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post #1 of 6 Old 10-20-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice for XJ buy

I'm looking at a 1999 XJ, 4D 4WD Sport for $6500.

The car only has 63,000 miles, a complete maintenance record with oil changes every 3000 miles, and it is being sold by the original owner. The body is straight, paint is good, and there is just a small bit of rust on the passenger door.

It looks like a pretty solid vehicle, and it is hovering around blue book value. I'm going to try to talk them down to $6000.

Do you think this would be a good deal?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-20-2013, 10:20 PM
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Sounds like a good deal. I recommend you go to ebay motors and take a look at what they are selling for around your year and mileage. Do the same with craigslist. I'm actually getting ready to jump head first into a 00' XJ with 115k miles for 5k from a used car dealership. I've been looking at them for a while. I think $6k (just $1k less than the 2000 I'm looking at with 115k miles) is a great deal.

Also remember to check the oil for coolant before & after your test drive. It'll be a milky substance on the dip stick. Some 99 XJs suffer from a manufacturing problem in between heads 3 and 4 that can cause microcracks in the heads or the gasket. If the casting number has the double 3's, that could be a good negotiating point to argue for a lower price or a 30 day warranty on the bill of sale. If your coolant is a light brown, it might just be very old.

Also, I asked the same question your asking. A lot of people have told me that the north east uses a lot of salt on the roads so thoroughly check out the underside of the jeep. If the rust is already at the nook and cranny stage, don't go for it. It'll probably be rusted out shortly. If its just discolored, you can use rust preventative.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-11-2013, 05:20 PM
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Whereat he casting number found
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-11-2013, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by joeydominick View Post
Whereat he casting number found
It is easier to just look for the coil-packs. If it has a traditional distributor and plug wires it has the 0630 head, if it has no distributor and individual coil-packs (3 total, each is shared by two cylinders) mounted on the head it has the 0331 head which is prone to cracking if overheated (very few '99s have 0331 heads, it mostly affects '00-01s).

Definitely make sure to thoroughly check the underside for rust. Aside from that if it doesn't have the 0331 head just check the "normal used car stuff" (fluid levels/condition, condition of belts/hoses, suspension/steering components, any weird noises/vibrations, make sure electrical items work, check for leaks, etc.).
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-19-2013, 05:02 PM
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I paid $6250 for my 2001 XJ Sport 4x4 Auto with 81K miles
I wish I had come here first
I should have try to buy it for $3500-5000 tops
(didn't know the 00-01 had so many issues)

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Originally Posted by rrxjeeper71 View Post
I paid $6250 for my 2001 XJ Sport 4x4 Auto with 81K miles
I wish I had come here first
I should have try to buy it for $3500-5000 tops
(didn't know the 00-01 had so many issues)
If it hasn't been overheated it will be fine. Any engine that is over heated may have problems. The head problems aren't any worse than any other year. Make sure coolant is good.
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