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Daiberl 05-30-2009 11:06 PM

Planning to buy YJ

I'm new to the YJ and I plan to take a look to a car tomorrow, what should I look for (besides rust around windowframe and floor boards)? Here is some information on the car, he is asking $ 4,000
1993 Jeep wrangler for sale
Never been off road, completely stock aside from wheels and tires (a little bigger).
2.5liter- 4 cylinder, 5 speed, power steering and brakes, nice stereo/cd with amp and bass tube in the back.
145000 miles, still works perfect and just passed emissions.
all maintenance done and it's ready to go!
top's in good condition, all window panels in the top are clear and soft.

Thanks for any advice,
- Juergen

dooder 05-31-2009 04:56 AM

do a walk around look at body for bubbling. look down the side for body repair. look at tires. roadtest it and make sure gauges work. check oil pressure cold and hot. listen for exhaust leaks and rattles. during roadtest shut it off and start it again. look under hood. check fluids. if all seems well take to a mechanic and get it checked out but be willing to give the asking price. If you want to haggle and get cheaper dont expect him to be bothered with getting checked out. just a little warning. i think price for a 4 cyl is a bit high but all depends on condition so this thing should be detailed clean including under the hood.

Coyote_94YJ 05-31-2009 05:37 AM

First I would like to congratulate you for choosing the right model of wrangler. :D

$4000 for a 2.5L with 145k on the clock....overpriced. Personally I wouldn't own a 2.5L. If there is a possibility you're going to get larger tires in the future and wheel it, get one with a 4.0L, you'll thank yourself later. But if the body is in tip top shape and this is the one you really want I wouldn't go more than $3300.

dooder 05-31-2009 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by coyote_94yj (Post 380609)
Personally I wouldn't own a 2.5L

Its a perfectly reliable and economic engine. yeah, might not be as fast as a 6 but i get excellent fuel mileage and since fixing my clogged exhaust will cruise all day long at 65 and even accelerates decently.

Daiberl, you need to decide if you want more than a 4. lots of people here bought a 4 just to look to do a conversion now. buy what you want from the begining.

Coyote_94YJ 05-31-2009 06:43 AM

For a starting point and running stock or near stock sure its fine, but when you add larger tires and extra weight from recovery gear and tools I think it is a bit underpowered. For something to start out with they are reliable and economical but who buys a jeep for the mpg? I just don't see the sense in buying a 2.5L and later on doing a 4.0L swap when you can save the hassle of an engine swap by just getting a 4.0L from the start.

dooder 05-31-2009 07:03 AM


Originally Posted by coyote_94yj (Post 380619)
For something to start out with they are reliable and economical but who buys a jeep for the mpg?

Me! If it wasnt for mpg ide still have my K5 Blazer. and the 6 cyl jeeps dont get much better mpgs than my blazer did with a fuel injected 350. Realistically i might see mud/trails 4-6 times a year. the rest of the time i need a daily driver that doesnt empty my pockets just to get to work.

scrambler1 05-31-2009 06:05 PM

I picked up my 94' up 3 years ago, solid jeep 98,000 miles 2.5,5speed for $2800.00 At that time that would be the most I would pay for a 2.5 but it was clean. But honestly $4 k is to high.
How many jeeps have you looked at? take your time you could find a clean 6 cylinder for that or less.
2.5 is a nice motor but not for large tires and recovery gear.
Good luck.

dooder 05-31-2009 06:20 PM

3200 for a 95 with 120,000 click> Jeep Wrangler

Daiberl 05-31-2009 06:50 PM

The one in Philadelphia is nice and cheap, but prices seem to be much higher here in the Seattle area. It's the first car I take a look to, just wanted to make sure I check for all the known weak points. Since the car will only be used for fun (3rd car) I think I could live with the 2.5, it's mainly for weekend fun.

- Juergen

Daiberl 05-31-2009 06:52 PM

Pictures and the full ad are at 93 Jeep Wrangler YJ soft top.

dooder 05-31-2009 07:45 PM

how about this 1994 Jeep Wrangler

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