Hi! I'm new to the forum and I see that there are a lot of people with plenty of knowledge on xj's here. I'm looking to buy one, and I found a pretty good one: 2001 sport 2wd, 140,000 miles. $2500. The only bad things are that it has an evap leak and needs a new timing belt. How much will fixing both of those cost?
check the head to see if it has a 0331 head on it. just google "0331 head" and you will find lots and lots of reading on it and how they crack. from what i have read, evaporator replacement can cost anywhere from 800-1000, or if you mechanically inclined and have a good day to remove your dash and do it yourself. i ave 222000 miles on my 99 and havent had to change the timing "chain" yet (knock on wood), so cant help you on cost of that
It never takes long for that 0331 head to be brought up. Yes, learn about it and be mindful, but DON'T let it stop you from buying a 00 or 01. The cracking is seriously exaggerated by the fact that people love to go on the web to complain when stuff breaks. There are plenty of 0331s living the same long lifespan of any other 4.0, and there are stories out there of the other heads cracking, too. IF it should ever crack, there are 0331s available without the casting flaw, and replacement isn't very difficult nor expensive.
The head is in good shape. The chain and evap leak are the only issues. No rust body is in great shape. It's owned by an elderly woman so she's taken good care of it. It runs great, you just need to crank it twice sometimes. I would probably do the evap repair myself.
I was going to ask the same thing. It may be a regular service interval she has not addressed. Mine has 206K on it and to my knowledge hasn't been replaced. You know you need a new one when it breaks and your engine starts making all sorts of horrid noises. The head isn't a major job, the timing chain would be.
pretty good miles on it for a 2001. and price is reasonable. maybe talk her down with chain/head stuff.
I would like to ask ,what symptoms it has that indicate it's the timing chain? Or, what diagnosis has it received and from where, to bring him to that conclusion? I mean, if you are buying it from an individual and you don't know the guy, he may just be guessing and have no clue whats really wrong with it.
My 2000 XJ was throwing codes for a major evap leak. After visually checking everything and coming up empty it turned out that the pump was bad. I took it to a mechanic because I wanted it verified before wasting money and he did the test and found no leaks. The cost of the whole job was under $200, could have done it myself if I had more confidence.