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Old 07-04-2016, 04:16 PM
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Looking at buying '95 wrangler. Advice?

Hi

I'm interesting in finding a wrangler for myself, I just don't know which one to get or avoid. I was going to do more research into the wranglers in general but there is one for sale somewhat close by and I'm short on time to catch up on my reading.

So... Can you give me any advice on what to look for?

The wrangler specs according to the ad is as follows:

- 1995
- 244968 km (Canada)
- manual
- Everything works really good.
- Runs and drives good
- no leaks
- 4.0 ltr Inline Six Engine
- 5 speed manual
- comes with hard top and doors

After talking briefly with the owner I've found out that:
- They've owned it for 5 years
- replaced radiator heater core and clutch 2 years ago
- 2.5 inch lift kit
- rust around front fenders and lower windshield "usual rust" for that year


Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

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I would check the frame extremely well. Don't let a little black spray paint fool you either. Rust is the death of these things

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I bought a 1995 YJ and after I bought, here's what I found that I did not see or notice in the test drive.


1) Bad steering box, had to change it that same week, jeep would swerve left
2) rusted frame with hole where the bump stop used to be.
3) Gas gauge did not work (though I was getting really good mpg)
4). When they changed the fuel pump, they cut a hole on the tub instead of dropping the tank (nice surprise when i removed the carpet)

That's all I can think of now, there were a few other little parts here and there but these were the big ones...good luck
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4). When they changed the fuel pump, they cut a hole on the tub instead of dropping the tank (nice surprise when i removed the carpet)
Unless you're going for a perfect restoration, this is actually a good thing (if they didn't do some bang up job). Just make a plate to cover it and next time the fuel pump dies, you'll like opening the cover much more than dropping the tank. Just my opinion of course but next time I have to drop my tank, I'm going to make the same access panel
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Make sure all gauge lights work (check engine light light when going to start)
PO took lights out on mine so no check engine light would pop up or no lights to show 4wd was working.
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All of the above, but frame is the most important thing to look at.

What part of canada are you from? Your post or info does not say.

So again, frame at front spring perch
Frame at rear spring perch (end of frame near cross rear cross member)
Frame lenght above the rear springs
Frame at steering box mount
Frame along the transmission skid plate.
4x4 engaged at all lever position
Body at roll cage base
If the carper are in, lift them up for rust on the floor board

95 was the year that some of the TJ compinent began to be implented. More specificaly on later years like the 95 built in 96' just before the 97 tj.

It is a mix of parts. Mine had the high pignon d30, but the small front u joint with the shaft disconect.

Etc.

It is a good jeep, easy to maintain.
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Unless you're going for a perfect restoration, this is actually a good thing (if they didn't do some bang up job). Just make a plate to cover it and next time the fuel pump dies, you'll like opening the cover much more than dropping the tank. Just my opinion of course but next time I have to drop my tank, I'm going to make the same access panel
I did the same thing when it came to replacing my fuel pump/sending unit. So much easier.

As far as the YJ goes, really inspect the frame. Any weakness or rust, just walk away (unless you're very good at cutting and welding). Before I bought my '95 I looked at several before I found a solid framed YJ. Just be careful of someone trying to mask the problem.
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An aftermarket windshield frame is a couple hundred bucks. Same for the fenders.
Definitely not a deal breaker.

The dealbreaker is rust on the frame. A little surface rust is to be expected.
Lucky j offers a good list of places to inspect closely.

On any 21 year old vehicle you can expect it to require more maintainence and repairs than your two year old Toyota. If you buy any vehicle that old, first thing is plan on changing all the fluids...brake fluid, trans and TC fluids, differentials and coolant. Then plan on new plugs, dist cap, rotor and wires. That way you have a baseline for future maintainence.

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