The mileage range on some of these jeeps is around 170,000 miles. My only two experiances with XJs are from my father and father-in-law. My dad was a small town cop for many years, and his last patrol vehicle was a state-bid 1997 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 that the town bought new in '97. It's still in service today with only 60,000 miles. Only problems that I know of were some rear brake issues, and early on, it had to have the shortblock replaced under warranty.
My father-in-law has an '89 Cherokee that he traded a computer for in 2005. It was a real heap, had something like 188,000 miles, and leaked oil like a sive. He rebuilt a 4.0 HO and had it installed. It's a good runner, but is always overheating. I had a blast with it this winter but the damn doors won't shut and when they do you have to sorta shoulder them open. Other than that it's a good truck. He had it repainted white as well.
So when I registered on Jeep Forum I had it in mind to take my buddy's 95 GC off his hands, but he has since decided to keep it for himself, leaving me Jeep-less. I prefer the body style and capabilities of the XJ anyway, so here I am.
Currently I'm trying to sell a troublesome 94 Caprice 9C1 and use those funds to purchase my XJ.
Just needing advice on what to look for, problem areas, and weak spots.
I am nervous about transmission failure on high mileage vehicles (not jeeps specifically) and I found a 99 with 176,000 miles and a five-speed four doors
Guy wants $3000 for it but I wonder if I can talk him down.