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Old 09-02-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Opinions on this YJ 2.5 Auto.....?

I am looking at this YJ, with 2.5 automatic, 98k miles. It was once a manual and converted to automatic. It would be for my husband as an anniversary present and I just loved the looks of this one already decked out. Its very clean except just a little rust at back corner, and front fender. Want to know what you guys think?

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IMO, a 4 cylinder with an auto will be really sluggish.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:26 AM   #4
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IMO, a 4 cylinder with an auto will be really sluggish.
I agree,good looking jeep I would look for a 6 cylinder auto or straight stick whichever he would prefer.or get an auto and borrow it like my wife does mine all the time
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We had both preferred to get an auto just don't prefer a stick. Would a 4cyl auto not be ok for just town driving, some highway, very minor trails?
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In all reality, yes. It will be fine. Just remember you're driving an oversized golf cart (performance wise) when you've gotta 2.5 with an auto. Don't misjudge distances when pulling into heavy traffic, bc with those oversize mud tires especially, assuming gearing is stock in the differential, it'll be the slowest thing on 4 wheels. Just saying. Be prepared. But it is a good looking YJ.

My wife was mad bc I bought a stick lol. She doesn't even want to learn to drive a stick, but she really wanted to drive the jeep. Lol
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Its great you wish to buy your husband a Jeep.. however... do it right and if you afford it get a 6cly. the 4cly with the auto is horrible.
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So basically you guys are saying in the auto 4cylinder I wont ever reach 55mph? Woah, really? I mean I want some reality here? Is that true?
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So basically you guys are saying in the auto 4cylinder I wont ever reach 55mph? Woah, really? I mean I want some reality here? Is that true?
We have tons of posts about how to get more power out of the 4cly or to swap in a 6cly... I don't think in my almost 10 years on this site have I ever seen someone want to swap out a 6cly and install the stock 4cly.

I went and test drove a 4cly auto for my wife a few years back.. the price was great the jeep looked good.. however based on the lack of power I would have worried for her anytime she had to get on a highway, merge or needed to pass someone.

That being said.. its your money and you should buy what YOU like.. How much are they asking for this Jeep?
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This Jeep 5800....is that fair?
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it's a fair price long as floors aren't rusted out, along with the frame. But I'd still offer 4500 and see what they say. I'd not pay over 5 myself. But if the miles are truly under 100k, I'd say 5800 is right on the fence for fair, being it's the 2.5.
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This Jeep 5800....is that fair?
Price will vary by location.. so it could be high or low.... is there a link to the ad if so we can give you a far better idea. price really depends whats on it.. in my area for example.. that kind of price would be high for a 4cly.
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And with those tires, 55 might really be it for thar jeep, yea. That's without a head wind
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5800 is the bottom dollar. I thought with all the accessories, tires, rims, etc that it seemed fair book value is around 6900 on it. There is only some rust on fender and back cab area. Frame is very clean. Has had undercoating on as well. The floors are good.
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5800 is the bottom dollar. I thought with all the accessories, tires, rims, etc that it seemed fair book value is around 6900 on it. There is only some rust on fender and back cab area. Frame is very clean. Has had undercoating on as well. The floors are good.
Again, with out knowing exactly what the Jeep has.. its hard to say price. For example.. have the gears been upgraded, what about the rear axle, any lockers? etc. bottom line if based on other jeeps you have looked at and driven in your area....this one is a good value then perhaps go for it.
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5800 is the bottom dollar. I thought with all the accessories, tires, rims, etc that it seemed fair book value is around 6900 on it. There is only some rust on fender and back cab area. Frame is very clean. Has had undercoating on as well. The floors are good.
I don't know where you got your numbers for the fair book value. I just ran this Jeep on NADA as a 1995, (since you didn't give the year) and its trade in value is $3125, and retail value is $5000.

The aftermarket goodies mean absolutely nothing as far as NADA book value is concerned.

NADA is National Auto Dealers Assoc.

As far as undercoating on the frame, I would be leary about that because that is a good way to cover up a problem and make it look nice for resale. I have seen guys actually use body filler in a rust hole and repaint telling the buyer that the frame was "mint" condition.

Nothing wrong with a 4cyl. Auto. As long as you don't plan on doing an interstate driving. It will get to 60 MPH, it's just going to take a while to get there.

It is a nice looking Jeep YJ, but is it worth $5800? Only if you are willing to pay $5800 for it. Based on the NADA prices that I quoted on it, and if it IS a 1995. I would go as high as $4800. But that is just my opinion on it.

The way that I look at it is it is worth what they would get on a trade in, which according to NADA is $3125. Then you can add some for the aftermarket parts if you want.
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In addition to the other concerns above...

I'd be very leary of the manual to automatic swap. We've all seen shoddy work from the previous owners of on our Jeeps. I wouldn't buy it without knowing more details about who did it and would have a Jeep YJ expert inspect it, etc.
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No really good news on this one then. Real bummer.
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No really good news on this one then. Real bummer.
Well don't worry about what we are saying until you go look at it and decide for yourself. Being people who've been around jeeps most of our lives, (well I've been around them since I was 1) we have very strong opinions. But that's all they are. Opinions. Go look for yourself, and if YOU feel YOU want to buy it, then buy it. Just understand it WILL be slow. Lol.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:46 PM   #20
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I wanted to run this by also. I found a 92 Jeep Islander with 50k miles, it has the 4.0 auto - what would opinions be there?
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This is the frame and engine on the 2.5 what do you think?




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Islander....50k original miles? Don't hesitate! Price? If below 7500, BUY IT. Lol. And if original miles.
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The 2.5 looks like it's in great shape. But if the islander is in your price range, with only 50k miles on the 4.0.....not even broke in yet.
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What was special about the islander package wise or was it just a look?
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The islander is about 2000 more than the 2.5
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Just it's look. Had the senset mural on the side and came in bright colors. Red, bright blue, yellow. And I believe 92 was the last year for the "islander" you could still get them with a mural from 93 to 95, but I don't believe they were called the islander anymore. I like the islander edition myself. Kind of a more rare special package YJ. Especially in solid shape with 50k miles. I'd definitely go check that one out.
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Any pics of this islander?
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I'll get pics of islander. It's all original. Paint is kind of fading which sucks. Interior has no carpet. Has good tires and wheels. It has 49k. I can buy for 6500.
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I'd DEFINITELY go islander. That's a good buy at 6500. Can always put carpet in later for under 200 bucks. Yea, the paint is prone to fading. Especially the hood. Drive it, make sure it all seems solid, check air filter make sure it's got no oil in it, make sure the oil is no milky, and all that jazz. But I'd say with those miles for 6500 you can't go wrong.

And it's actually a good thing it's missing carpet. You not only can get better look at the solidity of the floors, but the reason many remove the carpet is to keep moisture from getting trapped in the carpet, which is what eventually rusts out the floors anyway.
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The more I look at the islander it just looks like a Jeep that has sat a long time with no love. The top is a mess and just realized that. The interior is just blah. They are going to get me pictures of the frame and under carriage but it is all looking a little rusty.

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