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Old 09-09-2016, 08:40 PM
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Found a 95 YJ. Good buy?

Hey guys, I own a 16 JKU 75A and was looking for a jeep for my son, came across a 1995 YJ with 110k on it. It had rust , but was repaired bit needs paint work. The motor was swapped out and the "replacement motor" has 83,000 on it. It's a 4cyl automatic. Seems to be in pretty good shape and the soft top looks fairly new. I think it's a steal @ $ 3,000.00. It would need paint, new rims and tires. What do you guys think?

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If you have never driven a YJ I recommend taking it for a test drive...My brother has a JK and the only thing they have in common is the name...totally different...the 95s did have the galved frame so frame rust isn't such a problem.
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A 4cyl. automatic YJ for $3000.00 as you describe sounds like a decent first car as long as the Jeep has no major faults.

You won't have to worry a whole lot about little Johnny speeding.

You should get something for the old tires and wheels to help with the purchase of something else.

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He won't be able to speed, unless he really wants to. (source: I have a 95 4 banger. The replaced engine kinda makes me want to shy away, but if your fine and comfortable with your mechanic abilities then take it on. I can't immagine the auto would be much fun, but again, it's not going to be mine. What critter gitter said is pretty correct, there no real correlation between the current wranglers and the original wranglers other than the name.
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After a while the 'fun' of a manual grows old.

I used to have a 1996 manual Jeep XJ with a 5 speed and a 1995 Jeep XJ with an automatic.

Had more fun off road in the auto because I had no need to b 'clutching' all the time.

Of course the other thing to consider is your son .....

Is this a first car?

Has he driven a car on the road with a manual transmission?

My kids know how to operate a clutch from riding motorcycles off road and farm vehicles out in the fields but I would not let them have a manual for their first on road car ....... new drivers have enough to worry about.
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As to your find .......

Look it over closely ..... take a screwdriver and poke around the rear shock mounts, particularly the area on top of the frame INSIDE the shock mounts.

This is a common rust problem area as most owners neglect it in the cleaning process and dirt/moisture/mud is allowed to fester there until it finds its way INSIDE the frame by creating a rust hole.

I have seen three 1995's that were perfect in every way ..... save for a rust hole on top of frame inside those shock mount towers.

On our YJ's ( we not have two ) the cleaning starts there!
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Thanks for the replies. I am bringing one of the areas best jeep mechanics with me to look at it. I think my son would love the "real" jeep feel of the YJ. Going to see if tomorrow , thanks again group!
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Thanks for the replies. I am bringing one of the areas best jeep mechanics with me to look at it. I think my son would love the "real" jeep feel of the YJ. Going to see if tomorrow , thanks again group!
The ride of leaf springs are fun when you are young when he gets to be older he can downgrade to a JK with coils
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The leaf springs do lend s more jeep feel to the vehicle. I owned a 95 for 16 years as a DD the frame can rot out so check the frame well. A 4 cylinder automatic. Umm don't plan on putting bigger tires on it. I'd say it's a good first jeep.
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just sold a 95 parts jeep with totally rotted frame so check carefully. I love my 92 but is a 6 manual the 95 parts jeep was a 4 cyl manual couldnt imagine it being an auto. Like said wouldnt be a problem with speeding. Jeeps as first car for a driver makes me nervous just because not as forgiving of drivers errors like taking exit ramps too fast etc... I am nervous having my 21 yo daughter drive my 92 because she is used to driving our camry.
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Engine swap timing and rust repairs with otherwise shiney paint are a little suspicious.

If it runs good and the rust repairs are done well, $3k isn't too bad. But I would expect everything else to be in good condition (interior and top) and good working order (mechanical, brakes, etc).

Wheels and tires aren't cheap so you'll be at $4,500 right away any YOU WILL have other repairs.

4cyl isn't as bad as the forums will lead you to believe, but it will lessen your resale should you choose to sell it.

Soft top doors pretty much suck, I ended up getting glass uppers for my kid so he could see better. He leaves the back one rolled up to see.
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It doesn't sound to bad, but I would look for one that is rust free, that's just me. I found a 1995 total rust free for $5200 and it has a 4.0L, I don't know if you have ever driven both but I would try compare the two, they are night and day..my 2 cents...
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The ride of leaf springs are fun when you are young when he gets to be older he can downgrade to a JK with coils
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Make sure the transmission is good. I have a 95 (2.5L manual AX5), and I just spent my whole summer trying to fix my transmission issue. I ended up having to buy a reman. The engine is strong as an ox, though, and runs like a champ after 146k. The body not so much, but I'm lucky because I live in Central Texas and rust is almost non-existent. Check the axles and like someone said before-the shock mount. Some of those mounts are pretty thin for what some people use these jeeps for. For 3000, though, I'd say you are getting a deal, I paid 5 for mine...

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