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I'm looking at an '87 YJ Sport with 196,000 miles. It's had a lot of work done. The body is super clean. I need to check out the frame but the seller says it's good. It's his daily driver and he says no mechanical issues. Assuming all that's true, what would you pay? He's asking $4,000 obo.
 

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That’s not a bad price, have a good look at the frame though

Post some photos as well to give a better idea of what you’re looking at.
 

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Thanks! I'm hoping to have a chance to check it out in person this weekend.Here are a couple pics from the listing.


 

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Depends what you want to do with it. The BA10 was not a good transmission and there is a 99% chance it has one if it has the 258. But if it's a really clean jeep things like that can be fixed if you are willing to spend the money.
 

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Thanks! I'm hoping to have a chance to check it out in person this weekend.Here are a couple pics from the listing.


Wrangler forum doesn’t support imgur, I was able to get to the links however

It’s an interesting color scheme for sure, hard to make a good assessment from them though.

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If I were looking for a YJ these are the things I would look for:

Rust:
Frame rails near shackle points
Floor pans
Roll bar bases behind seats
Windshield
Cross-member above & behind fuel tank

Years:
91-95 for fuel injection, 94-95 for external slave

Engine:
2.5 if your keeping it stock
4.0 if you have intentions on lifting it and running larger tires.

Modifications:
Stock so I had a clean slate to work with, thus not having to deal with improperly installed modifications that you see all too frequently on YJ's.

Mileage:
Obviously the lower the better

Wiring:
Ensure the PO hasn't cobbled up the wiring under the dash for his janky stereo install, etc.
 

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The posters above make some really good points about what to look for, The 2.5 while a decent powerplant, leaves most folks looking for a little more juice on the road, while others make do with minimal complaints. 4.2 is a torque horse and will drag you anywhere despite it's low Hp. I would make sure that everything is what is supposed to be there from the factory, swapped out Engines and Transmissions mean mods done that may or may not have complications. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, agreed the BA/10 has gotta go at some point.
IRQ suggested getting as close to stock as possible and I would agree. Less PO mods mean easier options for you to build to suit. In my case I unknowingly bought mine with 4.10 gears in the rear and 3.07's up front ( Absolute No-No) and no chance to check the 4wd out at purchase, First time I engaged the 4wd I was lucky enough to notice that there was something wrong and went back to 2wd and ran it home to check it out narrowly missing a transfer case disaster.
Moral to the story, Check out everything that has a knob, button, lever or switch fot proper function. If it works, great, if it doesn't you will have your laundry list of maintenance started and a great place to negotiate price with a list of repairs.

YJ's are relatively simple creatures and easy to work on, repairs are also inexpensive in comparison to more modern parts. There's a lot of folks on here to use as a resource and willing to help out. 4K is not a very high asking price so it's either a steal or going to be a project. Get those pics up when you take a look this week. I'm curious to know what 4 grand will buy you in PAl
 

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Sounds similar to the 89 YJ I picked up in November. He needs to come down to 3,600 at least. Thats only 10 %. Offer 3,400. cash now see how receptive he is. Good luck. Keep us posted.
 

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Man I don't know about cars in your area, but around here, that is high to me, if it needs repairs.
If you are willing to shop outside your immediate zone I would. I got my rig for 4k and it has been a great rig. Patience is the key and I have little of it! The way I look at it, figure out what you think you will pay to fix your issues, add that to the price and look in that price range. Your going to be in it anyways. Im in it now about 5.5k

95 YJ, 5spd 4.0
 

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