in the Tampa bay area (Florida) jeeps have a good resale. Beachy vehicle. 4000 grand is about average here. Automatics bring more down here also. A/C is a premium.

If its got some big mudders that could be why it wanders on the road, depending on what size you are thinking is big.
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anything over 33 is to big but its all a matter of opinion. Is it loose in the steering wheel? Example: your can turn the steering wheel an inch or more before it actually has any effect. Problem with getting your kid a 4wd is they think they know what they are doing right out the gate and end up in some sort of bad position. My kid got a 4wd and tried to cross railroad tracks didnt make it.... panic... burn out the clutch. then the train came no more 4wd what a mess that was. Thank god he didnt get hurt.

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