This is my 4th Cherokee in a yr and a half. Just couldn't pass up the deal. A friend of the family was donating for $300 off his taxes. I came to look at it for some little parts and ended up buying the thing.
Its a 97, 5.2 motor, 157,000 miles. no dents but some rust on the bottom inside of every door and rusted out rockers.
Its got a blown motor. It started knocking/ticking a few months ago. He took it to a mechanic and was told it was expensive and he should just drive it until it fails. The other day hes driving down the highway and something gives and it starts knocking real loud.
Thats how it is right now. It starts, didn't seem to idle well, but knocks like a son of a beach. No idea yet why. Bearing or something. I'm almost certain the motor needs to be pulled to be repaired.
Originally I was hoping it was a I6 motor cause I got a rusted out 96 Cherokee with a good I6, but its not and I think it would be too much of a hassle to do a 5.2 to 4.0 swap. I don't think this is an option anymore. If it is an easy swap let me know.
1. I could just sell it, as is for $500?. (It already came with 4 nice tires @ 75% tread that I'm keeping. Guy was gonna run the current tires and put these on next winter.)
2. I could part it out. Thats a good amount of work and your always sitting on parts for awhile, but I could probably make...$1000?
3. I could pull the motor, repair/replace, then keep or sell the whole truck for ... $2000?
Here's 3 of the 4 nice tires, plus a brand new spare.