Jeep Wrangler Forum - Reply to Topic
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Tech Forum > First time Jeep buyer. Could use some moral support.

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread: First time Jeep buyer. Could use some moral support. Reply to Thread
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
06-17-2013 03:31 PM
Originally Posted by laurenliz View Post
Would a conversion kit take care of that?

Yes, how well though, I'm not sure. Not that old :P That jeep you're looking at was created when I was born.

I've thought about dealing with a carb'd jeep-a completely restored cj-7-but not as a daily driver.
06-17-2013 02:15 PM
laurenliz Would a conversion kit take care of that?
06-17-2013 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by laurenliz View Post
n00g7, Sorry, dumb question. FI?

ChicoJeepy, I'm glad you said that. I was planning on talking it down to the 4,000 range because of the mileage. But I wasn't sure if that would be too low of an offer.
Fuel injected. I believe MY91+ are FI.
06-17-2013 02:02 PM
jeff_in_rc FI means Fuel Injection, the carb on some of the I6 motors can be a PITA from what you can read here.
06-17-2013 01:59 PM
laurenliz n00g7, Sorry, dumb question. FI?

ChicoJeepy, I'm glad you said that. I was planning on talking it down to the 4,000 range because of the mileage. But I wasn't sure if that would be too low of an offer.
06-17-2013 01:54 PM
ChicoJeepy I agree with the stock theory also. I found this 93 YJ up in Red Bluff CA for $3700. Sound motor, no rust, 119K miles and smogs. It was an amazing jeep, heck the guy even let me drive it around the block and I was sold. Offered him 3100K and he took it. Best rig I've ever bought! The guy was an older gentleman that was county, he said, "This Jeep will turn heads and drop panties." Well it turns heads but the last part I'm still trying to find out
06-17-2013 01:49 PM
ChicoJeepy Lauren, That Jeep is smoking hot! Close to 200K miles tho I would ask him/her if they are firm on there price. Personally that Jeep is a 4000-4500 but if it's close to you and is mechanically sound, go for it!
06-17-2013 01:45 PM
n00g7 Well, if it were me, I'd look for a FI one.
06-17-2013 01:02 PM
laurenliz 1987 jeep Laredo

Checking this girl out tonight. Any thoughts? Anything I should be concerned about from what's in the ad?
06-17-2013 12:14 PM
mbannin It's very likely that anything you find in your area will have some real rust problems. I live in Idaho and just bought a '94 YJ that has never left the state. There isn't the slightest trace of rust anywhere, so you might want to consider a YJ from another state. (BTW, my in-laws all live in the Port Arthur area, and I have seen a lot of their vehicles with rust problems.)
06-17-2013 12:05 PM
87YJnTX seen a 88 listed on the other day......its around the Beaumont area...........
06-17-2013 01:28 AM
jred Not defending the sellers, but I've had many vehicles I wouldn't sell to someone that wasn't mechanically inclined. I'm normally nicer about it, the the end result is the same. Of course, I'll adjust the price accordingly, and be completely upfront about it, but still.

I agree, going stock is the way to go. A good thing about YJs is that if you're wanting to learn to wrench a bit, they're easy to learn on.
06-17-2013 12:36 AM
06-15-2013 01:08 PM
WGHyrum I got lucky, but I also learned something. If you can find a stock or nearly so jeep, the person should be a lot nicer (and not inflate the price, too). I saw a '93 sahara with a cheap body lift on 33s and new bumpers. Guy selling it was terrible and asking 10k, not negotiable. Same for a few others.
Finally found a stock jeep for just under blue book value being sold by a really nice girl. I found stock or close is the way to go, if you can find it.
06-15-2013 10:13 AM
laurenliz I've been amazed about how many people have acted just like that guy (though not QUITE as bad). I guess that's why they're selling their jeeps.

Thanks for the posts, everyone. They were VERY helpful. I'll keep looking, and I'll wait for the right one to come along.
06-15-2013 09:57 AM
petercass88 Wow this is crazy! He is giving jeepers a bad rap. I was in the same boat as you - it took me over a year to find my YJ and it was right under my nose 1 0 minutes up the road! 6k is definitely a good budget, that was my budget and the jeep I found was absolutely incredible!

