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Old 06-04-2015, 06:58 PM
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What did you find out when you got your jeep?

I got my jeep 8 months ago, didn't know anything about them at all, had basic mechanic skills well probably a little more then basic but I didn't know anything about 8.8, lockers, shitty dana 35's etc.

My question is what did you find out about you jeep after buying it good or bad that you had no idea about before hand. My list so far. And I bought mine from a dealership that dealt with rice burners, imports all fancied out... No idea about jeeps aparantly. Got it for 3500

Bad Stuff I learned

No oil in transfer case filled and flushed twice now no metal no sound, drive shaft plug had come out so was leaking

Water in front diff and lots of it, filled and even my cad works still
barely any fluid in master cyl, I have a minor slave leak very minor but needs fixing.

Needs Paint job paint, they painted over factory paint job and its peeling but no rust!

Good Stuff, this is where I was amazed at what I got.

No rust anywhere
Northridge Installed lift kit from their shop $1300 for parts minimum
Warn Front and rear bumper with tire swing out and front bar $1400
Locker in front not sure which yet but lunchbox style are still $300 or so
Supertop brand new rear windows all 3 tinted
Bestop front seats
aftermarket rear seat no idea which bestop symbol on it
Overhead sound bar with amp, wasn't connected when I got it
35 BFG mt 12.50s with matching spare less then 300 miles on them $1620
Motorsport wheels 1000
Tuffy lock box center console 300
Electric heater, wasn't working when I got it even with no top at 50 degrees I'm hot
PIAA lights $200
K&N air intake
Spray on rhino liner undercoat and inside, no carpet

Roughly 6000 grand in new upgrades, I can let the wheel go at 70 with no sway bar and now no trac bar front and rear and wheel doesn't even move.

Really funny thing is they had another jeep there that had a new paint job, with some nice mods, winch bumpers etc 30k more miles then mine, I have 130k, for $11,000. But it was few years newer I have a 92, 4.0 5 speed.

I think I might have stole this one, what about your jeep buying experience?

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Bought my 1990 YJ in Feb. 2.5L manual.

The bad:
Sat outside for 8+ years non running
Got a pretty decent hit on the right rear corner (no frame damage though)
Fuel tank, fuel pump, sending unit all toast
There was like 9 quarts of oil in the engine
Transmission had quarts of water in it
Rats built a nest in the air filter box
Vacuum hoses rotted everywhere
Nothing electrical in the dash seemed to work right
Every lug nut was a different style size if they were even there
Heater blower motor bad
Alternator bad
Hoses belts bad
No top or top hardware bows
No doors or tail gate
Cracked front windshield
Rear brake line broke
Front calipers each had a broken bolt because the wrong pads were on it
Exhaust missing from CAT back
Rear drive shaft was in passenger floor board, u joints toast


The good:
It's a jeep and it was in my price range
Love white and it so happens to be white
She started right up after new fuel components and battery
Runs like a dream after fixing all the vacuum leaks
Has a black diamond 4.5 suspension lift and 1" trans drop
Pretty decent rims and 33x12.5s (does need new cause of wx checking)
All electrical started working after some cleaning
Dash looks great after some fresh vinyl paint
Rides smooth
No rust
Pretty cool light bar
It's paid for!
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:15 PM   #4
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Bad:
Dents on the hood
Bad paint on all the black exterior parts
Needs the door glass seal replaced
That's pretty much all
Good:
no rush, because desert
All stock
Manual
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My 94 4.0L 5sp followed me home about a month ago.

The bad:
- Someone welded the drivers side of the transfer case skid to the frame. Looks like there are broken rusty bolts in there. THAT's going to suck to fix.
- Speaking of rust, both rear shackle areas of the frame have holes, just got the autorust repair sleeves in the mail today.
- I was mainly a plow truck, got less than 4k miles on it in 4 years, so a lot of sitting. Motor oil was gross, trans fluid was gross, t-case fluid was low and gross. Haven't cracked open the diffs yet but they are probably a nightmare as well.
- The PO, or the PPO, had a light bar, a multi-speaker sound system, a plow, and god knows what else in the jeep. Everything was wired terribly. There are dozens of dead wires snaking through the interior.
- Broken crusty brake line.
- Broken fuel line.

The strange:
- Some small rodent found it's way into the air filter inlet and camped out. It used to steal the PO's dog's food and horde it in the air filter box. When I went to change the filter the box was PACKED with moldy dog food pellets.

The Good:
- Something about this jeep spoke to me, I knew right away it was coming home with me.
- It's Navajo Turquoise Metallic, the same color as the YJ on the cover of the July 2008 4Wheel Drive and Sport Utility magazine that I have been obsessing over for 8 years.
- Only 119K miles on the clock
- The radiator had been flushed very recently
- Besides the wiring debacle the interior in in great shape (small hole in drivers floor pan but an easy fix).
- It's a fixable, buildable platform with the engine/trans combo I wanted at a good price.

