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Old 08-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, this is my first of hopefully many posts. I'm currently looking to buy a fairly inexpensive old suv, and I would really like to get an old Wrangler yj. I found one in my area, if you all could take a look and tell me what I need to look for before buying it that would be much appreciated. I know its only a 2.5L which sucks but meh.. won't be the end of the world. Also is it difficult to install subs in one of these? Thanks for the help guys, I'm guessing these kind of questions are common and annoying lol, if anyone could refer to other posts that would also help.

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Old 08-11-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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The springs look flat, look for frame rust at the front and rear where the leaf spring shackles attach. also look under those seat covers... they are terrible. Take a magnet with you and see where it sticks to make sure there is not a mass amount of bondo hiding body rust. look at the floor boards for rot as well. especially in front floor pans, seat belt mounts and mounts for the roll cage. If it is a 4 cyl it has an AX5 transmission, listen and feel for slipping. they are notorious for being terrible transmissions... but some people have great luck with them and others swap them for the AX15. Other than that it looks like a nice start.

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Subs are easy to install and even easier for people to take from your jeep
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:51 PM   #4
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He probably has about 3k in it so don't look for a lot of room to move on price. Dealers pay up for wranglers cause they move quick and someone will always buy one no matter the condition.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:17 PM   #5
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NADA avg. book price on it is $4625. Do your homework on it before you go look at it. It's priced a little too high for me. with that many miles on it. The 4cyl motor is only rated for 240K under good conditions. That one is getting close to its limits since they normally last around the 180K mark.

It would have to look pristine underneath for me to even think of going anywhere near the $4000 range.
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The springs look flat, look for frame rust at the front and rear where the leaf spring shackles attach. also look under those seat covers... they are terrible. Take a magnet with you and see where it sticks to make sure there is not a mass amount of bondo hiding body rust. look at the floor boards for rot as well. especially in front floor pans, seat belt mounts and mounts for the roll cage. If it is a 4 cyl it has an AX5 transmission, listen and feel for slipping. they are notorious for being terrible transmissions... but some people have great luck with them and others swap them for the AX15. Other than that it looks like a nice start.
Well that doesn't sound good... What is bondo? Will the places that it doesn't stick be spots to worry about or the other way around? I briefly looked at it in person and noticed some rust under the car when looking at it standing up on the side of the car. I'll have to do some more research and learn more terminology cause I know nothing aha. Is replacing a transmission a huge/expensive process if it comes down to it? (Note that this is my first car). Lets say the springs are flat, the transmission is faulty, and there is mild/moderate rust and rotting.. Would these be easy fixes or should I stay clear? Thank you for your suggestions, it means alot.
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Subs are easy to install and even easier for people to take from your jeep
Is there no way to effectively secure them?
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NADA avg. book price on it is $4625. Do your homework on it before you go look at it. It's priced a little too high for me. with that many miles on it. The 4cyl motor is only rated for 240K under good conditions. That one is getting close to its limits since they normally last around the 180K mark.

It would have to look pristine underneath for me to even think of going anywhere near the $4000 range.
I was afraid that would be the case. But seriously 180K? That seems low, but maybe I just don't know. I really only need something to last me through college or until I can afford a newer/better jeep. I'll definitely have someone knowledgeable take a look at it before I make a decision.
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Lets say the springs are flat, the transmission is faulty, and there is mild/moderate rust and rotting.. Would these be easy fixes or should I stay clear? Thank you for your suggestions, it means alot.
Those can be relatively easy fixes if you have knowledge in transmission work and welding, if you do not have knowledge in any of it than it will pay to have friends or family that do so you can learn how to do yourself the next time. As far as bondo, that is what is used to even out body panels, goes on as a liquid and dries hard. Usually used to hide rusted areas or dents. You should start checking out YouTube, can find just about any video on their on how to fix anything on a yj. Good luck
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From a quick search in your area for jeeps. it would seem your area pays 2 to 3k more than other parts of the country.. expand the area your looking in. Or look for a different 1st Jeep.. perhaps consider a Cheorkee XJ.. 4 doors more room, secure for the most part and come with 6cly.. I am biased of course..
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:37 AM   #11
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I always look in military towns for my jeeps they are always cheaper but need some work. surface rust is ok underneath but if you see any rot, holes, or degradation to the frame walk away from paying that much. And be prepared to buy some tools. You will need to learn how to work on it yourself to make it through college with a YJ. Which is not a bad thing, I mean that's how most of us learned how to do the things we have done, necessity, If you got to get to class and the jeep wont crank you have to fix it where it is.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:43 AM   #12
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From a quick search in your area for jeeps. it would seem your area pays 2 to 3k more than other parts of the country.. expand the area your looking in. Or look for a different 1st Jeep.. perhaps consider a Cheorkee XJ.. 4 doors more room, secure for the most part and come with 6cly.. I am biased of course..
jeepn brings up a very valid point, I am 34 now and just deciding it's time in my own life to be able to get into the yj world of rust and fabrication, my first jeep was a 99 xj and I learned a huge amount about lifts and aftermarket parts. It helps to get something that might not be as overwhelming, not to say you should not get a yj but I am glad I did it the way I did.

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