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Unread 05-23-2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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1995 rio Grande

There is a jeep I am looking at it has the rio grande package so it has the 5 speed and 2.5L in it.

I spent last night going through about the first 100 pages just reading and I have seen a couple things regarding common engine problems and the transmission being weak and unreliable,

The jeep has 111K on it is that too much for that engine/ trans

other than that it looks pretty clean

I am definetly going to try and talk him down in price


here is the link on CL

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/car/333738067.html

should I pass on it?
I am looking for reliabilty and somewhat good Fuel Economy
I also don't have any big offroad plans for it I will use it as a DD and a fishing/hunting rig so the most offroad I am planning on using it for is logging roads and maybe some light trails

or I could get this one with the I6 and 5 speed

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...000&cardist=17


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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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The 2.5L lacks any "umph" you would need unless in 4LO. AX5 is definatly not a strong tranny.

But, 2.5L runs well and a 95 has EFI and the bigger front axle u-joints. It also has the plus of having a reverse rotation front end. The big thing is are you planning on pulling anything or having a big load if you go camping? Off-road, paved that is, the 2.5L has the gears to compensate for a smaller engine size (in the LO range).
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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:10 PM   #3
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Dude, the asking price for both vehicles is almost the same... and the Sahara has less miles on it! Take the Sahara! You get the 4.0L and AX15 tranny, better interior package, less miles. C'mon, its a no-brainer.

The only pain in the *** over taking the 93 Sahara over the 95 Rio Grande is that I think the slave cylinder might be internal on the 93, whereas its external on 94's and 95's. (I have a 94 Sahara and its external, so I know they started it at least in 94.)

By the way, $6,995 is a little steep for that Sahara. (Which makes the price of that Rio Grande ridiculous IMO.) Widdle him down a little. I bought my 94 Sahara in 1999 with 71K miles on it for $9,000.
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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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TOO PRICEY!!
correct me if i'm wrong but the 4cyl doesn't get much better mpg than the I6. I would want nothing less than the 4.0L IMO
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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:21 PM   #5
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TOO PRICEY!!
correct me if i'm wrong but the 4cyl doesn't get much better mpg than the I6. I would want nothing less than the 4.0L IMO
MPG with the 4 angry squirrels depends on how close to stock you keep everything. Since my '93 with the 2.5 is my DD, it's "mostly" stock and I get almost 24 mpg on the highway.

The bigger the wheels/tires/suspension, etc. the worse the mpg gets.
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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:54 PM   #6
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MPG with the 4 angry squirrels depends on how close to stock you keep everything. Since my '93 with the 2.5 is my DD, it's "mostly" stock and I get almost 24 mpg on the highway.

The bigger the wheels/tires/suspension, etc. the worse the mpg gets.
yeah thats a given.
I could get 20mpg stock with the 4.0L HO
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Unread 05-23-2007, 03:03 PM   #7
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Is 93K a lot of miles for the I6 and trans?
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Unread 05-23-2007, 03:28 PM   #8
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Is 93K a lot of miles for the I6 and trans?
no, the engine will go 250k easy
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Unread 05-23-2007, 03:51 PM   #9
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no, the engine will go 250k easy

Thats good to know

What kind of things will need to be replaced in the near future if I get it?
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Unread 05-23-2007, 07:31 PM   #10
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My eyes aren't what they used to be, but the pictures in that link are not of a Rio Grande. #1 no rio grande decal on the quarter panel...that I can see anyway #2 Unless he switched seats at some point, I don't believe those are Rio Grande package seats. Every RG I've ever seen have the multi-color mostly clothe seats. The RG package is nothing to drool over, but they may list for a little more on Kelly BB or something. Somebody else double check me.
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Unread 05-23-2007, 08:20 PM   #11
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I have a 1995 Rio Grande I bought a year ago with 80,000 miles. I paid $6500 for it from a dealer after losing my truck in a wreck.

The one you listed has alot of stuff I wish mine had, namely the A/C and hard top/doors... thats an easy $1k right there.

The 2.5L has lots of power around town and below 60 mph, when on the freeway hills are your enemy! You'll be crusing at 70-75mph and the lil'engine that could will peter out and you'll end up downshifting to 4th gear to maintain 65mph.

With 90K I'd go with the 4.0L 5spd in a heartbeat. All the ones that were listed in my area when I was shopping wanted $7500-9k under 100K miles. You'll be happier with the 4.0 power if nothing else.
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Unread 05-24-2007, 05:22 PM   #12
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Looks like I am going to go drive the sahara this weekend
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