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joshisme 09-04-2013 12:20 PM

In the market - what to look for?
 
Hey guys,

I'm looking for an XJ and I am just looking for some recommendations for things to look for.

I wish i would have read these forums before buying my YJ because i had some hidden rust in problem areas that i could have easily avoided, and I'm hoping for some similar suggestions.

Any common problem areas, or preferred years/parts that i should be looking for?

Thanks in advance

gs69350 09-04-2013 12:39 PM

Among the usual things, check the flat section of the floors from underneath for rust. When I checked mine out, I was more concerned with the frame areas and where the suspension mounts and I totally missed that I was looking at the bottom of the carpet, not sheet metal.

psychoteen101 09-04-2013 12:42 PM

Rust is the main thing to look for. Floors and rocker panels are the first to go. Pay attention to that before anything else. the motors/transmissions are pretty solid. Just make sure they have been properly maintained. Test drive for sure and if possible, bring it to a shop and have it inspected before you buy it to make sure its mechanically sound

joshisme 09-04-2013 12:49 PM

Thanks guys, I will be sure to give it a thorough rust inspection. I've seen a few cherokees listed around here with only about 100k miles and i am going to try to snag one of those.

There are quite a few listed with 175k+ miles but I am a little wary of that, though i have heard these engines last forever.

gs69350 09-04-2013 01:09 PM

I bought mine with 223k, aside from the floors, everything was in great shape.
Drive it, use your judgement. I try and let vehicles that I might buy run for a while at idle, I want them nice and hot to make sure they aren't overheating, its easy to miss if you hurry the inspection process.


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