Hello everyone, I am new to your forum but not to Jeeps. I own a 2000 Cherokee XJ at the moment in excellent condition other than a recent problem and only 69k. I have owned this jeep since last march when it had 55k on it. Lately I have been having some issues and I suspect it to be a bad head gasket or something of the sort. The problems and symptoms I am experiencing are sluggish acceleration, coolant leak from a mystery location (I'm assuming its internal), salty jumbo pretzel smell (on occasion when driving but not every time), My heat no longer works and I have been getting poor gas mileage. When I carry a heavy load my XJ will drink antifreeze over a short distance but again no leak to be seen. The oil on my dipstick is somewhat thin and brown looking like its watered down but its hard to tell if its got antifreeze in it or not. The spark plugs are new, last oil change was about 2k ago, coolant flush about 4k ago. Oil pressure is normal and nothing indicates that I am overheating. I have been reading other posts as well as referring to my Haynes repair manual and these are the reasons I believe it is what it is, however I am posting seeking people with experience to assist my diagnosis.
Thank you for your time,