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Old 06-28-2018, 08:23 AM
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Need advise on this YJ

Found a YJ for sale last night. 1994 180k miles, manual, 4 cyc. engine. Has some right front and rear body damage. Soft top, half doors.



I'm very familiar with TJs but the YJs I know nothing about. The condition is far from pristine but has no rust at all.


So, ball park, what is this jeep worth? I'm in eastern nc. They want, $4100 but I think that is way too much.


How is the 4 cyc and manual in this year vehicle. Are parts available? Can the seat be moved back?


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Hard to say without pics/more info, but for a 4 banger, that sounds pretty steep to me...probably even steep for a 6 cyl.


I'd probably skip it.

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If you think the 4cyl will work for you, I'd take a look at it just to check it out.

Then I'd check local and surrounding Craigslist ads to determine what a fair price for it might be. Then I'd wait a week or so and go back and make a slightly low offer.
If he accepts the offer, you have your Jeep. If he doesn't accept it wait another week and give him a call and tell him the offer still stands.

By being familiar with TJs you have a leg up on YJs. YJs are TJs older brothers. Just somewhat more simple to work on. Like TJs, the vehicle killers are RUST and lack of maintenance. Do your due diligence at the inspection/test drive.

I think $4100.00 for a 4cyl with body damage is a lot. Decide where you want to be moneywise when you're done, then consider what it might cost to make the Jeep suitable to your wants/needs and work the numbers backwards to see where you want to be with the purchase price.

Parts are usually available and if you're handy the seat can be moved back a small amount. If you're a tall guy lowering the seat brackets might be a better option and if you have a belly, a tilt column might be a better option.

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I'm 6'2 235 lbs, no belly, just really cramped. I was hoping it could be moved back more...
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If I were attempting to move the seat back, I'd look at moving the tracks back on the seat frames rather than moving the frames back on the tub.
You might need to do both in order to be really comfortable. I'd start on the tracks and see how much you might gain there.

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I talked them down to $3800 yesterday but finding that is priced too high. The interior is very ratty with seats torn,dirty etc. Then there is the body damage. Not to mention soft top with half doors.



i might pull the trigger at $2500 to $3000 but we will see. There is a guy on youtube that documented his yj "deal" for $2k. He ended up with over $9k in the thing.
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Quote; "i might pull the trigger at $2500 to $3000 but we will see. There is a guy on youtube that documented his yj "deal" for $2k. He ended up with over $9k in the thing."

Me too,
Over, 7K on top of $3700.00 on 1990 YJ, Now I have at least a $3700 YJ in a years time. lol. Was going to amortize over 120 months, but that flew out the window.

Did I mention I really like this little YJ!
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Amortizing over a set period of time is a good idea.
I paid $2000.00 for my '87 four years ago. Since the purchase date I've invested another $6000.00 or so. That's $8K over four years = $2K per year. When I drank, I spent more than that in bars. Playing with my Jeep and staying out of bars is a whole lot more fun and even healthier. Nobody's ever pointed a gun at me while driving my Jeep nor has anyone ever tried to start a fight.

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I'm 6'2 235 lbs, no belly, just really cramped. I was hoping it could be moved back more...
I,m 6'2 225lbs and am very comfortable in both my jeeps? I wonder if your seat is not retracting all the way back?
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Amortizing over a set period of time is a good idea.
I paid $2000.00 for my '87 four years ago. Since the purchase date I've invested another $6000.00 or so. That's $8K over four years = $2K per year. When I drank, I spent more than that in bars. Playing with my Jeep and staying out of bars is a whole lot more fun and even healthier. Nobody's ever pointed a gun at me while driving my Jeep nor has anyone ever tried to start a fight.

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I can really relate to that, it is amazing how much one can save quitting drinking and the wife doesn't seem to get upset spending money on the jeep habit like she did on the booze.
My 90 that I built for AZ, cost me $3700 I then spent $3800 on it did the work myself and got a solid off road rig for less than I could have bought something comparable. The 89 that I just picked up $2500 is going to get a V8 adding up a parts list I can see dropping $8000 in it. This will be over a couple years doing the work myself and in stages. I haven't decided LS or 350 it will depend on what I find at a good price. I picked up a 8.8 w/3:73 gears and discs for $100 and a 700r4 w/TC out of 89 blazer for $100. I'll just keep getting parts as I find / or can afford them and will see where it leads.
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i might pull the trigger at $2500 to $3000 but we will see. There is a guy on youtube that documented his yj "deal" for $2k. He ended up with over $9k in the thing.
That would be OhYeahAboutThat. I enjoy his videos. He did get a steal on that yj though, they are very rarely under 3k for a running yj. Where I'm at it appears that 4 and up is the median.

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