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post #1 of 21 Old 07-10-2006, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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How many miles are too much for a Jeep?

I have found a 94 YJ with 139,000 miles, 6 cyl, 5 spd. From the pictures it looks like it's in excellent shape. I know that's not technically a high mileage vehicle because it's only about 10,000 miles a year. My question is, are there things that will start to break on a Jeep after that many miles. For example, my wife had an Acura that she didn't change the timining belt on (This was before we were married) and the motor pretty much exploded when the timing belt broke. Also, the Jeep has been sitting up in a garage for the last two years not being driven, so are there going to be problems with the gaskets and seals and other gotchas?

My wife is worried this toy is going to be eating us alive in repair costs becuase it has over 100 K on it.

Thanks for any advice!

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-10-2006, 02:04 PM
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Well....all your questions aside, Jeeps are not cheap to maintain. Especially once you start modding it.
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On the upside, the Jeep has a timing chain instead of a belt!!!!

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I have found a 94 YJ with 139,000 miles, 6 cyl, 5 spd. From the pictures it looks like it's in excellent shape. I know that's not technically a high mileage vehicle because it's only about 10,000 miles a year. My question is, are there things that will start to break on a Jeep after that many miles. For example, my wife had an Acura that she didn't change the timining belt on (This was before we were married) and the motor pretty much exploded when the timing belt broke. Also, the Jeep has been sitting up in a garage for the last two years not being driven, so are there going to be problems with the gaskets and seals and other gotchas?

My wife is worried this toy is going to be eating us alive in repair costs becuase it has over 100 K on it.

Thanks for any advice!
I find that a Jeep requires a bit more attention than an Acura or Honda but is easier to work on. Most parts are also cheaper and easy to find. I have a Mazda with 100,00 mi that I never work on and a wrangler with 125,000 that I do most of the work on. Repair bills are higher per year on the Mazda .

If you do the work yourself its not too expensive to maintain. If you pay someone to do the work thats another story. Once you start modding the Jeep can get pricey but again do your own work and pay only for only parts and tools!
My jeep to date has needed, a cps, fuel pump and new distributor. I added mods some of which you see in my sig. I have had it for 3 years and got it with 120,000 mi.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-10-2006, 02:34 PM
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If well maintained the engine is good for over 200k. But it does have to be maintained. I find a lot of people do little to no maintaince on their car and consider it deposible at about 100k.
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The current owner says he has all the service records for it since he purchased it new.
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-10-2006, 05:21 PM
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I have found a 94 YJ with 139,000 miles, 6 cyl, 5 spd. From the pictures it looks like it's in excellent shape. I know that's not technically a high mileage vehicle because it's only about 10,000 miles a year. My question is, are there things that will start to break on a Jeep after that many miles. For example, my wife had an Acura that she didn't change the timining belt on (This was before we were married) and the motor pretty much exploded when the timing belt broke. Also, the Jeep has been sitting up in a garage for the last two years not being driven, so are there going to be problems with the gaskets and seals and other gotchas?

My wife is worried this toy is going to be eating us alive in repair costs becuase it has over 100 K on it.

Thanks for any advice!
It could be expensive. Apart from the obvious things...tie rods ends, hoses belts etc...Here are a few things to look out for which can happen to a jeep this old. It did to me. These are the biggies:

1. Clutch may need to be replaced soon.
2. The syncro gears on the tranny need to be replaced.

Here are some smaller things that could pose minor problems:

1. Water pump
2. Power steering gear box (probabkly not an issue, but it was for mine)
3. Fan clutch, etc.

The only things that will pose major expense are the clutch and the tranny. I am assuming the engine itself is running fine.

The only thing to do is to take it to a local mechanic, pay him $100 to go over it carefully and advise you if it is a good vehicle.


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I dont know where you live, but watch out for rust. a few places to really look out for include right by the rear bumper. also take it for a good test drive, and make sure the 4x4 works, and engages properly. parts are cheaper and easier to find, but labor could be expensive.
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post #9 of 21 Old 07-10-2006, 05:49 PM
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My 93 YJ 4.0 has 203K on it with no sighns of slowing down any time soon. It doesnt use any oil. And I have personaly put 100k of the 200k it has on it.

