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Unread 01-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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How many miles are too many for an xj?

Im selling my 04 gto and getting into something a little less expensive and a little more useful. My goat is making a little over 500hp and never goes over the speed limit so its pointless for me to have it really.

im looking at spending about 3000 for an xj and found that most in this price range have between 85k and 185k.

we had jeeps in the past and the 4.0 straight 6 as im sure you all know is bulletproof. but at what point do i start worrying about all the other things like the tranny, transfer case, axles etc? Ive been doing a lot of research and think i have a good idea, but i wanted to get input from the guys that live with their jeeps.

also, how do the manual trannies hold up compared to autos? i love driving manual and like the (usual) reliability and simple nature, but things can go wrong over time.

i plan on a mild lift, if the jeep doesnt already have it, and some 31 or 32s , mostly a street ride but some trails here and there and some beach riding in the summers.

mods, if this thread belongs in non tech, sorry, i couldnt decide.

thanks all

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Unread 01-13-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Unread 01-13-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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Unread 01-13-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
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I'll go, I have a 2000 Sport (see sig) purchaed new in 10/99 now with 150,000 miles. Overall, very reliable, but I have replaced the CPS, radiator, blower motor, and one AC evaporator coil (it was fixed under warranty). Outside of wear and tear items and maintenance fluids/filers, that has been it. Most troublesome feature for me, air conditioner, I think my compressor is now crapping out and its loosing a little freon as well. Everything else is still original (starter, alt., water pump, all u-joints, all sensors (with exception of the CPS) and relays). It has been babied, well maintained, unmodified, driven daily, and most importantly, paid for. Mainly a pavment queen in 2 wheel drive outside of a few fishing trips and snow storms per year. By the way, the AW-4 automatic transmission is rock solid if maintained, no rebuild, just fluid drained and refilled every 30,000 miles. Good luck finding a manual tranny in the 2000-2001 vintage, but if your looking at spending ~$3000, you may not find one that new in that price range.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
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There have been tons of threads on this topic. I would try to find the lowest mileage XJ, but then again I recently bought one with a little over 200k. I like to see how the previous owner treats it. That will let you know how sound the Jeep is. Oh yeah, definitely get one with a manual, waaaay more fun!
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Unread 01-13-2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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My 1989 had 220,000 on the odometer when the speedo stopped working. (I can fix it, just haven't yet)

I replaced all the u-joints, the balljoints, welded steel plates over the holes in the floor and bedlined it. Drives like new. Provided you know how to maintain your jeep there's no reason it should ever stop running. I've now fixed a lot of things that, prior to doing the work, seemed extremely daunting. But now that I've passed those issues I could re-do any of it with minimal effort. I plan on doing an axle swap this spring... and after that the only automotive thing I'll not have done is an engine swap. It's all easy with the internet and Jeepforum!
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Unread 01-13-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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im not so much worried about doing the work, just the price of parts and any down time really. i can do repairs and mods in my driveway or in the garage (with hydraulic lift). i built the motor in the gto and did all the other junk that had to go with it so my main concern is just any parts cost and downtime. but i suppose parts are all relatively cheap and easy to find for these bad boys being that they didnt change much for their entire lifecycle and have been around forever.

ive found a few actually with the 5 speed, and they are in the head of the pack just for the fun factor. although most of them are higher miles. 130-190k. but if the price is right, and obviously ive theyve been maintained, i guess those miles shouldnt scare me away right?

i drove my chevy silverado to well over 200k with NO problems aside from some squeeky ball joints etc.

i guess its time for some test rides.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 05:35 PM   #8
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150k + DD at this time.

only things done beyond normal filter/fluids/consumables /tires...is nothing.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 06:15 PM   #9
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If you can find one with a blown engine,blown transmission,blown differentials and is rusted in half look at the odometer and tell us.

We had one with over 300k and wife drove it daily to work 75 mile round trip. It had a little chatter in 2nd or 3rd gear and the ac was out on it that is all it looked like was ever wrong with it. It failed us once because of a broken motor mount that allowed the engine to pull a wire off the ballast resister took a while to figure out and a second to fix at the road side.


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Unread 01-13-2009, 07:05 PM   #10
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If the body is in good shape and the XJ has been taken care of I would not be afraid to buy one with up to 200k miles on it in fact I think it is silly to pay big money for a low milage XJ as they will all last 300k easily and if you get one with around 110k miles on it should cost between $3000 to $5000 and last another 200k miles. You will need to learn how to work on it but it will keep running that long. I bought mine with 95k on it almost two years ago and it runs as good as many new vechicles. I love it.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #11
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Mine turned 200k the day I drove it home. To date i've only had to replace the front axle ujoints, blower resistor, blower motor, and did a quick fix on the fan control switch. I only gave 1400.00, and still feel like I got a good deal so far...Everything works great!
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Unread 01-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #12
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I have a 89 XJ it has just over 300k on it, still on the orginal transfer case axles and automatic tranny.

However the orginal motor grenaded at 269K the oil pan seriously looked like a over cooked hot dog. But it still got me another 20 miles so I could call a tow truck.

I replaced the motor and its been running like a champ until last month when the starter went out.

but my experance with high milage 4.0 has been it leaks oil, constantly and there is nothing short of a rebuild that will stop it. So ideally get as low as miles as you can get and if the guy says the 4.0 doesn't leak oil its because its out.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 09:56 PM   #13
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I have a 92 with 292k just a little cold natured
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Unread 01-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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how many miles are too much for an xj?

not enough
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Unread 01-13-2009, 10:23 PM   #15
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If you can find one with a blown engine,blown transmission,blown differentials and is rusted in half look at the odometer and tell us.

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Too, many miles would be the one before all that happens...
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