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Unread 04-13-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Need opinions on a Jeep

I'm gonna take a look at it this weekend. Here's the craiglist ad:

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/2929760600.html

Has 139000 on it, I guess it needs a NSS and a water pump, and the body has been beat up a little bit.

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I know of all the usual XJ things to look out for (coolent in the oil, rust, etc.). Anything else I should keep an eye out for? Thoughts on the jeep?

Thanks guys.

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Unread 04-13-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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Leaks...only found mine after I bought it/drove it for an extended period of time (500 miles). The PO had it 2 months and didn't put any mileage on it

Good news tho, that they are now cured after about $20 and some wrenching time. I had: Front pinon seal, rear diff gasket, transmission pan, and rear output shaft seal. A friend who also recently bought a '97 has leaky axle seals. People say its not a Jeep if it doesn't leak, but it bothered me that mine left noticeable marks on my driveway after each trip. Now I'm happy.

Other things - depending on how the seller is desperate for cash, don't be afraid shoot him/her a low offer. I wasn't planning on buying the one I ended up with, but for the price I paid, I couldn't refuse

Good luck!
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Unread 04-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Can't believe how expensive they are in the states. In the uk they have bottomed due to huuuuuge petrol costs
For that cash you got get a totally mint xj 1999 with 60k leather and not a mark on her
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Unread 04-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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Oh yeah and. In the uk they put the steering wheel on the right side ; )
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Unread 04-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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I thought the classics came with 16'' wheels
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Unread 04-13-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
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inside looks great nice and clean!
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Unread 04-13-2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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I'd try to get him down to $1500. But it's a jeep so you know it'll last for ever with a little wrenching.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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It really dosen't look that bad except for the drivers door. Drive it see how it runs, shifts, any smoke, funny noises, ect. Good luck.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #9
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Offer him a grand and take it for 1500.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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The guy says in the ad that the excuse for the side damage is that it is an 15 year old vehicle haha! Why do you need another Cherokee??
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Unread 04-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #11
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Door is replaceable and you can bypass the NSS. $1500 seems fair, I wouldn't pay over that.

That being said, personally, I can't stand the look of it with the molding and everything being the same color. Looks cheap.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 10:25 PM   #12
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Door is replaceable and you can bypass the NSS. $1500 seems fair, I wouldn't pay over that.

That being said, personally, I can't stand the look of it with the molding and everything being the same color. Looks cheap.
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Unread 04-15-2012, 08:25 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the opinions and knowledge guys, we settled for $1350, which I figured was a pretty good deal. It does need a water pump and the NSS needs to be cleaned or replaced. It has a rejection sticker because the reverse lights failed to come on (all bulbs and fuses are good). The body is not in perfect shape, dents and scraped all over, biggest one being that drivers-side rocker, I don't know what I'm gonna do about that. Its in fine mechanical shaped though, and at only 140k everything works as expected. it could probably use fluids and a battery though.

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The guy says in the ad that the excuse for the side damage is that it is an 15 year old vehicle haha! Why do you need another Cherokee??
Its for my younger brother, haha. He was with me for a small wheeling trip, was impressed, and said he wanted an XJ. I'm going to be doing 99% of the work on it though. He doesn't really know where to start.


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Door is replaceable and you can bypass the NSS. $1500 seems fair, I wouldn't pay over that.

That being said, personally, I can't stand the look of it with the molding and everything being the same color. Looks cheap.
Yeah, I though $1350 was fair, considering the condition.

I don't know man I kinda like the look of the classics, have you seen KINGSB's? (^Right up there^) His is unreal clean. But we might have to get a new end-cap or two, so the red could possibly be broken up by some black. Also, how would you bypass the NSS? Doesn't it connect directly to the computer and control shift points, reverse lights and a bunch of other nonsense including the ignition? I don't see how you could just bypass it.
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Unread 04-15-2012, 10:19 AM   #14
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Its for my younger brother, haha. He was with me for a small wheeling trip, was impressed, and said he wanted an XJ. I'm going to be doing 99% of the work on it though. He doesn't really know where to start.
I think it's cool you're helping him, however make sure he helps and learns. I can't speak for everybody here, but I will speak for myself. I wasn't born with the knowledge of how to work on a vehicle and, other them some interesting experiences growing up, never really had anybody take me under their wing and get me started. It wasn't until I bought my Jeep and hanging out with guys who do 90% of their own wrenching that I started doing it.

The one thing that has surprised me about the XJ is there have been things I've put off because i was "afraid" of trying to tackle them myself for fear of breaking something (mine's a DD so I need it running by Monday morning). Every single project, so far, has been so easy that after I've been like "I was afraid of that, I'm a freakin' wimp." Luckily, that has given me the experience and confidence to do some decent stuff...
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Unread 04-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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Wow, thats a pretty nice deal, did he say what happened to the side and front of it? Looks to me like it is an very early 1998, by the steering wheel, the interior looks clean at least!
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