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Unread 11-17-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
TWiStEDxMEtAL
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Looking at this '87 Cherokee

I'm looking at an '87 Cherokee 4x4 4.0 Inline-6 and 4-speed auto. It's only got 86,7XX original miles on it. The ad notes working A/C, very clean with photos to prove it and has not been off-roaded since it was upgraded. Inside and out is real clean. It's pretty tricked out with a 3.5" Rubicon lift, nice wheels and tires, bumpers, body armor, roof rack, off-road lights and winch. Price is just over $6500. I talked to the owner and he is a wholesale dealer who likes upgrading the older Jeeps and reselling them, he has a couple. I'm concerned about the title because he said the CarFax is clean but the lot he purchased it from was marked salvage, possibly by accident or due to its age. I don't know exactly what it says on the title right now. Haven't been able to lookup a CarFax myself either. He said it was stock when he bought it and the door had been backed into at the lot it was sitting in, so a door is new. He offered to put it on a lift to show me everything and assured me there was no damage. Only rust was on the tailpipe (Rust isn't a big issue here). Tags and registration would be current as of the purchase date done by him.

I never thought I'd own a Jeep anytime soon and my father really hates the idea of a Jeep. Me on the other hand, I've always liked classic cars for their loudness, roughness and smell. I dig some of the newer Jeep Wranglers and always had a thing for these older Cherokees. I wanted a Baja Bug before but moved onto this for more practicality. It would be my daily driver and weekend toy like all of us here, except I would just be getting into four wheeling and routine maintenance, which I'm interested in doing. I know they get poor mileage, but I've been driving a older Suburban so its not much different and I'd have my own truck and be able to mess around in it. Besides, I won't be driving that far and I may only be going to school an hour and a half or up to three hours away in the next few years so I could take it with me then.

You guys dig? I'm going to look if its still for sale later in the week... hour and a half drive for me. What should I look out for?

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/ctd/4188087700.html

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Unread 11-18-2013, 07:11 AM   #2
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There are way too many used Cherokees out there to even think about buying one with a salvaged background. I would't even bother looking until I saw a CarFax report. Also the price is very high for a 26 year old vehicle with dubious background.

"Loudness, roughness and smell"? You are kidding, right?
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Unread 11-18-2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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It's at a dealer, has a salvaged title, and is priced about double what its worth. I wouldn't even bother to look at it.

For that price you can buy a decent cherokee and a baja bug....
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Unread 11-18-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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It does look clean and tasteful upgrades but as stated he is about double the price and a possible salvage title. It has lower miles but is still a 26 year old vehicle. Id keep looking.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #5
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Autocheck returned a clean title... one failed smog two years ago then it was re-inspected and passed. I don't want a salvage title either, just weird that the owner mentioned it. If I can get a better deal on one and build it up then I'm all for it!

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"Loudness, roughness and smell"? You are kidding, right?
Nope! New cars bore me.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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It's at a dealer, has a salvaged title, and is priced about double what its worth. I wouldn't even bother to look at it.

For that price you can buy a decent cherokee and a baja bug....
A Cherokee AND a Baja Bug? I'm too young to own two cars let alone one, but that is tempting.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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You could easily find a cherokee half that price and newer and add exactly what was added to that one (or add what you want) for $6500 or you can spend 26500 it all depends on what you would want to add. All that has been added to this cherokee are simple bolt ons.
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