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Old 08-16-2011, 01:34 AM   #1
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Should i buy one?

I have heard that they are really fun to drive, but i also have heard that the back axle can break easy. I just turned 15 so it wouldnt get alot of use for about a year. I was told by my friends dad (who knows quite a bit about vehicles) and he said that most people drive them till they are pretty much dead so it might not be a good purchase, because of expensive parts that i cant afford. So what do you guys say, are they reliable enough that i should buy one or will the parts be to expensive on a low budget? thanks guys

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I have heard that they are really fun to drive, but i also have heard that the back axle can break easy. I just turned 15 so it wouldnt get alot of use for about a year. I was told by my friends dad (who knows quite a bit about vehicles) and he said that most people drive them till they are pretty much dead so it might not be a good purchase, because of expensive parts that i cant afford. So what do you guys say, are they reliable enough that i should buy one or will the parts be to expensive on a low budget? thanks guys
I don't see why you shouldn't ( from a fellow high schooler ) buy one in good shape check for rust , engine condition , and so on .
Jeeps can run for forever .

Come over to the high school jeepers thread and ask your question there .
We have a couple of teenagers with yjs who could answer these questions better than I . Hope to see you there

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x2 I have an '01 Wrangler and it was and is my first vehicle. No problems at all really. Just make sure you check it over REALLY well. A lot of people take care of their Jeeps well so they last a while, just get one that is in good shape and take care of it. The most expensive stuff is all the mods you'll want to buy lol.
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x2 I have an '01 Wrangler and it was and is my first vehicle. No problems at all really. Just make sure you check it over REALLY well. A lot of people take care of their Jeeps well so they last a while, just get one that is in good shape and take care of it. The most expensive stuff is all the mods you'll want to buy lol.
X2 on the good condition .
Don't take the sellers word check for your self.
Check the frame especially , there's three guys that I know of on here that are high schoolers with frame problems due to rust
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I have a 98, it's my second jeep, but it was put through the ringer by the PO. I have almost worked through all of his mistakes. However, Jeeps are just about the greatest first vehicles I can imagine. You can change pretty much everything to your liking. Just don't believe a seller if he says he's a mechanic.
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unless you plan on modding it beyond a modest level, you don't have to worry about the back axle. parts are plentiful and cheap for the most part. i got mine back in high school and never regretted it.

test drive some and find some that you are interested in and post them up and we'll tell you what we think.

big things to look out for are rust and improperly done mods, try to find something stock.

get a 4.0 you won't regret it.

don't rush, the right jeep will come, decide what you want as far as colors/trims and don't compromise.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:09 AM   #7
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thanks for all the posts guys i didn't think i would get that many that fast, what exact problems should i look for besides frame/body rust on it, i don't know alot about mechanics or common problems to check for. I also cant test drive it until i get my learners (prolly around november or so)
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thanks for all the posts guys i didn't think i would get that many that fast, what exact problems should i look for besides frame/body rust on it, i don't know alot about mechanics or common problems to check for. I also cant test drive it until i get my learners (prolly around november or so)
I'd say read around here maybe try out the search function (SOMETIMES it works... lol) and learn some of the common problems to look for, there are some common frame rust spots and some other random things. If you start looking for Jeeps now SOMEONE needs to test drive it. Make sure you take it through town and get it up to highway speeds for sure!
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thanks for all the posts guys i didn't think i would get that many that fast, what exact problems should i look for besides frame/body rust on it, i don't know alot about mechanics or common problems to check for. I also cant test drive it until i get my learners (prolly around november or so)
Take someone who knows cars and will test drive it for you .
You do want the 4.0
Buy a stock jeep if you can .
Ask rocky it's better that way .
Make sure the tops in good condition zippers work no holes .
Make sure all the seats work
Ac radio levers for the seat , lights .
And check 4wd
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I'd say read around here maybe try out the search function (SOMETIMES it works... lol) and learn some of the common problems to look for, there are some common frame rust spots and some other random things. If you start looking for Jeeps now SOMEONE needs to test drive it. Make sure you take it through town and get it up to highway speeds for sure!
x2 make sure the 4wd engages well off road, and get it up to highway speeds on the road. Definitely try to get a 4.0, you'll be happier in the long run. Do you know how to drive a manual?
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make sure the 4wd works, yj's have a vacuum switch that sometimes fails.
easy way to test is
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-depress clutch/put in neutral
-shift into 4h
-put in gear and lock the wheels to either side
-as you turn in a circle you should hear the front wheels chirping.
-repeat with 4-low
you may have to roll foward a few feet before the 4wd light goes on and it engages, this is normal.

