Been here a long time, but haven't posted actively in a while. I still have the Cherokee in my sig, but it has 219k and was becoming an unpractical DD due to terrible gas mileage and increased maintenance needs.
I've always like WJ's and wanted one, but only 03/04 models as I was looking for a "newer" vehicle.
Well, oddly enough I found two within a week at dealerships right next door to eachother. The really odd part is they were both Columbia Edition, 2WD within 5k on the odometer of eachother. The first one sold, so I looked at and purchased the second.
Stats: '04 Columbia Edition, 4.7HO 2WD (yes, you read that correct... 2WD). I bought it with 84k on the odometer. The paint is GREAT, has sunroof, Infiniti, stereo, etc. I wanted a Limited or Overland but couldn't continue to wait for one to come along in my price range with the right miles, etc.
I really like it so far. I don't regret getting a 2WD. I still have my XJ if the need arises or I feel like pounding around offroad.
I do have a few concerns.
First, I have a nice clunk that's developed usually after it shifts into 2nd gear and I let off the gas at a lower speed. Sometimes when it shifts depending on how the throttle is modulated it will make the noise. It's like a thud/clunk depending on when it happens.
I looked underneath for anything obvious, didn't see anything. It's either coming from the trans or rear end but I feel it moreso towards the front indicating the trans. Is this something common? And how durable are the transmissions in these? It's smooth overall and doesn't have trouble shifting or anything.
Second, there is a small oil leak that slowly drips oil onto the catalytic converters. I didn't know it was there until I smelled it, and I didn't notice it when I purchased it. I crawled underneath and cannot pinpoint it. I would be really disappointed if it was the rear main seal. It only has 91k on it now. Is that a common issue with these engines? I assume the trans has to be pulled to replace it?
Third, when I set the cruise control, between 60-70mph it jumps in and out of overdrive like that's its job. It holds the set speed but just doesn't stay in overdrive. This is all on flat road. Any obvious reason why?
Fourth, it has a hanging idle sometimes. It will idle at 1,300 RPM, or sometimes 500 RPM. When it idles high it'll surge at a stoplight. IAC sensor? That's my first guess. If I rev it, it'll usually settle back to normal (750 RPM or so).
Is there anything else I should know about owning/maintaining? I need it to last for some time as I plan to hold on to it. It drives great and is in very good condition (CLEAN!).