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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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First G Cherokee Purchase - Any Advice?

Long-Time 4-Wheeler, owned probably 7-8 rigs over the years, including a 57' Willys Overland, 76' Land Cruiser, several P/Ups, Isuzu Rodeo. I've driven on and off road in New England, Colorado, upstate NY, here in North Idaho and even Iceland. Never owned a Jeep product and would appreciate some advice as I move forward.

I am looking at buying a used Grand Cherokee. I expect to pay low in exchange for high miles. I recently had a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo totaled and received a check for $3300.00. I really don't intend to buy anything for much more than that, will not finance, will not get into full coverage insurance, etc.

The vehicle will basically be a "yard truck" for weekend trips to the dump and I plan on getting a small utility trailer for yard work, etc. I do want something nice and decent looking and we will take it camping a couple of times a year and go day-tripping/exploring in the mountains here in North Idaho. I am a real cheapskate, so because of the poor gas mileage, this rig truly will sit most of the time. I lived in snow country all my life and prefer front wheel drive in shallow snow, so will rarely use the Jeep for that sort of driving. Now 19 or so inches, that's a different story - Hello Jeep!

I've been doing my research and am going back and forth from like 98 models up to an 01' I found in my price range. I only want the 4.0 motor. I, "think" I want the Selec-Trac, but read that the Quadra-Trac is less prone to trouble, if that is the case, please steer me there!!! I really don't want/need to pour money into a transmission. I can do a lot of work like adding better brake calipers, fixing heater blender doors, power window motors and such myself and I know going in that I might find myself having to do just that.

My #1 Goal - not to get into a money pit. If there is a year, motor, transmission, etc, that I should avoid, please let me know.

Here is a used 2001 that I plan on looking at later this week. I can see myself buying this rig if it checks out after a test drive and I learn more details about it. Does this look like a good rig? The price seems very reasonable for our area. I see a lot of clean 95's-96's going for this sort of price.

Thanks in advance for any help and advice. I have enjoyed reading this forum and anticipate being an active member after I take the plunge!


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