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Unread 08-10-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Should I go to buy this?

Ive been cruising Jeep Forum for some time while looking for an inexpensive jeep being as how I dont have much money being a student and having a truck thats constantly needing repair. This morning I came across an older TJ thats about 2 hours away from where I live but seems questionable, it has bedliner as paint which would seem cool and has expired California plates and will be sold with bill of sale, the craigslist ad doesnt include if its a 2.5 or 4.0 or how many miles or transmission being standard or automatic and for 3000 dollars it seems questionable heres the ad link http://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/3113450310.html does this seem like a spam? if I can get a hold of them should I go to look at it or is that a waste of gas at 12mpg highway? Thanks for your time!

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Unread 08-10-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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Also found a 1990 YJ for 2750 with a 4.0 and manual transmission with 100,000 miles the guy says but needs a new yoke. Heres the link http://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/3147222283.html
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Unread 08-11-2012, 12:16 PM   #3
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dont buy anything without a clear title, yes everybody will say bill of sale all you need. but if somebody else can produce a title, they can walk away with your jeep and nothing you can do about it. everything you done belong to him. so in today age, if it doesnt have a title, dont even look at it. its easy for the owner go down to DMV and get another one.
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Unread 08-11-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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You know the differences between a tj and a yj? Also realize most people truly regret buying the low ouput 2.5.

I don't know much about buying a road worthy vehicle with a bill of sale either. Call your dmv or sos and find out the details before doing that.
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Unread 08-11-2012, 04:04 PM   #5
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You know the differences between a tj and a yj? Also realize most people truly regret buying the low ouput 2.5.

I don't know much about buying a road worthy vehicle with a bill of sale either. Call your dmv or sos and find out the details before doing that.
I know enough to tell the two apart haha
I relize Ive heard about the 2.5 not having enough power and I would like to continue using highways. Thats why I also posted the 1990 red YJ because it does have a 4.0 but I was wondering if it can drive with out a yoke or if its worth being looked at
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Unread 08-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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dont buy anything without a clear title, yes everybody will say bill of sale all you need. but if somebody else can produce a title, they can walk away with your jeep and nothing you can do about it. everything you done belong to him. so in today age, if it doesnt have a title, dont even look at it. its easy for the owner go down to DMV and get another one.
Thanks! that makes sense I didnt know that they would just be able to take it back and that definitely doesnt make me want to buy it if it is so easy for this guy to get a title.
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Unread 08-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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I know enough to tell the two apart haha
I relize Ive heard about the 2.5 not having enough power and I would like to continue using highways. Thats why I also posted the 1990 red YJ because it does have a 4.0 but I was wondering if it can drive with out a yoke or if its worth being looked at
Depends on what they mean by yoke. Id say probably not.

This is my take on TJs and YJs. Aside from the headlights, they are pretty much the same. I would only DD a YJ if i could find one with lower miles and a clean body/frame (hard to do around here). IMO they are more easily modified for less money (bastard packs for example). But they dont ride as nice as a TJ, they are not as trimmed out as a TJ and they are older.

Either way i would hold out for a 4.0. 100 more ft lbs of tq and you get the same MPG's. Im not even certain the 2.5 should be considered.
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Unread 08-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #8
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would 100000 miles be considered low on a 4.0? I may go check out the frame and body this week.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 04:50 AM   #9
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The 1990 YJ you posted wouldn't have a 4.0 from the factory. The original engine is the 4.2 with a carburetor a significantly less horsepower than the 4.2. Its still a great engine but if you do not like dealing with a carb then you should look for something else.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 06:15 AM   #10
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He's right, I'm rusty...didn't even catch that.

100000 is just broken in for a 4.0. The problem will be the frame. They built a half million mile motor and a 100000 mile frame. Google image search yj frame rust holes. That should give you an idea of what parts of the frame to inspect.

The worst parts are the rear shackle mounts on the frame, skid plate mounts and steering ger box section....but other sections can crap out. Take a screw driver, gloves, cardboard to lay on and goggles. I did when I was yj shoppin.
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Unread 08-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #11
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I would definitely ask for more info before driving out there. If the owner can't answer your questions and starts demanding lots of info from you, then I'd say it's a scam.
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