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Old 07-28-2011, 09:42 PM
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Looking to buy a 95 YJ Rio Grande NEED ADVICE

I love this Jeep, and I want it. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. Here are some details:

116,000 miles
Soft Top: Best top - Tan, used, some wear.
Light Bar: 4 KC lights - One mounting bracket broken, but a cheap part from the manufacturer.
Sound Bar: 3000 Watt, not installed.
Tires: 31.5" Pro Comp Mud Terrain Tires
Drivers Side seat belt needs replacing, no longer retracts.
Mechanical: Transmission needs to be rebuilt, No A/C, No Heat

Esthetic: Windshield cracked and passenger side mirror cracked.

This is the deal. He wants me to pay 3K, but the transmission needs to be replaced (no 5th gear). Am I crazy, or is 3K way too much? KBB says the condition is "poor," so they won't give a value, although the owner claims the condition is "fair." I really want this Jeep, but I feel like 3K is more than it is worth, especially if I need to replace the transmission and heat/AC.

Any advice? Would really appreciate. It's a sweet truck, just don't want to overpay. Thanks.

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Old 07-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #2

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I would think with the problems you mentioned, it's not worth $3000. Make them an offer based on what it's going to take to bring it back to above average. -$220 for the windshield, -$30 for the mirror, -$50 for the seatbelt, -$500-$600 for the transmission and so on(nit pick it to death). Make them a offer, say $1500, and see where it goes.

Not sure what area you're in, but check for rust issues and other things you'd look for buying any used vehicle. Things that can lower the price.

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Old 07-28-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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3k for a Jeep that needs a new tranny is too much. $1500 is fair, $2000 max.
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I paid 2600 for my 95' rio. Had 175k on it but... Needed nothing really. I have done things though. LOL!
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:00 AM   #5
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Check my thread "new guy in town"

I just got a 95 Rio w/ a brand new battery, brand new starter, brand new computer, and a brand new rebuilt trans for $2500. he wanted $2800 and had a lot of guys looking it at so I gave him $2500. 145k miles

Everything is pretty much good to go except it needs a new muffler.

I also got a hard top, bikini top, two sets of doors (full and half) and a soft top with everything needed to hook it up, along with a KC light bar.

3k is too much.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:45 AM   #6
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3K is waaaay to much dude, I paid 3K for mine but it had 89K on it, came with hard top and new soft top, new windshield frame in the box still and had no mechanical issues whatsoever. I just had two little spots of frame rot that were easily fixed. There is everything that you know now, but what else is there that is lurking? Frame rot, engine issues, etc.... You do know though, that just because 5th gear is missing that doesn't mean the tranny is shot. There are numerous threads on here explaining how to fix that. You don't even have to pull the tranny to do it. It's basically a clip that comes off that needs to be replaced...in a nutshell. I wouldn't give much more that $1500 for it. There are many others out there that you can get for 3K that will be a lot better off than the one you're looking at. Good Luck and keep us posted on what you come up with!
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:29 AM   #7
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yep got my 1990 4.2 liter RUNNING DRIVING condition jeep wrangler with 172K for 3000 so no go on the 3000K i would say for you. Way to much.

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