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post #1 of 7 Old 07-09-2020, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I joined this forum to get some information inJeep Wranglers.

I would like a manual transmission wrangler but have thin wallet. I see them advertised with high milage and 20 years old.

Is it economical and realistic to buy one of these older vehicles and replace the full engine and transmission?

Is there anything else that would need replacing such as diff?

Any idea how much this would cost?

I'm seeing engines for around $2K and transmissions for $2K

So if you can get a 20 year wrangler for $5K then you could walk away with an almost new vehicle for 9K

Is this realistic and a reasonable idea?

Thanks for any advice!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-09-2020, 08:01 PM
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There is more to a vehicle than just the engine and transmission.

Are you doing the work yourself or paying to have it done?

Don't forget about rust repair.

Bushings also need replacement from time to time (count on it with an old vehicle).

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-09-2020, 08:05 PM
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Hell man a 4.0L I6 isn’t even broken in u til it passes 100,000 miles.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-10-2020, 06:52 AM
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Just find and buy a 91-95 jeep with a manual transmission in running serviceable condition.

Do a complete service on it from calipers to fuel filter, fluids changed out etc. You can DIY a totally complete service including brakes for under $500 if major parts aren’t needed and pay a good detailer $200 and it will be clean and dependable. Then just fix stuff as it wears out or breaks

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-10-2020, 08:10 AM
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I see YJ's on craigslist for between 5 & 6K that are clean, well maintained and run and drive just fine. If you do your homework and not be in a hurry you can find those. The biggest piece of advice I would give someone today buying a 25 to 30 year old vehicle is look outside the rust belt and be willing to drive out or fly out to pick it up. You will be money ahead in the long run and not have to worry about a rusty pile of junk.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-10-2020, 04:27 PM
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Ive been pondering selling my YJ for 6k. I initially got it as a trade for my Triumph. Instantly regretted it. Spent thousands on getting it to where its at now, only to sell it for how much ive invested in it.

I wouldn't say your next yj will need a new engine/trans. Mine has 224,000 and always fires up and goes through its gears. Granted my 2nd and 3rd synchro doesnt like downshifts. You can do so much for dirt cheap if you can do the work yourself.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-15-2020, 06:06 PM
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It is a crapshoot. You need to research and learn what to look for and how to inspect a vehicle or find a trusted source to inspect a vehicle for you.

You can find the finest running vehicle on the planet that the frame is ready to break in half or the tub is ready to fall or it can have major steering or suspension, electrical, rust, PO hack job, etc. issues lurking. Try to buy from the south or even better the SW if possible. Be patient. Good deals can be found.

Learn what to look for or have a friend or source that does.

Once again. Be patient or study really fast.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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