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.
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.
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.
Originally Posted by chris87xj
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