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Unread 11-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Late 90s Cherokee Purchasing Questions

I'm looking to buy my first Jeep and I'd like to get 1990s Cherokee. I've found a number of them in my price range with anywhere from 85k to 180k miles on them. My question is what kinds of parts should I be on the lookout for that break on older Cherokees to make sure they have been replaced? One of the best options I found is a 1998 Cherokee with 90k miles, but it is listed at over $1,000 above the KBB (they want $6,000 vs KBB value of $4,750). It seems well-maintained, but I don't think it could be worth that much over the KBB. What parts should I be asking about that might or might not have been changed to influence that price?

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Unread 11-19-2014, 04:02 PM   #2
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There really isn't a ton of stuff that routinely breaks on these things - it's a big part of the reason why we love them!

Find out what they have as far as maintenance records, ask them about the last time it had brakes, a tune up, trans / transfer case / differential fluids, etc. The seller's responses to questions like that should give you a good idea of how well they really took care of it.

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Unread 11-19-2014, 07:10 PM   #3
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Sounds high but if it's rust free and runs good, make an offer.
I like my 98. I've had it 6 yrs. The coil died once and stranded me. Ground strap on the engine corroded away and gave me fits. A/C has never been right. Other than that, just routine stuff - tune ups, brakes, tires, exhaust.
It the upgrades you want to do that hurt financially the most!!
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Unread 11-21-2014, 12:16 PM   #4
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There really isn't a ton of stuff that routinely breaks on these things - it's a big part of the reason why we love them!

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Except the center console latch!
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Unread 11-21-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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Blue book value is meaningless and XJ's typically run high in VA. For the last few years anyway.
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Unread 11-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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Except the center console latch!
Mine lasted fine for 15 years before I owned it. Lasted about 15 minutes into my ownership (ok maybe a couple hours.

Was a real "well, f***" moment hahaha
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Unread 11-22-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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The only suggestion I have is get the best one out there that you can afford.
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