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Just how rare is a 1995 Jeep Wrangler Rio Grande automatic? I understand all Rio's are 4 cylinder, I have seen Rio's on various list here and there for rare jeeps ONLY because they made them one year 95 of course. So my curiosity is peaked, just how rare are these Rio Jeeps with automatic tranny and does the auto have a different rear end than the 5 speed, thank you in advance for any info you guys can provide.
 

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Really wouldn't be worth even looking at to me or anyone I know for what we do but to each his own. A 4 cyl auto would be a parts jeep, or an ls swap.
 

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If I was shopping today I'd rather have a late build 1995 YJ 6cyl. These usually came with the better front axle ujoints and dual diaphragm brake booster. These were TJ parts that made their way into YJ production. The YJ single diaphragm booster is near useless.
 

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If I was shopping today I'd rather have a late build 1995 YJ 6cyl. These usually came with the better front axle ujoints and dual diaphragm brake booster. These were TJ parts that made their way into YJ production. The YJ single diaphragm booster is near useless.

I had a 94 with ABS that had a dual diaphragm so they were around earlier than 1995. And i don't think the bigger joint's do a whole lot since all they did was bore the hole out bigger and weakened the ears. So you pretty much need aftermarket shafts to get any considerable strength difference.

I don't like the late 95 YJ's i seen them on dealer lots and they were weird. They shared TJ parts like the rear tailgate hinges and the hood bumpers for the windshield and the interior even looked like TJ fabric.
 

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rarity of jeep Rio Grande

I am not concerned with the dollar amount of the jeep at all, I don't care if its a 2k jeep, 5k jeep, or 7k jeep,I am more curious just how many may have been made. I do now know of a lot of 4 cylinder jeeps that are auto with the rear end that it may or may not have and also considering Rios were only made one year. This jeep is in great shape, we have not plans to even lift it, its damn near original why not keep it that way. my daily driver is a 4x4 Tacoma with all the mods one needs for offroad. you don't find 23 year old jeeps in this shape everyday. maybe we put mud tires on it and keep stock size, that is really the only mod we plan.
 

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Without numbers, nobody can say.

The 95s ran a little longer than the years before as they were made through December 1995. At the time, the XJ Cherokee and the ZJ GC were the cat's meow and they mostly came with the 4.0 engine. Thus, the 95 YJs were mostly left with the 2.5 motor.

There was a good battle back then between the YJ and the Geo Tracker. Don't laugh. The base models were similar in cost and Jeep was battling the Sami/Tracker for buyers.

The Rio Grande was an appearance package off the "S" model. The Rio Grande didn't come with AC or the 4.0. They came in four colors (tan, green, aqua and a desert red). They have 4.11 gears (4 cyl) and included the RioGrande sticker on the back quarter, Sound bar, High end electronic radio, Tilt wheel and the color wave seats.

There's a lot of them for sure. Again 95 YJs were made almost 18 months - so these aren't too rare. The automatic behind the 4 is though as they were quite under powered and the 3 speed auto didn't help the cause.
 

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Further Rio love...

The 6th digit in the VIN is the model code for the YJs. Unfortunately there isn't a Rio number and rather they all have a 1. 1 is the "S" model.

1 = "S"
2 = Base
4 = Sahara
5 = Laredo
6 = Renegade

I think if you reach out to Jeep Cares - they could help with the production numbers and confirm your build sheet for your YJ.

Total build numbers for the 93-95 YJs were:
1993: 68,664
1994: 75,691
1995: 119,309 (With the build through December 1995)
 

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The Rio Grande was an appearance package off the "S" model. The Rio Grande didn't come with AC or the 4.0. They came in four colors (tan, green, aqua and a desert red). They have 4.11 gears (4 cyl) and included the RioGrande sticker on the back quarter, Sound bar, High end electronic radio, Tilt wheel and the color wave seats.
I think that's Light Pearlstone, Emerald Green, Aqua, Bright Mango...

5 colors. Forgot the white one too:
...and Bright White. :)
 

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rio grande

thank you Dusty Duster that is the type of info I was looking for, I was looking for a build sheet type stats on all rio's built, I don't know if there is a spreadsheet out there someone could filter down too and see numbers like that for the Rios.

I understand its only a 4 banger and the negatives that come with it, I don't care about all that quite frankly. I have had several Jeeps products with the 4.0 and 4x4. Hard to beat the 4.0 4x4 set up with a Dana 44 rear end, even with todays technology still one of the best 4x4 systems still out there IMO.

like you mentioned, i have seen the 4.11 gears in the rear end on Rio's, here is a question for you, is that only in the 5 speed Rio? can an auto 4 banger Rio have that rear end? I cannot find the info now but I thought (could be wrong) if the rio had a auto the rio rear end had 3.73 gears in the rear end. I am trying to verify this.

I did not realize just how long 95's models were made until you pointed that out, makes sense due to the TJ intro in 97.

for all the bad that is wrong with a 4 cylinder jeep and sorry ass auto at that, it still a Jeep product and we love jeeps or you would not be here on this sight researching info, right?

thank you again for the info....
 

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in the 95 yj, 4 cyl. it should be 3.73 with the auto trans, 4.10 standard. others can help you better with gears than I can.

Hes correct the Rio Grande was a special edition. You can read the tag on the diff cover and it should have numbers on it. I think my Rio Grande came stock with 4.55s


i found these 2 pieces of info but really does not answer my question, what came stock in a rio grande with auto tranny, what rear end is in the damn thing?
 

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I don't believe the drivetrain was in any way special... 5 spd 4.10 auto 3.73... as w any other 4 cyl yj

What rpm are you running at 60 and how tall are your tires (tape measure).... from those two numbers we can quickly tell you for sure what gears you have
 
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