post #1 of Old 06-20-2013, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Help a new guy out!!!!!

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?

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post #2 of Old 06-21-2013, 02:45 AM
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It does not have a timing belt...4.0 has timing chain.

Otherwise, check out the body...rockers, driver and pass floor pans, rear wheel wells...don't know what the rust situation is in Texas but if the body is rusted through, pass on it.
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post #3 of Old 06-21-2013, 05:49 AM
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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

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post #4 of Old 06-21-2013, 06:05 AM
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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.

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post #5 of Old 06-21-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #6 of Old 06-21-2013, 09:51 AM
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How do you know when you need a timing chain? Just curious, so i know what to look for...
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post #7 of Old 06-21-2013, 10:38 AM
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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.

wait you said 2wd. price is high then.
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post #8 of Old 06-21-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Well it is being sold by her son, and he claims its the timing Chain. The only reason I haven't bought it already is Because the inspection sticker is expired, and he says the reason is the evap leak.
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post #9 of Old 06-21-2013, 11:27 AM
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Well it is being sold by her son, and he claims its the timing Chain. The only reason I haven't bought it already is Because the inspection sticker is expired, and he says the reason is the evap leak.
My evap leak was just a cracked evap hose.A faulty gas cap can throw an evap leak code too.I've never even seen a 4.0 need a timing chain.If it's loose and slips,it will stop running.
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post #10 of Old 06-21-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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If I take it somewhere and get a smoke test done, will that point out the parts that need to be replaced?
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post #11 of Old 06-22-2013, 01:17 PM
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yes, it will tell you where it is leaking from.

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post #12 of Old 06-22-2013, 01:56 PM
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I'll ask since no one else did; is the check engine light on and if so what is code? That's always the first place to start.
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post #13 of Old 06-23-2013, 10:20 AM
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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.
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post #14 of Old 06-24-2013, 06:00 AM
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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.

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