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JeepForrestJeep 06-25-2013 02:00 PM

Tips to buy a Jeep
 
Hey guys, Jeep enthusiast here who's just lacking one crucial thing... a Jeep. I'm looking to maybe buy a YJ that I can lift a bit, bigger tires for mudding, and all that good stuff. Do y'all have any tips on what to look for/avoid? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Oz82 06-26-2013 10:26 PM

I didn't do it intentionally, but after I got my 95 YJ lots of people have told me it was the best year for them. Supposedly the frame is galvanized or something, and the engine (4.0 I6) is set up right. I haven't been able to find any issues except for very minor things, so I guess they're right.

YMMV

apaTJ 06-27-2013 04:45 PM

Check out this JP magazine article. You can view them for free on their website. The article is called wrangling: buying the best jeep ever. It goes through every year of the wrangler including changes made and also has advice on how much you should pay.

wasomma 06-27-2013 05:24 PM

x2 on the 95, the frame was treated for anti corrosion the only year to do this. If you want carb you will have to go earlier. I also recommend getting the Inline 6 cylinder 4.0 Liter motor versus the 2.5L.

A couple random things you will want to check for will be firstly for rust and collision damage, that will have to be on you to evaluate.

Check the 4x4 function. The vacuum system that controls the jeep's 4x4 system is very prone to failure. A quick test would first be to move the Jeep onto pavement and engage the 4x4 into 4 HI, there should be a light that comes on in the dash. If it doesn't come on drive in a very tight circle either left or right, if the 4x4 is engaged the steering wheel will start to fight you by pulling opposite the way you are pulling as you tighten the circle. This must be done on pavement no gravel or dirt. If you don't feel it pulling and the light doesn't come on the 4x4 probably doesn't work. Don't tell the seller, but this is very easy to fix for the novice wrench monkey so it shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Check the inside of the engine compartment, look for anything crazy looking.

Check the tires look for nails, patches, etc

If you can try driving it on the highway and local roads see if you hear any clicking or popping.

Listen when the jeep turns off if there is rattling sound coming from the exhaust system

Look at the battery cables see if there is alot of scoring from someone jumping the vehicle (this can be an indicator of electrical issues, on mine it just turned out to be a bad case of battery cable corrosion)

If anything is aftermarket try to figure out if it was installed by a pro or a backyard joe (ask for receipts of the work if it was installed professionally)

good luck

HFC3 06-27-2013 05:30 PM

Did you intend to include a link?

JeepForrestJeep 06-27-2013 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wasomma (Post 3905946)
x2 on the 95, the frame was treated for anti corrosion the only year to do this. If you want carb you will have to go earlier. I also recommend getting the Inline 6 cylinder 4.0 Liter motor versus the 2.5L.

A couple random things you will want to check for will be firstly for rust and collision damage, that will have to be on you to evaluate.

Check the 4x4 function. The vacuum system that controls the jeep's 4x4 system is very prone to failure. A quick test would first be to move the Jeep onto pavement and engage the 4x4 into 4 HI, there should be a light that comes on in the dash. If it doesn't come on drive in a very tight circle either left or right, if the 4x4 is engaged the steering wheel will start to fight you by pulling opposite the way you are pulling as you tighten the circle. This must be done on pavement no gravel or dirt. If you don't feel it pulling and the light doesn't come on the 4x4 probably doesn't work. Don't tell the seller, but this is very easy to fix for the novice wrench monkey so it shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Check the inside of the engine compartment, look for anything crazy looking.

Check the tires look for nails, patches, etc

If you can try driving it on the highway and local roads see if you hear any clicking or popping.

Listen when the jeep turns off if there is rattling sound coming from the exhaust system

Look at the battery cables see if there is alot of scoring from someone jumping the vehicle (this can be an indicator of electrical issues, on mine it just turned out to be a bad case of battery cable corrosion)

If anything is aftermarket try to figure out if it was installed by a pro or a backyard joe (ask for receipts of the work if it was installed professionally)

good luck

Wow, thanks a whole bunch brother! Some of that I never would've thought of. Thanks again!

JeepForrestJeep 06-27-2013 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oz82 (Post 3903374)
I didn't do it intentionally, but after I got my 95 YJ lots of people have told me it was the best year for them. Supposedly the frame is galvanized or something, and the engine (4.0 I6) is set up right. I haven't been able to find any issues except for very minor things, so I guess they're right.

YMMV

Minor things like what, ninor rusting from offroading?

wasomma 06-27-2013 10:59 PM

No problem, the clicking and popping can indicate bad U joints and a rattling sound from the exhaust may indicate a catalytic converter about to fail (if it fractures the debris can get lodged in the muffler and ruin it, ask me how I know, heh)

If there is anything wrong with it that I have listed you can negotiate a lower price if the jeep is worth it. These things are at least 18 years old so there are always going to be issues it's just a matter of picking one that has solid bones.

apaTJ 06-27-2013 11:10 PM

No I didn't sorry just go to their website and search or google search you'll find if easily

ChicoJeepy 06-27-2013 11:18 PM

Make sure when you buy a jeep post the pictures of it and ask questions. As many as possible! Also the jeep I have is a 4 banger all stock (was) only paid 3100 for it with 119K miles. Make sure the miles are low. Lower the better! Depending on which state you live in make sure it smogs. Good luck finding a jeep!

Oz82 06-27-2013 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepForrestJeep (Post 3906970)
Minor things like what, ninor rusting from offroading?

Not even that. The frame is flawless.

It was in outside tarp covered storage for two years, so really many of the issues I've had were probably due to that. I had to replace the front brake calipers due them being frozen up, and of course all the fluids everywhere. The lights needed a couple of new bulbs, and I've got a Silverstar in the right headlamp (it makes a HUGE difference, and I'll have one in the left side when I quit procrastinating). I still haven't gotten the underhood light to come on. The radio doesn't work but I don't care, so I haven't even looked at it except to check the fuses. The driver's seat is broken, but I was able to redneck engineer it back into shape. I had to buy a completely new soft top and windshield brackets, plus silicone the windshield channel to stop water seepage at highway speeds. The driver's side mirror was broken, so I replaced it. The lock mechanisms in the doors and tailgate were gummed up, but PB Blaster and dry silicone spray cleared those issues up.

I can't think of any other issues off the top of my head.

bajajohn 06-28-2013 12:33 AM

I don't intend to lift or modify my YJ ever. But if that's what I was intending to do there are some pretty nice Jeeps out there that guys have messed up that could be fixed rather than starting with a stock Jeep and sadly a lot of expensive parts are going to waste. because a messed up jeep isn't worth too much money.

JeepForrestJeep 06-28-2013 09:01 AM

No why would lifting or modyfing it ruin it?


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