Click on the link in my signature and see the cheap and easy fixes/upgrades you can do for little to no money. Just some time getting familiar with your Jeep. The auto trans is an excellent trans and will serve you well.
Originally Posted by chris87xj
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Welcome aboard. As cruiser stated, nothing wrong with an 87. First thing you'll want to do on this forum is fill out your vehicle profile. When you ask questions a lot of us will go to that to find out specific info (ex. transmission, rear axle type, 6cyl or 4cyl) on your jeep to help us give you accurate answers. Info is key.
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We went ahead and grabbed this "deal"... I have to say I love this little wagon.
I bought it for my Girlfriend. She has been using it as a DD since purchased. It passed emissions no problem. The interior is nearly perfect. AC is arctic cold. The outside paint is faded from the AZ sun but actually aged nicely due to it being a Goldish color previously. Vintage Petina!
So far it has needed nothing and I haven't had the time to get into it yet...
We came in at $1600 - it as about 250k on it. Everything seems fine EXCEPT:
Sterring - it is pretty sloppy. I am not familiar with Jeep at all. In fact, where is the RAD cap?
I am wondering the best way to have a look at the suspension/steering. Common issues that could cause slop. Linkage, CA's, Idlers... I have no idea. Totally new to the Jeep platform.
Chime in if you have any idea on what we should look at for this thing.
Sterring - it is pretty sloppy. I am wondering the best way to have a look at the suspension/steering. Common issues that could cause slop. Linkage, CA's, Idlers... I have no idea. Totally new to the Jeep platform.
Tie-rod ends would be the first place to check, also check the steering stabilizer (like a shock-absorber for the steering). At 250k mi your steering box may be worn as well, though TREs are much cheaper and more failure prone so that would be the first place to look. The XJ uses the old-style recirculating ball steering so it will never be exceptionally precise even in perfect condition.