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Old 07-04-2015, 06:18 PM
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What is the jeep really worth?

Hello, considering purchasing a 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, it has the YJ characteristic headlights. The jeep has 170K miles, it has A/C, CD/MP3 Player, removable doors, manual locks & windows, power steering spotlights, towbar, and full-size spare tire. Owner's post says, "1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, built this jeep for my wife but never drives it so I don't want it to sit here and rot. New paint, new tires, wheels, suspension, exhaust, interior, stereo, bikini top, tow bar, rhino lined cab, lockable center console, window and door seals. Has a 4.0L high output engine w/ 5-speed manual, runs great & just smogged." It looks to be in excellent condition and very well taken care of. He also added that a majority of the miles were added by pulling the jeep behind their RV. With all this in mind, what would you guys say is a fair price to offer? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Just depends on the market where you are, it looks clean, if it doesn't have any rust id say anywhere from 5-7k. I see yjs go for that all the time around where I am. What is he asking for it?

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Thank you for your input! I'm not too familiar with the car market here in Fresno, CA. The gentleman is asking $8K for it though currently.
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Hop on Craigslist was see what other people are asking for theirs, 8k in CA doesn't surprise me just do some research on prices and go from there. Good luck!
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And check other states, don't be afraid to travel for the right one. I know plenty of people who have paid 8k for a yj but I picked up my tj with a brand new engine for 5k and my buddy bought a tj with 150k miles for 8k. Just some perspective
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Thank you for your help, I'll definitely do some more research and the added perspective was great!
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Just because it has been towed for a portion of its life, doesn't make that much difference, there is still wear and tear on the drive train. Also 170k miles is quite a bit even if a portion was behind a motor home, you will end up putting quite a bit of wear and tear on it. The jeep does look very clean and being from Fresno there should be no rust, I would say a fair offer even in California would be around 4500 to 5000. Also be sure and get a carfax...
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Thanks for that information, I didn't know that about the towing, as I'm not super familiar with cars, but I'd definitely like to learn. I didn't spot any rust on it and I will absolutely be requesting a carfax report! I appreciate the price feedback, it's much closer to what KBB is pulling up for stock around $4000.
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And check other states, don't be afraid to travel for the right one. I know plenty of people who have paid 8k for a yj but I picked up my tj with a brand new engine for 5k and my buddy bought a tj with 150k miles for 8k. Just some perspective
If you decide to go out of state for a jeep, make sure it has your emissions equipment. I had to leave my 4 cyl TJ in HI when I got out of the military because it lacked sufficient smog equipment. It does look like a very nice rig, however, I would rather take it to a mechanic and $300 now than $2,000 if it is at the end of its life.
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Around here, in the heart of the rust belt, that's about a $4-5k rig if its rust free. No one wants YJs here and that thing look clean. Normally YJs are just about free here. Its kind of sad really, but good news for me!

Now, if the tires are like NEW and stuff like that the price can edge up.

Personally, my list of YJ upgrades would include a V8, so I wouldn't care about the miles so much. Plus 4.0s are tough as nails. It's not like a Cavalier where you would have to be crazy to spend big money on one with 175k on the clock.
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Around here, in the heart of the rust belt, that's about a $4-5k rig if its rust free. No one wants YJs here and that thing look clean. Normally YJs are just about free here. Its kind of sad really, but good news for me! Now, if the tires are like NEW and stuff like that the price can edge up. Personally, my list of YJ upgrades would include a V8, so I wouldn't care about the miles so much. Plus 4.0s are tough as nails. It's not like a Cavalier where you would have to be crazy to spend big money on one with 175k on the clock.

Now I know where to look for yj's.

That one would fetch 5k here in Utah but YJ's and xj's are hot items here currently
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Thank you for all the feedback, everyone! Ultimately, do you think it's a good buy? Or is it too far into its life to put up the $5-8K? I'm a first-time jeep buyer and I'm especially not familiar with these older jeeps.
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Does it have top other than the bikini top? I would have a compression test done and check the brakes as well as the transmission, transfer and axles. If they are all in good condition, it could well be worth 5,000 but I would not go as far as 8000... I bought a California YJ in San Diego with 38000 original miles in top condition for 7000 3 months ago.
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I do not believe it has another top, but sounds like you got an amazing deal! Maybe I should hold out for something with less miles, you've given me hope!
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I'm also starting to get skeptical about the "towed behind a trailer" story. This is the third time I have read that about a Jeep this month. Even if the guy owned the Jeep for years, how many of those 170k miles could have been behind a trailer assuming that's even true? You should treat it as a 170k Jeep and nothing less.
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Thank you for all the feedback, everyone! Ultimately, do you think it's a good buy? Or is it too far into its life to put up the $5-8K? I'm a first-time jeep buyer and I'm especially not familiar with these older jeeps.
It depends... Do you know anything about cars? Can you wrench at all? Do you have tools and garage to store it in?