- With fresh fluids, a tune up, and fresh grease wherever I can find a fitting it runs great and is a perfect runabout for my daily commute and weekend trips to the cliffs for climbing.

- With some work and parts it's going to be an awesome, reliable, capable jeep that will stay with me for a while.
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The Bad;
-It was ugly and plan. I picked mine up from an older gentleman that had used it as his tow behind hunting jeep. It as plan beyond belief.
-It had the BA sucky tranny that worked for a while but died.
The only rust was on all the emissions tubing, getting emissions checked was a pain.
-Front spring hangers had poor factory weld, drivers side separated off the frame, installed shackle reversal to fix.
-Small crack on wind shield frame by driver side wiper mount. JB welded it about 18 years ago. Replacement frame still in shed.

The Good
-It was plain, unmolested, no modes at all.
-Its a cool weird shade of yellow, a cross between school bus yellow and mustard I guess.
-Came with both half and full doors, that was cool.

What is funny, is when I first saw it, I did not like it at all, the wheels and tires where stock and the interior was a faded spice color. My first car (A Jeep of Course) was a 74 CJ-5 that I fixed up nice though high school with the help of Dad of course. Then seeing this YJ thing it as a bit of a shocker. My dad is the one that found the jeep from a friend of a friend type of deal. So I parked my CJ and went to work slowly on the YJ.
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The bad:
It was chromed out (I hate chrome) bumpers, grill cover, hardware, everything they could really.

Engine needs a moderate amount of work, including repairing two of the holes for the valve cover.

Needed a transmission mount (Just didn't have one)

The wheels (also chrome) were 17" rims that fit in so shallow they rubbed the brake lines on even slight turns.

Crappy custom built (As in raw wooden box) amp and speakers in the back. Wired (Including direct from battery power) with speaker wire.

Hardtop only


The good: BEAUTIFUL and clean rust free frame and tub (No holes ANYWHERE)

Engine compartment mostly stock. No major modifications

Evidence of past soft top installation, made putting it on when I bought one easier.

Basically a nice clean blank slate to start fresh with.
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Paid $3500 on ebay with 190,000 on the clock. Not many surprises as the seller had great communication. Surprises were: Finding that Jeep on ebay 20min. before end of auction, needing to ask questions about condition, frame, driveability - and got all questions answered in time to bid. Drive train has no leaks, seller threw in a pair of full steel doors for free, brakes are relatively new, rides and handles well on the highway at speed and through the twisties in West Virginia, everything works as it should. All fluids had been changed and topped off although I flushed the brake fluid and refilled because it was dirty. Oh - the interior is completely bed lined, that was a pleasant surprise. Has a new never installed locking steel security center console, rear locking trunk. Has half doors, full doors, hard top, soft top and hardware, soft door "tops". 3 sets of mirrors, for doors and doorless driving. A surprise was a small cut in the unused uninstalled soft top. No rust on the Jeep - all bolts come out when I try to remove them instead of breaking off or getting stuck as they do here in the rust belt. The grill was in beautiful shape under the chrome grill cover, so I removed cover and painted the primed grill black, kept the chrome bezels in. It was cheaper to drive with my wife in the mini cooper 855 miles to VA and drive both vehicles home, then to ship it or take a train or bus to get it myself. I wish I had given YJs a chance years ago, but was turned off by the rectangular headlights. I have "seen the light" now, though - I have a MPI engine and no emissions testing required so I could modify any way I want to.
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The bad:
Clear coat is peeling on the cowl
Broken windshield
Space saver spare, but 33's on the jeep
Tail lights and parking lights half full of mud
Rear lugs were put on cross threaded with an impact, causing all of them to break and have to be replaced
wiring was a rats nest under the dash
passenger side seat belt wont retract and drivers side inertia locks at the slightest movement
Front axle seal leaking on the drivers side
The Good:
It has a new 4" RC lift
New bowless top from Rampage
New front pre-runner bumper
Almost new tires
New Crager rims
New motor with less that 1k miles
New mirrors
All gauges work correctly
Came with a trail cover
Original owners manual was in the jeep!
The Best
Didn't cost me a dime. I traded a guy my 92 z28 for his 95 YJ.

As it was when I got it.
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one more good I left off. It had brand new Bushwhacker Fender Flares on it.
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Just picked up my latest last Friday.

