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Old 07-13-2016, 05:25 PM
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YJ Expert in Whatcom Co, WA? Trying to decide whether to buy!

Hi all,

I've got a 2015 JKU WW, but unfortunately drove by an '87 wrangler yesterday that I can't seem to get out of my head. Lots of potential issues which I won't bore you with at this time, but also lots of potential maybe.

Wondering if there is a "Jeep Guy" or "Jeep Gal" near me who knows that model and would take a look at it with me?

If not, perhaps this group would offer some insights on this model - such as, did it have multiple engine choices, or only one? The air cleaner and carb on this thing looks odd, like they added something. Could someone take a photo of their engine on the 87 or thereabouts model so I can compare what it should look like to what I'm seeing now? Any special issues I should look for with this model?

Any clue what one of these should go for? I did not even ask the mileage, but tires are good, winch looks good, back door does not sag. New looking front seats but rear is not new. No terribly scary rust, but it was wrecked and totaled about 5 years ago when it slid backwards into a ditch in Idaho and the insurance company did not want to mess with the water damage. Nearby shop just cleaned everything out and changed all fluids and it has run fine for five years (!!). All gaskets appear to need replacing, as rear end seeps, oil pan seeps, etc. Again, if it's been properly kept lubed, I'm not totally terrified of these class ! leaks (as we said in the army). It started up nicely when he asked it to. I did not drive it yet as I am very early in my investigation. Local guy is asking $3750. Dash is pretty ratty and they have changed the 4wd controls in some way which he explained but eludes me (from vacuum to manual, I think he said). No lift kit but the higher shocks which gives it a rugged look. Soft top is not too bad; does not zip in back on one side, but who cares, really. Hard top is not functional (no back window, tear over passenger seat), but ok on that too for my money at this time; I'll just tweak that. This would likely be my topless rig anyway, but I do need it to run decently and not be a lemon. I hate to look like a fool.

I will take it to a mechanic before I would purchase, and pull the wheels etc, but thought I'd take a shot at this forum to see if you guys had any insights you were burning to share. And, again, if there is a local "expert" with this model, I'd love another set of eyes.

Thanks much, Sharon

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