I finally bought one!
The wife and I traded her Saturn, my 83 Honda 250r 3-wheeler, and a bit-o-cash for what I think is a pretty sweet 1994 4-banger YJ. In the Phoenix area, the 113k miles it has on it are low. I swore I'd never get a square headlight Jeep, but once I saw it, I forgot about that.
I'm new to the Jeep world, except for having a J-20 which is an entirely different beast. I'm not sure of a lot of things about the new Wrangler, but I would imagine the gurus will be able to eyeball it and give me some good info. I'll post pics as I'm able to get them of certain parts. It is rainy today so can't get any right now, but I'll use the ones I have so far.
The engine runs nice and smooth, no additional noises. The 5 speed is a nice improvement over some of the 3 and 4 speed CJs that I've driven, although being a bit underpowered and running 33s, 5th gear is somewhat rare.
My main complaint is a loud body-flex popping noise coming from the body which has some cracks/breakage at the mount below the passenger's feet. I'll need to get that welded up and fixed so I don't go bat **** crazy.
We bought it this past Sunday, and drove the 120 miles home with no issues. The next day, we called in sick
and decided to do some wheelin'. We opted to go over the Four Peaks Trail, along Roosevelt Lake, and back toward home using Apache Trail, all in all about a 130 mile trip. The Jeep did great and 4 low will climb a freakin' wall! Here's the trip report, and if you haven't seen the EveryTrail app, check it out!
Here's the new-to-me 94 YJ
This is my previous 73 J-20 that I had about 10 years ago