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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2002, 06:35 PM
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I've been considering looking for a used Wrangler. I've been driving a Toyota pickup--nothing wrong with it--but I had a CJ-5 once upon a time and kind of miss it. I don't miss the mechanical nightmare however, so I'm shopping for a little newer cleaner model.

My question is this: a 10-15 year old Wrangler is about in my price range, since my Toy is paid for and that's about how much I could sell it for to buy a Jeep outright ($5500-6500 around here). Since I'm looking for an older vehicle with over 100k, what should I look out for? Are there any model years to avoid? Certain problems to look for? I definitely want the 6 cylinder 5speed, I hate autos and I will be towing a small trailer.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2002, 06:56 PM
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2002, 07:14 PM
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Around here you could get a Jeep that is no more than 5 years old for your price range. I've seen TJ's for sale for $5,000 in my area. But I'd definately get something with fuel injection, which if I'm correct started in YJ's in 91. Good luck.
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IL is a long way from me though--if I did find a good deal on one, it would cost me the difference to ship it or fly there to get it. Plus I don't have the $$ to travel and look at them, and I can't be comfortable buying something sight unseen.
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Sorry, what I was trying to get at is that you should be able to find similar deals around you. I'm sure you know well enough not to buy the first Jeep you see, so keep looking and I'm sure you'll come upon a good deal.
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Yeah, hopefully I can find something. Seems to be a lot of 4 cylinders--I have driven one and am not impressed, plus I need it to tow a small trailer without having to be in 3rd gear doing 50 up every hill (like my 4-cyl Toyota would be).

It's hard to plan without cash in my hand, and I'm not 100% sure of my decision yet. I may be moving to California--if so, I will DEFINITELY do it.
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Here's an idea, keep the toy as a daily driver and get a cheep jeep to wheel and toy around with. the '87-'90 wranglers with 6 clyinders arn't good buys unless they are dirt cheep in my mind, the pougoet tranny sucks and is garuenteed to blow up with mild wheeling and the carbed 258 can be a nightmere.

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I'd love to but I just don't have the budget for it. I race dirt bikes and my latest ride still isn't paid for . . . meaning that there is no $$ for truck payments. Plus, if I financed something, I'd have to carry full coverage insurance on it, and I guarantee that would cost more than the payment . . . my driving record isn't stellar. (5 tickets currently on record)

I think I can afford to find a Jeep new enough to be carbureted, in my area they seem to be selling for about the same as I could get for my truck (+/- $6k). I might even toss a cheap Maaco paint job on it or something.

My 75 CJ-5 was a nightmare . . . you're right, that 258/Carter 1bbl is junk. I never could get it to run right even with multiple carb rebuilds and even different carbs. Might just have been mine though . . . there was no part of that Jeep that wasn't trashed. Don't buy 4x4s from 16-yr-olds.
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If you are planning a move to Hellafornia I would wait and try to pick up something from there that has already passed their inspection crap.Anything you buy and import may already have the emissions stuff altered or removed.then you have real problems.Just a thought.
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That's very true . . . except in that case I would prefer to sell my Toyota there, since vehicle values might not be the same. I'd hate to head down there to find that $6k will only buy you a POS down there.
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