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Unread 06-19-2003, 04:16 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a Grand Cherokee, Advice Please?

I am currently looking at 2 Gr. Cherokee's.

1:
1996 Black Laredo 4x4 I6, 104k miles


2:
1994 Red Laredo 4x4 V8, 83k miles, ALL options.


They are both about the same price.

I am going to look at both of them Tomorrowand would like to buy a car in the next week or two. So I wanted to get some information tonight.

What advice can you give about each engine, typical problems the GC has, and some things to look out for when I'm looking at the cars. What typical mileage does each engine last? What Octane does each require, and what is the gas mileage on each.

Any information would be helpful.

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Unread 06-19-2003, 06:49 PM   #2
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I recently bought a 93 Laredo with a 5.2. I get about 20mpg with a nice ride. Even though mine is base, I love it. Only had to change the rear hatch struts and recharge the AC.
Things I wish I would have looked for:
*242 trasfer case rather than the 249
*would have liked a manual tranny or a 4 speed- but no problems with the what I have (AW-4 I believe)

gee, thought I wanted more, but happy with what I got.
Having some more interior stuff like the VIC would have been nice, but not needed.
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Unread 06-19-2003, 07:19 PM   #3
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if it were me i'd probably go for option number two. V8 and fewer miles on it, what's not to love. i don't mind the 249 (Quadra-trac) transfer-case. works great off-road. i would like to have 2wd sometimes though. however all the V8's came with the 249 so i'll still take a V8. i have a 1996 with the I6 and wish i had the V8.

They will have pretty radically different interiors. which one you like best is all up to you. good luck!
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Unread 06-20-2003, 06:06 AM   #4
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I agree with Camster, and the 83K miles on the 94 is pretty good as well.
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Unread 06-20-2003, 07:08 PM   #5
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Just looked at the 94 V8 Laredo:

-A/C doesnt blow cold, might need recharge or repair.
-LCD on CD player is out.
-Front Windsheild has a foot long crack.
-seems to need new front brakes
-might need an alignment
-steering wheel shakes just a little bit when you are driving
-might need a new exhaust

any thoughts on problems, prices, other things to look for?

I look at the 96 Laredo on monday.

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Unread 06-20-2003, 10:01 PM   #6
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Go V8 and good luck!
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Unread 06-21-2003, 05:50 AM   #7
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well dang. that's quite an extensive list of problems. my mind could be changing here. With stuff like that going on it gives me the impression that the car wasn't very well cared for. are the other interior components in good shape?

I don't know why somebody would want to sell a car with a cracked windsheid?
As far as the A/C did you try it while you were driving? mine doesn't blow cold until i get moving. if that wasn't the problem definitly ask the seller to have the problem identified (or even better fixed) before buying the car. A/C parts are expensive!!!

New front breaks mihgt also be a bear. does is vibrate when you apply them? if so the rotors are probably warped and will need replacing, preferably with a higher quality rotor so it doesn't happen again.

if the wheel shakes when you are driving, yeah it probably needs an alignment. no biggie but what shape are the tires in?

why do you say it might need a new exhaust?

If you don't mind me asking what is the sellers asking price?
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Unread 06-21-2003, 09:29 AM   #8
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Except for the AC those are all minor problems easily fixed for a hundred or so each.. (Some less)
If the 4.0 model is in better shape take it.. The 4.0 is a good motor..(Not a V8 but what the hell) It will be fine unless you plan on doing alot of towing...
Let us know how the other turns out and also what the interior of the V8 model looked like...
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Unread 06-21-2003, 10:33 AM   #9
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The V8 has like all the Limited Options, grey leather, computer, infinity gold, digital time/temp/odo etc.

The guy ha taken really good care of it actually.
Body is in excellent condition, shiny paint, no dings. one scratch, no accidents.

The interior is in good shape, the carpets just need a good shampoo.

The Guy rarely drives it over the past 2 years, so sometimes it sits for a month or two. Oil change every 3k miles.

I dont care about the V8 so if the 1996 doesnt need much I will think about it. I was just attracted by the 83k miles on the 1994.

I am actually just trying to find a reliable car, which do you think is more reliable and cheaper to fix? the 4.0 or the 5.2[edit]?

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Unread 06-21-2003, 11:31 AM   #10
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The V8 would be a 5.2... Not 5.9 ..Only year Jeep with 5.9 was 98.
That being said ..I would have to say that the 4.0 would probobly
be the cheapest to maintain.. Those things are incredible They last forever. The 5.2 are awesome as well but a little more expensive to maintain...
Good luck either way..
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Unread 06-22-2003, 03:07 PM   #11
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bump.. anyone have any other info or things to look out for? common problems these vehicles have?
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Unread 06-22-2003, 09:49 PM   #12
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Take it for a test drive.. Turn hard left and drive in a circle. Listen for popping or feel of bucking.. Do a few turns...
Clicking will be cv joints .. Bucking could be bad Viscious coupling.
CV's are an easy fix.. (about $200 ) VC is steep.. And hard to do..

Other than that.. Just basic stuff.. Make sure it shifts thru all gears and goes in to 4wd and all internal gadgets and gizmos work..
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Unread 06-23-2003, 01:01 PM   #13
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I just saw the 96. Body is in roughly the same condition as the 94. both are good, but with a scratch or two, and a few scratches on the plastic bumpers.

THe 96 hummed when i drove it, and make a slight rattle when i accelerated. also sounded like a wheel bearing squeak every once in awhile. it has the "computer" that shows door ajar etc, but that seemed broken. it rode really smooth, and accelerated fine. but it just seemed like there were a lot of noises. he said the humming was the transfer case and that "all jeeps do that, i bought a new one for my wife and it did that"... thoughts? I like the 96 interior better, but it seems as if the 94 is a much more sound vehicle between these two. but i would rather have an I6 over the V8.... *sigh* i guess it is time to look for some more 96 4.0's, and if all else fails get the 94 v8?

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Unread 06-23-2003, 01:20 PM   #14
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Unread 06-23-2003, 01:24 PM   #15
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how do you like your 94? does it have any quirks or problematic at all? i really dont mind the 94, just needs new wheels, those "explorer" type wheels are fugly.
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