Last summer my wife and I traded in her 2000 Plymouth Breeze for a 2000 XJ Sport to be her daily driver. This is how I will always remember it.
I hated that car, we put way to much into it and it had not been reliable. Had been in a couple fender benders (not me) and just was generally worn out. It didn't get very good gas mileage either.
The new XJ which she named "Dark Blue" after a song by the band Jack's Mannequin is as follows.
NP242 Wife Proof Transfer case
LP D30 as is with the 2000 vintage
Chrysler 8.25 sporting 3.55 gears on both axles.
It ran pretty good for the whole summer. And then the fun started in the fall. She fell victim to the dreaded 0331 head casting. Victim of overheating caused by a bad fan clutch.
I am really aware of what is going on with my vehicles I try to drive them all at the same time (if that is even possible) so I know what is going on at all times. She will tell me about gauge readings, rattles, and quirks.
I pulled the valve cover after finding milkshake in the oil and knew exactly what I had discovered. The head had cracked right between the 3rd and 4th rocker tower. It was obvious what had happened.
Step one had been to identify the problem, step 2 was to fix it. I toyed with the idea of getting a JY 4.0 and stroking it but we needed to get this thing back on the road. It was still making adequate oil pressure. I felt like I had caught the problem early enough to spare my bearings.
it went together with half the effort it took to disassemble. Torqued everything to spec from the FSM in sequence.
It started up just fine. Ran for 10 minutes with new oil and gum out. Changed oil. Running full synthetic now. Has been making adequate oil pressure ever since. It isn't normal, but it isn't low oil pressure either and has been stable and predictable.