My brother found a 1987 YJ that he's interested in getting, and I'm looking for some advice. I currently have a 2010 JKU as my DD, so I'm familiar with Jeeps, just not YJs specifically. Here's what I know about it:
- $5500 asking price
- 6cyl engine
- "extended range fuel tank" (whatever that means)
- full metal doors with hardtop
- nice seats
- some dents in the passenger door and front quarter panel
- 8000lb winch up front
- 31" tires (I believe)
- power steering
- power brakes
- no rust that I could find
- rear tow hitch
We drove it today, and it seemed to drive really well for its age. We got it up to about 55, and it didn't really struggle at all. I was very surprised at how soft the brakes were, though. It was bad enough that I was afraid I was going to go right through the intersection, but luckily it turned out ok. I didn't hear any squeaking or shaking, so maybe that's just how the brakes normally are on an '87. I don't know.
The odometer doesn't work, and it's stuck at 48k miles. We know that it has more miles than that, but he had no clue how many more. The owner says he has owned it for about 7yrs, and he guessed that he has only put about 1,500 miles on it total in that time. So that makes me a little scared about dry rot and stuff like that.
I feel like his asking price is pretty high, but I don't really know how much too high. I believe blue book on this vehicle ranges from about $2900 - $5000. He said someone had already offered him $3500, and he turned it down. I feel like he was probably lying about that, though.
Anyway, I know that's a lot of text, but I basically have two main questions:
- What kinds of things should I look out for and/or have checked out?
- What is a decent price for a vehicle like this?
PS: We didn't get any pictures of it because I wasn't smart enough to take any. Sorry. Thanks for any help!