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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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Would it be Idiotic...

...to buy an XJ with 200,00 miles?

I need to get rid of my TJ because my son was born 3.5 months ago and it is very impractical to haul him around in it. I want to get something that is cheap, but still a Jeep and reliable/easy to work on myself. How much more life could I expect to get out of a 4.0 w/ 200,000 miles? More trouble than it's worth?

Here's what I am looking at.

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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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Get him down to $1500 at the highest and sure, but look around, you can get somthing at that price with much less miles
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:17 AM   #3
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I'd offer him $1800 and not give more than 2k for it. Odds are it'll last for at least 40-50k more miles, but thats a risk you've got to ask yourself if you're willing to take. I'd hate to give much more than that and then have to replace the engine/tranny and spend another grand on it. If you plan on keeping it forever then it wouldn't be bad to invest it, but if you just need something else to drive then I'd keep the TJ and buy a car. I know, I know, it is what it is--its up to you.
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you root for the Ravens, Penn State and the Orioles, trust me when I tell you that this isn't even on the radar for idiotic in your world
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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you root for the Ravens, Penn State and the Orioles, trust me when I tell you that this isn't even on the radar for idiotic in your world


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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:27 AM   #6
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I'd offer him $1800 and not give more than 2k for it. Odds are it'll last for at least 40-50k more miles, but thats a risk you've got to ask yourself if you're willing to take. I'd hate to give much more than that and then have to replace the engine/tranny and spend another grand on it. If you plan on keeping it forever then it wouldn't be bad to invest it, but if you just need something else to drive then I'd keep the TJ and buy a car. I know, I know, it is what it is--its up to you.
That's a good point...and I do need something else to drive, but I can't keep the TJ and get another vehicle.
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I have a ten month old and haven't had any problems with him in either my TJ that I sold or my YJ that I have now. Keep the TJ.

The worst part was not being able to take off the top last summer. I think his lungs will be able to handle it this summer though.
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My gf has a 3yr old son, he's in one of those car seat deals. It's a pain in the *** to get him in there. I make her do it...
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #9
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My gf has a 3yr old son, he's in one of those car seat deals. It's a pain in the *** to get him in there. I make her do it...
Yeah, no doubt. Plus, with mud tires, lift and soft top the thing is damn loud and shaky. I don't feel real comfortable with him riding in it. I don't want him to go deaf from riding with Daddy.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:39 AM   #10
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Having owned our 99 Cherokee since it was new, I would not be afraid of the one that is listed in that ad, just inspect it well.

Our is at 215,000 miles and is just now beginning to need the wear items replaced that should have worn out at 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Being in PA you need to inspect VERY closely for rust.

Most expensive repair to ours is, I put on a new exhaust manifold myself. That was about a four hour job but I went slow. Ours still has the factory muffler, starter, PS pump (although steering is getting stiff), AC compressor, water pump, thermostat....

I had the brushes replaced in the alterantor for about $40. I think I will soon need new front unit bearings. Engine does not use a drop of oil. Transmission has never needed work. On the other side of the coin any vehicle can be a dog if not taken care of. 99% of all the work needed to our Cherokee has been to normal wear items, and those all lasted far longer than they should have. The luck we have had with our Cherokee was a big factor in our decision to get a TJ also.

I might add that you will miss the TJ. Our TJ is flat out Jeep Fun. The Cherokee is just another vehicle (a good one but the TJ feeling is not there).
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Yeah, no doubt. Plus, with mud tires, lift and soft top the thing is damn loud and shaky. I don't feel real comfortable with him riding in it. I don't want him to go deaf from riding with Daddy.
I hear ya, an lifted XJ with mud tires will be more comfy.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:42 AM   #12
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Having owned our 99 Cherokee since it was new, I would not be afraid of the one that is listed in that ad, just inspect it well.

Our is at 215,000 miles and is just now beginning to need the wear items replaced that should have worn out at 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Being in PA you need to inspect VERY closely for rust.

Most expensive repair to ours is, I put on a new exhaust manifold myself. That was about a four hour job but I went slow. Ours still has the factory muffler, starter, PS pump (although steering is getting stiff), AC compressor, water pump, thermostat....

I had the brushes replaced in the alterantor for about $40. I think I will soon need new front unit bearings. Engine does not use a drop of oil. Transmission has never needed work. On the other side of the coin any vehicle can be a dog if not taken care of. 99% of all the work needed to our Cherokee has been to normal wear items, and those all lasted far longer than they should have. The luck we have had with our Cherokee was a big factor in our decision to get a TJ also.
Good info! If I go to look at it I will definitely take all of these things into account.

I also just found this one, which seems to be a pretty good deal...
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that second one has pretty low miles.

my XJ had almost 300k miles on the engine and it still ran pretty strong.
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I wouldn't worry too much about high miles if the engine has no blow-by. It is one of the first things I look for when I buy a jeep. I paid 1500 for my 98 with 185K, and it has been pretty good to me so far. No blow-by at all. It did get a radiator and PS pump the day after buying it though. I still think it was a good deal...
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