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post #1 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Getting back in the game

Had a 95 Cherokee, moved on to a 03 Wrangler (really bad decision for a multitude of reasons) then on to an 07 WRX (super fun car, but missing my jeep). Thinking of trading it in for a Cherokee as a DD. I am expecting to spend more on gas, even though it's less expensive gas. Plus I feel more comfortable with an XJ with 120k vs a WRX with 90k, mechanically.

I've found a 96 that promises to be rust free, but it has 201k on the clock and there is no way I'm having 1 car with that many miles as my sole transport. I might just pick it up, if I can haggle down the price (3600 is high, even for this cherokee sparse area).

Can you all think of anything specific too look for in a high milage XJ? I might think about rebuilding or having a rebuild kitbon hand just in case.

Thanks guys, glad to be back!

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 11:23 AM
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ill trade you for your tj

but 201k isnt bad, just make sure it's not leaking and check all the fluids.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 07:24 PM
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DNFJ is right...

You really can't find many XJ's under 200k that are worth anything... Jeeps can last if you take care of them.

Just check for leaks...
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 03:18 PM
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At 201,000 miles, an XJ with a 4.0 is just starting to get broke in (as long as it was maintained). I have a '91 with @ 279,000 miles and I wouldn't hesitate to jump in and drive coast to coast in it. It's my DD and my goin' to the woods work vehicle.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-29-2013, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Just to update, a week or so ago I made the trade and now own an XJ again! It's a 2000 (yay 0331 head! :/ ) with 94k on it. About as rust free as I've seen in western NY too. Really happy with it. I'm going to keep eagle eyes on the coolant level. I changed the air filter, spark plugs, and put mobil 1 in her w/ an oversized purolator filter in. Oil pressure sits around 50psi usually, never below 35ish once warm. I'm wanting to do a coolant flush, any recommendations?

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