The good
Has limited slip diff

The bad
There is a crossed wire on the turn signal.
The rear diff is leaking.
One of the fog lights is out.
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Just picked up my latest last Friday. The good Has limited slip diff The bad There is a crossed wire on the turn signal. The rear diff is leaking. One of the fog lights is out.
Double check that the correct bulbs are in there... Mine was doing that and the left turn signal had the wrong bulb in it
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Double check that the correct bulbs are in there... Mine was doing that and the left turn signal had the wrong bulb in it
I will check it. I know that the front bulb is correct. I actually have two '97s right now so I am using the rust bucket one for parts. I swapped the bulb from it when I thought it was just a blown bulb. I also noticed that when the lights are on, the right turn signal light in the dash is just lit. I had this happen on my '93 and a wire from the trailer hitch was touching another wire. I figure this weekend, I get to crawl around and chase down wires seeing if I can find the culprit.
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When I took the pad & cover off the roll bar I found a joint and two 9mm cartridges. When I was tearing it down I discovered a burglar alarm I missed when I checked it out before purchase.
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I learned that with the top off, its far quieter than any of out other vehicles. Mostly cause my wife doesn't talk so much, or at least I can't hear it so much. Either way I take the top off as much as possible...
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When I took the pad & cover off the roll bar I found a joint and two 9mm cartridges. When I was tearing it down I discovered a burglar alarm I missed when I checked it out before purchase.
Best find ever!
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The bad: now I know why my Dad rolled his eyes when I said I was going to install a stereo in whatever POS I was driving at the time. Pulled over 35 feet of miscellaneous wire out so far. Prior owner(s) had installed and removed tunes, amp, extra speakers, blah blah. No thermostat, probably due to the clutch fan being shot. Soft top for an early YJ, to not quite perfect seal, to say the least. No rear seat hardware, exhaust leak. Front seats somewhat hashed. Trans pan bolts torqued to 4 lbs("Where is all the red fluid coming from?")
The good: 4 popper runs well, shifts well (auto slush box), body and frame clean and pretty rust free. Doors close tight and quiet. Fluids were all not bad.(169k on the odo) Tires are fine for the next year.
Having a blast putting it back to somewhat stock shape..priceless
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My wife was pissed.
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My wife was pissed.
like I said ride her around with the top off and you don't know she's pissed. LOL
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my jeep was full of surprises. I got it 3 years ago as gift for bday from wife. didn't know any thing, not a mechanic. Few things i found out about later on.

First of all the rotten floor panes under carpet. 3rd day after i bought it, i was pulling out of gas station onto a general road in NYC full of traffic. Being still weak on mechanical transmission, i bursted a little and ended up flying into the back of my jeep along with the seat. that was no fun, in middle lane, crazy.

later on i found out that the oil has probably never been changed in transmission, slave, drive shafts. had a friend mechanic, he helped change all the liquids and from there i started learning my jeep.

Good things, it has a hard top and square head lights. Over these 2 years i fixed it up a lot. now ready to mod it and probably get a camo-pain/vinyl all over it's exterior.
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New surprise. After a few months of ownership I just learned that the spare does not hold air and has a small tear in the side wall. The tire looks okay, not much cracking if any, but is so weakened by dry rot I am able to tear the sidewall more by hand! I picked up a good used spare and wrestled the old one off, and put the new one on with three crow bars and actually did not give myself a concussion or knock out any teeth. I have a lot of experience manually changing tires when I was scrapping, and would not recommend that anyone start doing this as a result of my post. I have had a few close calls in the past and learned relatively safe techniques.
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I found out the front floor pans and the back 1/3 of the frame were rotted. Not just rusty, ROTTED, as in HOLES. That's what you get when you buy a Jeep on ebay, and the seller says "no rust". It's rust free now.
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I found out the front floor pans and the back 1/3 of the frame were rotted. Not just rusty, ROTTED, as in HOLES. That's what you get when you buy a Jeep on ebay, and the seller says "no rust". It's rust free now.
"it's all highway miles" haha, like that's why you own a jeep!
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The bad

I bought the junker in the first place.
I still can't believe people spend GOOD money on these things.
It really is a POS

The good

It is not & will NEVER be my daily driver
It runs
It plows snow very well
With the top & doors off, it is not too bad to drive.
The dog likes to ride in it
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The bad I bought the junker in the first place. I still can't believe people spend GOOD money on these things. It really is a POS The good It is not & will NEVER be my daily driver It runs It plows snow very well With the top & doors off, it is not too bad to drive. The dog likes to ride in it
too funny.... yet SO true!!!
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I guess I'm lucky. When I bought my 95 back in 02, the guy told me it was a 94 and priced appropriately. When I went to the courthouse to do the title transfer, the clerk said the VIN indicated a 95 model. Sweet!!

Otherwise I bought a great Jeep. No rust (it was in Texas) and no mechanical problems at all. I did need to replace the front inside door panels as the previous owner had installed, then removed, some monstrous speakers from the doors, like 10 inch holes. Otherwise it's been great. In 13 years I've replaced nothing but a headlight, instrument light bulb, tires, and belts.

I also learned about the 20 gallon fuel tank trick which was simply fantastic.
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The Bad: 2.5 was seized, rusted out floor pan on DS, no interior, michigan rust

The Good: it was free, excuse for a motor swap, the money i saved by getting it free bought a 97 Explorer for motor and rear end(8.8 with LS),gave me something to wrench on, did i mention FREE?

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