otherwise rust is the only major issue, i know i'm repeating myself but i've known several people who went out and just glanced under the jeep or did a quick tap here or there, after we've told them to make sure they check for rust, and they get it home and the rust has been hidden or they didn't see it then they have to spend alot of money replacing parts of the frame/body. get a hammer and crawl under there and whack every part of that frame.
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I've owned 3 Jeeps, a ZJ an XJ and now a YJ. and honestly the best high school jeep would be an XJ. they normaly have a much lower buy in price than a YJ or TJ. they use just about all the same parts. they have better front axles and if you find one with out ABS a better rear axle 2. I would look for a 92-98 XJ as a first ride over a YJ. YJ are not forgiving to young inexperienced drivers.
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1st figure out what your budget is. Also plan to save some of that amount to fix things, be it right away or down the road. This would be true for any used purchase, jeep or not. While Jeeps can have things that needed fixed, the cost is usually on the lower end and you can usually fix it at home. As for which model to get, again budget might play the bigger role in that. Get the one that you like the best after you drive a few.
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im 15 and i bought my jeep YJ at the begging of the summer and have never had more fun! i learned how to drive a stick in her,my dad gladly brought her out all the time without top and doors,and shes in pretty good shape.although i bought her with some mods,(tube bumpers,2 and 1/2 inch lift, sprayed stock rims with 31X10.5 inch tires and a new soundbar)everythings going well. yes there are some rust spots but hey i live in newengland everycar has um" ,and yeah it can be an ongoing project but the YJs are super simple and parts arnt bad either,have never made a better choice in my life to sell my MK3 GTI project and Buy the YJ
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:54 AM   #15
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ok this is what i got so far guys
frame rust
body rust
improperly done mods
the 4wd
vacuum switch
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-depress clutch/put in neutral
-shift into 4h
-put in gear and lock the wheels to either side
-as you turn in a circle you should hear the front wheels chirping.
-repeat with 4-low
-you may have to roll foward a few feet before the 4wd light goes on and it engages, this is normal

so check for all these and it should be good? (in theory)
and idk if this is a dumb thing to say or not but how do i check the frame? do i just jack up the jeep and look at it or what?
sorry if i am being really dumb here or annoying but i dont want to get screwed over on that expensive of a purchase
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ok this is what i got so far guys
frame rust
body rust
improperly done mods
the 4wd
vacuum switch
-stop
-depress clutch/put in neutral
-shift into 4h
-put in gear and lock the wheels to either side
-as you turn in a circle you should hear the front wheels chirping.
-repeat with 4-low
-you may have to roll foward a few feet before the 4wd light goes on and it engages, this is normal

so check for all these and it should be good? (in theory)
and idk if this is a dumb thing to say or not but how do i check the frame? do i just jack up the jeep and look at it or what?
sorry if i am being really dumb here or annoying but i dont want to get screwed over on that expensive of a purchase
Nothing wrong with that question .
Now you should just be able to crawl around under it and see the Frame check for holes and rust flakes .
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i heard about using a magnet, does rust not stick to a magnet? or is there more ways besides just looking?
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you should be able to tell just by looking at it or touching it,if it flakes of its rust,if there's a hole its rot
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tap it with a hammer everywhere.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:33 AM   #20
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I bought my YJ after I took it to a mechanic to check it over. He gave it a thumbs-up so I bought it. I've never regretted it either. Now I'll never own anything except a JEEP. Up here in the mountains, you need a 4WD to get to and from work. If any emergency happens, you need something you can depend on to get you going. These things are great fun and I love the JEEP look of a JEEP!!! If anything wears out, I will replace it. That goes for the engine, transmission, whatever.
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LOL! at the hammer remarks. I've bought and sold over 40-50 vehicles and if I was selling or buying if a hammer came out the deal would not have been done.

