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Unread 10-20-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Buying a 99 XJ and dumping the F150. Thoughts?

Hey guys, I'm new here and I'd like some opinions on buying a 99 XJ, auto with the 4.0l, from a good friend. This would be replacing my 98 F150, auto with the 4.6l, 177k. My F150 is falling apart, and needs about $800 in parts.. more problems are sure to come. I'd rather not invest more in repairs on this Ford, but it was a free truck.

The XJ has 226k, some body rust, needs a valve cover gasket and a battery. 1 owner, got it brand new. It was well taken care of, fluids changed on schedule, newer wheels that don't leak, new exhaust. He will give it to me for $800. Later this week I'm going to take it for a drive, and check underneath for rust and just give it another look.

Heres a link for pictures of the XJ-

I'm thinking this is a fair price, and from what I've read about these it could have quite a bit of life left. What is everyone's thoughts, based on what I've described and the pictures in the link? This would be my first Jeep. My friend also has a nice 86 CJ7 but hes not parting with that


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Unread 10-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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If it has that much rust and rot on the exterior I'd hate to see the condition of the floors and frame rails. I wouldn't touch that thing personally.

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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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I live up in Canuckistan and see better examples for under a grand. That's a serious rust repair project.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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I agree with Motor and rug.

If you don't wanna put another $800 in parts for the Ford then why are you gonna put an initial $800 in on an XJ with far more miles and definitely needs more money put in it?

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Unread 10-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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I feel dirty just LOOKING at that XJ. That thing might just need to be parted-out and scrapped unfortunately.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #6
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Yeah man i live in new york to and search the whole state on craigslist alot, deffinitly better deals out there man. Specially if you dont want to go wheeling and just want a stock cherokee
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