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Old 01-23-2014, 08:00 AM   #1
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What to look for when buying a cj5

I'm looking at a 1978 cj5, I'm going to insert the link of the ad. Tell me what you think and what I should be aware of. Also what price you think it's worth. Thanks for the help!

1978 Jeep CJ5 $3200 obo

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RUST. the cj5 was never galvanized. take a screw driver and poke at the frame alot

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:04 AM   #3
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And be aware that those diamond plate panels are often used to hide rust or hold debris which supports rust. Also make sure your axle gears are the same by driving if possible or other means.(don't ask me why I remember this so strongly)
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There's no good way to determine value for a vehicle like this - there are so many factors it could range from a great deal to a money pit in-the-making.

As stated before - check for rust - if there is anything that prevents the vehicle from being driven that needs to be accounted for (engine, trans, xfer case, driveshafts, axles, hubs, etc.)
Is the speedo hooked up? if not, the mileage is another question...

Could be a great jeep if it's in running order without much rust - could be an adoption of an unfinished project otherwise.

My advice - if you're looking for a cheap jeep, you'll end up paying for it later - especially if you plan to trail ride or use it as a DD and it's got issues - if you want a CJ5, this may be worth looking into.
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Thanks for all the advice guys, I test rode it yesterday. The speedo is off but I'm not sure if it's because of the 33inch tires. The mileage is probably accurate because I drive for what I thought was a mile and it changed about a mile as well. Engine and trans are in excellent shape, axles, brakes, suspension is also good. Only problem is rust in the rear, some little spots under diamond plate, and the entire back plate has been replaced.

Overall it's pretty awesome and fun to drive! Interior is also superb, brand new interior floor boards have surface rust but nothing gone through!
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doesnt sound too bad

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