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Unread 11-16-2005, 08:28 PM   #1
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1989 Wrangler VS 1992 Wrangler HELP

HI:

I am drying to decide between two Jeep Wranglers. Both are 4cyl, manual trans, and 4 wheel drive. Both have good bodies/paint and both soft tops are in good condition.
My delima - the 1989 Wrangler has 122,700 miles. The 1992 while three years younger has 162,700 miles. Should I be worried about the one with 162,700 miles. Both run good and seem to compare mechanically.

Which one would you choose and why?????

I am not mechanically minded at all and have never owned a jeep. Want one to drive around farm, hunt, fish, etc.


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Unread 11-16-2005, 09:05 PM   #2
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'92's MPFI vs. '89's TBI

I'd go MPFI with the '92. You'll have 12 more HP and better throttle response because of it.
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Unread 11-16-2005, 09:09 PM   #3
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HI:

I am drying to decide between two Jeep Wranglers. Both are 4cyl, manual trans, and 4 wheel drive. Both have good bodies/paint and both soft tops are in good condition.
My delima - the 1989 Wrangler has 122,700 miles. The 1992 while three years younger has 162,700 miles. Should I be worried about the one with 162,700 miles. Both run good and seem to compare mechanically.

Which one would you choose and why?????

I am not mechanically minded at all and have never owned a jeep. Want one to drive around farm, hunt, fish, etc.


Thanks in advance


i'd say the 92 simply because it has a slightly better engine. it's not much, but it does have a few more ponies than the TBI model in the 89. other than that, there's really no difference between the two. tranny, t-case, axles, etc will all be the same. if you can test drive them and like one over the other, go for that one. as far as milage goes, all three of the YJ engines are known to be pretty reliable when they're maintained. there's more than a few of us with over 200K on the clock without a rebuild. however, the engine isn't the only component with the miles on it. sure, lots of people change their oil regularly, but how about the rest of the drive train. I'd pick the one with the better maintenance record for those parts even if it has higher milage.
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Unread 11-16-2005, 09:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for the input. Will use it in my decision.

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Unread 11-16-2005, 10:02 PM   #5
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89 Or 92

The 92 also has the improved roll-bar, and a much better dash display. The seats could possibly be the better style as well. [ Though not that it matters ].
With the 89 you have the First style AMC 2.5L with TBi injection as mentioned and the old style roll-bar and steering colum that i think was made by GM. Though with the chrysler design you will have to depressure the fuel system to change the fuel filter . What ever one you like more.
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Unread 11-16-2005, 10:04 PM   #6
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'92's MPFI vs. '89's TBI

I'd go MPFI with the '92. You'll have 12 more HP and better throttle response because of it.
Period. No question about it. Forget the 89.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 01:29 AM   #7
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Ok I am having similar problem myself, thought I'd add on to this thread rather than start a new one. I have a choice:

-1989 YJ with 4.2 (unknown if BA10/5 or AX-15) w/ decent body & solid frame

-1992 YJ with 2.5 and AX-5 also w/ decent body and frame

Both Jeeps have hard tops and doors and are basically equal in terms of overall condition. Based solely on the engines, which would you choose? I know the 1992 has the better roll bar, better guages and MPI. But the 1989 has a 4.2 as opposed to a 2.5. Is having 2 more cylinders worth the aggravation of dealing with a carb and not having cool interior appointments?

I'd be using the rig as a trail vehicle only, with occasional short road trips during the summer. I plan a 4-5" lift and 33-34" tires as my modifications down the line.

Thanks for your input.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 01:40 AM   #8
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I would still take the 4 banger. Depending on your tire size power may not be an issue. I run 33s and have the stock 4.10 gears. My max speed is 75, but I can get there easily and do not need to go faster than that. If you have stock tires I bet you will not complain too much about power.

On the trial I believe the 4 banger will be far better for you, as long as you are geared properly, A 4 banger with the a good mecahnical advantge (gears) is the best because it is light and because it has less HP. Too much power break things. I have a 4:1 which works great.

As for fuel injection, I think it is sort of dumb to run a carbed vehicle. They never run well at altitude and spit an splutter at off camber obstacles.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 05:33 AM   #9
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You guys are silly. A carb doesn't mean the jeep is going to suck. I went to Rausch Creek with jeeps that had each type of motor. No one was limited in any way by the motor in their jeep. Tires make more of a differance on the trail then a few horse power. Why buy something with a bunch more miles cause it has a few more horses? And besides, thats the power it makes new, I'm sure those 12 extra hp are not that significant on old worn motors.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 01:12 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses - anyone else have an opinion?
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Unread 01-18-2006, 01:21 PM   #11
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Go with the 6. I have a carb on mine and never have a problem. Personly I think the roll bar is way better looking than the newer gay family style. The new ones only purpose is to have some where for seat belts. Doesnt add extra protection. Besides who has room for passangers in the back. Not to mention the dash is better in my opinion too. Not a bunch of plastic crap to break all over it. Sure it has some but no much. Plus the 4.2 has more torque and you can rip out all the emsisions crap and run a nice clean motor. No stupid sensors to break. Slap a 4.0 head on there and you are in.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 01:32 PM   #12
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I agree the newer roll bars are gay.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 04:47 PM   #13
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Whats the price difference in the 2? If you can save a few grand on 1 vs. the other that would play into the decision.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #14
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odd... I've had two jeeps. An 89 Wrangler and a '92 Wrangler.

I would take the 92 hands down regardless of mileage. You don't want to mess with the carb for one thing. Other than that, from my experience, the 92 has been more solid (could have to do with previous owner, yes). I have abused it more than my 89 and it's held up better. less repairs, better mileage, smoother engine, etc. If you like the old rollbar that much you can find someone on this forum who will trade you...the newer ones are better for making custom cages out of.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 04:57 PM   #15
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You don't want to mess with the carb for one thing.
4cyl YJs never came w/ carbs
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