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Unread 07-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Wrangler info needed

So I am currently looking at old 1st gen jeep wranglers and I have no experience with this model or wranglers for that matter. So what are things to look out for when buying and things that should be on the jeep it's self. And is it ok if the wrangler is way above 100,000 miles.

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Unread 07-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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Look for rust. I wouldn't worry about the miles on a 4.0, if they took care of it. They go over 200k all the time.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 05:59 AM   #3
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And I have a '89 YJ 2.5 with over 150,000 that burns no oil and leaks very little.
The previous post was correct. Avoid rust at all cost.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 06:12 AM   #4
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x3 on the rust. Where do you live? And check for oil leaks. I looked for a yj when I bought my tj and they were all either rusted out junk or the owner wanted the same price as a tj. What do you want to do with it? Carb models are fine for the street but if you plan to go offroad I would look for something fuel injected, carbs can get a little funky when your sideways on rocks. Above 100k is fine IF it has been taken care of, which is sometimes hard to judge. Engines that should go 300k miles can easily be destroyed in 50k if they arent maintained. If its all stock thats a good indicator that it hasnt been completely abused. Ask if it has ever been lifted/wheeled. Look underneath for signs of off road use. Step back and look at it in the sun to make sure the body panels all look the same shade of color to see if anythings been replaced.

The very best thing to do is to just ask as many questions as you possibly can. If it seems like something good, tell the seller you have the money ready but want to get a mechanic to look at it first. Most sellers with nothing to hide will be ok with that.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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I am probably a few year away from buying one but I would not use it for off road. It would be used almost like a classic car or a car that is driven a few days every week. I live in texas currently but may be moving to Pennsylvania in a few years. I plan on buying one from texas because it will have less rust than ones in the northern states. So basically it would be used as a second car along side my commander.
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