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Old 02-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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Ello. Cj peoples
Friend of mine who is into tuners (ricers) has decided he. Now wants a Jeep.
I found a yj on here from a top shelf guy , but my friend doesn't have that much $$ .
But he has found a cj-5 he likes.
So could a cj-5 be a dd?
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Make a 200 miles trip 4 times a year thanks all .

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Although I think I might be the "top shelf guy" you speak of...

What year, engine, etc. on the cj5?

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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http://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/2837175958.html

Needs new gas gage and speedometer . He wants it gone .
Thanks for the help Dempsey
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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Needs new gas gage and speedometer . He wants it gone .
Thanks for the help Dempsey
Well it probably aint the gas gauge. More than likely needs a sending unit in the tank...no fun.

Speedometers can be expense if bought new but there are many for sale used.

Could it be a dd? Yes. My Cj was for several years but if he is use to small cars he aint gonna like it. It will be hard on gas, soft top will be LOUD and leak. It looks like it will need tires soon. The heater sucks. CJ5's are too short for my liking but it is a CJ too.
It may be too much of a shock from a small car. But that is just my opinion.

I bet that thing is wild at 65 mph too.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Well it probably aint the gas gauge. More than likely needs a sending unit in the tank...no fun.

Speedometers can be expense if bought new but there are many for sale used.

Could it be a dd? Yes. My Cj was for several years but if he is use to small cars he aint gonna like it. It will be hard on gas, soft top will be LOUD and leak. It looks like it will need tires soon. The heater sucks. CJ5's are too short for my liking but it is a CJ too.
It may be too much of a shock from a small car. But that is just my opinion.

I bet that thing is wild at 65 mph too.
That's what I'm telling him .
His trips to Atlanta won't be fun .
Im telling Him to save up and buy a nice yj it he doesn't wanna wait .
I keep telling him it's a no go for a cj . He won't like it
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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I've owned a number of CJ5s, the last one was a '71 that I owned for 16 yrs, sold it in 2007.

This CJ looks like a pretty good deal as a 2nd vehicle, a toy to play with/work on,
but it's not ready to serve DD duty.

I agree with all of the points Dempsey made.
It's a 35-year old vehicle, and it's going to have issues pop up when they are least appreciated.

A rig like this can be made to be reliable with a lot of work and replacing of parts. I used to drive my CJ twice each year for 4 hours on the highway to the trailhead, wheel all weekend, and then drive the 4 hours home.... but I had done a frame-off rebuild, with many upgrades. Your friend needs to be a pretty decent mechanic to do the kind of stuff a CJ needs. If he has to pay someone to "fix" all the things that will go wrong, he will go broke fast.

With work, the CJ in question can be made to run smooth, straight and true at 75 mph (as my 71 was). However the ride will always be choppy because of the short wheelbase, the gas mileage will always be poor because of the V8 and the aerodynamics. The interior will always be loud because of the soft top (I always wore earplugs if I was driving on the highway for more than an hour), the seats will probably be uncomfortable, the heater is poor at best, the top and probably the windshield will leak, there is little room for gear, and there is absolutely no security for anything left inside (common to all soft top rigs).

Bottom line, unless your friend wants to spend a great deal of money, or use this as a 2nd/project vehicle, he should pass.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:57 AM   #7
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I wouldnt mind having that thing. But as a DD???? I dont think so.....
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I agree with the others, not an every day vehicle to drive. He will get tired of it real quick.
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In my opinion, CJ5's are not for everyone. In face it takes a different kind of guy to actually drive one, especially daily. I guess I would be in that category. When the spring rolls around, the 5 is all I drive, rain or shine, interstate, trails or in town. Like Lynn said, I have also done a frame off rebuild and taken care of most possible issues that could pop up.

First time Jeep owner=get a wrangler. Get the Jeep flogging out of your system, then buy a 5.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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I drive almost daily. When i do drive it its about 150 mile round trip. Plus if your buddy has never drove a shot vechile like a 5 then he is gonna have a fun ride. Ive been driving 4x4s for years and it took me a while to get used to my cj5. But now that i have drove it for about a year I love it, and yes the heaters suck in the winter.

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