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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2001, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a YJ


I am looking to but a YJ. The pickings around here are slim though. I have two possibilities right now, an 87 and an 88. The 87 has 180 000k and the 88 has 204 000k. They both have the larger engine. I was wondering whether I should be worried about a Jeep with this mileage? What should I look for, are there any common problems? I like to do all the service work myself and I am a recent convert from the world of BMW.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-23-2001, 01:09 AM
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Well let me be the first to welcome you to the world of American made muscle. As far as mileage goes, I would look at the shape of the engine and the overall shape of the Jeep. I am assuming by "bigger engine" you are refering to the 4.0 Inline 6. I have had that engine in both of the Jeeps I have owned. It was in my first Jeep, My Cherokee Laredo, It had 269,000 miles on it and still ran like a champ. Then through a long series of events I won't discuss, I had to sell it. I saw it again recently and it still was runnin great at over 350,000. My Yj has 101,000 on it. So just keep your eyes open for obvious damage and overall condition, you can't go wrong with a Jeep!!!

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-23-2001, 08:27 PM
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The best year YJ ever in my opinion was the 91. The 87-90 have a 4.2L 6 cyl engine that has gobs of torque, but very little horsepower (120 or so) stock. The 91 has the High Output 4.0 L 6. This engine has about 180 horses, and plenty of torque. The 91 rules because it also has the old style roll bar. THe only difference in the two years is the 88 has a different transfer case. the 87 has the np231 i think. I have an 88 and I love it, but trust me, it will try your patience with the way the carb behaves sometimes. Welcome to the world of jeeps. YOu should check out sites like: and


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post #4 of 8 Old 09-23-2001, 10:16 PM
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just adding to brendan
91 YJ's RULE
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-24-2001, 09:32 AM
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Bingo, 91 is the year to get... You get the old bar and the new engine (+ Fuel Injection)...

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-24-2001, 09:39 AM
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One thing you want to think about is the 87-90 (I think) Wranglers have the kind of crummy transmissions (BA10) that have been known to cause problems.

I haven't owned one, but when I was shopping for my Jeep, I was told to avoid those years because of tranny problems. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me...


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post #7 of 8 Old 09-24-2001, 09:42 AM
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I too just came from the world of BMW. I bought a 93 YJ but I still kept the BMW, honestly I don't know which is more fun to drive... the BMW is a 99 M series I bought in germany and modified for racing, but It can't go off road (trust me I tried and wound up breaking something). Each has its perks, Im faced with a tough decision... I'm going to be working in Florida and I don't know which to bring. Its leaning toward the jeep right now...

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-24-2001, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advive. I ended up buying an 87 with the six and 180 000 km. One owner and in nice shape.
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