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Unread 08-29-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Unbelievable Find!!! 1987 Cherokee Pioneer

Hello all, first time posting. I think I just found a diamond in the rough....a 1987 Cherokee Pioneer 4 door 4.0 liter, 31876 ORIGINAL miles. Lady wants $1500 for it. Sounds like a great deal to me. So the question is: What kind of issues do I need to keep my eyes out for? It obviously hasn't ever really been driven much, and I am unfamiliar with these vehicles. Any and all help would be great, as I plan to buy it next week and would like it to be a reliable hunting rig eventually.

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Unread 08-29-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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First off, its a renix computer system. Bad/inadequate grounds, sensor troubleshooting(no code scanner), wimpy single diaphragm break booster, and vacuum reservoir/lines under battery tray/bumper are the biggest issue I have had with my renix era 89. Other things to check are power door locks/windows and wiper speed. Road handling as well, aim for a pot hole and see what happens.

But mainly its the break booster, you will want to upgrade that first thing.
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Unread 08-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #3
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With only 31-32K on the clock it's certainly a good find. So, first of all, drive it...ask about the service intervals on it. If unknown then replace fluids, then drive it some more. Most of the Renix issues don't even appear until the first 100K miles. I have 2 Renix rigs, with a collective mileage of over 400K (270K and 190K) and they're still on the road with minimal issues. Go for it, deal with issues as they arise...you don't need to go chopping it up and making modifications on it until you do some prioritizing.
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Unread 08-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #4
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In my experience old low mileage cars tend to leak more because they usually have sat for a long time and all the seals have dried up.
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Unread 09-01-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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I would leave it original and make it look real nice drive it or sell it for more and then take the money and get the newest rig you can for hunting.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #6
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Drive It

First change all fluids with the best you can afford. Drive it a while to see what issues arise. You MAY experience leaks but that's not a certainty. (I was told those same old wives tales with a forty year old airplane that had sat for the better part of 25 years. Turns out to be the best airplane I've ever owned (15 and counting) AND an Oskosh award winner to boot! Did I have to modernize and replace a few things? Sure. But in the long run a low mileage vehicle or plane will deliver many miles of trouble-free operation. Ignore the gloom and doom responses and enjoy it. JMHO.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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if you do get it, i would look up cruiser's mostly renix tips, they help a lot
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Unread 09-04-2014, 02:03 PM   #8
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I bought an 89 cherokee pioneer, and I've started to have to replace just about every sensor there is on it (fortunately there are not that many)
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Unread 09-05-2014, 06:52 PM   #9
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I bought an 89 cherokee pioneer, and I've started to have to replace just about every sensor there is on it (fortunately there are not that many)
Did you do any of my Tips before replacing all those sensors though?

Renix is easy. No need to shy away from them at all.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 07:28 PM   #10
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great info guys, thanks so much. Going to take my mechanic friend to see it on sunday, give it another test drive. I really have no plans to change the motor, just a quick upgrade of some wheels/tires, and maybe suspension. More than anything, I just want a dependable driver I don't have to worry too much about.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #11
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Screw around too long on a great deal like that and someone else is gonna get it........
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Unread 09-05-2014, 08:13 PM   #12
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Did you do any of my Tips before replacing all those sensors though?

Renix is easy. No need to shy away from them at all.
Yes, of course. Every time I post someone reminds me to do the tips. But I have tested and found them to be bad, and replacing them has fixed the problem. Right now waiting on replacing my cps.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 08:14 PM   #13
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Yes, of course. Every time I post someone reminds me to do the tips. But I have tested and found them to be bad, and replacing them has fixed the problem. Right now waiting on replacing my cps.
Good to know.
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If you own a Renix Jeep, you'll want to check this out. >

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