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Old 08-12-2015, 02:15 AM
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Need help buying the right YJ

Hello, sorry if my question has already been answered before or is just stupid as i am new to this forum but i am a teenager who needs some advice. Currently, I own a 2009 bmw 335xi, big mistake as the car is above 100k miles and repairs are costly (so was the car itself). I plan on going to college soon and i believe a jeep yj would not only be much more cost effective but so much fun. I have researched on the yj's for a while now but i still need tons of advice. I understand that the car that i have and the car that i want are two completely different vehicles. I also understand the mpg of jeeps are fairly bad as the bmw only gets 14.9 mpg so the jeep shouldn't be too much a problem. What i want to know more about is the car itself. How does it drive? Is it easy to maintain and can i do stuff myself? What should i look for when searching for one and what should i stay away from? One YJ has particularly caught my eye and i would greatly appreciate opinions on it. It is a 1987 6 cylinder yj black on black. New tan top. Only rust is on the rear cross member. Original panels no dents. 4 inch zone lift. 33 bfg tires. Body has 210k miles on it but rebuilt 4.2L engine only has 60k miles. New brake lines and exhaust but he said it needs new tie rod ends which i have no clue what that is. I am a bit worried since its a 5 speed and not the ax15 (think its called the B10 or something) and haven't heard great things about that. Lastly, would it be easy to learn stick shift on such jeep? I am especially worried about hills especially since MD has a ton. Thank you everybody, sorry for the long post, appreciate any opinions or comments.

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:23 AM   #2
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Well first, never call a yj a "car", it's most definitely not a car, it's a wrangler, yj, or jeep haha. If you want to sell your car and buy a yj because they are cheap to work on and maintain your buying the wrong vehicle for that. Jeeps stand for Just Empty Every Pocket. I taught my wife how to drive a stick in a yj so as long as the clutch is good and strong you should be fine there. Finally, unless that 4.2 has been converted to fuel injection they are carbureted and can be tough to work on unless you have experience. Oh and watch for rust, do not trust any seller when they tell you where rust is, take a small hammer and tap on frame, poke at it, if it don't sound right run for life. GL Hope this helps. And if you buy one welcome this place can keep you on the road! :thumbs:

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:42 AM   #3
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I second that, if you think maintaining a nearly 30 year old vehicle to use as your DD when you have no mechanical experience is going to be cheaper you may be in for a surprise. However they are great vehicles to work on and learn about working on vehicles. I personally would be looking for a '94/95 if I could find one. The '95 was the best YJ you could get. It had better rust protection, the beefier U-joints. An external slave cylinder. The better fuel injection. Etc in any case though, frame rust would be my deciding factor. I personally like carbs, they really are not that complicated once you kinda get used to tinkering with them.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:53 AM   #4
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If you are a teenager and not all that mechanically inclined, the LAST thing I'd do is to buy a modified Jeep. The problem with any kind of modified vehicle is that you never know what the previous owner did or jury rigged to make things work or fit.

I agree with what was said above. Find a nice clean unmodified 94-95 Wrangler with a 4cyl and a 5 speed. They can be had cheap, and they are very easy to work on. If it hasn't been boogered up by the previous owner you should have a good reliable vehicle that will also be fun to drive.

I'd pop my cherry on mechanicals by changing the oil and doing a tune up. Those are very easy to do and will give you a chance to see just how mechanically inclined you are. If these things go well without an issue you can go on to bigger things. Use Google search and youtube to research and work or modifications you might want to perform.

Honestly, inexpensive Jeeps are out there. Just remember buying someone else's modded Jeep might just be buying their problems.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:18 AM
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Thank you everybody for replying so quickly and I appreciate all the comments. As for experience with cars I'm far from being an expert but I know some basics (changing oil, changing brake pads, brake fluid flush, changing alternator) as I've worked on my uncles TJ. As for the reason I've liked this car is because although there are a few mods, it isn't like some jeeps I've seen for sale where every other part is after market. Just a lift, rebuilt engine, and exhaust, rest is original. I do realize that the 95 was the last year YJ was made and made from galvanized steel but most I have found are either completely modded up or needs a huge ton of work. Basically, is it worth to spend an extra grand or two for a newer 94/95 or am I still safe with the 87.... Here is a picture of it
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:54 AM   #6
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Yo, another teenager, lol! I didn't really notice any price difference from the earlier to newer YJs, but where I did notice a difference was in engine size. Like everybody else has said, watch for rust, stick is half the fun of owning a Jeep, and maintnence is the other half. I'd look for the newer '94 or '95. Look for the closest think to stock you can find, because it's less likely to be somebody's cheapo project that they just half assed, realized they didn't want it/didn't have the money to complete it, and decided to dump it in somebody else's lap.

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