1979 Jeep CJ5 from North America - Comments

11th Feb 2005, 16:11

Performance nuts put in the v8's?

Mine came STOCK with a AMC 304 V8 - and theres no way I would ever trade down to the six.

15th Feb 2005, 11:09

I just bought my first CJ5 not to long ago, and it is the best car by far that I have ever driven. it is even better than what I had expected, but I was wandering how many miles do you get to the gallon with your jeep.

21st Mar 2005, 20:04

I am interested in buying a CJ5 with the 232 4.2L six and a three speed transmission. I am just wondering how much I can tow since I own a small utility trailer which I haul lawn equipment on. E-mail me at: fatmoose90@hotmail.com

Thanks for your help,

Josh from Maine.

19th Apr 2005, 22:37

Just bought my first '79 CJ5! I'm heading to the San Diego desert (Anza Borrego) this weekend for my first run in it! Man, I can't wait!

10th May 2005, 22:21

CJ-5 is a great little vehicle. I have inherited my 1967 CJ-5 that my father bought new. Every few years he repainted and installed a new top and doors on the CJ. It has been well maintained over the years, but is due again to be spruced up. The V6 with 3 speed and overdrive cruises nicely while getting great gas mileage. 38 1/2 years old and going great. I wouldn't take for it. A fun vehicle.

6th Jul 2005, 16:29

I have a 76 CJ5. All stock. I owned a 76 in 76 and recently found this one and bought it up. It looks like it just came off the showroom floor in a time warp. I recently changed the tires. Now I have 10.5 wide and what a difference. The tires before were too wide and old. This one handles great even at 65 mile an hour. My original had a 4 speed. This is a 3 speed, but it's okay. It's the straight 258 six. It's been totally restored and was in storage for over 25 years. Everything is original and it has only 17,000 miles on it.

I've thought of selling it 'cause my mind and idea of my old 76 was different when I actually got behind the wheel. It feels so close to the windshield. Didn't remember that, but didn't have 30 extra pounds either. I haven't taken it off road and wouldn't do anything crazy even if I was going to do that. No rocks. I'm finding a leek of oil from somewhere. Can't find it. Maybe the behind the front transfer case? I can't. And it seems to burn a little and I don't remember mine leaking or burning any. I took my old one pulling a utility trailer from Chicago to Oregon where I lived for another 20 years.

10th Oct 2005, 16:22

Sapper001

I have had my 79 CJ5 for about three years now. I have rebuilt the 258 and R&Rd this engine myself. I think this is one of the greatest attributes of these legends, you can still work on it yourself in the garage or the field. I added an MSD 6 Off-road box, Blaster 2 coil, Pro-Billet dis, Headman-Super Comp headers, Offenhauser intake with a 600 cfm Holley and true dual Flowmaster 40's and hotter plugs and wires. I haven't had dyno'ed, but it feels like torque doubled in 4Lo and on the road. This old Jeep, I love.

Keep Jeepin' and involve as many family members and friends as possible. God Bless America!!! Sappers Forward!

19th Oct 2005, 10:57

I bought my '79 CJ5 this past spring. It's got the 282 in line six, 31x10.5" tires (no lift kit), custom full roll cage, 3-speed manual with overdrive. I love driving it, but fortunately, it's my second car. My 11-year-old son and I frequent the southern California deserts - mostly Anza Borrego area. You don't see many CJ5's around. Love it!

26th Oct 2005, 19:18

I am a proud owner of a 1979 CJ-5. Though I agree that the straight six is a great engine, Mine has a 360 out of a 1974 javelin and I wouldn't trade it for the world. The engine is complimented by the dual exhaust and the two inch lift is more than enough. For owners of a CJ-5 the six is more than enough, but if you have the time and access to a V8 it's a nice addition (beware of lifting the two front tires off the ground).

16th Dec 2005, 12:41

I was looking for a CJ7 but have run across a 79 CJ5. I understand that the CJ7 has a longer wheelbase. If I am just going to be a weekend rider is the 79 CJ5 such a bad idea? What should I pay attention to between the two models?

27th Dec 2005, 12:41

Early year reviews suggested the CJ7 was the best handling (on road) Jeep ever made. I can tell you, however, the CJ5 is one of the best vehicles off road I have ever experienced. I have driven mine through places I couldn't believe, i.e., between paper-mill pines, St Mary's River GA., etc.

The biggest difference between them that is instantly noticed, the available cargo space. If you're not planning on hauling 8 kids to the soccer field or into the Andes, your fine with a CJ5. But, you aren't getting the aforementioned out of a CJ7, either.

Maneuverability is somewhat better by the CJ5 due to the shorter body. It does make a difference in the field.

Which ever you choose, you assuredly will fall in love with and have not another vehicle, but a new addition to the family, instead.

20th Apr 2006, 07:34

I am rebuilding a 1979 Cj5 and I can't wait to get it done. I want to put bigger tires and a lift kit of some sort. I was wondering if anyone with experience would know what would be a a good sized tire and how much lift to put on a cj5. Also could someone with a Cj5 please tell me how many miles to a gallon do you get on it. I have rebuilt the engine and am totally restoring it so I have not got a chance to drive it much at all.

12th Oct 2006, 17:30

HI, I have just recently gotten a 1977 cj5, with a 304 v8,i am wondering if anyone knows how many miles to a gallon you get on it.

THANKS.

13th Oct 2006, 10:12

You will soon know the mpg yourself when you fill it up, write down the mileage, and drive it until nearly empty. Subtract the mileage from when you filled it up from the mileage when you re-fill it, and divide that by the number of gallons it takes to refill the tank. Miles per gallon.

22nd Oct 2006, 16:27

Well I have a 1965 Tuxedo Park CJ5, all is stock, but the 2.3 litre Ford engine. My granddad bought it new, but he passed away in 1996. It somehow followed my Chevy truck home about a year ago, after sitting in an old chicken house since 1982. I'm trying to restore it and making good progress, while I ride the kids down to the swimming hole all summer. It has to be a fine ride because I spend no money on the running parts after all those years sitting, gasoline and a battery is it!

15th Jan 2007, 17:00

How many miles per gallon does your average 304 v8 cj5 get?