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05-01-2011 09:08 AM
Tony 76 Look you said you have a mechanic take him and ask him if he knows some one in the autobody trade wich I'm sure a mechanic has some one in mind and take. Both with you, If they say it's fine buy it for what you feel is right cause bottom line we all have jeeps on this forum and we love them that's why were here just talking jeep. A jeep is worth what you are willing to pay and what the current owner is willing to take the blue book and nada books can say what ever some one said earlier theyre only worth $3500 that may well be. but the truth is most people who have them don't want to get rid of them and the ones that do want to get rid of them know whT they have. And everyone loves a jeep and that can make it worth alot more. I use to work for dodge many years ago the viper back then had a sticker price of $61,000 but our dealer was selling them for $80,000 to $90,0000 so what I'm saying is I think that Jeep your looking at is worth it for thT price if it looks as clean in person as in those pictures buy it and enjoy
05-01-2011 04:16 AM
azimuthny Thanks everyone!
I will then probably go to the guy again and take some pictures under the hood and underneath the jeep, and post it up, to see what you guys think. I could really use some advise.

Also, since I will be going there anyway, what questions do you suggest I ask? I can repost them here later, and see what you guys think. Any particular things I should ask?

Thanks so much!
05-01-2011 12:04 AM
Tony 76 Listen you can't go by NADA and KBB cause how much they say those hummers are worth and ask any one on this forum how much they think a hummer is worth? Lmao
04-30-2011 11:48 PM
Tony 76 Yea I guess it depends where your at. Mine is a 2.5. And I said I ain't trying to sell mine cause I already have two people willing to buy and like I said I told them no less then $4000 as soon as it's done. So I guess it's not just a buyers market cause in my case it's a sellers market lol.
04-30-2011 10:24 PM
JonsBlue90 NADA average cost of an 89 4 cylinder is $3500. Low end is $2700. Prices based on NYC zip.

KBB only goes back to 91, but they are calling it $3500 in excellent condition. This is based on my zip in PA of 18507.

Just sayin...

Then again, there was a guy down here who was selling a 96 with 217k on it, trying to get $7000 for it.

At the end of the day, it's a buyers market. If I had the extra change, I'd be buying up Heeps left and right.
04-30-2011 09:39 PM
Tony 76 That's what I mean I think location is one thing then theres the shape of the Jeep then there's what the current owner feels it's worth and then there's what the buyer thinks it's worth I have a 89 with about 120,000 had motor rebuilt and they didn't do heads so now I'm doing heads and when I'm done I wouldn't sell it for no less then $4000 and it might be up for sale and I'm in your area now I'm not trying to sell you mine I'm just giving an example to look at with price in your area and that pic says new york area.
04-30-2011 09:27 PM
Undead-89 Can't find a Jeep for less than 3500 in Colorado, and those aren't in as good of shape as that one appears to be.
04-30-2011 08:26 PM
ItsSabby I went from long island into queens to get mine. Not far especially for a $300 yj i was able to drive home.

Price depends on location and knowledge of the seller/buyer.
04-30-2011 08:24 PM
goAF I dunno man. This sounds bad, I have mechanic friends, but I don't like buying from them. They are too smart. Bring your own mechanic friends too look at it. Pay a guy at your local auto shop with beer to come with you. And yeah, get the skinny on the title.

have a cell phone camera? take some undercarriage and engine pics for us, we'll let you know what we can. Good luck, and remember... If you're not sure, be patient. The jeep for you will come.

And hey---$4000 isn't that low--he'll definitely take lower than 4k.
04-30-2011 08:11 PM
MellowYellow89YJ
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Originally Posted by Tony 76 View Post
I think price depends where you live.
It certainly does... Jeeps go for a premium in FL.
04-30-2011 08:10 PM
JonsBlue90 Of course it does. I purchased mine 15 minutes outside of NYC . The guy was asking 5 for it.
04-30-2011 08:01 PM
Tony 76 I think price depends where you live.
04-30-2011 05:09 PM
JonsBlue90 I got my 90 beefed up for $3800. 33s, MT wheels, winch, lifted, rhino lined. You can do better than 4k.
04-30-2011 04:19 PM
ItsSabby I just bought an 89 for $300, didnt realize these pulled in this much $. Id be skeptical also (in part cause its in queens village lol), but it could be he bought it cheap like mine and spent some good money fixing it to turn a profit. If you have a mechanic to go look at it with you you should be alright. Take it for a ride and make sure it rides nice. Look for rust on the frame by the rear shackles and up front by the steering box.
04-30-2011 03:25 PM
Undead-89 He is missing the front Jeep plate, right behind the bumper. that makes me wonder if it had a winch or there was serious accident damage.
04-30-2011 10:38 AM
C.L. Drag a magnet in a sock all over the body and frame... A complete repaint would make me suspicious of serious accident damage being covered up with bondo and painted over. Also check along the very bottom inside edges of the doors and tub to see if there are traces of different color paints (indicates mismatched replacement panels from donor vehicles. Check for weld lines and painted over rust bubbles on the frame rails and underside of tub as well.

