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Old 07-12-2016, 11:16 PM
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should i keep my YJ

i love my wrangler but i was pressured into buying it. for those of you who know i am 16 and i bought it for 3k and i put 1k into it to get it run right i was told by the mechanic that it was perfect and immaculate under neath so being young and stupid i bought it on his word and my "friend" who shall remain nameless doing my oil change i had ,my doubts that it was "immaculate" so i took it to a mechanic that my family trusts (they have been taking their cars there for 20 years so i know he would tell the truth and not lie) he had a fair amount of problems with the jeep he said there was 6 patches done to the frame and he didnt know how well they were patched the rear shock mount was re welded on after it rusted off then it was undercoated to make it look like there was nothing wrong moving on the exhaust was held on with wire and can fall any second there is an oil leak coming from the crank seal or oil pan he couldnt tell finally the brake lines are rotting off and the breaks are like burned or something idk he said something happened to the break when i slammed on the brake my questions to you all is should i keep her or let her go is it work to keep a 26 year old jeep with almost 200k on her i love her and would hate to see her go but got to do what you got to do right would i be able to keep her running until im through trade school and into my 20s thanks all

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i love my wrangler but i was pressured into buying it. for those of you who know i am 16 and i bought it for 3k and i put 1k into it to get it run right i was told by the mechanic that it was perfect and immaculate under neath so being young and stupid i bought it on his word and my "friend" who shall remain nameless doing my oil change i had ,my doubts that it was "immaculate" so i took it to a mechanic that my family trusts (they have been taking their cars there for 20 years so i know he would tell the truth and not lie) he had a fair amount of problems with the jeep he said there was 6 patches done to the frame and he didnt know how well they were patched the rear shock mount was re welded on after it rusted off then it was undercoated to make it look like there was nothing wrong moving on the exhaust was held on with wire and can fall any second there is an oil leak coming from the crank seal or oil pan he couldnt tell finally the brake lines are rotting off and the breaks are like burned or something idk he said something happened to the break when i slammed on the brake my questions to you all is should i keep her or let her go is it work to keep a 26 year old jeep with almost 200k on her i love her and would hate to see her go but got to do what you got to do right would i be able to keep her running until im through trade school and into my 20s thanks all
That's a hard question.

1. Ask yourself how much could you get for it? Not what you want or think it's worth, a realistic price.
2. What do you want to do with it, fix the issues you have and leave it alone? Modify it?
3. How much to get it into the shape you want?
4. How much to buy an ready made Jeep, in the condition and spec'd how you want it?

My thoughts. At this point you have $4k into it, and looking at maybe another $1k min to get all repairs completed. If all work completed you'll have a $5k YJ, you can't sell it for that. At this point you can't get $4k for it. Maybe $3k at this point. My biggest issues at this point would be rust and internal motor and transmission issues. Both expensive repairs if needed if pay someone to do them. My gut says sell now, take the hit, learn a lesson. Take that money, save a couple grand more and buy a nicely modified Jeep. You will never get you mod money out of something you have done, have someone else take the loss.

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speaking as a father of 2(26 and 21 year olds) and not a "Jeep/car guy" Get the Jeep looking as pretty(give it a good wash and detail think of it as a goodbye to a first love) possible and get it running and driving as good as possible without spending a lot of $$. Dont mess with oil leak but get the brakes working and make it drive able. Secure the exhaust, clamps and hangers are usually not very pricey especially through places like Rock auto but if they are expensive or if exhaust is so jury rigged then just use heavier wire to secure from falling and causing more damage or worse. Now sell it for as much as possible take the loss and learn from it as other poster said.

