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Old 08-17-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Looking at a 91 Jeep, opinions?

I'm looking at a 91 Jeep on Thursday, here is what I know about the Jeep:

New wheels
New 33" tires
New paint
Custom front and rear bumpers
trans rebuild
rough country 4" lift
This is the best starting and running jeep I've ever owned

Replaced the following:
clutch
flywheel
pressure plate
slave cylinder
all u-joints
front rotors
front seals and bearings
front hubs
front calipers
front brakes
radiator
water pump
all hoses
engine heater
idler pulleys
belt
thermostat
tie rods

It needs:
new door seals
driver's seat
a/c condenser, the a/c blows ice cold but the freon (new style 134a) leaks out of a hole in the condensor


I am looking to do a private party trade for two of my vehicles that I own outright, plus possibly some cash on my end. I have the opportunity to own this Jeep for little to no money. I have always wanted a Jeep, though I'm not super familiar with older vehicles. My husband is handy and can fix most things that would go wrong along the way. This Jeep would be my daily driver, country roads at 60mph. Pros? Cons?

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:51 AM   #2
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it sounds like a nice jeep, but why are they getting rid of it? what is the overall value of the trade? make sure you check it over very well, wondering whats wrong with it? check the frame and underside for rust etc.

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He's looking for a commuter for him and a small 4x4 automatic for his daughter. It seems like a win-win for trade value
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:02 AM   #4
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I also have an opportunity to buy a 97 for $4k and would have to invest $1k upfront to make it a daily driver. Which would be a better buy?
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:26 AM   #5
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The 91 sounds like a very nice Jeep, I am not sure what 2 vehicles you are trading him though to say if it is a good deal or not. I own a 95 Wrangler that I use as my daily driver and believe me you will not regret owning an older YJ and commuting with it. As for the 97 TJ well 4K is a pretty good price but how many miles are on it and what condition is it in.

For you to decide you really would have to take the 2 Jeeps out and drive them on different surfaces and conditions to really answer all your questions. Each person has their own tastes on driving comfort. I like the way my YJ rides on both road and trail. You might find it hard and bouncy.

Make sure you crawl under both Jeeps and look for tub or frame rust, leaks, cracks and anything else you can think of. I hope this helps you somewhat. You will definitely enjoy owning one of the best vehicles developed.

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I picked up a 91 this spring and can't say enough good things about it. It's my first Jeep and what a fun vehicle. Mine was a stock 4.0 5 speed that had no rust other than a little on the driver's side floorboard. It has changed a lot since I bought it and it's as much fun to work on as it is to drive!

Make sure you look at the frame where the shackles mount and the front steering housing. From what I've heard this is where there can be problems. Good Luck!
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:41 AM   #7
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I'm trading my '99 Ranger 4x4 (111,000 mies) and '96 Contour (127,000) for the Jeep (95,000 miles). Both my vehicles need work, the Ranger needs very minor front end work (tie rod ends or ball joints) but no rust and super clean. The Contour is definitely a beater commuter car, nothing special, makes noise, but clean, no rust, rips, tears. The guy is handy with cars and needs a good gas mileage commuter. I drive 14 miles on country roads one way to work so the Contour is costing me more to insure than it saves me in gas.
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Again, it sounds like a real nice jeep, If you have checked it out and like it....go for it!!

Post pics if you get it. what part of the world are you in?
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I'm from Minnesota, the state where vehicles see a lot of rust. Thank you for the tips on looking for rust on the frame. Thanks for all the welcomes and hopefully I will post pictures soon!

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