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Old 09-13-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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Question Possible First YJ 1991, Need Advice?

Hi I am sixteen just got my license and basically my family is getting tired of sharing cars, etc. Me and my dad decided to start looking for another car, we wanted to get something similar to what I was originally driving a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic.

Well after a little bit of searching we found a "1991 Jeep Wrangler" on Craigslist it has a 3 inch "Skyjacker" lift kit, fat mud tires and it only has 80,000 miles on it.

My father and I went to check it out and test drive it. My first impressions were the tires how deep the treads were and how far they stuck out. I tool some pictures of the car, so that I could get some other opinions on it.

Here are the pictures of it,
1991 JEEP Wrangler pictures by jackillac92_2009 - Photobucket



PROS:
> Its a Jeep Wrangler, one of my favorite modern car designs
> Same engine as my previous car, some parts are even the same to
> 3 Inch Skyjacker lift
> Comes with a hard top as well as a soft top
> Nice Stereo with I-pod connecter (Either Sony, Jensen or Kenwood)
> Looks pretty awesome!


CONS:

> It needs
: One new back seat-belt clip
: 3 Mirrors side and rear-view
> Light cosmetic rust
> Front left fender is smashed downward,
> No cold air conditioning but their is heat, (I think it might be lack of coolant maybe a leak?)
> Possible exhaust leak, from the gasket? It makes alot of noise? <(I like it personaly)
> When the 4-Wheel drive is engaged it makes a clicking noise
> The right bottom and second to bottom rear leafs look out of whack? See the link bellow, look at the bottom two leafs

http://i711.photobucket.com/albums/w...DSCN3208-1.jpg

What do you guys think, is it worth it he is asking 4,000$ for it with the hard top? The guy actually also pointed out the flaws directly to us that the car had, so its not like he was really trying to hide anything from us. The driving also felt "Mushy" at best, but I am thinking that might be the gigantic wheels on it and driving it on pavement?

Should I go for it?

Also thank you for any and all help or opinions given!

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Old 09-13-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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i would go 3,500 it seems great deal for a frist car hope you get it GL.

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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i would go 3,500 it seems great deal for a frist car hope you get it GL.
Thats what we were thinking, maybe even starting by offering 3,000$ for it and possibly working up? I am still worried about those rear leafs though?
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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Based on the pictures it looks good. How did it run? How did the fluids look? Was the tranny fluid redish or brown?

1991 has the fuel injection which is nice and having the AC is good.
As for the leaf spring.. You can take it off, center it and that should help, might need a new pin.

I would start at 3k and see where that gets you. Did you run the vin number on it?
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:16 PM   #5
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Based on the pictures it looks good. How did it run? How did the fluids look? Was the tranny fluid redish or brown?

1991 has the fuel injection which is nice and having the AC is good.
As for the leaf spring.. You can take it off, center it and that should help, might need a new pin.

I would start at 3k and see where that gets you. Did you run the vin number on it?
It seemed to run fine, its handling was pretty awful it seemed "mushy" kind of, but I am almost 100% sure that its those huge tires on it trying to handle a more suburban road.

Well the thing about AC is that it does not run, but the hot air does? I think it might be the coolant, possibly leaking? I had that same problem in my Cherokee. But honestly it wont matter soon enough if I buy it, because winter is coming, and in between I can always just take the doors and top off!

I was thinking around 3,000$ as well, my father suggested starting at 2,500$.

Unfortunately I forgot to get the VIN number. But I have most of the cars history, It was bought in Hawaii and then shipped over here where the guy used for beaches ETC.
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Hi I am sixteen just got my license and basically my family is getting tired of sharing cars, etc. Me and my dad decided to start looking for another car, we wanted to get something similar to what I was originally driving a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic.

Well after a little bit of searching we found a "1991 Jeep Wrangler" on Craigslist it has a 3 inch "Skyjacker" lift kit, fat mud tires and it only has 80,000 miles on it.

My father and I went to check it out and test drive it. My first impressions were the tires how deep the treads were and how far they stuck out. I tool some pictures of the car, so that I could get some other opinions on it.

Here are the pictures of it,
1991 JEEP Wrangler pictures by jackillac92_2009 - Photobucket



PROS:
> Its a Jeep Wrangler, one of my favorite modern car designs
> Same engine as my previous car, some parts are even the same to
> 3 Inch Skyjacker lift
> Comes with a hard top as well as a soft top
> Nice Stereo with I-pod connecter (Either Sony, Jensen or Kenwood)
> Looks pretty awesome!


CONS:

> It needs
: One new back seat-belt clip
: 3 Mirrors side and rear-view
> Light cosmetic rust
> Front left fender is smashed downward,
> No cold air conditioning but their is heat, (I think it might be lack of coolant maybe a leak?)
> Possible exhaust leak, from the gasket? It makes alot of noise? <(I like it personaly)
> When the 4-Wheel drive is engaged it makes a clicking noise
> The right bottom and second to bottom rear leafs look out of whack? See the link bellow, look at the bottom two leafs

http://i711.photobucket.com/albums/w...DSCN3208-1.jpg

What do you guys think, is it worth it he is asking 4,000$ for it with the hard top? The guy actually also pointed out the flaws directly to us that the car had, so its not like he was really trying to hide anything from us. The driving also felt "Mushy" at best, but I am thinking that might be the gigantic wheels on it and driving it on pavement?

Should I go for it?

Also thank you for any and all help or opinions given!
Do lots of shoping online, before ya make your move. Find out everything you can, before you sign on the dotted like. See what the average price for a Jeep in yours condition is. I picked up a pretty good 95 Wrangler, for $2000. Not fancy, but sound. I can spend the extra money, making it into what I want, rather than spending even more, just to get it back into stock shape. --I know what it is to Like to "Like one". First car excitement and all. My first car, was $150.00. A 39 De Soto coupe. I worked all Summer for that money. I drove it home, and it never ran again. I just had to have it.
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$2,500 is fine too. As stated in the other post.. what is the going rate for a YJ in your area?
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$2,500 is fine too. As stated in the other post.. what is the going rate for a YJ in your area?
With the condition and mileage around 2,000$ at the lowest and around 4,000 at the highest.

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