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Old 04-02-2015, 05:48 PM
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Hello, I am looking at trading my 2006 Honda Rancher ATV for a Jeep Wrangler/Cherokee. I found someone with a wrangler that is interested in trading. Here is the link:
1995 Jeep Wrangler

I don't even have my permit (lol yes) so I'll just be taking it out to my grandparents property to learn to drive a stick on it. It is the 4 cyl, not the 6, but I think it'll be fine for me as I wont be really taking it out of 3rd gear and its geared lower than a 6. It does have a lift, and there are small mud holes out there that I could go through presumably (about a foot-foot and a half deep). I am very excited about this because it'll be my first vehicle, but I don't want it to be a piece of junk. Here is what I know about it

The radio was stolen out of it
The speedometer and odometer don't work, but the tach does. Seller says it has around 130k on it and it was like that when he got it from prev owner
Is street legal and has a clean title
He said the two front fenders are cracked. There is also a minor dent in the back. Should I be concerned about this?
It has no spare tire
It has no AC/Heater and didnt have one to begin with

I hear these Jeeps are very reliable. I just want to know what to look out for when I go to look at it. My father has owned a couple old Grand Cherokees and a 92 2 door Cherokee, so he knows the older Jeeps pretty well.
He is going to get his daughter to send pics of the interior. It is obviously a soft top. Im excited that I'll be able to take the doors off and the top off, but he said that if you leave it in the rain that the water will seep under the windshield and through the doors. It is older and it is a soft top so I understand this, but I will have to clear a spot out in the garage for it.

Any feedback/tips would be SUPER appreciated.
Thanks!, Ethan

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Old 04-02-2015, 06:47 PM   #2
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No clue what your atv is worth or what the yj you want to for is like but I do know my yj is far from perfect, has heat, perfectly running n sound n I wouldn't dream of trading it for an atv so basically you need to look for leaks all underneath the jeep and while your under it you need to look for rust. The frames on yj's are very prone to rust. Little things are easy to fix like fenders

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Edit, I did not realize there was a link, looks clean from pics but I would get some half doors if you ever want it to be a daily driver
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The 2piece soft doors are fine for a dd. I have both full steel doors and 2 piece soft doors for my YJ. I run the soft doors when it's above 35* anything below I run the full doors. To be honest my soft doors seal better then my steels Seeing the new top is a factory style and your soft doors are designed for a supertop you'll want to get soft uppers for the 2 piece soft doors for a factory style top which you have . I ran a 2.5l jeep for years As for the water leak. It's probably the cowl seal its normal to leak

Being a 95 it'll have a galvanized tub and should also be a galvanized frame also
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OK Cool! He kept it covered so it should be good! Thanks so much
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:20 PM   #6
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According to NADA book value, his 95 YJ Rio Grande is booked around 5200 and your 06 Rancher is booked at 2200.

So you are getting a better deal, unless there is a lot of unseen problems hidden in the Jeep. I can see that the mismatched doors and top are a problem due to the gaps around the rounded corners of the doors. That is going to let rain in.

If the speedo is broke, then there isn't any real way to tell how many miles are actually on it. You can never go by a seller that says "well there is around 130,000 on it." I could say that about my 87 too, even though my odometer says that there is 197,000 on it.

Have someone go with you that can drive a standard, and take it for a ride. Put it into 4wd as well as into low range. Go through all the gears, including reverse. Make sure it is what you want before you give up your ATV even though you are getting a smoking deal on it.

And by all means remember this. Parts for your ATV are cheap. Parts for the Jeep on the other hand...JEEP stands for Just Empty Every Pocket.
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see what those rocker covers are covering and pull up the carpet and look for flintstone holes
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:43 AM
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According to NADA book value, his 95 YJ Rio Grande is booked around 5200 and your 06 Rancher is booked at 2200.

So you are getting a better deal, unless there is a lot of unseen problems hidden in the Jeep. I can see that the mismatched doors and top are a problem due to the gaps around the rounded corners of the doors. That is going to let rain in.

If the speedo is broke, then there isn't any real way to tell how many miles are actually on it. You can never go by a seller that says "well there is around 130,000 on it." I could say that about my 87 too, even though my odometer says that there is 197,000 on it.

Have someone go with you that can drive a standard, and take it for a ride. Put it into 4wd as well as into low range. Go through all the gears, including reverse. Make sure it is what you want before you give up your ATV even though you are getting a smoking deal on it.

And by all means remember this. Parts for your ATV are cheap. Parts for the Jeep on the other hand...JEEP stands for Just Empty Every Pocket.
Thanks. My father will be going with me to inspect it. He owned two Jeep Grand Cherokees and a 92 Jeep Cherokee Sport (manual) a while back so he is fairly familiar with them. We are going to inspect it very thoroughly. It will definitely be a trade up for me. Thank you for your feedback!
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By the way, I will also be clearing a spot in the garage most likely for it. If not, I'll buy a tarp for it.
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Nobody has really talked about it but be ready to put a little money into it... There are things you'll want to do to it as soon as you bring it home like changing all the fluids and such plus there may be some front end work that'll need to be done. Most things are inexpensive but all the little things add up in a hurry. You're smart to bring your pops, he can check the drivetrain, axles, etc. As stated before, spend a good amount of time underneath it looking for fluid leaks and rust on the frame and tub. 95s might have galvanized tub and frame but are not impervious to rust by any stretch of the imagination... As for the leaks, as long as it isn't messing with your electrical who cares, it's a jeep! They are designed to be ok if you get water inside, just pull the plugs in the floorboards. If it has carpet, get rid of it and line the tub (you can line the tub with some elbow grease and $100. Good luck and let us know if you get it and everyone here will be very helpful if you end up with it.
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Nobody has really talked about it but be ready to put a little money into it... There are things you'll want to do to it as soon as you bring it home like changing all the fluids and such plus there may be some front end work that'll need to be done. Most things are inexpensive but all the little things add up in a hurry. You're smart to bring your pops, he can check the drivetrain, axles, etc. As stated before, spend a good amount of time underneath it looking for fluid leaks and rust on the frame and tub. 95s might have galvanized tub and frame but are not impervious to rust by any stretch of the imagination... As for the leaks, as long as it isn't messing with your electrical who cares, it's a jeep! They are designed to be ok if you get water inside, just pull the plugs in the floorboards. If it has carpet, get rid of it and line the tub (you can line the tub with some elbow grease and $100. Good luck and let us know if you get it and everyone here will be very helpful if you end up with it.
Of course. The man said he just had the back end checked out and had the oil changed in the back end. We'll be changing the motor oil ASAP *if* I get it. That spray in bedliner stuff works great. We sprayed it under and on the racks of our 4 wheeler and trailer. Probably will do that if I decide that I want to keep it for a while.
By the way, what do you mean line the tub?
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what do you mean line the tub?
the tub is the the entire body of a yj, he means rip the carpet out if there is any and bed liner it. Basically the entire inside of your jeep should be bedlined to prevent rust. Monstaliner is a good product and there are several others.

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