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Old 08-14-2011, 06:00 PM
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'89 YJ: Should I buy as Daily Driver?

Hey, guys. I was thinking of checking out a '89 YJ that supposedly only has 46k miles. (From the pictures, doesn't look like it has 1,046,000 miles :P)

The only thing that scares me is that it's carburated... I have this stigma that carburated engines aren't very reliable (I'm not sure why. Probably because my Dad's old carburated Truck used to die all the time). The price is right (A bit above 5k), but is it too good to be true?

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Carb engines can be as reliable as you want them to be. Out of all the carb'd vehicles we have owned, only one of them was a PIA to start. My dads current DD has a carb and it starts in 1/2 a crank, hot or cold.

Go check it out in person. See how easily it starts, how it idles, drives, ect.

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5k? Sounds. Little high. Hope it's in amazing shape. If the odometer wasn't unplugged for 20 years and driven to death. I tend to agree. I always feel carbed cars need more maintenance. Which I'm sure is just me. Especially since my tbi yj is just a glorified carb. Best of luck.
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I had an 89 yj that ran rough and didn't idle right but I adjusted the carb and it worked good... 5k is too high... I got mine 3 years ago with 89k for 2300
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Beware of the Peugeot transmission they are the manual with the 4.2L I think it was '89. If it has one RUN! or do a swap.
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5k? Sounds. Little high. Hope it's in amazing shape. If the odometer wasn't unplugged for 20 years and driven to death. I tend to agree. I always feel carbed cars need more maintenance. Which I'm sure is just me. Especially since my tbi yj is just a glorified carb. Best of luck.
Yeah. I'll be taking a detailed look at the engine. There's a huge noticeable difference between an engine that's been driven 46k miles, and one that's been driven 146k miles.

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I had an 89 yj that ran rough and didn't idle right but I adjusted the carb and it worked good... 5k is too high... I got mine 3 years ago with 89k for 2300
Yeah. But the prices here in Miami are out of whack... I don't think I'd give him 5k anyway. Probably more like 4, or 3... depending on the shape of the car.

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Beware of the Peugeot transmission they are the manual with the 4.2L I think it was '89. If it has one RUN! or do a swap.
Haha. It's auto. The Jeeps I'm looking for right now are all automatics, as it's for my girlfriend who refuses to learn how to drive stick. (And quite honestly: I don't want her to try. If so I'd imagine dropping the tranny a lot to change gears and clutches. )
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peugeot trannys were in all 87's and the early half of 88's, 89-95 were all ax-15
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I drive an 89 YJ 4.2L carbed engine every day. The tub and chassis and drive train have 133,000, but the engine was rebuilt with only has 8K on it. Runs great! Have off-roaded it recently and drive it daily. Biggest issue I had with the engine was the timing. Now that it has been set, it runs like a top.

Oh yeah - paid $4K for it.
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I drive an 89 YJ daily... 60 mile round trip to work and back. Some on the freeway, some not. I bought it for $4500 a year or so ago with 170k on the odo. It has the peugeot 5 speed tranny... never had a lick of trouble with it. It had the Carter carb and it worked fine too. It was hard to start in winter so I changed it out for the Motorcraft kit offered on Ebay. It runs like a top. Starts easy and has good power.

Earlier this year I lifted it 4" and went to 33" tires. Gas mileage went from around 20mpg to about 15mpg. Sucks but it sure looks good. I still drive it daily.

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peugeot trannys were in all 87's and the early half of 88's, 89-95 were all ax-15
I knew it was a 80 something it was so hard getting a new one(reman.) I sold the jeep
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I drive an 89 YJ 4.2L carbed engine every day. The tub and chassis and drive train have 133,000, but the engine was rebuilt with only has 8K on it. Runs great! Have off-roaded it recently and drive it daily. Biggest issue I had with the engine was the timing. Now that it has been set, it runs like a top.

Oh yeah - paid $4K for it.
Good stuff. I live in Miami, so our winter only gets down to like 60* degrees. :x
And the ad says it's a 4.0L, but I think he's just mistaken.

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I drive an 89 YJ daily... 60 mile round trip to work and back. Some on the freeway, some not. I bought it for $4500 a year or so ago with 170k on the odo. It has the peugeot 5 speed tranny... never had a lick of trouble with it. It had the Carter carb and it worked fine too. It was hard to start in winter so I changed it out for the Motorcraft kit offered on Ebay. It runs like a top. Starts easy and has good power.

Earlier this year I lifted it 4" and went to 33" tires. Gas mileage went from around 20mpg to about 15mpg. Sucks but it sure looks good. I still drive it daily.

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Yeah, those tires really kill it.

I guess I just had this inclination that Carburated engines were bad.

If I do get it, I think I'll throw a Holley carb on it... just to say it has one.
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I drive my 4.2 to work every day. 180k miles and going strong.
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When you look at the engine look for the oil filler cap. It's up front on the 4.2 and closer to the center on the 4.0
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Unless this vehicle has alot of extras you did not mention, 5k is outragous money for this vehicle. There is way better stuff in FL for that kind of money. Think '94 or newer 4L. You get fuel injection, and external slave on clutch for starters.

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