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Old 10-05-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Well I have decided to start looking at used XJs (Cherokee for non Jeep people) with less than 75k miles. I know that a few of us have had them, its been some time since I had mine. What do I need to look for problems wise? Anything else to look for? Calling KJ!
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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I thought you meant a Jaguar XJR or XJ8

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trans and transfer cases are the main issues with the cherokees. the 4.0s are pretty much indestructible, as long as the oil pump can keep up.
finding one that's been taken care of, with lower miles and a decent price tag is going to be difficult. good luck
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trans and transfer cases are the main issues with the cherokees. the 4.0s are pretty much indestructible, as long as the oil pump can keep up.
finding one that's been taken care of, with lower miles and a decent price tag is going to be difficult. good luck
and not totally rusted out
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My advice, go down south for one. I bought my old one from Georgia and there was not one spec of rust on it.

and dont be scared of 100k+ on them, they run FOREVER.
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werd to the rust thing....

my xj had fewer miles than my gtp but rust in the craziest places- like inside the truck under interior panels and stuff.

i had major prolllems when i lifted mine- working on it... the front bolts on the rear leaf springs froze inside of the sleeves they go through, and wouldn't come out to save my life... they were spinning- but basically just became part of the sleeve. it sucked, eventually they had to be hardcore torched out of.

also the top of the shocks- the studs are going to break if you replace touch them. its not if. they will. i looked at mine and they broke... most xj guys get bolts back through the dealio by cutting holes in the floor. which was messed the f up to me, cuz im not one to hacksaw shit. so i used some mechanics wire and fished it through holes forever away from the deal... then i fished them through the deal and then put nuts on em with a impact and just hammered down on em.

i liked my newer one because it had coil packs right on the plugs and was super smooth that way.. but yeah i dunno im just blabbing now.

i miss mine occasionally. kind of.
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put a lift on the 300, bam srt8 2wd jeep
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how much alky would that cost to have you help me with.
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Yeah definitely wouldn't lift it, really wouldn't modify it all too much. Just basic maintenance stuff. Would like to find a "newer" one, with the more rounded tail lights, but we'll see, there doesn't seem to be all too much out there, but I am definitely waiting for the right one to come along.
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Don't the rear ends tend to go out a lot to?
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Don't the rear ends tend to go out a lot to?
only the early aluminum pumpkin 44's would spin the tubes but yeah the dana 35 c clip axles suck
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Good luck I spent a good month looking for mine...even started looking in Indiana and Wisconsin. Looked at a bunch and they were either beat up or rusting..etc. I finally found a clean 97 with 78k on it for a great price. Ive had it for 2 years so far and the only thing I had a problem with was the AC compressor. I slapped a new one on had it recharged and I got colder air then Ive had in any car ive owned. Other then that Ive changed the oil and filters and drive it like I stole it.

Things to check...Oil leaks, floorboards, under body rust those are the most common issues.
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jeep AC and heat ftw

yeah the axles kinda suck on them too, but do ok under normal driving conditions....lol

finding a well maintained one is key. a very regular customer at my shop an 01 cherokee with 105k miles that looks and drives like it's new off the showroom. not a spot of rust anywhere, and it's been meticulously maintained all it's life. it's white, and i would buy it in a heartbeat.
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