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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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New to Jeeps: Looking to buy a 2000-2001 XJ or WJ; which should it be???

Hi guys,

As you can see this is my first post. I've been lurking these forums for a while and they've been a great resource in learning about Jeeps. Based on my budget, I'm looking to buy a 2000-2001 Cherokee or Grand Cherokee, with under 100k miles. This will be my first Jeep, and its primary uses are to be a second vehicle (backup for daily driver), a camping rig, and hopefully some light to moderate wheeling as I learn the ropes. So a weekend warrior.

Trouble is, I can't seem to decide between a Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Can you guys give your opinions on which you think would be the better choice in my situation?

-Differences in wheeling capabilities?
-V6 vs V8?
-comfort/quietness in road-mode?
-others?

Thanks, and this forum rocks!

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Unread 11-04-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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1. They are both pretty equal off road, the XJ has more aftermarket support though. The problem with the 00-01 Cherokees is they went to the D30 LP at the earlier XJs had the D30 HP which is much stronger front axle. If I were looking at a Cherokee I would find a 97-99 those are the best years.

2. V8 is much better choice for the GC if you get one. The 4.0L I6 is great motor too but the V8 just has a lot more power. With the XJ the only option is the 4.0L I6.

3. Comfort and quietness goes to the GC, although usually if you are buying a Jeep these aren't high priorities.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 01:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, Max. Its funny, my book on Cherokees and Cherokee mods arrived today, and their main point about the 2000-2001 model was exactly the same as yours, the weaker low pinion axle.

I am a little bit torn because while I do plan on lifting in the future, I'll probably use the Jeep in stock form for a year or two, just so I can take my time saving up for mods and choosing a configuration after getting some time behind the wheel. The Jeep also needs to be a reliable DD for a while. With this in mind, I'm tempted to go for the 2000-2001 models because there seems to be a lot more of them with low miles and in great shape.

I think I'm pretty set on the XJ now. The only thing drawing me to the Grand is the V8, but I like the styling on the XJ a lot; I have to follow my heart. :P

Since I'm new to wheeling and Jeeps: if I went with a 2001 and wanted to swap in a stronger axle in a year or two, is it easy to find a high pinion version?
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