Glad you are on the forum. Sounds like you have a real Georgia peach, a 96
with 75k miles. It is a good idea to fill out your profile as best you can and you'll
get better answers on the forum. I never did anything with my vehicles until I got a
Jeep and reading the comments on the forums has been a big help.
Since you just bought the Jeep, if you are not completely sure sure of the maintenance
history, you should change the fluids (engine oil/filter, transmission fluid/filter, front and
rear differential oil, radiator - 50-50mix antifreeze/water). Grease any u-joints that are
greaseable. Do these things yourself, you'll get to know your Jeep and you'll save a lot of
As for the noise you are hearing, it is amazing to me that you don't have noises up to
65 mph. So there is probably nothing badly wrong with your Jeep. It may be a driveshaft
u-joint (there are three in the front, two in the back). But get under there and get to
know your vehicle.
With its solid axles front and back, it can't handle high-speed situations that sports sedans
can, so let them pass you
, (ditto Nick) but it will do great for what its designed, a mix