Jeep Wrangler - Older Models

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White Sniper
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Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:53 pm

Khaled SS wrote:in sharjah i know few ones
Shukran Khaled. Please let me know one or two in Sharjah. I want to give some rest to my Durango.
KhaledS
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Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:14 pm

Joy Ride wrote:Shukran Khaled. Please let me know one or two in Sharjah. I want to give some rest to my Durango.
I fix my jeep at super tech , its further in the street opposite mitsubishi agency on the left
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Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:17 pm

Omar wrote:Thanks Khaled. Point noted, though a clean Cherokee is also hard to find. I guess US specs Cherokee is not suitable, or will it survive?
I have a very clean '92 Cherokee that's done 396k km and has a full service history from new. It's probably one of only a handful of surviving pre-'97 Cherokees in the Gulf region. I've owned it for 18 years so it's like having a child, and it would take a very large sum of money to tempt me to to sell it.
The only problem is that the AC compressor leaks gas so I need to find a competent AC repair shop that'll give it an overhaul and install a seal kit that I have. It was working fine all of last summer without making any funny noises but the gas had leaked out during the months since then when I wasn't using it. Gulf Oasis in Al Ain threw their arms up and said they only replace compressors, not repair them.
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tintin
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Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:43 am

Hi Omar,

I own a 93 Jeep YJ and I can tell you that they are much stronger than the newer versions. Some people in the states complain that the stock rear axle is weak, but they rock crawl which is much harder on the axles than desert driving. The main thing, as has been mentioned, is proper maintenance. If this is a concern though, you can find a rear axle from a leaf sprung ford explorer (ford 8.8) which is almost an exact match to just bolt in and drive away. Just make sure you get matching gear ratios front to back.

The YJ has far less parts to go wrong, both electrically and mechanically. There are less suspension joints (No control arms for a start so that's 16 less bushings to worry about!) and you can perform some simple "free" mods to give it more suspension flex, such as removing the front and rear track bars (useless in leaf spring models), plus the track bar, again useless in leaf spring models.

Also, the engine is pretty much identical to the TJ but with less emissions stuff to go wrong, plus it's built on a stronger frame than the TJ and just looks a lot cooler altogether.

If you do go with a YJ, make sure you have all of the engine, axle and drivetrain (transfer case, transmission, clutch) seals, bushings and fluids checked as they can deteriorate/leak if not replaced every five years or so.

They are great cars, not as powerful as a patrol, but much lighter and a lot more fun to drive if you get a manual one.

Good luck on the hunt for a new motor. :D
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tintin
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Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:54 am

jkoester wrote:I have not driven a Wrangler, but they are of course a popular sand car. I now drive a 2001 manual Cherokee, and I prefer it to a shorter car like the wrangler because its length gives it more stability when side-sloping and side-cresting. I would think that a clean used Jeep at a fair price would be much easier to find than a clean used Nissan.
As someone that went from a Wrangler to a longer wheel-based vehicle, I definitely agree with this. The Wrangler was very twitchy, and you rarely had more than a moments notice that it was about to go.
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White Sniper
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Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:36 pm

Thanks tintin for the insight! Search is on....
Omar
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Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:04 pm

http://dubai.dubizzle.com/motors/used-c ... %3D&pos=18

What should be the fair market value.....
KhaledS
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Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:57 pm

Omar wrote:http://dubai.dubizzle.com/motors/used-c ... %3D&pos=18

What should be the fair market value.....

Its expensive 1992!!
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KhaledS
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Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:05 pm

Omar wrote:http://dubai.dubizzle.com/motors/used-c ... %3D&pos=18

What should be the fair market value.....
Market value will be whatever someone is willing to pay for it. That Jeep does look good but judging by the fact that the rear of the hood is propped up with spacers, the engine must have a problem shedding heat in the summer.
Duckmiester
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Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:26 pm

Here is the link http://alain.dubizzle.com/m/motors/used ... desert-39/
Hi Omar...

This is a friend of Uae Offroaders he's leaving the country and selling his Jeep Wrangler. always been a good reliable car to him, well maintained, manual gearbox....worth a look.!
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