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Old 06-02-2015, 03:17 PM
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considering '93 YJ w/ 2.5 4banger - will she tow?

Considering purchasing '93 YJ - @ $9k, seems to be in solid condition… relatively low miles, manual tranny, and 2.5L 4 banger under the hood. Will that power plant tow a small boat? (15 ft jon boat w/ 15hp 2-stroke and trailer)? Mostly coastal driving, scooting around town, and occasional highway trips (3-4 hrs max).

Any experience or thoughts on this model year? Any known issues?

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Old 06-02-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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A 4 banger should be fine for you and some friends, but with a boat.. Not so much. If you want to tow go for a 6 cylinder. I also believe $9k is too much for 4 angry squirrels. I got my rio grande for under blue book with 111k miles and completely unmolested. It has all the power I want for on and off highway, but to tow anything other than a few friends in it would be asking too much in my opinion.

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Sorry, no way would I spend $9k on a 4cyl YJ. I don't know where you live, but I've come across numerous TJs with the 4.0 for less than $9k. Run away!

My '93 YJ w/ 4.0, lifted on 35s with locked D44s w/ 4.56 front and rear was even less than $9k, rust free in CA.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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Depends on the mileage and how unmolested it is.

While some feel over 5K is to much for a 4 cyl it all depends on what your buying, just as an example I payed 8K for mine.. However it had just 30K miles and was completely stock, consider what most spend to fix their rigs to get in the same condition it was well spent.

Pictures would help us guide you better.
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Wow! yeah - do not spend $9k on a Wrangler. Too much $$$
However, as far as towing.... I have a 93 4banger and I occasionally pull a trailer (mower, equipment, brush, etc..) and it does just fine. I would think a light john-boat would not be a problem ... as long as your engine and tranny are not worn out!
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Depends on the mileage and how unmolested it is.

While some feel over 5K is to much for a 4 cyl it all depends on what your buying, just as an example I payed 8K for mine.. However it had just 30K miles and was completely stock, consider what most spend to fix their rigs to get in the same condition it was well spent.

Pictures would help us guide you better.
Miles don't mean much, and in fact on older vehicles the low miles could translate into more problems than one that was driven (and maintained) regularly. Super low miles often means...

- Seals are dried up and will need to be replaced
- Not driven long or often enough to get the fluids up to temperature so that condensation and such can boil off

among other things. My YJ had something like 140k miles on it when I bought it in 2008-ish, never had a single issue with the drivetrain.

I don't care if the YJ the OP is looking at is showroom fresh, $9k for a '93 YJ 4cyl is too much money. A '93 4cyl "S" in excellent condition w/ 30k miles only books for $5500 from a private party. $9k is nuts.
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HELL...if you're willing to spend $9K on a 4 banger spend a little more and buy this...Used 1995 Jeep Wrangler for sale
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Miles don't mean much, and in fact on older vehicles the low miles could translate into more problems than one that was driven (and maintained) regularly. Super low miles often means...

- Seals are dried up and will need to be replaced
- Not driven long or often enough to get the fluids up to temperature so that condensation and such can boil off

among other things. My YJ had something like 140k miles on it when I bought it in 2008-ish, never had a single issue with the drivetrain.

I don't care if the YJ the OP is looking at is showroom fresh, $9k for a '93 YJ 4cyl is too much money. A '93 4cyl "S" in excellent condition w/ 30k miles only books for $5500 from a private party. $9k is nuts.

Quoted based on opinions

My 95 KBB was actually $9,316 when I purchased
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Quoted based on opinions

KBB was actually $9,316 when I purchased
I'm not sure what you think are opinions. The issues around lack of use are real, not opinions. You may get lucky, but many people have been bitten by buying an older vehicle with super low miles because it wasn't driven regularly.

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Won't KBB values differ depending on area, availability, etc? I priced my rio grande at $8000 on KBB and I bought it for $7300.
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Price on jeeps will vary depending on local. But 9k for a 4cly stock 1993 Yj is about twice what it should go for. I would be hard pressed to spend more than 3k for one.. but that is me...For 9k I can get nice mid year TJ 6 cly with a dana 44 if I look hard enough.
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Won't KBB values differ depending on area, availability, etc? I priced my rio grande at $8000 on KBB and I bought it for $7300.
8,000 on kbb? Wow that must be maxed out on options? And very low miles?
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I guess. I mean it is in REALLY nice condition for my area and it's age. I went to see all of my top pics for 4 months before I found one that was in the condition I wanted for the price. I went and saw a CJ that had "doors". I was test driving it on a main road with the owner in the passenger seat, when suddenly my knee pushed the door completly open, and then one of the hinges broke. That was wild, I needed to change my underwear and take a shower after that ride. He was asking $5000 for that. I went and saw another one that the guy had really bubba-ed up. I mean huge lift, MT tires, KC lights, the whole giddup. Except he had worked on the engine, and it grinds every time you shift. He wanted $6000 and I was on the edge of my seat ready to buy it, but the bank wouldn't let me take out any money, because I don't have custody of my account(my dad does). I also talked about this with my parents and they said it is my decision to make, if I understood that I would need to maintain it. I think the only thing my Rio is missing is A/C.
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U don't want A/C on a 4 cylinder it will drain the little power it has. Honestly as the owner of a 95 4 cylinder get the 4.0... I'm trying to make my engine last as long as possible but once it blows I'm swapping in a 4.0 and stronger axles with lockers. I would really love to swap in a V8 But I don't think I could afford that anytime soon.

Also when my jeep was completely stock if I would have tried to sell it I would only have asked 3 or 4k... granted it has some rust underneath mostly surface but seriously 9k? It would have to be absolutely pristine for me to even consider that.
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That's what I've found so far. Idk what I'm going to do when it hits 105 and 50% humidity this summer. There's nothing more than heat and humidity that gets a big guy fired up to go outside.
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Great posts - thank you. My hunch was that $9k was a bit steep too. It WAS totally stock and in near mint condition (although AC was not working). It's in Charleston, SC area, so while top down=AC most of the year, it comes in handy on a hot, humid, rainy day. I also agree with older year/low mileage vehicles. I got bitten by an '87 Porsche 928 that had REALLY low miles, was a garage queen, but problems with seals/gaskets ever other month until I replaced nearly everything for a very pretty penny. Sounds like no one here is scared by mileage on a Jeep - so long as maintenance records support it. I may look in that direction - and I think I'll be wise to stay in the V6 or I6 territory. Thx again…
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I have an 89. Of course it will tow. It has been towed many times, as I'm sure yours has. Jeeps are really good at getting towed!

$9k....keep looking. Should be able to get a decent one for $2-3. Don't pay someone else for all the crap they did to it. Not worth it.
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Just a John boat? Shouldn't be much of a problem but don't count on going anywhere fast but do expect bad gas mileage. I tow a trailer with a large riding mower without issue. 4 banger, no problem. $9000, big problem.

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