If you answer no to those things, then it may not be the right thing for you no matter the price. Life won't be much fun if you have to take it a mechanic to put a new top on it (I wouldn't own it for more than a day or two without having a weather "proof" top for it), replace brakes/steering stuff, minor fluid changes, etc. Any vehicle of that age and miles is going to need work. With that said, if it's as nice as it sounds, getting a better Jeep for under $5k might be a tough thing to do. If I were in your shoes I'd count on $1k in addition to the purchase price (full synthetic fluid change is big money on its own), in parts and materials only, to get it right again. That's just the way it tends to go.
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I'm also starting to get skeptical about the "towed behind a trailer" story. This is the third time I have read that about a Jeep this month. Even if the guy owned the Jeep for years, how many of those 170k miles could have been behind a trailer assuming that's even true? You should treat it as a 170k Jeep and nothing less.
I agree 170000 miles is 170000 miles whether towed or driven, you never know it could have been towed for 5000 miles and driven the rest. If I were you I would either make him an offer that would reflect the high miles or keep looking.
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He also added that a majority of the miles were added by pulling the jeep behind their RV.!
When being towed properly the odometer doesn't register mileage.
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I totally agree with what many of you are saying about the mileage, and the more research I do, the more that I see that that Jeep is way overpriced. Additionally, I know basics about cars... ie- jump starting, dealing with corrosion, etc. How to rebuild an engine, not so much. I do have friends that know some, but I'm beginning to think getting something with such high mileage and my lack of knowledge or experience with vehicles is a BAD idea.
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When being towed properly the odometer doesn't register mileage.
the speedometer cable connects to the transfer case and would register mileage if flat towed
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What is the asking price if you don't mind?
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Current asking is $8000
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Current asking is $8000
I would be very suspicious as to why no top, also what are all the cars in the background of the first pix, is he a dealer? How long has he owned the Jeep? Why all the money he put into it like paint and then place it for sale? I would more than likely walk past this deal at that kind of money. You will never get him down to 5000 or under with that asking price.. Start shopping CL all the way from Sacramento to Bakersfield, there are some good deals out there, take your time you will find one....
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I think you're right, excellent questions, and I appreciate the advice! You know how it is, eager to be a jeep owner... But I'll gladly wait for the right one!
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I would be very suspicious as to why no top.... take your time you will find one....
I agree. The made 600,000+ of the YJ's. There will be a better one for less money out there. Be patient. Or, offer him $3500. Take it to leave it. Worst he can say is no.

I personally don't think there is a YJ out there, no matter how clean, no matter how much "fluffy crap" has been done to it, no matter how many miles, that is ever going to be worth more than $5000. Just the way it is.
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In all honesty, I would pay $6000 for that rig. I think its value is at $5500-6000 due to mileage but nothing more than that.
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Honestly.... I offer him $7000 but would prob pay his asking price if it is as clean as it looks. That is just me. So hard to find a clean one and it already has nice aftermarket upgrades.....for me it is my dream Jeep...YJ+Sahara+4.0L+Green!
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I agree. The made 600,000+ of the YJ's. There will be a better one for less money out there. Be patient. Or, offer him $3500. Take it to leave it. Worst he can say is no. I personally don't think there is a YJ out there, no matter how clean, no matter how much "fluffy crap" has been done to it, no matter how many miles, that is ever going to be worth more than $5000. Just the way it is.
1000% agreed!!!! I can't believe the amount that people think these things are worth in other states. That's a maximum of a 5000 dollar jeep anywhere in my opinion.
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the speedometer cable connects to the transfer case and would register mileage if flat towed
Not on a 1993. YJ's went to electric in speedo '92.
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So the seller is telling a phony story then?

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