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Old 05-10-2018, 10:00 PM
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First Jeep - 95 YJ found, thoughts?

Hi all, I'm the latest new guy here. I've been looking a Jeeps for several years now as a secondary vehicle and finally found one that seems to fit the bill. '95, 4.0L, manual, fairly good condition I think, 209xxx miles. (Link: I've read the things to look for, and overall it seemed to check out. The floors are pretty rotted out as well as a small rust hole in the passenger door. Engine runs strong, shifts fine, with brights + fan going I didnt notice any electrical issues or dim lights, frame has some rust obviously but no visible rot. Transfer case didnt want to shift to 4Lo but I've read they can be finicky. And it's a blank slate as far as having no mods done.

This wont be my daily driver. I've always wanted a jeep because of their simplicity and because I figured they would be a great start to learn about wrenching on vehicles (something I'm not knowledgable about yet). For the price and condition, what do you guys think? Good buy?

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Old 05-10-2018, 10:33 PM   #2
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Seems to be pretty solid from what I can see. I would offer him $3500 in cash. You do realize it does not have A/C right? Honestly I don't find a need for A/C anyways and I live in the desert. I would pay $3500 for it and sell that hard top for $600 then the doors for $200. Get yourself a bikini top and you're good to go.

Good thing about jeeps is they hold their value well. Paint looks pretty nice. I would spend time restoring that original paint. Originality is valuable.

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Old 05-10-2018, 11:40 PM   #3
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to much money for a rotted out jeep with over 200K
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The price on these old heaps seems to be going up and up.
As far as if it's too much money for what you get, that's up to you. If I was looking for a YJ, I'd definitely consider it.

What would be a deal breaker for me is a rusty frame (beat on it with a hammer) and if I didn't have a welder.
A strong consideration when I inspected it would be body mounts and exactly how much rust is on the tub.
Before you make an offer, check out what the floor pan and other panels cost so that you know what you're getting into before you buy it.

If you don't have a welder, and want a nice YJ, I'd pass on this one. Paying to have the repairs done will probably be very costly.

Other posters will tell you how to check the frame for rust and rot.

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Old 05-11-2018, 12:38 PM   #5
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This Jeep is a dichotomy...

One on hand, it is unmolested and doesn't appear to have ever been lifted or wheeled too hard. It also has a hard top, full doors and the 4.0L. It's also a '95, so it has the factory dual-diaphragm booster and x760 joint axle shafts. All these features make this a very appealing YJ...

On the other hand, there is some considerable rust visible, which immediately makes me question the rust that isn't visible. YJ's are notorious for rusting in a few areas, especially on the frame, and if you're just learning how to wrench, this may not be the best vehicle to cut your teeth on.

I would do a thorough inspection of the frame and critical body parts (such as the body mounts and gas tank crossmember). If the frame is solid and the engine is strong, this isn't a bad candidate. The body rust can be fixed relatively easily and depending on what your future plans are, it could be a good excuse to go with corner guards and new flooring! I would take a look at it if close by, bring a small ball-peen hammer, and tap the frame the entire length. Any tonal differences between two close areas is a good indicator of rust issues (these tend to rust from the inside out).
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:18 PM   #6
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I would do just as PC1P said and then drive it for at least 15 or 20 minutes checking engine temperature, odd sounds, hit the brakes hard and see if it pulls to one side or the other, check color of the oil and lastly make sure all electrical components work. ie: windshield wipers, signals, lights, blinkers, heater, gauges. If you find that everything is in good order, then I would offer 3000 and negotiate to no more than 3400. Just my 2 cents. Good luck on your purchase.

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