The ultimate antidote to automotive boredom: A hugely entertaining 'go anywhere' Jeep Wrangler YJ - ready to be enjoyed.
At a glance:
- 1994 Jeep Wrangler YJ
- Rare Light Montego Blue metallic paintwork with grey interior and black hard top.
- 2.5 litre straight six, manual gearbox, two & four wheel drive
- Tubular front and rear bumpers plus side bars/steps
- Black steel wheels with nearly new Kumho Road Venture MT 235/75R15 all terrain tyres
- A low 94,942 miles
- Massively fun to drive
- Long MOT until 1st November 2020
- Will come with a fresh 12,000 mile annual service - ready to be enjoyed
- HPI clear
The Jeep Wrangler YJ was in production between 1986 and 1995. In February 1986, the Jeep Wrangler YJ was unveiled, entering production that March, and going on sale on May 13, 1986.
The Jeep YJ, sold as the Wrangler in the United States, was built in Toledo, Ohio, using the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps during World War II. The new Jeep was intended to be more comfortable on-road in an attempt to attract more daily drivers. It was a significantly new design with a wider track, slightly less ground clearance than the CJ7 predecessor with more comfort and improved handling. Despite the new grille, the body is very similar to that of its predecessor the CJ-7, and it is interchangeable with some major modifications. The YJ also was given a larger windscreen over the CJ. The YJs are easily identifiable due to the rectangular headlights and the fact that the wiper blades rest on the windscreen, giving this version a distinctive look. 632,231 YJs were built until 1995, although YJs were still sold into mid-1996, bringing the total production number to 685,071 units. Despite these significant worldwide sales, there are only a handful of these early YJ models left on UK roads.
This is the 2.5 version, in eye-catching 'light Montego blue' metallic paintwork (paint code PCH) with grey and black interior trim, with a black hard top. This Montego blue is my favourite colour for these Jeeps - it looks simply stunning. The 2.5 engine has the best mix of economy versus performance, with manual transmission and switchable 2/4 wheel drive. This Jeep is one of the rare earlier YJ models and an increasingly rare sight on our roads. These Jeeps are incredibly capable or off road, in any conditions, with sufficient grunt and engine performance to match.
This car has covered 94,942 miles - an average of just under 4,000 miles per year over its 24 year life.
On the Road:
I absolutely adore driving this Jeep, it’s so much fun! It's got immense charm and character, and it gives you a wonderful sense of 'Americana' every time you clamber up into the driver's seat. The Jeep starts first turn of the key, it surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does what it should. The ride quality is admittedly not quite as refined as a modern car, similar to other classic 4x4s in many ways, but it's engaging to drive, happy at any speed and goes wherever and whenever you need it to. I have driven a number of these Jeeps, this one is very smooth and drives very well with no significant noises from the drivetrain. These cars can be used for everyday commuting if required, as 'go anywhere' family and pet transport, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of all uses this car is a brilliant all-rounder.
This car is fitted with the fuel injected 2.5 litre (2464cc) AMC 150 inline four cylinder engine, one of four AMC engines kept in production when Chrysler bought AMC in 1987. It features an OHV pushrod design with short cam timing chain, which should last the life of the engine, as opposed to a timing belt which needs changing at regular service intervals. This 2.5 version used the same architecture as the larger 4.0, but with two less cylinders and slightly modified design. Due to the similarity of design, they are considered to be equally durable, tough and reliable. The advantage of the 2.5 is that it is lighter making the car feel more nimble to drive with less weight over the front axle, it revs more freely and doesn't have the same gas-guzzling thirst of the 4.0 litre. It doesn't have quite have much torque as the 4.0, but Wranglers were never really intended to have fighter jet performance or to be relaxed motorway cruisers. There are pros and cons to both the 2.5 and 4.0 engines, but neither are really inferior to the other, just differently suited depending on your particular requirements and tastes. It also features a timing chain which should last the life of the engine, as opposed to a timing belt which needs changing at regular service intervals.
The car has the Aisin-Warner AX15 manual transmission introduced in the 1988 (mid-year) YJ Wrangler and XJ/MJ Cherokee/Comanche Jeeps, and found in 1988-1999 Jeep XJ, YJ, and TJ models. They are generally regarded as the best five-speed transmission ever installed into a Jeep. They are an excellent gearbox, and remain in production by Aisin-Warner.
The long MOT runs until the 1st November 2020.
As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep really is a one-off vehicle and is in amazing condition for its age. The interior is also in good condition, very clean and with some slight wear as you would expect. It's not really a 'concours d'elegance' kind of vehicle, but as with all of these Jeep Wranglers, it has developed a characterful patina and wears its age with pride. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this awesome four wheel drive. It has a few quirks and character, so the best way to work out if it is the right car for you, would be to come and have a look.
The general value range for these legendary Wranglers in good, road worthy and presentable condition with long MOT is normally £5000 - £12,000 with modified and immaculate examples often priced considerably higher. This Jeep is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £6950. The price of classic Wranglers has risen sharply over the last couple of years, and this is an ideal opportunity to grab a winter bargain. As the spring approaches, inevitably strong demand and prices will rise again.
This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, coupled with superb traction and ultimate 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. With the the roof and doors removed (a 10 minute job) on a sunny day, it's hard to beat the thoroughly enjoyable experience. It’s a great conversation starter, and being so far removed from all of the humdrum everyday cars on our roads, people can’t stop staring at it. If I'm honest, I rather hope this takes a while to sell. If so, I might find the time be use it myself! If you are looking for something different & interesting to liven up your day to day motoring, I'm quite sure you'll love it - and I’m certain you won't ever find another Jeep like it...