It may be fine, but i'm a suspicious kind of guy. The fact that it's "from a mechanic who just bought it a year ago" throws up some flags. If the PO wrecked it but didn't have collision/comprehensive insurance (it IS 20 years old!), the accident may not have gone reported. A mechanic could have told the PO it's a write-off and got it for scrap cost. Since he wasn't planning on using it himself, he wouldn't have a personal investment in "doing it right" with repairs.
04-30-2011 09:59 AM
Kate The price doesn't seem out of line compared to what I have seen locally here in TN for a stock YJ.

The first thing I would do is run a carfax on it.
Find out it's history and where it came from.

Is a clean title or salvage title?

Crawl around under it, look in the nooks and crannies for signs of rust in the frame and body. Check to see if you can find signs of it being a flood vehicle or having been off road (scuffs and scrapes) If it HAS been off road, that's not a reason to steer clear, simply gives you more of an idea of how it has been used. Look for mud wedged up in places where a pressure washer has trouble getting into. Mud is fun, but it is also the devil if the Jeep wasn't properly maintained.

Take it to someone who knows Jeeps and have them check it out. If you have a local 4 Wheel Parts, call them and ask what they would charge you to check it out.

ALSO Google for Jeep clubs in your area. See if they have forums and post this question there with a "Does anyone recognize this Jeep?" you might be surprised!
04-30-2011 09:52 AM
redsoxfan25401 First welcome, and I fixed a few things on your post for ya. Many do not like a JEEP refered to as a car


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Originally Posted by azimuthny View Post
Hello everyone,

This is my first purchase and experience with a Wrangler, and unfortunately I cannot tell if there is anything wrong with the JEEP, besides the very superficial "runs good", "looks good". I have a mechanic friend who is going to look at it tomorrow as well. I just want to know what you experienced fellows think - is this a reasonable price (not too low)? He claimed that a lot of parts have been replaced, and under the hood most things look new (radiator, battery, other things I dont know). I know you wont be able to tell much from this description, but I just want to know if there are any obvious red flags here (the JEEP is repainted, and looks really really good inside and out). Carfax report seems ok and the mileage checks out.

Here is the ad: Fun Jeep wrangler

Is this price too low for something like this? Is it possible I will start having problems with the JEEP off the bat, or will it work well for a while. I am looking forward to learning how to do some manual repairs, but I wouldn't want some serious things going wrong right away. It has 78000 miles on the engine (which according to him had been replaced).

What do you guys advise in such a purchase?

Thank you very much in advance.
Igor
04-30-2011 09:44 AM
turdhurdler A rebuild on 78K motor? That seems very early. The Jeep motos, the 2.5 and the 4.2 or 4.0 are very long lasting motors. Ask him why he replaced the motor so soon? The price he is asking is in the ball park of what I would expect to pay around in So California. Looks like it could be a good deal. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

Jeff
04-30-2011 05:31 AM
azimuthny Thanks for a quick reply!
its a 91, with a 5 speed manual. The car looks like new which is why I am a bit suspicious. According to the seller (he is an auto mechanic) he bought this car a year ago and restored it to this condition. A lot of parts look new inside and under the hood. My main is concern are not these cosmetic things but is there a possibility something can be wrong with the car and what should I be looking out for? Maybe some specific parts that tend to fail around a certain mileage that will require being replaced after the car is sold? should I be looking out for replacement parts that are subpar in quality? Any advice is welcome
thanks again!
04-30-2011 04:35 AM
matchbox145 What year is it? and what motor and auto or manual trans, Look its hard to say what could be wrong with it the best thing you can do is check it all out, Drive it make sure no funny noise under a load, When i bought my 89 a year ago i paid 3200 and when i got it home i put another 3200 in it right away, ie new motor, lift, hei, weber and i can go on it really did not need the motor i just have ocd. But the jeep looks good and it looks stock so if it was for sale here in florida i would have bought it already.
04-30-2011 02:50 AM
azimuthny
Can you please advise (purchase of restored wrangler)

Hello everyone,

This is my first purchase and experience with a Wrangler, and unfortunately I cannot tell if there is anything wrong with the car, besides the very superficial "runs good", "looks good". I have a mechanic friend who is going to look at it tomorrow as well. I just want to know what you experienced fellows think - is this a reasonable price (not too low)? He claimed that a lot of parts have been replaced, and under the hood most things look new (radiator, battery, other things I dont know). I know you wont be able to tell much from this description, but I just want to know if there are any obvious red flags here (the car is repainted, and looks really really good inside and out). Carfax report seems ok and the mileage checks out.

Here is the ad: Fun Jeep wrangler

Is this price too low for something like this? Is it possible I will start having problems with the car off the bat, or will it work well for a while. I am looking forward to learning how to do some manual repairs, but I wouldn't want some serious things going wrong right away. It has 78000 miles on the engine (which according to him had been replaced).

What do you guys advise in such a purchase?

Thank you very much in advance.
Igor

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