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Unread 04-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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My first XJ advice request

I have a nearly16yo daughter and she wants a Jeep. I've always had Wranglers but want to keep it cheap for her first car. There are 2 semi-project XJs near me

1. $1000 - 96, 150k, supposedly runs strong has some body damage. Bumpers bent, rear quarter crunched, loose headlight, etc

2. $1000 - 98, 83k, cosmetically great, blown head gasket. I don't have a clue how hard that is to replace

Thoughts?

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Unread 04-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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Get the 98 as long as the heads not cracked. Even with the blown gaskets the 98 would go for $2500-3000 around here.

If you can turn a wrench you can replace the head gaskets. They're very easy to do if you can follow instructions and can buy/rent a torque wrench. You can pull the head and manifolds as one piece allowing you to replace most of it out of the Jeep which makes it a lot easier.

I'd never done them on a 4.0 and I did mine in about 8 hours the first time last year. I've done 2 more for friends since and the last one I did took me about 3 hours. Even the first time the only time I had to look at the instructions was to reference torque specs.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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A 16 YO daughter should have the better looking Jeep. I agree with Swanson.
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Go for the 98 worst case scenario you'll need a head which you can get online for less the $400 , Hell I'd probaby order one just to be safe
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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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the 98 is newer and less mileage.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Just talked to the owner of the 98. It actually has a blown #8 piston. Mechanic told him new engine and $2500. I'm not gonna mess with that.
I have an option on a 94 XJ for $1600. Runs and drives great, cosmetically fine. Would you guys feel comfortable putting a 16yo female in it?
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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:13 PM   #7
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Man wish my xj had a number 8 piston lol
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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:27 PM   #8
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Just talked to the owner of the 98. It actually has a blown #8 piston. Mechanic told him new engine and $2500. I'm not gonna mess with that.
How is the 8th piston blown on a 6 cylinder motor? ****ty mechanic trying to to rip someone off.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:30 PM   #9
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He also said it was a 2001 4.7L too many red flags. I'm passing.

I have a few good 1996 options but the first gen airbag has me a bit worried.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #10
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Probably a grand cherokee.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 06:42 AM   #11
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Probably a grand cherokee.
This.

"Cherokees" only ever had 4 or 6 cylinder engines.

'94s are perfectly fine, though I'd seriously consider finding a 96-01 for OBD2.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:03 AM   #12
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Get the one with dents already. Having raised 4 teenagers, I can tell you she'll put more dents in whatever Jeep you get her. Save yourself some heartache and a steep learning curve regarding teenagers and engine replacement.
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