My first XJ advice request - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Cherokee & Comanche Forums > XJ Cherokee Non-Technical Forum > My first XJ advice request

Rockridge 4WD IS Taking Zone Offroad Suspension Lift Kits Rough Country Jeep Suspension Deals at Rockridge 4WD!Looking to re-gear?! CRAZY DEALS ON YUKON GEARS right here

Reply
Unread 04-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
cyberpvnk
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 239
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?

__________________
MyGIG REN for sale, works perfectly.

Looking for a 2DR JK softtop in good condition. Located in ILL.
cyberpvnk is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-27-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
Motorcharge
Registered User
1992 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 11,500
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.
__________________
|Project Motörcharge | XJ Non-Tech FAQ | Ammo Can Lock Box | Motorcycle Build|

WANTED: YJ Rollbar - PM for details.
Motorcharge is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
rsurran
Member
 
rsurran's Avatar
2005 WK 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Eastern Shore, Virginia
Posts: 488
A 16 YO daughter should have the better looking Jeep. I agree with Swanson.
__________________
2005 WK, 5.7L, Gold, Leather, Zoom Zoom
2000 XJ Limited 4.0, Black on Gray (Gone not forgotten) Looking for another one.

Dick Surran

"When you stop contributing you are just taking up space."
rsurran is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #4
Tom95YJ
[] Eye'd Jeep Connoisseur
 
Tom95YJ's Avatar
1999 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 7,912
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
__________________
'89 YJ The Smurf Build Thread
'99 XJ Black Betty Build Thread
Tom95YJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
Ratrod
Registered User
1996 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lynden, Washington
Posts: 270
the 98 is newer and less mileage.
__________________
1996 RHD XJ
Ratrod is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
cyberpvnk
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 239
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?
__________________
MyGIG REN for sale, works perfectly.

Looking for a 2DR JK softtop in good condition. Located in ILL.
cyberpvnk is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
az93cherokee
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: wahiawa, Hawaii
Posts: 121
Man wish my xj had a number 8 piston lol
__________________
Sent From Under The Hood Of A ZJ
az93cherokee is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #8
Motorcharge
Registered User
1992 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 11,500
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyberpvnk View Post
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.
__________________
|Project Motörcharge | XJ Non-Tech FAQ | Ammo Can Lock Box | Motorcycle Build|

WANTED: YJ Rollbar - PM for details.
Motorcharge is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 06:30 PM   #9
cyberpvnk
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 239
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.
__________________
MyGIG REN for sale, works perfectly.

Looking for a 2DR JK softtop in good condition. Located in ILL.
cyberpvnk is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #10
Ratrod
Registered User
1996 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lynden, Washington
Posts: 270
Probably a grand cherokee.
__________________
1996 RHD XJ
Ratrod is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-29-2013, 05:42 AM   #11
DNFJ
Web Wheeler
 
DNFJ's Avatar
2000 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3,468
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ratrod View Post
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.
__________________
[CENTER][SIZE="1"][Color="Blue"][b]00 XJ Sport "Wannabe Desert Rat"[/b][/color](August 2012-Present) 4.0L - 160k Body, Monstalined Menace, ATK+ Longblock, 6.5" IRO Short Arm Lift, LMP Front Bumper, Bushwacker Flat Flares, Clayton DS Track Bar, ZJ V8 Steering, Quick Discos, Bilstein 5100s, IRO HnT SYE, Braided SS Brake Lines, 1" TC Drop, HiLift, #784 Injectors, Flowmaster Super 44, 33" BFGoodrich A/T on Outlaw IIs, Safari Snorkel, Autopal Harness + 80/100w H4 Bulbs[/SIZE]

[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/blue-waffle-build-thread-1807113"][SIZE="3"][FONT="Arial Black"][COLOR="Blue"]Blue Waffle Build Thread[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/URL]
Built Not Bought #704[/CENTER]

[SIZE="1"][i]Past Jeeps:[/i]
[Color="Red"][B]93 ZJ Laredo[/B][/color](Jan 2011-April 2011) 5.2L - 98k, Stock - Totaled
[COLOR="Tan"][B]96 ZJ Laredo[/B][/COLOR](April 2011-August 2012) 4.0L - 138k, Cowl Intake, Rancho 9000 Series, 2" Spacers, 31" Baja MT Widetracks - Sold[/SIZE]

[SIZE="1"][COLOR="silver"]Monstaliner: [url]http://monstaliner.com/[/url]
Iron Rock Offroad: [url]http://ironrockoffroad.com/[/url][/SIZE][/COLOR]
DNFJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #12
cruiser54
Web Wheeler
 
cruiser54's Avatar
1990 MJ Comanche 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Posts: 9,469
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.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris87xj View Post
If you own a Renix Jeep, you'll want to check this out. >

An index to over 25 write-ups can be found in Post #1.

Cruiser's Mostly Renix Tips
Refresh*Connections*Before*Replacing*Components
cruiser54 is offline   Reply With Quote




Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.