I bought my second XJ yesterday. It's a 96 Country edition. Dark blue with gray trim. My budget for everything is $4000 and I mean EVERYTHING including title and registration. My wife has given the green light for 4K so that's what I'm spending. I spent $2700 on the XJ itself. It has 140,000 miles on the 4.0 inline 6 with an automatic AW4 tranny. Dana 30 up front and the 8.25 in back. No lift, nothing extra. It did come with power everything, cruise, roof console, etc.
In the past year it's had a lot of work done to it such as a new power steering pump, new water pump, new plugs, wires, distributor, new rear tires, new battery and cable, and some other things that I'm forgetting. The transmission goes into gear quickly and shifts smooth as butter. The engine runs like a sewing machine with no ticking or knocking. It doesn't leak a drop of fluid anywhere. Rust isn't too bad given the age and where I live. Rocker panels are solid. Just some spots behind the rear wheels. Winters here are white with snow AND salt so I was expecting this.
First, I had to buy tools like a jack, jack stands, creeper etc. Not terrible but it comes out of the 4K budget. It needs new front tires before winter. I have the dreaded "no cruise and my air comes out of the defrost" problem so I've already ordered new vacuum lines. The seats are nasty and the driver's seat is broken down. I've already been to the boneyard and picked out some nice cloth seats from a 94 ZJ. I got front and back seats for $125. The radio apparently isn't connected to the antenna because I can barely pick up any stations and when I do, they fade out in a few minutes. The rear wiper arm is broken so I also grabbed one of those when I found the seats. The rear hatch gas cylinders are shot. The guy selling it wasn't sure when the diff fluids had been changed and seemed like they probably hadn't been opened in 70K miles. I already ordered the gaskets and fluids for that from Napa. The driver's door has something wrong with the hinges. It pops really loud and there is a cotter pin in the arm that keeps the door from going open too far. There is something wrong with the wipers. Yesterday they wouldn't work when they were on intermittent so I checked the wiper module under the steering column. It seemed like the wires were loose so I plugged them in tighter. Now the wipers go the same speed no matter what. The rear bumper on the driver's side is bent in. I need to take a wire brush to the underside and spray some rock guard or something under there. Also, it has some assorted dents and scratches.
My 4 year old is totally excited and wants to get to work ASAP.
So far here is the running total: $3,500+
Title and registration: 170
Tires: 184 plus 125 for mounting and alignment
More stuff: $???
I'll keep updating this until $4000.
And maybe beyond...?