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Unread 11-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
ShugaWataPurple
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First Purchase Inquiry

Hey guys,
Looking to become a fellow Jeep owner
the one I'm currently interested in now is a 1995 Grand Cherokee Limited 4L i6 at 280km
I've provided the ad here:
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/bn...159947321.html

anything in general that I should just watch out for when considering this vehicle?
or anything that is a huge red flag in this specific ad?

I don't know a lot about these cars but I gotta start somewhere right?
Appreciate the input

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Unread 11-12-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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It looks and sounds really good. And it's been owned by the family which is another plus. I want those marshmallow seats.

There's a 100 different things you can check, but it's the 4.0L with the 242 transfer case so the biggest things I would look for are bearing noise in the differentials, exhaust manifold crack and cooling system. If you have a portable scanner I would bring it along to see all the live data.

Also check for rust along the rocker panels and the rear bumper/upper control arm areas.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 01:35 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot!
Hopefully this goes well!
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Unread 11-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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Where's the full sized spare?
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Unread 11-12-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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It's in the trunk.
Also how much would a new radiator cost? Cause I bought it and it effin just blew on me when I was going up a hill....
I'm really hoping it's just a hose..
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Unread 11-12-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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Ok so here's how it goes.
I filled up my truck
Was going up a hill and I couldn't get the car to go past 60 km
I went petal to the metal and nothing then all of a sudden it revved and hit 100. Awesome..
I turned and went on a straight road where it started smoking. I stopped and opened the trunk and coolant was leaking everywhere..
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Unread 11-12-2013, 06:20 PM   #7
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Could be a number of things. Fix what you know is wrong then see if it still does the same thing.

Radiator is around $80.00 at your local parts store with the online coupons. Check the upper and lower radiator hoses, then the water pump, then the heater core hoses, then the reservoir hose to the radiator cap. If all those are good, you need a radiator.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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They all do that.

Sorry you are having problems already. That will give you a greater sense of enjoyment when it's not having problems.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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Ok so here's how it goes.
I filled up my truck
Was going up a hill and I couldn't get the car to go past 60 km
I went petal to the metal and nothing then all of a sudden it revved and hit 100. Awesome..
I turned and went on a straight road where it started smoking. I stopped and opened the trunk and coolant was leaking everywhere..
Did it start smoking, or, was it steam? Did it downshift any while going up the hill? I've only seen a coolant hose or radiator rupture when the engine was getting hotter than normal, so, was it running hot or anything? Just trying to gain a clearer picture of the situation, don't mean to overwhelm you with questions...
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Unread 11-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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@rlcii7: no it wasn't running hot. When I went up the hill it wouldn't go past 60 and then afterwards the RPMs went really high and it picked up speed. That's when I turned and it started smoking hot white smoke and coolant was leaking everywhere.

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Could be a number of things. Fix what you know is wrong then see if it still does the same thing. Radiator is around $80.00 at your local parts store with the online coupons. Check the upper and lower radiator hoses, then the water pump, then the heater core hoses, then the reservoir hose to the radiator cap. If all those are good, you need a radiator.
I can't tell what's wrong unfortunately, I'm on the side of the road and I'm not very car savvy
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Unread 11-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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Ok so update (sorry for the double posts)
I'm pretty sure it's the radiator, I just need to get it home right now! I'll keep you guys posted throughout the week.
Thanks for the help though!
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