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Old 06-15-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I may have my first jeep in about a week. Its an 89 YJ 6cyl, manual with both hard and soft top and about 101k. body and frame look good, no rust. Major work done to the vehicle includes a transmission rebuild, new clutch, and new carb. No real signs of abuse, I'm no expert on jeeps but i crawled under the vehicle and there was no rust, cracks, or dents. Vehicle drove fine without any noises. Onlything was the idle being a little low. Everything else seems in order.

I've just moved and do not have access to a garage, so repairs will have to be done at a shop . This will be primarily a weekend/winter for me vehicle and I plan on spending some money redoing the interior (front seats, flooring, dash, ect). Is it worth it for 4500? Should I spend a little more and get something newer?

I appreciate any suggestions.

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Old 06-15-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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Don't know where you are located but location means a lot. Out here most jeeps do not have any rust etc unless they were brought in from the north or east. And 4500 for an 89 is a little steep unless its really in good shape.Have a decent mechanic check it. Have you looked under the mats for rust, checked the rear shocks mounts for rust, run a magnet over the body? Take your time and check it out real good , it could turn out to be a money pit or a great jeep...

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I guess the question I'm asking is should I buy a yj in acceptable condition and save the extra cash for repairs or should I spend an extra 3k for a newer '97ish jeep. The thinking is that the 97 will need some of the same repairs (engine, trans) as the yj.
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I debated the same thing when getting mine. I wanted to do some work and fixing up on mine so I went with the older jeep. I got mine for $2000. I have put over $2000 into it and it's worth about $4500 now. If you do not have the ability, access, and time to work on the jeep yourself in a garage you should probably not buy any old jeep. They do require work and half of the fun of owning one is working on it. Make sure to check out the frame around the leaf spring mounts, and the body and frame at the body mounts. If these areas are rusted out do not buy the Jeep as these will be very expensive repairs to have done at a shop.
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