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Unread 09-04-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
joshisme
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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

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Unread 09-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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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.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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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
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Unread 09-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #5
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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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