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post #1 of 5 Old 01-28-2013, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Something to check for when buying an xj

I know this has been vaguely discussed in certain threads, however, for anyone contemplating buying an xj in the salt belt of the north it is important to determine the condition of the floor of your xj. I bought a nice low mileage model with very minimal rust in 3 small areas of the body which were an easy fix. Underneath the vehicle was nice and clean and appeared strong. I notice some staining on my driver's side carpet which seemed odd as the rest of the interior looked like it did in 1999. I ended up pulling the carpet in the driver's area and found that from 14 years of being in and out with wet footwear and water getting through the carpet, the floor has quite a bit of rust on the inside. Only 2 very small holes and still solid, and a relatively easy fix (albeit time consuming to do it right) , however, worth noting that the floor on an xj can look solid from underneath but still hold some 'insideout' rust which if not dealt with will eventually eat through your floor and spread. This is very difficult to find as in the case of mine, the two tiny holes were hidden behind the unibody frame that runs directly under the front driver's side so would have been nearly impossible to notice on an inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase. Hopefully with either a patch of the holes or new piece of metal fabricated in the floor will be good as new and solid like the rest of the XJ.

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-28-2013, 07:52 AM
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I know how this goes. When we were looking for a XJ for the wife, we saw plenty with varying Degrees of floors and rockers missing

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-28-2013, 12:31 PM
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I have to replace 90% of my floors and underlying structural metal on mine...the frame seems solid...havent felt like knockin all the mud off and out of the frame...iowa winter...by summer I hope to have a solid floor...like yours this damage is hardly visible without looking for it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-28-2013, 01:03 PM
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I have to replace 90% of my floors and underlying structural metal on mine...the frame seems solid...havent felt like knockin all the mud off and out of the frame...iowa winter...by summer I hope to have a solid floor...like yours this damage is hardly visible without looking for it.
Ouch. I'd scrap that one and start fresh in another jeep...
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-28-2013, 03:01 PM
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Ouch. I'd scrap that one and start fresh in another jeep...
lol no,put the carpet back in and sell it "as-is" haha

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