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Old 09-14-2019, 06:06 PM
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Should I buy a 4 1995 YJ 4 cylinder w/74k miles?

I found a very basic 1995 Wrangler YJ with 74,000 miles for $6.500.00. It has the 4 cylinder 2.5. New Toyo Open Country tires. Body seems to be in great shape, no dents or rust. Never driven off-road and has only been driven during 4 winters, stored the others. I would be the 3rd owner. 2nd owner bought it with 3,500 miles on it. Its never been in an accident and has service records. My main concern is how most everyone thinks the 4 cylinder is underpowered.

Any help would would be appreciated.

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What is your intended use? That answer will dictate the advice you receive.

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Like Jarhead says, depends on your use. I had a 95 four cyl. Nice little jeep that was used for trail rides at our camp.
If I had to use it as a dd, not for me. Four cyl takes a while to get up to speed. If you have to get somewhere fast, get out an run.

Drive it and see what you think.
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Thanks. This is just a toy that the top comes off and I can go off-road. Had a 78 Renegade and 81 Laredo (think the dates are correct) and wanted another Jeep after all these years. I also have a Tundra and a sports car for daily drivers.

Do you think the price is fair?
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I have the same Jeep with 248k. Its a fun run around Jeep that gets decent mileage. Price is very fair with as low as the mileage is, and it sounds like the body is in good shape. I paid 1000 less for mine with 3 times the mileage!


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If you're going to stay stock with tires. Enjoy it. I have a 93, 2.5, 5 speed with 31s and that is enough difference to feel it, especially in the mountains. Is the price fair? Maybe. If it's super clean as far as rust. Go on Craigslist, see what others are being listed for in your area. $6500 may be a deal where you are and highway robbery elsewhere.
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Thanks everyone for all your responses.
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For that price you should be able to find a 4.0 I'd stay away from the 4cyl I had 1 and it was the biggest pig I ever drove. $6500 is high for a 4 banger
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4 cyl is great off road and around town but TERRIBLE on the interstate....

That's a lot of money for a 4 cyl... better be REALLY nice... I would want to be closer to 3500
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I paid $4200 for my 94 4.0 with new 31s clutch hard top and soft top etc
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Where are you located
I'm in Utah. From what I've seen while searching local classifieds this price seems pretty good.

Like a lot of things it all depends on location location location.
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I'm in Utah. From what I've seen while searching local classifieds this price seems pretty good.

Like a lot of things it all depends on location location location.
Agree on location but rarity in that particular condition and mileage makes this "lowly" 4 cyl special + unique.

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Sound good to me, go for it. Like somebody said, it's not for the interstate.


BTW, gottafofast. Please show us some similar Jeeps for $3500....pfft.
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Sound good to me, go for it. Like somebody said, it's not for the interstate.


BTW, gottafofast. Please show us some similar Jeeps for $3500....pfft.
Plenty around...my last two scores are 97 tj's tho

One a black 2.5 w 134k for $500 and the other a green 4.0 w 75k for $1750

Put tires and wheels on both before these pics
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To me, price is relative, You don't buy a Yj for comfort, mileage, speed, dependability, or status. You buy it to have fun, a project to work on, or just remind you of all the stupid stuff you did as a kid, (Me).

To put it in perspective, I bought mine for three years ago for 4k out the door. Dropped about that again into it since, got another 4 going into it over the next year or so as time permits. 12k over 4 years, so about $250 mo. Everything is paid for and it's my primary DD.

Daughter's Chevy truck was $429 mo for 60 mos,
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All these vehicles I also pay additional maintenance to maintain, none of which I would rather drive except the Honda when I have to drive the freeway at night. None of which are worth or will be worth what I have invested when they get traded or sold.

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Go find what you want that's set up sort of what you want. Buy it. Then fix or replace/upgrade it into whatever you want it to be. THAT's why you buy a YJ. IMHO.
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Sound good to me, go for it. Like somebody said, it's not for the interstate.


BTW, gottafofast. Please show us some similar Jeeps for $3500....pfft.
Plenty around...my last two scores are 97 tj's tho

