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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-26-1999, 05:30 PM
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I Need Some Wagoneer Advice

I'm new to this Forum. I am a CJ owner, 76 CJ7 and 57 CJ5 however I will probably be moving to CA from NJ and will have to sell both of them. Here is where I need some advice: I am thinking about driving accross country and buying a Grand Wagoneer to do it in. I am not too familiar with them except for the engines I know about the 258 and 360 V8. What years are best? I'm looking in the mid 80's . Is there anything to look for besides rust? What is the towing capacity? In all probability I'll tow a trailer from U-haul. How many miles have you guys gotten on Engines/Trans I have about 150,000 on my 76 304 V8, but I have a manual trans. Any insight would be great. I'm looking to spend around $3000 and I hope I'm looking in the right price range. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-27-1999, 07:49 AM
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Re: I Need Some Wagoneer Advice

definitly go for the v-8 for towing, avoid the quadra-trach setup, and have fun.

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good luck on your move. i have a 360 v8 in my 72 wag. mid 80's is a great year, but in california we have tough smog laws. so make sure your emmissions will be easy for you to take care of. unless you buy a 72 and older model. but definitly get a v8, 360 or 401. and try to stay away from quadra track 4x4. if you can in the newer models. have fun. wags rule tami

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-03-1999, 12:18 PM
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Re: I Need Some Wagoneer Advice

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I have an 89 Grand Wagoneer 360. You definitely want the V8 for towing.
I have a buddy here in Kansas who has owned about ten Wagoneers, and
currently has four. He consistently gets 150,000 to 200,000 miles with
excellent upkeep. I only have 52,000 miles on mine with no mechanical
problems to date. The second most common problem after rust is the rear
window. Shorts in the wiring, dirt and moisture getting into the tailgate
and screwing up the keyed switch to raise/lower the window. Rear window
seals have been regular problems for many folks I know but have not been
for me so far. My wife drove this vehicle for two years and it doesn't
travel well for kids in the back seat (too bouncy to let them snooze)
Soooo,[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I bought her a Gran Caravan. (Just don't know how I let that happen [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]).
All told, I love the Wagoneers. Just like jeepey-jeeps (mine is an 85 CJ7)
you have to put up with some of their quirks. You should be able to find
something with a fair amount of body work for 3000-4000 if you get looking.
With that in mind, you'll probably find many Wagoneers with the clearcoat
completely oxidized on the hood and roof. Good luck in your search [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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