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Old 05-05-2011, 03:53 AM
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New Jeep, is it worth it?

I am looking at a stock '90 model 4 cyl manual. 100K miles on it. First the negatives the radiator leaks, battery wont hold a charge, clutch pedal shows no pressure at all it just hangs there, 4wd slips out of 4wd low you have to hold shifter in place to remain in 4wd low. Needs four new tires. Does not have a top. Windshield is cracked. Interior is dirty, paint is flaking on hood.

The positives. It starts and runs! The AC blows cold, heater works as well. All lights and other accessories work. The body is straight no major dents, dings or scratches.

My questions are....what do you guys think is wrong with the above mentioned problems....easy fixes? also he is asking $1200 as he needs the money to pay rent. Do you think it is worth the money? thanks for your help!

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I would figure up how much it will cost to fix and see what that will buy you. Could be a money pit.

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Do you have plenty of money to throw at it and the knowledge it takes to fix it? If so, then sure, why not.

BUT from your post I'm going to guess that you haven't had a lot of experience with a wrench in your hands and this little guy is going to be a project of some proportion.

New radiator, that's fairly easy. Battery may be bad or could be a bad alternator OR an electrical gremlin that is drawing it down in a trickle. Electrical problems go one of two ways. Either straight forward or a complete PITA to track down.

4Low could just be an adjustment to the linkage BUT since the clutch is also acting badly, it sounds like this little Jeep has been abused and neglected. Then again it could be any number of fixes from (again) linkage to having to replace the clutch completely.

With the clutch not working I'm going to guess that you weren't able to drive it. You never know what else may be problematical unless you can get it moving. With the current condition I'd be very watchful of things like water or mud in the fluids (tranny, transfer case, diffs, etc)

If you have someone that knows mechanics, then have them take a look at it. Even better if you know someone who knows Jeeps.

For $1200 it could turn out to be a steal and it could be a real nightmare.
Did you crawl around under it and look for "trail damage", mud and rust? Any signs of it burning oil or anything like that?

What about the owner. Does he/she know anything about Jeeps, was it theirs for long?
Do they know their ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to mechanics?
If not that would explain some of the neglect. If they seem to know about mechanical stuff then get out of there and don't look back. That means they KNOW what the problems are and they are dumping it.
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Thats not too bad a price. If the frame is solid. Depends on how much work you want to do.

Also prices somewhat depend on area. I got my 95' with more miles than that 90'. It needs nothing more than some cosemetic and simple maint items. I paid 2600.

I honestly don't "have" to do anything to it and I have been driving the crap out of it.

Like said above, add up the possiblilites and decide if you want a project or not.
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I am no certified mechanic by any means but i have done my fair share of wrenching.....i have a 12 valve cummins that i have replaced exhaust, installed performance clutch, replaced boost hoses and messed with the injection pump and stuff, but I have never owned a jeep. The guy I am buying this from has no clue what he is doing or anything about vehicles. He didnt even know where the dip stick was on the thing. All of this concerned me so I checked all the fluids and they looked good. The clutch master cylinder is dry as a bone, I figured this contributed to the clutch pedal but wasnt sure if it would make the pedal go completely limp like its just hangin there swinging. I am ready for a project, but I didnt know if that was a terrible deal or not.
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Well heck, you're set to go!
See if you can dicker with the guy a little, and if not then decide if it's worth it to you.

What kind of shape are the tires in? That can be a big expense too, as you prolly already know, Sounds like it might be fun.

For ME the worst things to look for are rust and engine trouble. Nearly everything else is do-able.
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I got mine for $1200 was in way better shape then that but it was a family deal. All it needed was a new battery and tires and I got both hard and soft top included.

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