Monday, March 2, 2020

4 Liters of Desert Fun: 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

The last few years has been an interesting time for cheap car lovers (like me, the other DT writers...and you) -- and mostly unfavorable.  Classics have jumped up across the board, late model interesting things have gotten serious interest and overhyped prices and the last decade of cars have not depreciated in the manner you would expect (I plan a full diatribe post on that later...) but it always makes me happy when I stumble on a car that is interesting, fun, well preserved, and cheap. It doesn't happen as often as it should, but they are still out there.  Find this 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara offered for $6,400 in Alameda, CA via craigslist.

 From the seller:

1995 jeep wrangler sahara
VIN: 1J4FY49S7SP291731
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 150400
paint color: brown
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: SUV
I am selling my 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara - low miles and in overall great shape.

Fuel injected 4.0L 6 cylinder engine, 5spd manual transmission
Runs great, with recent service records showing upkeep
>80% tread on 30" all terrain tires
AC works great for summer, as does removing the hardtop
Tow package

A few extras:
1.5" lift, and will include boomerang shackles that have not yet been installed (extra ~1" lift)
Wired USB plug-in to charge phones
Tuffy Security box
Winch plate (Note: the winch in the pictures will be removed from the jeep, but I will leave the plate)

$6,400 OBO (lowball offers won't be entertained)
Serious buyers only, please

YJ, TJ, manual, 4x4, 4wd, lifted, manual

 See a better way to go jeepin?


  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 3, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    I think the issue is the need to redefine cheap in the modern car era.

    Cheap to me always was $5k or less, maybe $7500 if I was feeling flush. We're talking fun third-car project cars here...e30's, e28's, RX-7's, 2002's, 190e 16v's, you name it.

    Seems like the bar has moved to a point where for anything halfway desirable and enjoyable that has an "analog" feel, sub-$20k is a bargain. $15k 996's are a bargain. $15k e46 M3's are a bargain. $13k 944 Turbos, $18k e39 M5's, and $15k C5 Z06's are a bargain. $5k just ain't what it used to be.

    1. ^this. THIS is exactly it. I think in terms of $3k, $4k cars being everywhere...but the truth is that anything in the $3k-$4k range is just a few speed bumps away from the junk yard. $15k is the new $5. That is the unfortunate reality...or it is good because it means people have money and they aren't crushing cool cars anymore?


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