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Old 12-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi ive been looking at getting a samurai. ive been looking/watching prices for about a month now. I plan on using it for a daily driver in the winter and part time in the summer.
I found a 89, 100k, all stock, very good shape, little to no rust, needs tires. for 3k

good enough deal to buy or should I wait?
any problems unique to samurais that I should look for? such as rust areas?
are the graphics easily removable?
thanks!
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In August of this year I bought a 1992 with 40,150 original miles (Car fax certified) My Zuke is in excellent condition and had the interior completely refinished, and I paid $3800. I would not have bought a Samurai with over 70,000 miles on it, It took me over 4 months of looking nation wide to find mine. Keep looking around, the right one will find you.

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thanks resedasamurai will take that into consideration.

anyone know about graphics removal??
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Heat gun will peel the graphics right off and depending on if the samurai has been takin care of would depend on the 100k. Make sure you take it to 45mph on a test drive and check for vibrations. Start the vehicle and turn it off and start it 2 to 3 times make sure it starts up good. If the body looks like its been rallyed or not? Any rebuilds to the motor? Check brakes also.....

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ps. i have an 87 i got from a grandparent that passed away idk if it has 11k 111k 211k or 311k but it runs perfect because well it wasnt rallyed and the upkeep was good from the previous owner. Just ask alot a questions to the owner before purchasing (brakes, electrical, interior/exterior dings). Anything looks out of place or not stock ask about.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Industrial Heat Gun in Stock - ULINE

59$ or if you know anyone that has one. But not a bad buy if you have to purchase one. I did and I use it for more then i thought i would.

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If it's in as nice a shape as you say $3000 isn't bad as i've seen some pretty beat up ones for $2500. The plus for you is that it's all stock so it probably wasn't abused.
I found my all stock and well maintained 88 zuke from a 78 year old guy in Arizona with 150k....Arizona rust free and in very good condition for $3600.
I have a four door 4x4 ram and it just sits..... this zuke is so much fun to drive. check it out real good, see if the front steering knuckles leak, any vibration or noise/whine in the driveline above 45mph (it won't be as quiet as a car)and test the 4x4 on a dirt road only (not pavement because damage could occur).... be sure it goes in and out of lo/high range and the front locking hubs work...... keep an eye on the temp gauge too because at that old the radiator could be getting clogged (it should run center or lower on the temp gauge..... this is a low torque engine that gets great gas mileage and will give stock jeeps a run for their money out in the trails. (I wouldn't trade mine for a Jeep i like it that much).
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thanks all!
i was hoping they where not like pin stripping on cars. good to know the graphics are removable
hopefully I can make a deal this weekend!
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thanks all!
i was hoping they where not like pin stripping on cars. good to know the graphics are removable
hopefully I can make a deal this weekend!
Take off just a tiny bit in an inconspicuous spot because with the age of the vehicle the sun fades the paint and the paint under the graphics will be not faded, and to compound it to match is almost impossible.

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$3000 is an average enough price for a stock Zuke in good shape.
Make sure to post pics of the rig ... Boxcar ...
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