Hey everyone, I just figured I would introduce myself on here as I am sure I will have some questions popping up in the next few months on my soon to be purchased XJ. My brother is buying a new car and the dealers pretty much said they didn't want it and would only offer $2-300 for it. He is too lazy to sell it on CL, so I made him an offer for $500 and it will be mine. It is a 98 XJ with the 4.0, black exterior, gray cloth interior, is an auto with cruise and has around 165K on it. The interior is in excellent shape, but the exterior has some scratches and dings on it here and there. It runs, but not very well. The car has no heat right now and sounds like crap at idle. I have been trolling some forums for the last few weeks looking for DIY's to get 'er in tip top shape and this forum seemed to consistently have the best info on it.
The airbag and abs light stay illuminated and the horn doesn't work, so it sounds like I need a new clockspring. The brakes are just about done, so those need to be replaced, and the car has no heat right now. I am going to put in a new clockspring, flush the heater core and do a full coolant flush, and replace the waterpump. The serp belt seems to howl and makes a grinding noise, so I am thinking either the bearings in the water pump or idler pulley are done, so I am going to be swapping to belt and most likely the pulley as well.
I am pretty excited to get wrenching on this thing and get it into good shape since I know it is a fun little truck. It seems to be much more basic and easy to work on than my current 04 Audi A4 Avant. I had never worked on a car before buying it and have since learned how to do a full coilover and control arm swap, motor and tranny mounts, headgasket and timing belt, and just helped a friend do a cam swap on his. So I think I should be good to go skill wise to dive into this thing and am excited for the project. I will try to get some pics of the XJ soon, but until then here are some of my current car.