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Old 09-09-2015, 01:36 PM
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Help with Value? 89 YJ, 4.2, manual, 4wd

HI Guys,

I posted a while back about this YJ and it looks like it may actually happen in a trade. I have a well sorted 2000 Saab 9-5 Aero and the owner wants to do a strait swap...

I've gotten many conflicting responses about the value, and was curious what you guys think.... I'm prepared to out a bunch of sweat equity into this and I figure I'm buying more of a hobby / project than a vehicle.

Original owner vehicle
1989 Wrangler S
170K on the clock
paint is decent in most places (non issue)
almost no rust
straight body
4.2 Carb'd
rebuilt carb a week ago
all fluids changed a week ago
passed smog a week ago
no top (needs soft top)
needs seats or seat covers (not a big deal)
center console needs to be replaced
Half doors with sliding glass are in great shape


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Old 09-09-2015, 02:01 PM   #2
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Maybe $3k or so for the condition, but maybe lower for the undesirable components. That is an early 1989 as it still has the V belt (multiple belts) instead of serpentine (one big belt) pulley setup and it has the peugeot ba10 transmission (which is considered to be the weakest transmission jeep ever used) instead of the much stronger AX15. Midway through the 1989 model year is when jeep went to the better belts and transmission. The stock carter carb is problematic, but can be easily swapped out. 170k is a lot of miles on that 258 and transmission, which looks to be leaking already. I dont know the value of the saab,

I've owned one exactly like it (except in blue) since 1990.

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Old 09-09-2015, 02:49 PM
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Thanks, Bamabrock! That's good info, I really appreciate it!
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:38 PM   #4
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No problem. if you can get it cheap enough, it could be a nice rig to build on. Just remember is is 26 years old and built with 40 year old technology.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:27 PM
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Yeah, I get that. The jeep belongs to my brother in law and it was the first car he ever bought. And, I've wanted a jeep since I was 14, and now he need's a decent reliable car with 4 doors and 5 seats. If the spread isn't too big, I'll just swap it. It's kind an emotional thing, and I know that can cloud judgement. The jeep stays in the family, i get my jeep, he gets the Saab...

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Old 09-10-2015, 11:01 PM   #6
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I say go for it. Most of the people who knock a 258 (4.2) have never owned one. Same goes for the ba10 trans. I have the stock engine and trans on my 89 with 225k. It ran like crap when I got it. I replaced a couple vacuum lines Did a hei distributor and weber carb. It's like s whole new vehicle. Starts right up with the blip of the key
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:35 AM   #7
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My 89 was a one owner when I bought it, p.o. said that all the drivetrain is stock. Has v-belts and ax-15 Trans. Gave $2900 and put about another $1200-1500 into replacing all the stuff that went bad from sitting for a few years.
1989 wrangler Sahara, 258 six cylinder, ax-15, soa, 8.8 rear w/410 gears, Dana 30 front, ox lockers in both by the end of the year.
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Three grand sounds about right in Denver. We have a dry climate so not a whole lot of rust. It might be worth a bit more in the Bay Area if rust is an issue there close to the ocean and the Jeep is rust free (check the frame). I wouldn't worry about the 4.2 or the trans. My '87 has 180K with original trans and carb and runs just great after a bit of TLC and advice from other forum members.
Plan on purchasing a Factory Service Manual (on CD or paper) as an early investment. Get a Quadratec and Morris 4X4 catalog and start planning. I assume you have tools and a place to work.
Best thing about that particular Wrangler is you know or can find out its' history. It's real easy to get into the $8 to $10 grand area once you start to build it into your dream vehicle.
Good Luck, L.M.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:18 PM
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Thanks guys! Really appreciate the responses and info...

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