As others have said, be patient and the right one will find you!
06-15-2013 12:59 AM
Oz82 laurenliz, that idiot definitely was wrong. I work with dozens of REAL mechanics, and none of them would be ashamed to have another look at their work to make sure nothing was missed. Also, there's things that mechanics will see on a lift with proper lighting and other tools that you're not going to see rolling around in the dirt.

My guess is that he had something major wrong and tried to intimidate you into buying it without it being looked at by someone who would see it. I hope whoever buys it runs over his toe on the way out.
06-15-2013 12:40 AM
jfbilbro first off, don't panic....just keep looking and YOUR jeep will find really is like that.....6 grand is a real good budget for a should find an extra nice one for that amount.....and don't worry about those jerks like the one that made you mad.....if they won't let you take the jeep to a mechanic (for any reason) there's probably something they're hiding....I had to go from Alabama all the way to Maryland to get mine, but it was the best move i made...i LOVE my jeep now that i have it the way i want it....
06-14-2013 06:08 PM
Cole Noah Don't let a few things get you down. If you want the jeep bad enough, you'll get it. I had several people tell me why don't you just get a truck? Because I want a damn jeep. Took me several long hour searching, looking at lots of jeeps and lots of reading.
And I finally got my jeep. It wasent easy, but it was worth.

And I love my 23 year old jeep that sputters sometimes and squeals on occasions more than anything in the world.
06-14-2013 05:26 PM
laurenliz Mr.Mud, Looking at around $6000 right now.
06-14-2013 05:26 PM
laurenliz Great! I've run into that problem several times. I'll definitely let you know. Thanks!
06-14-2013 05:26 PM
Mr.Mud ill let you know if I spot any arround. do you have any budget in mind?
06-14-2013 05:22 PM
rykemc Lauren if you find the one you are interested in and do not have a mechanic or anyone to check it out, send me a PM and I'll see if any of my friends down there can give you a hand at looking it over for you.
06-14-2013 05:14 PM
laurenliz I actually did check out Select Jeeps online, though I haven't actually driven out there. They tend to have stuff that already has any modification you could ever want already done. I feel like that's cheating. I want to put my own blood and sweat into it.

I just can't bring myself to settle for a TJ. I'm pretty attached to the YJs.
06-14-2013 05:10 PM
n00g7 You could also look for TJ's... they are a bit newer and thus less likely to be "enthusiast" owned.
06-14-2013 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by laurenliz View Post
Around here, if you drive 5 hours in any direction, you're still in Texas. = )
You're luckier than you know.
06-14-2013 05:05 PM
Mr.Mud I see take a drive to league city and check out select jeeps.
06-14-2013 05:00 PM
laurenliz I'm in Houston. I obsessively check craigslist in Houston, DFW, Austin, San Antonio, and Deep East TX.

jeff_in_rc, yea that was kind of a jerk move on his part. His attitude completely changed from helpful and pleasant to superior and very unfriendly the minute I talked to him on the phone instead of over text. Not cool. I walked away from that one. But it did leave me wondering if there was any truth whatsoever to what he said.
06-14-2013 04:50 PM
Originally Posted by laurenliz View Post
Hey there guys,

In the process of finding/buying my first jeep. Looking for a YJ with non-critical work needed. I'd love to put work into it when I get it, but I still need it to get me to work. I've been looking since January. I feel like I must have checked out every YJ in Texas!

Anyway, I've been running into some very rude sellers. They're always great over text. Until I call. I guess they don't want to sell their beloved jeep to a girl who they think won't appreciate it.

I recently ran into a seller who told me, when I asked if I could take it to a mechanic, that that would be overkill for a jeep and if I couldn't evaluate it myself, I didn't deserve to buy it.

I would love to get some thoughts on that opinion. Am I being too picky?

Well. I look forward to hearing from y'all!
WOW what a Richard Cranium! Sorry but I would have kicked him in the nuts!

Take your time and keep looking and if you run into those kind of guys again tell them as your walking away "hey dumba$$ you just blew the sale!" Then see what his reaction is. HA!
06-14-2013 04:42 PM
Mr.Mud What part of Texas are you in?
This thread has more than 30 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC