Originally Posted by bigislandhikers
Seller wants $2,700. Jeep has the 4 liter engine with 200,000 miles with select trac TC. I own a XJ and a ZJ but not very familiar with the 2000 grand Cherokees.
Any specific issues with this model I need to check out before buying? Are they basically ZJs with a different trim and look?
Not sure about the price either. Thinking maybe $2,100.
No, they are not ZJs with a different look, which is unfortunate. The WJ got new steering box, new suspension design front and rear, new distributorless ignition system, is littered with torx, metric, and standard assortment bolts all over, has a more complicated exhaust system, a more complicated key security system, more complicated HVAC system, etc. etc. I could go on all day about the differences. Once you own a ZJ and then go to a WJ and start working on it you really see all the changes they made, 90% of which were for the worse in my honest opinion. Every single thing I've done to my WJ (engine replacement, full suspension, receiver hitch, fighting death wobble, electrical, etc.) has been a nightmare compared to my '96 ZJ.
The Daimler era destroyed Jeeps and it's no more apparent than in the WJ. These things are littered with problems inside and out. My mother had one that she bought with only 36,000 on the odometer and the floorboard filled with water every time it rained due to a faulty welded seam in the unibody. Mine hasn't got that issue but it's got everything else.
But I got it for a song....
I wouldn't pay more than $2,000 for a WJ and then only if it's flawless as far as you can tell. With ZJs going for that price I couldn't convince myself to pay more than that for a less reliable model.