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post #1 of 7 Old 04-04-2002, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, love the site. I am looking to get a CJ7. I saw a couple at They are somewhat expensive but if good quality I don't mind. I am looking for a solid daily driver, that I don't have to wrench on every other day. Am I in dream land or is this possible?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-05-2002, 10:05 AM
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A solid daily driver is possible, sure <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

Just don't think you won't spend SOME time wrenching on it, I mean, it is a Jeep, LOL

You can get some CJ's that don't need that much wrenching. They are usually the mostly-stock, non-bastardized (like most of us do to them, LOL) ones, and you will likely pay about $4000 and up to get one in that condition that needs very little and won't require constant wrenching.

Good Luck in your search, they are out there, I found one for my friend last month, and he loves it ('85 CJ-7 w/258, T-4, 32,000 original weekend miles, always garaged, no rust at all, showroom condition, $4500)! He's not mechanically inclined, but has started doing some stuff with my help, and he's learning, and likes it.
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Thanks for the reply. I don't mind wrenching, but I don't want it to dominate my life right now. The ones at austin jeeps are 6-8k$ I may just try to be patient and try to find one like your friends
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For 6 to 8 k you could probably get a newer YJ which might be a better dailly driver and bit more dependable.
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The only thing my friend had to do, which we knew about, was get rid of the stupid plastic valve cover that they put on the later years. It leaked like a sieve! He put on a nice cast aluminum one, now it doesn't leaka drop, and the engine looks a bit "sharper", LOL. Other than that, it runs/drives/looks mint! If you wait, check Ebay also, you can find one cheaper than $6k-$8k. That austinjeeps is a dealer, I am assuming, so, you would pay more there anyway.

As far as a YJ goes, nothing against YJ's, but if you like the CJ's and that's what you want, don't get a YJ, you will likely be disappointed. There is quite a difference. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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I bought mine off of a guy in Dothan AL who trades in mainly Jeeps. He is always finding the "good deals". He does mark them up a bit, but hey, it's his livelyhood. If he doesnt have what you want, he will go out and usually find it. The name of his business is Sports Automotive. Email if you would like his number.

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I own a 75 CJ5 and drove it 140 miles a day to work and back for about a year and it never left me on the side of the road. But that was after I rebuilt the engine and all suspension. I found it to be very dependable. I love driving it.
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