95 vs 97 XJ - JeepForum.com
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: ventura ca.
Posts: 49
95 vs 97 XJ

My 95 jeep got hit now the insurance co. wants to total it. They gave me a list of other jeeps for sale in the area but they are all autos, mine was a 5 speed. I've narrowed it down to either another 95 or an 97. both have lower miles on them than mine. but at the same time I know mine was kept up very well. So any thoughts on the different years and auto vs. stick ?


mudpen is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2012, 10:44 PM
Registered User
1984 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: mesa
Posts: 1,458
Its all preference really. If you really wanna stick it to them I guess check kbb or some appraisal site and see which is worth more?

I haven't owned anything automatic im years so no big deal there. Mileage is something to be considered, also have you looked at them? Maybe one has superior maintenance record?

84 xj 350tbi, sm465, 203/205, 60/70. links and other junk.
what size sawzall blades does it take to fit 40's?
ltrail is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 11-20-2012, 08:40 AM
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: MA
Posts: 8
I bought my stick 95 5 years ago. Really wanted a stick over an auto and it took months to find one. I think there aren't very many sticks left out there and some people really want them. So the value may be higher.

It's worth doing your own research when you are negotiating with the insurance company. Price guides usually assume that automatics are worth more but that often isn't the case. I had a Corolla wagon with a stick, totalled, other driver was at fault. Insurance company offered me $3K, for which price there were plenty of automatics and sedans, but zero stick shift wagons, all of which were priced around $5K.

They told me they were offering blue book value. I told them I didn't care what the book said, I was entitled to what it would cost to replace my stick shift station wagon, and sent them all my search results. They sent me a check for 5K and I spent it on another stick shift station wagon.

I like my stick Cherokee. I get 21-22 mpg, and I've just done my first brake job after 100K miles of ownership. I have to deal with a steep hill that is packed but not plowed in the winter and being able to put the jeep in low range and engine brake down at walking pace makes the difference in being able to drive it at all.
Lumpy95 is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 11-23-2012, 09:33 AM
Registered User
1997 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 295
If you haven't made a decision yet I'd go with the '97 because it's OBDII and Jeep added some sound deadening material. The AW4 is a good trans when well maintained. See if you can get the maintenance records and/or a Carfax report.
Weebur is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 11-23-2012, 09:59 AM
Registered User
1999 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 1,648
When my '93 was totalled I upgraded to a '99. They are much more comfortable and the interior is so much nicer. Not to mention its 6 years newer. I do notice a sight difference in power, it seems like the '93 had a little more.

I have ZERO regrets.

'99 XJ Sport
It has a lift
It has 31's
It also other stuff
PhotoJared is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 11-23-2012, 11:06 AM
Registered User
1997 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Meridian, Idaho
Posts: 145
IMO, a 97-99 is the way to go. The vastly improved interior is definitely worth it.

1997 XJ Sport - Rusty's 2 1/2" coil spacers, Rusty's clearance 4" fixed LCA's, Rancho 3" coils, 6" JY full leaf pack, JKS disco's, 33x12.50x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac's on Ion Alloys, a Truetrac in the rear, and a Smittybilt XR8 to get me out of trouble
2000 WJ Laredo - 4.7 with Upcountry package. 245/75/16 Cooper St's
MYSTICSVT is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome