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Old 01-25-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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anyone know anything about jeep cherokees?(xj)

I am tossing around the idea of buying one. Anybody have any experience or advice to give?


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google the problems according to year (if you nail down the year of a model you want).

the 4.0litres are supposed to run for hundreds of thousands of miles but only if taken care of. be cautious

beware of rusted floor pans. these (like all old jeeps) rust like it's their job
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I have heard of tranny problems, but every car I have heard of tranny (and every single other part) problems.
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google the problems according to year (if you nail down the year of a model you want).

the 4.0litres are supposed to run for hundreds of thousands of miles but only if taken care of. be cautious

beware of rusted floor pans. these (like all old jeeps) rust like it's their job
I have done a fair amount of reading already on some of the other forums i frequent as well as jeepforums, but you can never have too much input. If i buy one, it would definitely be a 4.0, but the transmission type is up in the air. I have read about the tendancy for leaky seals. I would definitely keep a lookout for rust, but i wouldnt think that it would be that big of a deal here in the south.
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ok, because i have seen a few cherokees with rusted out so-you-can-see-the-earth floors. manual trans are way harder to come by here in MI at least
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The only real issue to watch out for are the main engine seals and axle seals as the Jeep gets up there in age.
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i always hear of CV joints being replaced too
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for everyday driving not anymore problems than any other 4wd, seals leak when they get old, checkout www.naxja.org my coworker has 2 and my brother has one. keep the radiator clean and flowing and keep fluids up engine is bullet proof, hub bearings are a normal repair for the crazy offroader/rock crawler. fun and lots of places to wheel
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4.0's of course, don't mind the foamy oil on the dipstick, make sure the 4wd works and isn't done because of an electrical problem..... can't think of anything else ATM.
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i own a wj 2wd and it works great ... i know its not the xj but just my 2cents the only problems ive had is one of my tail lights keep going out . other than that the cherokee is pretty well built (and of course any vehicle will only work as good as you take car of it)
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