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Unread 07-16-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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Xj Which XJ to buy??


What were the best years to buy--or to avoid?? Thanks in advance


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Unread 07-16-2015, 01:04 PM   #2
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Avoid 00-01, other than that it's all preference
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Unread 07-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #3
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As an owner of an 00 that has been well maintained I wouldn't say avoid the 00-01 XJ's at all cost, but be sure that if you are looking at one it is in good condition. This is especially important when it comes to the cooling system since the head cracking can be caused by overheating. Ask the owner if it has ever overheated, check the oil for signs of coolant etc.
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Unread 07-16-2015, 01:29 PM   #4
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Buy the best one you can find- not the first or the cheapest.
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Unread 07-16-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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The seller is always going to lie if they can. The truth is unless you are the original owner, you can trust anything someone says. The 4.0 is a great engine, just have to be careful
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Unread 07-16-2015, 02:20 PM   #6
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'98-'99 are the best for late models. '95 is the best for early models.
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Unread 07-17-2015, 08:13 AM   #7
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'98-'99 are the best for late models. '95 is the best for early models.
and get a matching parts car, air tools, a covered workspace and you'll be fine
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Unread 07-17-2015, 10:49 AM   #8
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'98-'99 are the best for late models. '95 is the best for early models.
This in combination with looking for one without any rust. If you can find a clean one, with the right parts, you will have it a long time. As far as the issue with the 00-01's, I think there is a lot more hype online than what actually happens. My girlfriend and I both own 00's and have had no head or cooling issues. It would be nice if the front axle was HP30 though, instead of the LP30. Otherwise, the 97+ xj's are pretty nice in that you get cup holders and a somewhat modern looking interior. That is all preference though. The real early xj's (like from the 80's, dont remember exactly what years) with a manual had the ba10/5 transmissions and were junk, avoid those. Check floor pans and rocker panels for rust. I have also seen them rust right at the back of the frame rail by the shackles also. Test drive it when you find one. Make sure the 4wd is working. Make sure it doesn't have death wobble. Make sure it gets up to temp so you can see if its making good oil pressure and then check underneath of it to make sure it doesn't have any leaks. Other than that, its a Jeep. Even a "bad" one will get you where you want to go. Happy hunting!
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Unread 07-17-2015, 11:12 AM   #9
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Anything 87+ is fine. BA10s are are as hell in XJs.
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Unread 07-17-2015, 11:16 AM   #10
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Anything 87+ is fine. BA10s are are as hell in XJs.
I had an 87 xj with the BA10 that I swapped into my YJ because I had blown mine up (for the second time). I put it in and it lasted less than a year and I blew it up again. I wouldn't trust the thing as a anchor. They suck!
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Unread 07-17-2015, 05:24 PM   #11
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I had an 87 xj with the BA10 that I swapped into my YJ because I had blown mine up (for the second time). I put it in and it lasted less than a year and I blew it up again. I wouldn't trust the thing as a anchor. They suck!
They're pieces of crap, but they're not common to find at all. They only used them for a year in XJs/MJs.
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Unread 07-17-2015, 07:57 PM   #12
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Thanks all whats a BA10???
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Thanks all whats a BA10???
http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/ba10_5.htm

That piece of junk. ^^
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Unread 07-18-2015, 04:03 PM   #14
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On the plus side they're incredibly easy to open up and rebuild lol
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Unread 07-18-2015, 04:12 PM   #15
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Personally if you find one you want, find out if the owner is on here and then search for there posts or build thread. I would sell you my rust free 95 or 96? Your not to far from me.
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