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Old 02-08-2013, 04:12 PM   #15
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I have owned many Jeeps over the past 30 years but my current 2012 is the only one I have towed. Used Jeeps are stupid expensive, the original CJ, round headlights, are not towable without modifications to my understanding. The YJ, square headlights, some are towable, some not , depending on transfer case. The next one, the TJ, are towable and since they are coil springs instead of leaf springs, they ride and drive much better. The latest, the JK, is the most civilized of all. When I really started looking last year, I set myself a $10,000-$12,000 budget and was shocked at how little that would buy. Everything I found in that range had well over 100,000 miles on it. Even though I have restored a 76 CJ-5 and a 53 CJ-3b and can do my own repairs, I wanted a good dependable Jeep for my toad. I finally realized my budget wasn't practical for my wants, I ended up spending double my budget, but I got a one year old Jeep with 16000 miles and a warranty. Good luck in your search, I hope you find that dependable bargin, I never did.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #16
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Good luck in your search, I hope you find that dependable bargin, I never did.
I too am frustrated at the prices a used Jeep carries... I have been shopping for a toad for several weeks focusing on Jeeps...I have sticker shock.

I found a 2005 with 59k miles and they wouldn't budge from KBB High Retail...there is only a couple of k difference in what this person was insisting on and a new Jeep.

I've all but decided to bite the bullet and buy new...
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:52 PM   #17
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OP, if you don't have your heart set on the open air experience look at used Cherokees, They were made from '84-'01, are light, just as easy to tow as a Wrangler, very capable off road, have way more room than Wranglers (4dr excepted), and they usually don't have the premium on the price that Wranglers do, snow regions excepted. I have both of ours setup for towing and they're great toads.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #18
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I too am frustrated at the prices a used Jeep carries... I have been shopping for a toad for several weeks focusing on Jeeps...I have sticker shock.

I found a 2005 with 59k miles and they wouldn't budge from KBB High Retail...there is only a couple of k difference in what this person was insisting on and a new Jeep.

I've all but decided to bite the bullet and buy new...
I know what you mean. I found my 2012 Arctic/ Sahara loaded with hard top, heated seats, Rubicon tires and wheels plus more for about the same money as a new soft top sport. About 7 years ago, I sold my 1983 CJ7 with hard top for $2700. It was in great condition. If I had it today it would be worth somewhere in the 8 grand range based on what I have seen.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:12 PM   #19
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I'm looking for about the same thing.. I'm avoiding phrases like "Needs new head gasket".
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I'm looking for about the same thing.. I'm avoiding phrases like "Needs new head gasket".
HA! Also avoid A/C just needs charged......
Speaking from experience.
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Almost forgot, some YJs ('91-'95?) have a vacuum disconnect front axle, this can be a pain but there are repair kits and cable activated replacements. If when testing 4wd you have issues it's a strong possibility that it's toast. You can also replace the 2 piece axle shaft with a later one piece and install a block off plate where the actuator is.

The YJ is kind of the red headed step child of the Jeep family to some but they're good solid vehicles, if they'd come from the factory with round headlights like "real" jeeps they'd not have gotten all the bad press .
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^ Darn, that's one nice YJ!!
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Agree nothing wrong with a YJ. Some thoughts though from having owned both YJ and TJ.

Stiff ride - be sure the spring shackles move well. They age and get stiff and affect the ride.

Harder to find a YJ with air conditioning. And when you do it's functional but marginal. The TJ has a much improved HVAC system.

Both are good Jeeps.
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What year? Auto or stick transmission?
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We bought a '95 Wrangler with a stick, 4cyl. engine, no A/C and soft top to use exclusively as a toad for our 22' 1993 Coachmen Class C. That was about 4 years ago +- . I wanted something as light as possible and this one fit the bill. It has 155,000 mi. on it (we have probably only put about 5 to 7 thousand of those miles on). There was virtually no rust in the body (quite unheard of for many of the Older Wranglers) and it runs pretty well. Previous posters are correct when they caution you about the ride. I compare it to what it must have been like on a buckboard in the Wild West. BUT, it is inexpensive to operate, inexpensive to insure, easy to work on, it looks good, we use an inexpensive rigid tow bar with brackets that bolted right onto the stock front bumper, and on and on. We installed a diode kit so that we can use the original lights with a simple 4 prong connector to the MH. We found a blog online somewhere of a fellow who had done this to his and he gave step by step instructions. We hook up the tow bar, connect the wiring harness and safety cables, insert the key in the ignition and unlock the steering, put the 5 speed in the crosswise neutral position and put the transfer shifter in neutral as well. No problem since we first started doing it this way.
Good luck with whatever you choose. We've owned several Jeep models and really like them. Have also had 5 vettes through the years but the only way we'll ever be able to own another and pull it behind the Class A will be on a full trailer. (Probably won't happen).
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Thanks again for all the help. We are still looking and trying to decide the best way to go.
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Thanks again for all the help. We are still looking and trying to decide the best way to go.
Good luck on your search...we too are looking. I have given up on the idea of a new Jeep, the price is just too steep for my liking . Right now I am trying to configure my FJ Cruiser for towing....
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... the original CJ, round headlights, are not towable without modifications to my understanding...d.
The "original" CJ was towable. Unlock the hubs (which I'd like to be able to do on our JK), transfer case in neutral and away you go. Over the years, besides our JKs, we've towed a '46 2A, a '60 CJ5 and a '67 CJ5. In fact, the only Jeep we never towed (our first Jeep, we weren't RVrs at the time) was our '76 CJ7 with quadratrac (which I suspect is not towable).
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