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Unread 02-09-2010, 06:49 AM   #1
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1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport

Hello everyone. Just picked up a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport. My first
Jeep. Picked it up for $4000 with 80,000 miles. Everything looks to
be in great condition. Great ride. I am turning it in soon as I found that
there is a recall on the ECM / Cat Converter. I have a lil rattle in the
converter, so I'm gonna get that taken care of. What are some things
I should know about my Jeep? Look forward to chatting with you all
and getting more familiar with my new addition.

Also, I'm an idiot. I have no idea what an XJ is or if I have one.



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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:02 AM   #2
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Good Luck With Your Jeep....................
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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:03 AM   #3
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XJ=Cherokee so you do have one, . And congrats on the Jeep!
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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:04 AM   #4
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Im jealous man.
I bought mine with 150,000
That XJ will last you for a good long while
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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:07 AM   #5
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XJ=Cherokee so you do have one, . And congrats on the Jeep!


So all cherokee's are XJ's? Thanks on the congrats!
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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:09 AM   #6
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Im jealous man.
I bought mine with 150,000
That XJ will last you for a good long while

I sure hope so. I've had it a week and love it. Although, I have to
get the converter recall done. Also, the check engine light came
on a couple days ago. Was an O2 sensor. The dealer replaced it free
of charge even though it wasn't "a power train" issue.

Thanks for the reply!
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Unread 02-09-2010, 08:35 AM   #7
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Any advice? Its snowing here...dying to go driving.
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Unread 02-09-2010, 08:42 AM   #8
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Gravy,
I bought mine with 70,000 almost 9 years ago here in Radcliff. Its going on 200K and still rippin. My son actually has taken over as the primary but I still maintain. You should give it a good once over. I found the Diffs were almost empty on mine when I bought it. Other thana good check, be prepared to repair as needed. Things will go wrong. The good thing is that alot of XJs were turned in during the cash for clunkers so there are alot of junkyard heaps with good used parts. Find one that matches your jeep and make sure they don't crush it.

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Unread 02-09-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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What are some things I should know about my Jeep?
Unless you have believable maintenance records showing changes recently, it's a good idea to change ALL fluids. They're the lifeblood of your vehicle and changing them now establishes an honest baseline for future maintenance.

Coolant and fresh stat, oil and filter, transmission fluid, transfer case, both differentials and if you're ambitious....brake and power steering fluid.

Keep your tuneup hardware fresh (plugs,wires,cap,rotor,air filter,fuel filter)

Enjoy your 96...
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Unread 02-09-2010, 08:53 AM   #10
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Gravy,
I bought mine with 70,000 almost 9 years ago here in Radcliff. Its going on 200K and still rippin. My son actually has taken over as the primary but I still maintain. You should give it a good once over. I found the Diffs were almost empty on mine when I bought it. Other thana good check, be prepared to repair as needed. Things will go wrong. The good thing is that alot of XJs were turned in during the cash for clunkers so there are alot of junkyard heaps with good used parts. Find one that matches your jeep and make sure they don't crush it.

Good luck
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Unless you have believable maintenance records showing changes recently, it's a good idea to change ALL fluids. They're the lifeblood of your vehicle and changing them now establishes an honest baseline for future maintenance.

Coolant and fresh stat, oil and filter, transmission fluid, transfer case, both differentials and if you're ambitious....brake and power steering fluid.

Keep your tuneup hardware fresh (plugs,wires,cap,rotor,air filter,fuel filter)

Enjoy your 96...

Thanks guys. I only have the records of the changes the dealer did prior
to putting the vehicle on the lot.

One thing I am having trouble with is the lock on the driver side door. It
won't turn half the time. Have to go to the passenger side to get in. Of
course this didn't happen when I purchased the vehicle. Thinking of
having the Jeep Dealer check it our when I turn in for the recall. Hoping
that won't be much of a charge to fix or replace. Not exactly a mechanic
myself.
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Unread 02-09-2010, 01:36 PM   #11
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Gravytrain....running to the dealer over a lock issue could go a couple different ways. 1. The dealer could have his mechanic graphite the keyhole while manipulating things or 2. Schedule shop time at $85 per to dismantle the doors interior and fix or replace parts, if available, at the current rate of exchange for gold bullion. Don't expect freebie or cheapie repairs at any dealership for a 14 yr old discontinued model of any automotive line.

So do your searching here and at NAXJA stock forum for tips and pointers to save you time and money. The majority of participants here do their own repairs, if possible, and usually will be the last types to recommend sending you to the dealer for such a minor repair item. You bought a used XJ. Get a used FSM manual. Then get used to figuring out the simple fixes while learning more about your purchase. For many of us here, our XJ's are pretty much our main hobby. Other than working to support that hobby.
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