I've owned two TJs ('04 Sahara and '02 Sport) and a CJ ('83 CJ-7 Renegade). The latter was the last I owned and that was 3-4 years ago. I miss driving a Jeep and will be selling my little work car to purchase one. My budget will only allow me around $4k-$5k tops when that is sold. I don't have the time, funds, or knowledge to own and fix a CJ right now and I don't want a 4-banger TJ. I've always been a fan of the Saharas and Renegades. However, I don't care for the YJ Sahara colors and I've honestly just always wanted a Renegade YJ so that's what I'm looking for.
My question is do you guys use any type of checklist or overall method of determining if a YJ is worth purchasing and has any issues? I know many vehicles have their own problem spots, for example rusting quarter panels, floor panels, tailgates, etc, and since I've never owned or know much about YJs, I'm hoping you guys can tell me the major things to check.
My dad is normally my car guy that I rely on to help me when purchasing a vehicle but I'd like to learn so I can do this on my own. He also isn't really a Jeep guy so it would be best if I have a clear vision on what I'm searching for. I can, of course, catch the obvious things but what are the major things you check when looking at a YJ?
Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.