This is my first post here. A buddy I work with is selling his 1995 Jeep Cherokee Country (4.0 Liter v6). His wife purchased it new and it has about 191k miles on it now. Currently, he is asking $1,400 for it, but I plan to offer him less. I want the vehicle for a few reasons, namely to use in the winter (4x4), to use for various outdoor activities (hunting/fishing), for hauling things like lumber and other household items that require a larger vehicle to fit, and a second car to use when I take apart my primary car.
From what I can tell it is in decent shape given its age, but needs maintenanced badly. The brakes are pulsating something fierce (guessing the rotors in the front are warped), tires are completely bald, oils likely all need changed. I am going to have my mechanic friend get it up on the lift, but I could see the leaf springs have surface rust, and I know the valve cover gasket needs changed. There are a few other minor items, paint it peeling in some spots, obvious dents and dings, no electronic key opener, etc.
I was thinking about offering him $800, given that tires will probably run me $300-400, brakes $300, etc. With this said, I have a few questions:
1. Can anyone give me advice on if this vehicle is worth purchasing and what price would be appropriate? Is $800 too low/high?
2. What other problem areas should I look for in this model car? Transfer case, engine, etc.?
3. What kind of tires would you all recommend? I don't know if I want knobby tires or just normal street tires, I'm open to opinions.
4. How hard is it to change the brakes? I've only ever changed disc brakes, the rears are drums...are those difficult to do? Is my cost estimate of $300 for brake parts low or high?
5. Is there any websites I can go to for parts diagrams? I am a BMW guy right now, and if it is one thing I love about BMW, I can get all the parts diagrams online...it's fantastic really.
6. How expensive is it to change the leaf springs / suspension? Is it worth doing or just ride them until the break?
I'm pretty excited about the car, so trying to be more objective about it. I've always loved the "vintage" look of these jeeps and I would clean it up pretty nicely. Any thoughts you can share are appreciated.
PS - I apologize for not searching more thoroughly, normally I would, but I'm under a tight timeline.