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A lot depends on who the owner was as well. did he beat the crap out of it trailing, or was it just a highway rig. Did he race it or did grandma pass him. Don't forget that it is a 12 year old 4X4 so you are guaranteed to have problems with it. They arent kidding when they say JEEP is Just Empty Every Pocket. On my 82 CJ5 I think that I replaced everything but the axles and the tub. Probably shouldn't have said that, I hear murphy! On the upside as stated before, you can easily, and pretty cheaply, get every single part for the jeep. And they are some of the most simple vehicles to repair. Good luck
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-11-2006, 02:43 PM
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Repair Bills????

Hee Hee, I really feel for you. BUT, I'll trade places with ya, here is my current stable

'99 Cherokee Sport...217xxx miles, son has had it for a year
'93 YJ Renegade...190xxx miles on it (needs tuning)
'84 Mercedes 500sl 160xxx miles on it, WIFE'S car (running like a rocket)
'03 Custom Softail 7140 miles on it. (on the stand with broken spokes)
'84 23' Boat 5.0L Chev (quadrajet is all screwed up)

Now, as far as the two Jeeps go, no problem with parts or fixing them. I can actually work on them without being a contortionist. If I break something, no big deal, just go to the junk yard or parts store and back in business. NOT with the Benz. I hold my breath everytime I turn a bolt on that thing. Talk about timing chains, recommended change interval is 100,000 or 150,000 depending on single or double row. Yea, that was a two day project. Needed the seats recovered. Covers using MB TEX, $650.00. AND you haven't experienced fuel injection until you have seen one of those mechanical systems.

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Hee Hee, I really feel for you. BUT, I'll trade places with ya, here is my current stable

'99 Cherokee Sport...217xxx miles, son has had it for a year
'93 YJ Renegade...190xxx miles on it (needs tuning)
'84 Mercedes 500sl 160xxx miles on it, WIFE'S car (running like a rocket)
'03 Custom Softail 7140 miles on it. (on the stand with broken spokes)
'84 23' Boat 5.0L Chev (quadrajet is all screwed up)

Now, as far as the two Jeeps go, no problem with parts or fixing them. I can actually work on them without being a contortionist. If I break something, no big deal, just go to the junk yard or parts store and back in business. NOT with the Benz. I hold my breath everytime I turn a bolt on that thing. Talk about timing chains, recommended change interval is 100,000 or 150,000 depending on single or double row. Yea, that was a two day project. Needed the seats recovered. Covers using MB TEX, $650.00. AND you haven't experienced fuel injection until you have seen one of those mechanical systems.

Oh well, I can tell you, there ain't enough beer in the world.....
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-11-2006, 03:17 PM
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When I bought my 90 it had 135k or so on it. I got it pretty cheap because of engine noise. It had a pretty nasty knock. It turned out to be the timing chain was shot. It wouldn't have been long before I had major damage. Timing belts and chains do stretch.
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I dont know where you live, but watch out for rust. a few places to really look out for include right by the rear bumper. also take it for a good test drive, and make sure the 4x4 works, and engages properly. parts are cheaper and easier to find, but labor could be expensive.
he wont have to worry about rust, I think 94 is included in this (not sure, might be just the 95s) but the late model YJs were galvanized (body and frame) as I've heard more then once now, still would be advisable to check either way.

I have heard accounts of people driving their Jeeps upwards of 250k+miles before the engine died, these engines are in-destructable when taken care of.

Ive had my 95 for almost a year now and heres my repair list:
94k miles - new muffler (Previous owner put a crap one on)
100k miles- clutch slave took a dump
101k miles- starter
106k miles- AC compressor seized

Jeeps are pretty sound when it comes to the major mechanical pieces (this goes totally out the window once you start modifying it) what usually plagues most Jeeps are the smaller things, which can still get expensive, but if you take good care of it, it shouldnt be an often occurance (given stuff will wear out eventually)

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