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post #1 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Buy or Pass??

So I've been searching Craigslist for YJ's and I had planned on buying one after the holidays but I came across this YJ and in the pics it seems to be in good condition and the price is right. Obviously a 6cyl would be preferred but I've seen others on here make the most out of their 4cyls, so I'm sure I could make it work.

Is there anything I need to keep an eye out for when looking to purchase this Jeep? What, if any, are common problems associated with this Jeep year/engine/drivetrain? Assuming an ideal situation and the Jeep has no major mechanical problems, should I buy or pass?

Thanks for any help! This will potentially be my first vehicle purchase on my own!

Sold the 98 TJ Sahara. Buying another Jeep soon!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 10:45 PM
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Check the frame thoroughly, motor mounts, steering box mounts and rear shackle mounts. Other than that it's a jeep.. every part can be expected to fall off or break at one point. Live in fear.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-20-2013, 07:43 AM
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Rust, rust and more rust. Any rust anywhere is not good. Check carefully underneath the vehicle and under that carpet.

Contrary to opinion, I have enjoyed my 2.5. Don't expect interstate cruising, but no problem around college station or east texas.

Jeep looks good. Apparently it does NOT have a full soft top so I am guessing that it has a hard top somewhere. It has been lifted but not excessively so. The 31" tires will make the 4 cylinder work even harder. Front seats need replacing, as is the case with a lot of YJ's.

Price is OK if everything checks out.
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