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post #1 of 4 Old 12-10-2009, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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98 xj help

I'm going to look at a xj. it would be a dd for my girl that has no car this winter. its a 1998 4 door 4x4 with 56,000 original miles on the clock. it has an auto trans, here is the catch tho the guy said it has no reverse. he said his mechanic said something about it being a like a $400 job for him to fix, maybe a solenoid he was saying. now here is my question would this be something to go look at and what else should i look for? is this a sign of bigger problems? if i were to buy the jeep i have no problem dropping the trans and fixing what ever it would be. but i just don't wanna buy it fix that and then have that be the start of many more head aches. the guy is only asking like 1600 for it. is this worth it and what else should i look for? any help would be great thanks guys. - cody

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-10-2009, 02:20 PM
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If the guy is only askin 1600 for it I'd keep it in mind if your not worried about gettin it fixed. Find out what tranny is in it, if it's an electronic controlled one then it probably is just the solenoid. My buddies Ranger did the same thing. If you get a chance to test drive it make sure the forward gears don't slip. If they are firm then he's probably telling the truth. Also, the solenoid is generally found on the the outside the transmission so fixing it yourself would be pretty easy and you could save labor charges!

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-10-2009, 05:32 PM
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It will have the AW4 tranny in it.
Easy enough to find a good used one if worse comes to worse. For the money I say go for it.


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post #4 of 4 Old 12-10-2009, 09:31 PM
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i saw the same XJ ad, good luck if you pick it up.
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