One a black 2.5 w 134k for $500 and the other a green 4.0 w 75k for $1750

Put tires and wheels on both before these pics
there's plenty around me
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OK, sure, whatever, I totally believe you two, especially after scouring the clist ads in your respective states. The OP has found a cherry that fits perfect in his portfolio and will likely be a good long term investment to boot. He's not contemplating buying some $500 POS. Please, let's make fair comparisons and accurate statements if we are going to offer good advice.
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OK, sure, whatever, I totally believe you two, especially after scouring the clist ads in your respective states. The OP has found a cherry that fits perfect in his portfolio and will likely be a good long term investment to boot. He's not contemplating buying some $500 POS. Please, let's make fair comparisons and accurate statements if we are going to offer good advice.
I'm giving advice on experience I had a 4cyl yj it couldn't get out of it's own way id never buy another 1 and for $6500 theres no way I'd spend that much he should be able to find a 4.0 for that much
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OK, sure, whatever, I totally believe you two, especially after scouring the clist ads in your respective states. The OP has found a cherry that fits perfect in his portfolio and will likely be a good long term investment to boot. He's not contemplating buying some $500 POS. Please, let's make fair comparisons and accurate statements if we are going to offer good advice.
Good investment really???? Not with a 4cyl
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OK, sure, whatever, I totally believe you two, especially after scouring the clist ads in your respective states. The OP has found a cherry that fits perfect in his portfolio and will likely be a good long term investment to boot. He's not contemplating buying some $500 POS. Please, let's make fair comparisons and accurate statements if we are going to offer good advice.
Why don't you worry about your statements and we'll worry about ours.

We are both giving honest advice based on our experience and neither one of us is attacking your advice.

By the way my $500 Jeep is far from being a piece of shit and I drive it every day.
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Thanks for the feedback. Ultimately this Jeep is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. There are pros and cons to everything in life. I was just trying to get an idea on price. To me this seems like a decent price based on what I've seen for sale here in UT. I've had a 6 cylinder Laredo and a 8 cylinder Renegade in the past and I realize this 4 cylinder won't be as powerful but as long as it gets me from point A to point B I'm ok with that.

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Ditto ditto on the interstate. Mine is fine around town and off road but is really under-powered for the interstate. Price is all in the eye of the buyer. I found a rare find in a clean frame/tub YJ in Ohio but from Tennessee for $3k.
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I looked at a 4 cylinder a while ago and couldn’t pull the trigger. The 4 is just too sluggish for me. It really comes down to your driving style and what you intend to use it for. Tons of slow DD out there in the left lane that aren’t Jeeps. If it looks good, runs good, you can afford it, and you don’t mind the slower pace, go for it. Hopefully it’s a manual. I lived in Layton for 2 years. Tons of hills and mountains in UT.
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I have a 91 YJ 4cyl. Great toy!!
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offer less then asking price. settle on a price yer ok with. I like my 95 YJ with a 4 cyl. changed axels to 4.88 to add a little pep.
it ain't a Porsche, and will never be. Jeeps don't belong in the left lane anyway.
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Who cares what it cost.

I've been in the car business in one way or another for most of my life. People call me all the time and ask me if they got a good deal on a car. My answer is always the same. "Do you like it, do you think it was a fair price? if you answer yes to these questions then YES you got a good deal. It doesn't matter if you paid $10K over average retail price, if you like it and you like the price then that's all that matter. My opinion doesn't matter and nobody else on this forums opinion matters......ONLY YOURS.
I'm 55 yrs old (almost 56) and I got my first Jeep when I was 50 yrs old. I grew up playing in the mud in whatever truck I could afford. I always wanted a Jeep but never could afford one. I have mine now and I have about $8500 in it with all the lights and tops and winch etc.,etc.,etc. I don't care how much because I'm having fun in it with my 12 yr old son. He thinks it will be his when he turns 16. Oh how sad he will be to learn Pops ain't givin up his Jeep.
All that to say this.....If you like it and you think its fair....BUY IT!!!!
To hell with what anybody else thinks.
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Does it do what you want/need it to do?

My '97 Wrangler has the 4 cylinder and 84K miles. It's a little gas hog, but it does what I want it to do. I never "need" more power......it's slow to get up to, say, 70 mph, but, frankly I don't want to drive it that fast anyway! I understand the 6 cylinder gets better mpg; I don't know. I can't comment on price; I don't keep current on such things and there may well be large regional differences.
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The lowly 4-banger

Mine is a '03 TJ 4 cylinder and yeah, it's slow. A manual transmission helps, and the fact I live in coastal hills/forest and straight roads/high speeds aren't a real issue. Wouldn't do on the Interstate, though.
Can't beat it for a tow vehicle on an RV though...only about 2200 lbs.
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I bought a 94 YJ 4 banger with 172, 000 . It ran fine, had no frame rust, just some where the roll bar and body are connected. I paid $2,000. I was my first Jeep experience ( I’m glad I had cash with me) I figured it would be easy to work on and parts aren’t to crazy expensive. This was a base model had 1 mirror , no power steering, no radio . From what I’ve heard if your going off road you might want the 6 cylinder. I done some work on her and log all my expenses ( still cheaper than a car payment and much more fun 😎

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