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Unread 06-25-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee but don't know which year or model to buy. Looking to spend no more than $6,000.

I want a 4 door with a 4wd. I've read a little about straight Cherokees being better than Grand with the off-roading.

We off road on the weekends - basically going out to the Mojave and riding on old dirt paths, going through washes, climbing hills etc. No rock climbing We've been using hubby's GMC Canyon but got stuck in the sand once and the clearance isn't as high as I would like so a lifted Cherokee would be preferred.

I would also be using the car for my everyday vehicle as well. So it would be great if it was good for both. I don't need the smoothest ride - I'll trade that for off-road capability

Thanks for any input.

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Unread 06-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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90+ is best choice 97+ best interior any is great but all years have ther problems for that much u could have a pretty decently built one
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Unread 06-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Best advice is take someone with you who knows Cherokees and specially those that have been lifted. There are a lot of hacked up Jeeps out there. You are better off getting one that is still stock and doing the work or having someone you trust do it. $6k should get you something decent. 2000/01 XJ's have a head cracking problem and the 98/99's are considered the best years by many. Good luck.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Thank you for the replies.

I've been doing some research and I think the Cherokee with the Selec-Trac would be really good. The years you stated sound about right.

Wish me luck Can't wait!!!!!

Thanks again!
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Unread 06-26-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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Look for a 1996 if you like the older body style, if you want the newer style 1999 is the best year.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #6
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Go with a 97-99 and I would recommend going all stock. Try to find sub 115k miles especially with the amount of bone$ you want to spend!
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