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Old 06-04-2010, 11:25 PM
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questions for potential YJ purchase

OK, im sure you guys see hundreds of "is this jeep worth the price" threads, so Im not going to ask that.. I hope my question ends up being a little different..

would you pay the extra price IF the jeep has been meticulously taken care of AND its 99% exacctly what you want? from your favorite color, to the engine/transmission combo, etc.?

Details about this one in particular: 93, 4.0, 5-speed, a/c, cruise, tilt steering, hard top, stock suspension and tires, still great life left on the tires, gray color (sort of dark gray, one of my three favorites, next to dark blue and dark green), gray cloth interior, original radio (cassette) and speakers (would replace them soon after anyway), 83,000 miles. no stains inside, very little scratches outside, carpet looks almost brand new, not worn down like you'd expect from a 17 year old vehicle, but still looks original. I told the folks on another forum, that if you didn't know anything about jeeps, you'd say this one isn't over 5 years old. I'd be willing to bet that the thing hasn't been offroad for more than 5 minutes of its life..

the only problem I would have, (more or less just an "issue"), I have a pretty bad gut going on and the steering wheel is close to rubbing it. steering isn't really a problem, but I'm afraid if I get in a wreck it might cause me internal damage from the wheel jabbing into my stomach (even though i ALWAYS wear a seatbelt).. don't worry, i'm working on a diet..

I'm not going to name a price, but for comparison, I recently looked at a 2003 wrangler sport auto with a 4.0, aand about 20k more miles than this YJ, and the prices are almost the same.. the YJ is cheaper, but close enough to being the same.. oh, and the TJ doesnt have the steering wheel issue

Theres two ways to look at it. its a 17 year old vehicle and no car that old could be worth that much, OR, its a "like new" classic that i can put at least another 100k miles on before i start shopping again..
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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I'd get what makes you happy, have someone mod the seat to go back a couple extra inches so you feel safer. Should'nt be to hard to drill some holes, patch the old ones and re-locate the seat a couple inches back???

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I don't think you should buy it. but please tell me where it is so I
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IF the price between the TJ and YJ are close meaning 1000-2000.. I would get the new jeep hands down, and if the tj has the dana 44 rear axle.. even better.
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I think if it makes you happy go for it!! I just bought a meticulously maintained 95 Wrangler Sahara with 109,000 miles from the second owner who put a bunch of money into it in extras and it is gorgeous. I vacillated back and forth and realized I could buy a 2010 off the showroom floor and have problems with it. Bottom line, it's a Jeep. Buy it, drive it, have fun...just my two cents...
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If you are going to do any off-roading at all, the yj will be cheaper for mods in the long run...
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My 95 was a one owner vehicle, but the PO was a private pilot/plane owner. he understood maintenance. The worst was the scratches where he kept it covered most of the time. I paid about 500 to 700 over others, but with the maintenance factor, I felt it was worth it.
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I'd say buy it.
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thanks alot guys.. i had pretty much decided on it anyway, had a few days to really contemplate the pros and cons.. and decided that i just cant get a better deal than that.

flatline, thanks anyways for offering to take such a horrendous vehicle off the road, but i think i can manage..

its just a shame that they dont make a seat relocation brackets for YJs likr the big boy brackets from misch. i know i can just drill holes an inch or two back, but i'd prefer a high quality product

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