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Unread 06-24-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I just signed up an I figured I would say hi. I fell in love with Jeeps in 2004 when I bought a 2001 TJ sport. Since then I've owned several cars that were not Jeeps, (2006 Pontiac GTO, 2005 F-150 Lariat, 2004 BMW M3) but I always end up coming back. No other vehicle fits my lifestyle and the things I like to do like a Jeep does. My last Jeep was a 2006 TJ X with 3" suspension lift, 1" body lift, 33's, flat fenders, tube bumpers, Hella light bar, Rampage soft top, and improved headlights. In a fit of madness I sold it and bought a 2004 BMW M3. Fast-forward 10 months to the present, the BMW is gone and now i'm the proud owner of a 2001 XJ with 56k miles on the odo. It's bone stock, super clean, and the guy I bought it from has never taken it off-road (or outside the D.C. Metro area for that matter) so i'll get to break it in. I will attach some pics. I love wheeling, either in the mud or on the rocks. So, if you live in the Central VA area, send me a message.









Future Mods on the XJ:
4" Suspension lift
33's
Flat fenders
Bumpers front/rear
New axle assemblies w/ Dana 44's
4.56 gears

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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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Damn that's a clean XJ.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
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I know I considered it a steal at $7,000, also taking into account the low mileage.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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Not bad but I still don't know if I'd spend 7k on a 12 y/o vehicle. Though with 56k miles it'd be hard to pass up.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #5
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Yeah, the age was less than optimal, but buying that BMW really undermined my purchasing position. Before I traded my 2006 TJ X, it only had 40k miles on it. In this area I could have sold it easily for 16k. Instead, I traded it title for title for the 04' M3. I had plans to get back into amateur autocross like I did with my GTO, however that dream never materialized and I was faced with some major repair bills for the M3. BMW's cost an arm and a leg to service and I would have spent $2,000 on repairs. I just said screw it and sold it as is. That left me with a not so lofty budget of $10k to find a 2005 and up Wrangler under 100k miles. I searched as far as 300 miles away and couldn't find one, instead I found the XJ. Not one of my wisest or well thought out descisions to trade my TJ, but I feel I made a good comeback with the XJ.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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Check the coolant every 4 to 5 days. It's low miles, but with that 0331 head, get into the habit now. Make it a ritual.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #7
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Check the coolant every 4 to 5 days. It's low miles, but with that 0331 head, get into the habit now. Make it a ritual.
Oh my god not this crap again.

Just make sure never to overheat it, and if it's not leaking coolant you're most likely fine. You don't need to check it every 5 days, christ.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:04 PM   #8
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Oh my god not this crap again.

Just make sure never to overheat it, and if it's not leaking coolant you're most likely fine. You don't need to check it every 5 days, christ.
It literally takes 1 minute, and unexplained coolant loss is a perfect symptom of a cracked head. Plenty of 0331 heads go 200k plus. A notable number crack as well. I agree the issue is overhyped and is somewhat preventable, but it is still a known issue. Taking 1 minute, once a week is easy preventative maintenance (that everyone should do anyway), not "crap"
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Unread 06-25-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info. I plan on keeping this one for a long time, so I don't mind a little PMCS
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Unread 06-25-2013, 10:34 PM   #10
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It would be better to just ensure you have a good baseline on the cooling system and monitor the thermostat like a normal person would in any other vehicle. There are a few percent of the 0331 heads that ever cracked, and almost all of them from an engine overheat scenario.

I have an '00 XJ that is also white.

Living on a gravel road in the rust belt, it is no where near as nice as this specimen. My engine bay is like an abortion compared to that - even your underhood light works!
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Unread 06-25-2013, 11:28 PM   #11
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I believe in the antiques world they refer to that as the patina For me it's cleanliness is a curse and a blessing. Curse, because I'll try my hardest to keep it looking that way and probably fail. Blessing...pretty much self-explanatory. I've only had it a few days and I'm almost ready to press the order button on a Quadratec wheel package with 31" MT's and a set of cut-out flares. I'm envisioning that the black wheels and black flares will look awesome along with the existing black accents and striping.
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