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post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2019, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for Scrambler

In preparation for retirement and touring the states in an RV, my wife and I are starting the hunt for a tow vehicle (TOAD, Dinghy). While talking about this, I mentioned a Jeep. I was so excited when she mentioned a Scrambler! We love the "old school" and now classic looks.

We have owned a 1962 Toyota Landcruiser and a 1981 Alfa Romeo Spider so I know about working on vehicles and do much of the work myself.

This would be our first Jeep, however so I'm looking to educate myself and forums are always a great start.

Are there specific years to avoid? For example, the 1981 is the worst year Alfa to purchase because it is the only year to have a mechanical fuel injection system due to that time period being key in the emissions changes.

Are there known issues to look out for? Obviously on a 30+ year old vehicle, anything can happen (and likely will) so looking for obvious watch outs. Rust is a known negative also.

We have time...retirement is still a year+ away but if the right one comes along, we want to be prepared and ready. We also don't want to jump on the first one or be left searching as we are ready to pull out on the road.

Thanks for your assistance!

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2019, 11:53 AM
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Finding a Scrambler in decent condition is going to be challenging. Expect to spend over $20,000 for a rust free fully functional rig. Have you considered a 2004 - 2006 Jeep LJ? Fuel injected 4.0 with about 190 horsepower.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-23-2019, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Duck Doctor. That is good advice as a more modern alternative. Likely will cost as much or more than an older one but should be more reliable. Are they a specific model? Are they still marketed as Wranglers or how would one go about narrowing the search for one, say on AutoTrader?
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2019, 09:40 AM
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Jeep Wrangler LJ was produced from 2004 to 2006. You can easily purchase an LJ for far less than a Scrambler in comparable condition.

Best year for the automatic transmission LJ was 2004. The manual transmission was only available in 2005-2006. Stay away from automatic transmission equipped LJs from 2005 and 2006 due to common issues with that PCM that are challenging to repair.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-23-2019, 11:03 PM
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It may also help to know the official name for the LJ was the Wrangler Unlimited, might get some more hits in your search.

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