Join Date: May 2003
Location: Rancho Cucamonga
I have Two CJ-5's, a '75 and '79, both with the 304 V-8. I also have a Corvette ('85.)
As for the engine in the prospective '80, is it a V-8, Straight 6 or Straight 4? Can you tell at least that much?
In any event, Overall condition plays a big part in what it is really worth. Do you know anyone familiar with Jeeps that could help you check this one out?
You might consider buying a Book or two on Jeeps to familiarize yourself and better understand how to inspect prior to purchase. Any used vehicle will likely need some repairs, but don't get taken and wind up needing Major repairs.
If major parts like the differentials, X-Fer Case, Transmission, Engine are shot, then it will be costly and time-consuming to fix.
It might be worth $2000 or $6000 depending on condition.
I used my '79 CJ-5 as my daily driver for 2-years. Work was 10-miles away. Fuel economy was poor to marginal at 10 or 11 MPG with the 304 V-8. The 4-Cyl typically gets the best MPG, but lacks some power for Street driving.
I eventually added a Lock-Box, Dome-Light with door-activated switches and 3-point Seatbelt to make it more comfortable on the street.
Also, CJ-5's take a little getting used to as for road manners. Can get your attention pretty quickly from time-to-time, but can also be pretty fun to drive.
I have a Tarp-top, Soft-Top and Fiberglass Hardtop with hard doors. The Soft-Top is on it most of the time and I seem to be plenty dry when it rains.
Last edited by DJC; 05-15-2003 at 12:18 PM.