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Unread 11-11-2014, 05:58 PM   #1
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Looking for advice/help...

So I am looking to purchase my first XJ, 1995 with 185,000 asking price is $1,300 I also live in 18064 if that helps.
What I need to know is if this is a good price and worth it for the miles?
I would say the body is about 7/10 and the interior maybe the same or 5/10 ( I plan to redo the interior or spray it.)
Any advice or tips on what to look for?
Just don't want my first Jeep to be a P.O.S.
Any suggestions or info greatly appreciated.

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Unread 11-11-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Just looking to get a good daily driver that I can customize and turn into my own.
Sure you all know the drill.
Just haven't had a Jeep yet and don't want to make an error. Looking at trying to buy ot within the next 3 days.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 07:40 PM   #3
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Xj prices are highly geographically dependent, but that sounds like a good price assuming it's not eaten up with rust
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Unread 11-12-2014, 04:15 AM   #4
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For a NEPA truck it is surprisingly clean and well maintained of it, just a little around the rear passenger door. But looks like a quick fix.
So I shouldn't worry about the age or milage on it?
Thanks for replying wizardPC
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Unread 11-12-2014, 05:02 AM   #5
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It's a twenty year old vehicle. It's going to have sensors and other items fail due to age. If it's not a rust heap then it's likely a decent purchase.

Just don't expect it to be a issue free vehicle. In general you should find it dependable.... for a twenty year old vehicle.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 08:08 AM   #6
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That is what I was hoping for.
I know most of the parts are universal or can be modified I am just looking for a good base to use as a daily driver till I start the rebuild.
I know this is an age old question that will maybe open a whole new thread, but is there a better year to look for?
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Unread 11-12-2014, 08:27 AM   #7
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I wouldn't worry about a "better" year for that price. There are no model years that are definitively the worst, or the ones to avoid.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 08:42 AM   #8
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I'v been on the sidelines for some time now but it seems like a good deal, when you start your build look for an older xj some had a d44 rear in them easy swap.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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Great...
Good advice from all.
Just trying to make an educated choice.
If anyone else has anything to weigh in please let me know.
The age and milage, just didn't want one that the engine would crap out shortly.
Still a noob at this.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 03:40 PM   #10
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180k is a baby. Really. It'll probably tick a little but thats normal. rugsucka is right about sensors and whatnot. If you don't *like* doing some basic-ish stuff yourself (undo these two bolts, swap this sensor in, tighten bolts) you should probably get something else because you'll get charged $700 to replace the $100 sensor if you take it to someone.

I bought my 98 in May with right at 200k on it. I've changed sway bar bushings, door lock actuators, chased down several wiring problems in the rear hatch, swapped a transfer case (because I wanted to, not because there was anything wrong with it), and installed a remote start. And I've loved every minute of it. But not everyone is like that.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 04:08 PM   #11
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Honestly, as long as it runs well and is relatively rust free, these Jeeps are quite trustworthy.

$1300 bucks you almost can't go wrong.

Maybe post up some pics for other members to take a peak at but I'd say go for it.

Ditto on the "general maintenance" sentiments - that should be expected and adhered to IMO.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 07:53 PM   #12
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Excellent.
Do not mind getting my hands a little greasy.
That is part of the joy on this.
I can make this my own.
Just didn't want it to own me.
Thank again guys.
Any other opinions or suggestions keep them coming!
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Unread 11-12-2014, 09:03 PM   #13
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The exhaust header is probably going to be cracked right where all the pipes come together. Be prepared for that.

Bet on having to replace the engine mounts and transmission mount. They're cheap if you go with rubber.
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Unread 11-13-2014, 04:15 AM   #14
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Okay, wizardPC will I have to completely pull tje engine for those repairs?
Thinking even if it doesn't need it right now to do it any way.
I am expecting some things to come up and need immediate work, so I put that in my purchase budget.
That is why I was originally about the age cost and milage.
Thanks again everyone!
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Unread 11-13-2014, 07:48 AM   #15
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Okay, wizardPC will I have to completely pull tje engine for those repairs?
Thinking even if it doesn't need it right now to do it any way.
I am expecting some things to come up and need immediate work, so I put that in my purchase budget.
That is why I was originally about the age cost and milage.
Thanks again everyone!
No. The manifold will require some digging into in order to actually get to it. The trans mount is just a matter of pulling the cross member and unbolting the mount. The engine mounts don't take much more than a jack under the oil pan and each mount is only 2 bolts with the throughpin bolt. Your year might require moving the oil filter adapter to get to the passenger side (I don't remember years that require) but even that is simple if you look through write-ups.
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