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Unread 07-28-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Need help deciding on a Cherokee.

This is my first post. Thanks for reading.

I had an '89 Cherokee when I was younger, and I'd like to get another as my next daily driver. I've got 3 of them in mind:
  1. 2001 4.0L - 160k - $3000
  2. 2000 4.0L - 110k - $4000
  3. 1996 4.0L - 180k - $2500, 5-speed
(All of the prices are firm or have already been bargained for.)

The reason I'm considering #3 is that I really enjoy driving a manual trans., and it has the least number of options of the bunch (no A/C, manual windows, etc.), which is a plus for me.

The way it is, though, I'm leaning toward #2 because of the miles. This Jeep will have to last me at least 6 years. I'm not afraid of maintenance, but I can't afford to have it apart all the time in my garage because it'll be my only ride.

Ideally, somebody will tell me, "180k at 15-years old is nothing. It will last you with only minor issues."

Thanks for any insight.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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180k on a 4.0 5 speed isn't anything.

180k on an rust belt cherokee unibody / body is ... How's the rust on 3?
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Unread 07-28-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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#2 I would say would be the most reliable without downtime, followed closely by #1. The 96 has miles and age working against it, and you start getting wear down of basic things that are easy to fix, but in the end they still have to be fixed
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Unread 07-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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Go for #3. 00-01s are junk, or at least that's been my experience. You can buy one, but don't pay good money for it.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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i vote the old one. 1996 should last longer as long as the body rust isn't to terrible
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Unread 07-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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the one thing about number three is, its in prime time for some mantience issues. i bought mine at 180k and i dont think it was ever touched by PO's. i feel like most things start to break at around 180-200k miles. ive replaced brakes, harmonic balancer, radiator, and now i have to replace the starter. these things have to be done eventually, and probably sooner with number 3. it is the cheapest of the 3, and you dont have the 0331 head. plus its a 5 speed

edit: so you might be out in the garage more with number 3, but it probably wont end up costing you more. i say go for it
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Unread 07-28-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
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It looks like #1 was sold. Here's some pictures of the old one.








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Unread 07-28-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
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I posted some pictures of the old one, but it looks like they have to be approved by a moderator first. Thanks for the replies so far!

Edit: They showed up above <--

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Unread 07-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #9
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I posted some pictures of the old one, but it looks like they have to be approved by a moderator first. Thanks for the replies so far!
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Unread 07-29-2011, 05:06 PM   #10
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Go with the 5 speed.
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Unread 07-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #11
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Are u looking at other stuff such as tires or if it's lifted (if u want to lift it) just so u don't have to do what I did buy some tires a lift and put 4 new parts on the engine.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 10:16 AM   #12
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Is that thing running on 215s? it looks like its running on some tiny meats.

I'd say do the '96, you are going to feel better about scratching it.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 11:37 AM   #13
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bet you can talk that 96 down to 1700 because of the cosmetic issues it has and missing things.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 12:37 PM   #14
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I bet not, its at a dealer.

Its actually a pretty descent deal, that is if it runs well.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 12:52 PM   #15
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They probably only paid 1000 for it walk in with 1700 cash and I bet they'll take it.
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