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Old 04-07-2015, 01:09 PM
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1988 YJ Purchasing help

I'm looking at a 1988 YJ 4 cylinder, manual. I haven't been able to go look at it yet but from pictures I've seen and the description i've gotten this is what I I've been told.

Little to no rust on the body
Frame is solid, no rust holes
New Shocks
New leaf springs
Plugs, coil, and wires
4 cylinder (150,000 miles)
Manual trans (grinds going into 3rd)
Says 4x4 works
Comes with 2 soft tops (1 new, 1 in bad shape)
Tires look ok, probably need new within the year.
Says $1500 in repairs were done in the last year but no receipts available (I'm not really trusting this statement)

Either way, due to age theres not really any accurate pricing guides available that I know of. KBB only goes to 93 and Nada just gives ballpark prices.

I'm pretty familiar with Cherokees (96+) but this would be my first Wrangler and Jeep of this age.

What areas tended to be problematic with generation?

What about pricing? Nada guides say low retail is about $2600, he's asking $2500.

Thanks for your help and forgive me for my ignorance.

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Old 04-07-2015, 05:23 PM
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Can anyone help me with this?

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Frame, body corners, body mounts. Those are the number one areas. Pictures would help but from what you describe it sounds like a fair price
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Frame, body corners, body mounts. Those are the number one areas. Pictures would help but from what you describe it sounds like a fair price
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Seems he's also lowered his price recently
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I've been looking at Jeeps Recently and have gotten a lot better with yjs. I think that 2k would be fair. Maybe 150 more of the new soft top is in really good condition
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the price sounds good. worth checking out in person.
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These days any running Jeep is at least $2000 it seems. I paid $2500 for my 88 6 cyl with full doors and hard top, but it certainly had its fair share of issues.

Generally speaking, repairs aren't worth anything. If a running Jeep is worth $2000 and you put $1500 into it to keep it running, it's not suddenly worth $3500.
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These days any running Jeep is at least $2000 it seems. I paid $2500 for my 88 6 cyl with full doors and hard top, but it certainly had its fair share of issues.

Generally speaking, repairs aren't worth anything. If a running Jeep is worth $2000 and you put $1500 into it to keep it running, it's not suddenly worth $3500.
I understand this from my experience with my Xjs. I'm planning on heading out to see it this week. It's about 2 hours from me. I wish it had the 4.0 but I hear the 4 bangers aren't bad. What should I expect from the trans and tcase? Would this generation have used an AX-15 and a NP-241? I imagine with the grinding 3rd I'll need to rebuild or replace the trans, and I know theres a lot of AX-15s in my area.
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From the pictures it looks like he only has soft doors on it. I would want steel half doors at least. I'm not sure what they would run you in your area, but you might want to check that out.
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I understand this from my experience with my Xjs. I'm planning on heading out to see it this week. It's about 2 hours from me. I wish it had the 4.0 but I hear the 4 bangers aren't bad. What should I expect from the trans and tcase? Would this generation have used an AX-15 and a NP-241? I imagine with the grinding 3rd I'll need to rebuild or replace the trans, and I know theres a lot of AX-15s in my area.
There are supposedly a small number of 88s with AX-15s, but unfortunately, you're almost certain to find the Peugeot BA-10.

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