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Unread 08-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
mattslote
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1989 Diesel XJ

Hey all, as you can see I'm a newbie. I ran into this craigslist post for a 2.1 liter dlesel in the Spokane area and I'm looking for some advice.
http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/4011796684.html

I'm your typical backyard mechanic, and I'm wondering if a jeep like this is something that I could own and work on. I've never owned a diesel before, though I've wanted to for some time (vegetable oil conversion would be my first big project). The turbo is another thing that I've never dealt with before.

I'm confident, though, that with enough time and some well placed advice from the vets on the forum I could keep a jeep like this one going for a while.

The caveats, though, are these: are parts easy/inexpensive to come by, and is this a hard vehicle to work on?

Forums like this have been a great resource in the past, and I look forward to gleaning some wisdom from the minds here. Thanks in advance!

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Unread 08-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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Were you looking specifically for a diesel? Are you lloking for price? The diesels available/used then were horribly underpowered, more so than even the 4-banger AMC 2.5s. I know you can get a cheaper one with the I6 (avoid the V6 at all costs) and you'd be happier all day long. The difference in fuel economy really isn't enough to warrant getting a diesel strictly for MPGs, especially when you consider parts support between the gas engines and the diesels...

Any other thoughts?
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