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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2002, 12:06 PM
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First jeep

Hi, I am new to both this forum and to jeeps. After reading
many the posts on the forum,I decided to risk asking this

I am looking for a jeep (cj,yj tj) I don't know the diff.
I will use it mostly as a beach buggy for surf fishing the
Jersey shore.
But it will also be used for some longer trips to the Cape and possibly
Nantuckett and weekend fun
I was thinking in the 84 to 94 year range.
I can spend around $3000-$3500.
What is best for dependablity, gas milage and comfort.
I have some mechanical ability but not a lot of time to work
on a project.

Thank you in advance for any advice, guidance
or ribbing.

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Re: First jeep

Dependablity, gas milage and comfort? Good one! Boy, you are new to jeeps! Most of us here are into off-road jeepn and work hard for dependabilty but give up on worrying about milage and comfort. I'd say maybe a Cherokee might be close to what your looking for. Its a good rig and has room for your fishing gear. You can find them cheap if you look around.
Welcome to the board and good luck finding your dream jeep.
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1. Welcome to the forum.
2. Thanks for filling out your user profile:
3. Read the New Posters Message at the top of the forum.
4. Participate! Two brains are better'n one!
5. I'd go for a after 91 YJ with a EFI 4.0L.
6. The tub's galvanized... so the surf won't rust it "as fast."
7. Reliable and Used and Jeep are all oxymoronic.
8. Read: " So You want to buy a CJ. "
9. Beware... Jeepin's an illness not cured till death...
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2002, 08:30 AM
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Re: First jeep

I found this Jeep in my area, when I go to look at it.
What problem areas do I need to check closely?
Does this year have any specific problems?
Is this 4cyl 2.5L a good motor, how about the fuel injection?
Is this the first year it was offered?
How much would you pay the picture looks good.


Year: 1991
Make: Jeep
Model: Wrangler
Sub-Model: S 4x4
VIN: 2J4FY19P8MJ101803
Mileage: 101259
Exterior: Black
Interior: Gray
Engine: 4 - Cyl.2.5 L
Transmission: Manual

· 4 X 4
· 5 Speed Manual
· Bikini Top
· Brush Guard
· Floor Mats
· Front Bucket Seats
· Inline Style Engine
· Multi-Port Injection
· Power Brakes
· Power Steering
· Removable Hard Top
· Soft Top
· Tachometer

4 - Cyl.

Manual transmission
Clear title
Black Exterior - Gray Interior
VIN: 2J4FY19P8MJ101803

post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2002, 02:45 PM
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I'd get a 6 cyclinder... your going to HATE THE FOUR. Not enough power in my opinion. [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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A four cylinder with over 100k miles on it might not be worth investing your money in, unless you have another (larger) engine on hand. I would stick with a 6 cylinder personally.
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I paid $4,900. for my 91 YJ 2.5 with 105k on it the last week of July 2000.
Right now it has 195k and still running strong with stock tires.
If you have a heavy foot and like to pass every car that's not going as fast as you don't get the 4 banger, but if you're like me and are just happy to have a 4x4 and are in no hurry to get there then you'll prolly love it like I do mine. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: First jeep

I like my 4 banger. It's goes as fast and accellerates as fast as I need to go. Now I don't charge up on traffic like I can in the wife's 4.0 .......but it can do any job I'm going to ask it to do. You won't be a leader of the pack in the normal highway attack formation and will settle for a more intelligent approach to high speed assaults, not having the gross firepower that other vehicles have at their command. I acknowledge that if I'm going to try and run with the big dogs ...I'm going to invest some decent cash (gears and such) ...and I'll still probably be the Omega member.

If you're not going to do a whole lot of off roading (the Cape RV beach areas are great!!) as in extreme wheeling'll be pleased with it IMHO. The 5 speed will allow you to extract more out of the engine ..unlike my automatic which saps a good bit of power just to run it.

Most here are into ultra everything ...and when it comes to power to spin big rubber .."there's no replacement for displacement". If you don't want to sling mud ..or leap tall bolders in a single blip of the gas pedal ...a 4 banger works fine ...but there is a big differnce between the 4.0 and the 2.5 in gross available power.

Check for evidence of excessive blow by.

BTW- what was the asking price?
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Ooops, I forgot to mention the tranny. I've seen a few posts regarding losing 5th gear, mine done that to me once too. Then the output shaft broke and I've put in another tranny which has been fine for better than a year now. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2002, 09:11 PM
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I found a second jeep,very The first one the asking price
is $3500.
The second is a little newer (93) same config and miles,but
it comes with just a soft top.I think look at them this week-end.
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