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illinisousa 07-29-2012 11:55 PM

Advice?? Should I consider buying this '89 fixer?
Thought I'd throw this one to the experts at this forum!

I've located an '89 near me. Has many of the problems a car that age would be - some non-working gauges, needs some other repairs. Rust was in check and it all seemed to be pretty good for an "old-fixer-upper-for-a-beginner-Jeep-guy.

2 things scared me a bit - I suspect they're related:

1. The thing reeked of gas right after starting. Even after engine is warm.
2. The owner mentioned it often wont' start cold unless you give it gas and crank it for about 3-5 seconds. I witnessed this happen and he was right. (It's a carburetor, of course)

Here's a link:
1989 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

So my questions are:
1. Is this a dealbreaker? Is this like something that should be scaring me away?
2. Any ideas on what I might be getting into if I were to buy.

I don't mind something that could us a bit of fixing - that's fun. But I also don't want something I'll regret getting into.



Riff Raff 07-30-2012 01:15 AM

$3000 for a 89 Sahara, I would jump all over it. The carb is a common problem for the older YJs. Search on here for a "Nutter bypass" to find some cures for the carb. The gas guaage is probably just a bad ground. and the E-brake is most likely just needs a cable. Sounds like a good deal to me.

illinisousa 07-30-2012 01:02 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'm anxious to hear what others think - but I get that ever nagging feeling of the clock ticking as someone else may snatch it up first......

4Jeepn 07-30-2012 01:13 PM

Once its running any issues? the carb can be fixed/replaced etc..of course it could have a fire as your driving it.. so plan to make that your 1st fix. I tend to go with 91 or newer YJ for the fuel injection on the 6cly. but it appears in okay shape..make him an offer or keep looking and see what you find.

illinisousa 07-30-2012 01:57 PM

It seemed to me to run pretty well. Really - it was just the gas smell that I noticed might be a big problem.

camarozz 07-30-2012 04:27 PM

I would be all over it, looks good. Is there a top with it?

No top wouldnt be a deal breaker but consider it as a part of the negotiation. I paid 2000 for mine in worse shape (looking) and no reverse gear. I would think of offering that and see where it goes.

phish 07-30-2012 05:58 PM

That thing looks to be in good shape. I'd snag it up in a heart beat. The jeep I got they wanted 3800 for it in very poor shape.

Charley24 07-30-2012 06:20 PM

Looks good to me!! Rust would be a deal breaker.

JYD 07-30-2012 06:42 PM

Just remember your own words "Fix er upper". I bought a 1993 with 2.5l 4 cyl. in December. I have not stopped fixing her up yet!
I paid $3200 and it had 123K on it when I started "Fixing er Up". Today I replaced the fuel filter and found cracked and dry rotted connection hoses at the fuel filter. (This could be your fuel smell).I have installed a lift kit, shocks, winch, bumpers, safari top, fog lights, stereo and sound bar, battery, battery connections, alternator, starter, complete tune up, replaced all fluids and flushed radiator, seat covers, seat belts, replacement snaps for the soft top, swapped tires and wheels and I think I have a fuel pump going out.
Be prepared to spend at least as much as you pay for the jeep in "Fxing her Up" if you are a half descent wrench or move on to a newer vehicle. There is one thing for sure if you buy one you will learn to work on them. They are alot of fun and you will be hooked as soon as you go off road and see what they will do.
and you will be fine!
Keep in mind we are talking about 20 year old plus vehicles and all of the above should be expected except for the bling of course.

WVrider 07-30-2012 07:20 PM

I'd be all over it! Heck of a deal!

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