Now in my "dad" voice, "take that money and buy a boring reliable car like a corolla or even some of the kias or hyundais etc..." Have it checked out by an independent mechanic (not the one selling it). A wrangler is cool and fun but at 16 and wanting something to last through school and higher education not the best choice especially with a limited budget. Wranglers in this price range are money pits from poor gas mileage to the repairs needed. When my daughter was 18 and needed a car to commute to college with we bought her a 2000 4 cyl camry with just over 50k miles on it for 5k. had some scratches and minor dents but was rust free and mechanically excellent. 3 years later has almost 90k miles a lot more scratches and dents still chugging along. Other than buying some used snow tires for winter driving, a headlight, wiper blades and oil changes that is $$ spent. Is going to need new regular tires soon and assuming probably brakes and other stuff. Car is about as boring and uncool as you can get but reliability is its job.
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Speaking as a guy who always listened to his parents it took me 25 years to get my first jeep. I spent, unknowingly, a few thousand dollars on top of what I pad for it to get it roadworthy. I dont regret it one bit! This jeep is the exact vehicle I always wanted. If you can say to yourself I'll have it 5 years from now, drive it alot and love it every time you get in it then keep it! Put the money in it and always know youll never get out what you put in. No matter what shape this one is in youll never know what you wind up with for the next one. Hell, youve got a pile of money in it already. Whats another grand or so to fix it and keep going?
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Speaking as a 17 year old who got a YJ over a year ago- sell it for what you can. Maybe try parting it out, if you don't mind the work and here aren't many for parts in your area. It may be hard to take a $1k hit at your(our) age, but you'll remember this every time you go look at a car. this is why I took so long to buy my jeep. I was worried about getting a bucket of bolts and being out of money trying to fix it. Good luck kid, hope you do what's right for you.
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thanks for all of your input i will be saying goodbye to my yj and will most likely look for a different jeep or truck but the yj has got to go
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Thats unfortunate. Well, on to your next purchase and hopefully better luck with your new found knowledge.
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Have you thought to reach out to those on the forums for help? I'm not too far from you. I really don't think anything you have is crazy. I work on Jeeps all the time. From Wranglers, to cherokees, to J10s.

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he had a fair amount of problems with the jeep he said there was 6 patches done to the frame and he didnt know how well they were patched the rear shock mount was re welded on after it rusted off then it was undercoated to make it look like there was nothing wrong moving on


Ok - so maybe you have a frame issue. Take a brush and take off the undercoating. How does it look? Frame patches aren't the end of the world. Many vehicles have their frames patched, and worked on.


the exhaust was held on with wire and can fall any second


This one is even easier. An exhaust hanger.


there is an oil leak coming from the crank seal or oil pan he couldnt tell


Alright - so an oil pan & rear main. I just did one on my 1983 Jeep J10. It is a pain. It isn't the end of the world. It takes awhile. But no where near difficult.


finally the brake lines are rotting off and the breaks are like burned or something idk he said something happened to the break when i slammed on the brake


Ok - so a brake job, maybe.. and brake lines. Brake lines are really easy... and a brake job. Not hard either. Cheap in parts.

If I were to guess, it would cost around $150-$200 in parts.

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Please don't just sell your wrangler because you have a few minor problems with them. They're really not the end of the world, or difficult.
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I just bought a heep. Not a jeep, a heep. (1993 YJ 193k and I'm 20)

Don't take the loss. I have been flipping cars for a few years now. If you were dumb enough, someone else will be too. Get it safe and roadworthy, get it looking right and get your money out of it. Inspection stickers on these things make them worth at least 3k because they fall apart. You're in the pinnacle of jeep season too. Someone will buy the thing. If you have questions or need help let me know.

Stay the f&%$ away from anything that says stop leak though.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:33 PM   #10
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Hold on there buddy. Its not that bad I've bought alot worse for alot more. Just do some research. It's overwhelming but its VERY doable.
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If you weren't 16 I'd say persevere and stick with it. But at your age you have more important things to spend your money on. I waited until I was 60 to get my first jeep (after wanting one since CJs were new) and have spent more on repairing it than I'm comfortable admitting. Hopefully you can find a more reliable one, but they are money pits, especially if you can't do the work yourself.
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JEEP - (Just Empty Every Pocket) BUT----- most things described are fixable. It's about how much can YOU do and how much it will cost if you don't.

Everyone here makes good points, you are 16, if you have the time, money and will power you can learn a lot but also pointed out, you have other things to worry about.

A few years, some education and some life experience THEN tackle a Jeep project.

Ok so I one of the "Old Guys" but my kids listened and they all make more money than me, have cool toys and I am proud of them.

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