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Unread 05-07-2004, 11:05 AM   #1
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HELP, Looking to buy a 94 Limited

I curently have a 91 4runner, which I will be selling. My goal for getting a new suv is something I can use as an suv, tow my race car with. And have fun off road in.

I was looking at a 94 Yukon, well its still pretty high on my list.

But I found a 94 Grand Cherokee Limited for has 134k on it. About the same price. The reason I would rather get the jeep is because its much "nicer" if you know what I mean. And belive it or not it will probably get better mpg.

But I have heard they they have all sorts of problems. Is there any truth to this? What are common problems? Major problems or just little things. From the little bit of reading I have done it seems like alot of owners freak out when they have to replace a fuel pump.

Anyway I am gona look at it tonight, Suggestions, what to look for?

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Unread 05-07-2004, 12:07 PM   #2
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Hello, You'll probably get a mixed-bag of comments on the ZJ's.

The first one I bought was a '93 limited 5.2L w/QuadraTrac. It
only had 28,000 miles and ran like a top. I did do regular service
ie: oil every 3500 mi trans @ 28000 (complete change w/filter) and
transfusions at 50,000 and 70,000.....Never had any problem with the tranny. Alas........I sold it in Feb. with 79,000 miles and the family just loves it!!

I would check: Tranny fluid color and smell (burnt), unusual tire
wear, and take it for a drive (if QuadraTrac equipped) make some slow hard turns on pavement in a parking lot. Feel for any 'hopping' such as you would get in 4WD on dry pavement.

That happened on mine and it turned out to be the 'viscous coupler' that attaches the front diff to the transfercase. The part is close to 500 bucks and requires some labor to install (fortunately the guy who bought mine is a professional mechanic)

I used to get around 20 ish miles per gallon on mine and it would tow about anything that I could attach to it.

Good luck on your quest.

Chuck
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Unread 05-07-2004, 02:21 PM   #3
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Hello, You'll probably get a mixed-bag of comments on the ZJ's.

The first one I bought was a '93 limited 5.2L w/QuadraTrac. It
only had 28,000 miles and ran like a top. I did do regular service
ie: oil every 3500 mi trans @ 28000 (complete change w/filter) and
transfusions at 50,000 and 70,000.....Never had any problem with the tranny. Alas........I sold it in Feb. with 79,000 miles and the family just loves it!!

I would check: Tranny fluid color and smell (burnt), unusual tire
wear, and take it for a drive (if QuadraTrac equipped) make some slow hard turns on pavement in a parking lot. Feel for any 'hopping' such as you would get in 4WD on dry pavement.

That happened on mine and it turned out to be the 'viscous coupler' that attaches the front diff to the transfercase. The part is close to 500 bucks and requires some labor to install (fortunately the guy who bought mine is a professional mechanic)

I used to get around 20 ish miles per gallon on mine and it would tow about anything that I could attach to it.

Good luck on your quest.

Chuck
Yeah I have had some people tell me they loved them and some people tell me they are a PITA. Given the options, I am very seriously concidering the JEEP.

I just got off the phone with a guy that had one, and while I don't expect it to never have any problems I just don't want to get into something that is commonly a lemon

I allready have two broken down cars, *the car I race, a bmw 325 that needs a computer and my 4runner will be joining them soon I am afraid. I think if I can get 40k out of this without having to spend a fortune I'll be set
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Unread 05-07-2004, 03:33 PM   #4
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Yeah I have had some people tell me they loved them and some people tell me they are a PITA. Given the options, I am very seriously concidering the JEEP.

I just got off the phone with a guy that had one, and while I don't expect it to never have any problems I just don't want to get into something that is commonly a lemon

I allready have two broken down cars, *the car I race, a bmw 325 that needs a computer and my 4runner will be joining them soon I am afraid. I think if I can get 40k out of this without having to spend a fortune I'll be set
I wouldn't characterize the Grand as a lemon model. However, if not properly maintained, it can certainly behave as one. It is not uncommon for highly skilled mechanics to put Dexron III fluid in the transmission. This is a sure way to sideline this vehicle. Another common problem appears to be the plastic fuel tank found on 96's, though I haven't had any problem with mine (knock on wood). Also, the viscous coupler in the Quadra-Trac works well, but will not stand up to a lot of abuse. Heavy accelleration will shorten the life of this particular transfer case significantly. Having said all that, I have owned many cars and trucks over the years, but have never liked any of them nearly as much as I do this Jeep.
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Unread 05-07-2004, 04:13 PM   #5
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I have owned many cars and trucks over the years, but have never liked any of them nearly as much as I do this Jeep.
Amen......Couldn't have said it better.

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Unread 05-08-2004, 02:14 AM   #6
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go with the gc. i have 178k on mine(6cyl) and no major expenses at all. and it is still running great. good luck and make sure you check over the vehicle

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Unread 05-08-2004, 11:43 AM   #7
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well I drove it last night, it looked to be in decent shape. But there was a slight ticking sound while acceletating. I think it might be a spark plug wire arking... But couldn't tell 100% for sure.

Also the TC leaks. But I might go check out another one today.
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