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Unread 11-03-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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87 Grand Wagoneer w/Diesel

I currently own a 1998 Wrangler with a soft top and an upcoming move to Milwaukee Wisconsin has me debating a new vehicle. Not only because of the cold weather but also because my wife and I are looking to start a family soon. Ive been looking into a new Wrangler Unlimited but the $30,000 price tag is kind of an deterrent. I love the look of the older Wagoneers and Cherokee Chiefs and recently saw a 87 Grand Wagoneer with a j code military diesel engine swap along with a new high torque starter, fuel pump, brake lines, transmission mount, and an xj Cherokee floor shift console and Hurst shifter.

Would this be a good daily driver during the winters of WI? The current owner claims 25mpg, does this seem accurate? My wife is leery of buying this old of a vehicle because of the money pit potential. The Jeep is listed at $5500, would this be a good buy?

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Unread 11-05-2013, 04:03 AM   #2
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Of course the co claims 25mpg, they are trying to sell it. I would doubt that figure.

For use in WI winters? I would hope it has a block heater. Personally, I am not a big fan of that 6.2 diesel, but to each there own.

I would be very wary of the thing, particularly as a DD.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 05:57 AM   #3
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I have an '89 Wrangler that I dearly love, but as a daily driver hauling wife and kids? Would I buy ANY vehicle that has been highly modified by some guy with unknown capabilities?

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Unread 11-06-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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The winter isn't all that bad out here. I'll be running a CJ5 this winter. If you decide to go with the grand wagoner, let me know. I could use a wrenching buddy. As far as your TJ, my girlfriend would be delighted to trade her 96 RL for it!
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