Hello, new jeep enthusiast here
I just picked up a 2000 Cherokee Sport with 210k from a co-worker who didn't want to put any more cash into it. Very clean, no panel rust, suspension looks good. $500 and done! Now, it does have its share of problems...
To start, it has a cracked radiator and the PO mentioned he suspected a blown head gasket. I have read about the 0331 head problems and will look into a replacement when I get into the engine.
Next up, the brakes clunk pretty bad. I have read that it could be loose calipers, ill-fitting pads, or worn suspension (ball joints, control arms...). So looking into that once I get underneath.
Minor issues: lift gate pistons need replaced, one speaker cuts out, one power window doesn't work, and the fan blower switch is either full-on or off.
The first step in this project is to tow it home to a friend's garage bay.
After the radiator, head gasket/cylinder head, and brakes, I intend to change all the fluids and check the drive train components.
My intention is to get this jeep legal and reliable as a fun time, camping, forest road, snow day vehicle. Long-term I want to install a modest lift and larger tires, maybe get it tow ready for a small trailer.
As for my skill level... I am a fast learner and good with hand tools. I also have access to a garage bay, Haynes manual and a good friend that owns a 96 xj. I have worked on my dd dodge neon the past year replacing the brakes, throttle body and some misfire troubleshooting. Weak, I know, but a start.
Just an intro here. I plan to post progress and pics eventually.