If you’ve ever considered the traditional Jeep and decided that what the old-school off-road vehicle needs is an aerodynamic body kit, then today’s Good price or no dice Renegade is right up your alley. Let’s see if the price blows us away.
It has been said, paradoxically, that the only constant in life is change. Seemingly refuting that Gordian Knot of a statement is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class which has been around without major changes since the Carter administration. Yesterday’s 2002 Mercedes-Benz G 500 had a number of updates to bring it in line, at least visually, with the latest models, but pretty much everything else if it was just a 20 year old truck. Few of you could see paying $36,000 for the opportunity to take ownership of this Dorian Gray-esque Benz, giving the G 500 a not-so-paradoxical 90 percent No Dice loss.
Yesterday’s G wagon was a model of truck originally designed by Mercedes for military use. Its entry into civilian service came a few years after its launch, and the model eventually morphed into that role exclusively.
Interesting, today 1993 Jeep Wrangler Renegade is also a vehicle originally designed for military use but eventually transitioned to civilian life where it has resided ever since.
As far as these civilian Jeeps go, the 90s Renegade package is perhaps the most unusual version of what is arguably the least loved edition (YJ) of the entire decades-old lineup. With this model, Jeep replaced the CJ (Civilian Jeep) naming convention with the Wrangler nameplate. More controversially, however, the new Wrangler’s almost clean paint design dropped the older models’ round lights and flat face in favor of rectangular lights and a grille with a pronounced bevel. This was enough to send Jeep purists scurrying to collect their torches and pitchforks in response.
Even more controversy erupted with the introduction of the “Renegade Décor Group” option in 1990. This appearance package added body-colored fiberglass fenders and rocker extensions over the Wrangler’s traditionally stock and boxy lower half. The look was polarizing but gave the Renegade a little more of a more polished look and added even more rectangles to the nose in the form of a pair of fog lights recessed into the slope of the front fenders.
Every Renegade started out as a standard, albeit premium, Wrangler. Once they rolled off the assembly line, the Wranglers assigned Renegade service were sent to a Detroit-area company called Autostyle where all the color-matched fiberglass body panels were attached and the trucks’ assembly completed. The finished Wrangler Renegades were then sent back to Jeep for distribution to dealers. All that work cost money, and the Renegade package added $4,000 to the price of a Wrangler. However, it should be noted that the models came quite loaded, which eased that cost somewhat.
This Wrangler Renegade is not quite as loaded as it was when it left the factory (twice). It’s been stripped of its carpet and factory stereo, in favor of rubber mats on the steel floor and an aftermarket Pioneer unit feeding the bow-mounted speakers. The hardtop, by the way, was an option, even on the high-end Renegade, and it added almost a grand on top of the model’s already considerable extra costs.
Here it comes at no extra cost, along with two bikini tops and a soft case. There’s also a hood-mounted high-lift jack for when things get a little too oversteer for even the Jeep’s capable 4-wheel drive. Of course, suitable tires on factory Renegade-specific five-groove aluminum rims should limit the frequency of needing that jack.
Power comes from the standard 4-liter OHV inline six, an engine that I hope doesn’t need to be introduced here. Specs for this model year are 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, numbers best served by this truck’s standard five-speed manual transmission. Since the Renegades were usually all butchered in terms of options, this one also has things like A/C and a tilt wheel.
It also has a clean title and a commendable 231,500 miles on the clock. For being almost 30 years old and having driven that kind of mileage, the Jeep looks to be in pretty good shape. The body appears complete and free of rot, cracks or damage. The interior is functional apart from the missing floor covering and the front covers on the front bucket seats. What can all this add in value?
The asking price is $6,750, and while this isn’t the nicest Renegade you’ll find on the market, that question pretty much reflects its miles and current condition. But is it a deal?
What do you say, is $6,750 a good price for this Renegade as presented? Or does that price tag make you feel rebellious?
Wenatchee Washington, Craigslistor go here if the ad disappears.
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