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Unread 02-13-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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1994 XJ Cherokee 
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Wilmington, NC: Need help.

I was directed here at the suggestion of /r/Jeeps and I have a bit of an issue. If someone could offer guidance or recommendations on mechanics or would like to teach me *anything* at all about my Jeep, I'd be most appreciative.

I bought my first Jeep ('94 XJ - no modifications) in October 2012 and I've had nothing but issues since. I initially took it to Midas for an inspection when I purchased it. $1100 later, the car failed the inspection, but it did have new brakes, new tires, and a new serpentine belt. About a month later, I had to have the steering box and power steering pump replaced (both still leak). Shortly after that, I had to replace the front tie rod, the heater core, the radiator, vacuum hoses (Midas failed to tell me that I had 2 of 6? vacuum hoses, and the two I had were taped in and the wrong size), computer, spark plugs, and various other things.

Recently, I had a shop replace a cracked head and the head gaskets. The issue is... the Jeep makes a popping sound when it's accelerating, shakes when accelerating, and the gas mileage has decreased dramatically. It also smells like it's burning oil. I have no idea what to do at this point.

If someone could offer any suggestions, I'd be so appreciative. I really need the vehicle to work. And aside from that, all I've ever wanted to drive is a Jeep.

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Unread 05-27-2014, 01:35 AM   #2
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Fellow wilm. Guy here. Sorry im a couple months late on this one. How's it going man?
Anyhow midas isn't going to tell you a lot about mechanical issues... not serious stuff anyhow.
My experience with them is there a chain like McDonald's. .. do the work you ask for and that's it if they notice something they might mention it but those guys aren't gonna look outta there way probably.

Try Kelly's in wilm. Off market .... google em.
The guy that owns it now is reputable and his dad used to own to shops a while back 70-90's my family has used em for years.
Other than that can't help ya. Maybe try posting in the xj forum ... if you haven't fixed it yet.
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Unread 10-13-2014, 07:19 PM   #3
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Also a fellow ILM guy, are you still having problems? If so let me know and maybe I can help.

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