Now, if you look at a yj you do need to look for rust. Look in the "shackle" areas, under the rear right at the back. If it is flakey rusted at all it is most likley worse than it looks. Surface rust is obvious so no need to worry there.

Also do just general vehicle checks. Look at the oil. If it's black that might not be all bad, if it's milky walk away. Check for leaks in the obvious places. Axel leaks, trans/tranfercase leaks, engine seal leaks. Most of those "seal" leaks are genreally easy to fix BUT they can become bigger issues as sometimes other things need fixed or replaced on you way in to fix the seal.

Check to coolant, it should be bright green or yellow. Look at the radiator. Yj rads will rot out. It's at cheapish easy fix but...

If you get an automatic, check the trans fluid. It should not smell burnt and should be a nice pinkish red color. Make sure all shifts are smooth and don't "slip". If it's a manual make sure the gears engage smoothly and the clutch feels a bit stiff with good engagement characteristics.

Now, yj's in general are not a cadillac. They will make noises and just generally be "rough" vehicles. There will be some nosies with them. Some noises are nothing to worry about and some are. Any odd grinding, squeaking, or whirring sounds could mean bearing issues somehwere.

If you can get a stock jeep your better off but some slight mods could be desireable. Proper small lifts with 30-31" tires and maybe aftermarket rims are a plus but IMHO not cause for extra expense when considering a vehicle.

There is a million more things but those and some of what the others said are some things to think on.

You have made a great first move by asking what others think. My yj is a POS but I love it. If you buy one and do some of your own work on it, it will make you appreciate what you have bought and teach you things that IMHO all people should know about what they drive.
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My advice is to make sure its not a dedicated off-road vehicle. if its not a daily driver it tends to be neglected and you're more likely to see stuff that's just rigged up instead of properly installed. If it's lifted make sure the u-bolts are tight, my PO never went back and re-tightened them so now i'm dealing with a leaking t-case dented shocks and possibly a worn output bearing.
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I just bought my son a 1993 YJ and he thinks he's beyond cool. Loves it. There will always be things that need replacing at high miles.

I hate to be a kill-joy here but you might want to have your parents (or you I guess) find out the answer to the dreaded question ... "How much to insure you on a Jeep". It might be higher than you expect. Just saying ... better to ask before.
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what do you mean "how much to insure me on a jeep"?
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what do you mean "how much to insure me on a jeep"?
what the insurance will cost you so that YOU can drive it
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i have no idea how much insurance will be but i think its like $700 a year for a package policy, its different for us up here in Canada than in the states. Insurance isn't required to drive here
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ok so this guys got an 1988 yj 224 000 km (139 187 miles) for $3500
will post pictures when i get them
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3500 CAD? I paid 2600usd for my 95' yj. So unless it literally looks brand new or has some crazy awesome mods it's too much imho.
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3500 CAD? I paid 2600usd for my 95' yj. So unless it literally looks brand new or has some crazy awesome mods it's too much imho.
X2 on price ( no yj )
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it has no mods, unless the heat seats (back & front) aren't stock? but i thot he would want 2k more than that because i heard he's a cheapskate. the drivers door and something to do with the clutch but he said he is getting it fixed right away. and i thought that it was pretty cheap already for around here, but i will try to get him down to $2500 even tho i doubt he will go for that, im hoping he will go down to $3000 at least tho

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