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Unread 12-28-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a 1998 zj. What do I need to look for?

My father was in a wreck a few weeks ago and his truck was totaled. So I have been looking for something as a replacement and I ran acorss a very nice looking 98 laredo for sale. The ad states it has 68,000 miles and runs perfect. The jeep looks very clean in the pics and is priced right. Is there anything I need to know about this model before making any decisions? Any thing specific to look for or ask? It's about 100 miles away from me so I would like to get everything covered in one trip.

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Unread 12-28-2005, 07:52 PM   #2
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I can't remember how to see if you have it, but the 249 transfer case has a viscous coupler in it that goes bad. You'll need to warm the jeep up and then take it into a parking lot and do tight figure eights. If you've got any wheel hop or skidding then the VC is on it's way out. That's ~1000 dollar repair at the stealership.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 07:53 PM   #3
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If you have the Quadra-Trac TC you have a VC, if you have Selec-Trac as that Jeep most likely does since it is a Laredo, it doesn't have a VC.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 09:28 PM   #4
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If you have the Quadra-Trac TC you have a VC, if you have Selec-Trac as that Jeep most likely does since it is a Laredo, it doesn't have a VC.
Unless of course its a Laredo with a V8, then it would have Quadra-Trac.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 09:33 PM   #5
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Unless of course its a Laredo with a V8, then it would have Quadra-Trac.
I said "most likely" and some Laredo's with V8's came with Selec-Trac
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Take it out on the freeway and do some hard accelerations, especially when it is cold. If it has trouble up-shifting, particularly second to third, then you have about $2.5K in transmission work coming your way. Mine dropped in the 40's.
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I said "most likely" and some Laredo's with V8's came with Selec-Trac

No they didn't. Not for ZJ's anyway. Some thought they did, until they got the build sheet back.
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I just sent an email asking about the quadra and select trac. To be more specific the jeep is a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo TSI, 4.0 v6, 4X2. Anything else I should look out for?
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If it really is a 4.0L V6, I'd run. It should have an I6.

Unless you definately want 4x2, you'll wish you had the 4x4 down the road. At least most 4x2 owners here do.
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Unless you definately want 4x2, you'll wish you had the 4x4 down the road. At least most 4x2 owners here do.

AMEN BROTHER! I wish I had 4wd, because 2wd is worthless if you take it anywhere near dirt really.
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AMEN BROTHER! I wish I had 4wd, because 2wd is worthless if you take it anywhere near dirt really.

Charlie, you were the one I was thinking of when I typed that.
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Charlie, you were the one I was thinking of when I typed that.

I figured as much. But boy, you have some quick fingers!
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I type about 70 words a minute, that's why I hated the 60 sec rule!
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No they didn't. Not for ZJ's anyway. Some thought they did, until they got the build sheet back.
Gotchya, was just repeating what was said on here before. WJ's do have it as an option though (a few on this forum have that setup).

No idea why someone would need a build sheet to determine what TC and engine they have though
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A few thought their V8 ZJ's came with the 242 until the build sheet told them it had a 249. Obviously at that time, you have to realize that someone swapped the 242 in.
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