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post #1 of 9 Old 01-02-2016, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Need owner's manual for 1999 XJ--which one?

I want to buy a manual for my 1999 Jeep Cherokee limited. I'm pretty new to car repair, so I'm looking for something a reference with information specific to my vehicle, especially diagrams. As far as I can tell, Jeep owner's manuals are not available online for free before 2004-ish, so I've been looking for a copy on eBay. Before I fork out the money, I have some questions:

1. Is there a difference between an "owner's manual," "factory service manual," and a "service repair manual?" (Remember, I'm a newbie, so be patient with me. ) If so, which one should I get? Oh, and I also saw some Jeep "repair manual bibles"--I'm assuming those are not made by Jeep. But would you recommend them over an owner's manual? What about Haynes manuals?

2. How specific do the books get regarding the model of the vehicle? For example, should I try to find a version that is specific to the limited model? I know I've already run into issues where my jeep has significant differences from sports (obviously), and it's kinda hard to find information online to help. But looking on eBay I haven't seen any manuals specific to a limited model.

3. What should I expect to pay? The service manuals are running at over $100, the owner's manuals around $15 or $20. I found a factory service manual for $15 in pdf form. Does that sound right?

Bleh, sorry for all the questions! I just don't want to order the wrong thing. Thanks in advance!

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Need owner's manual for 1999 XJ--which one?

I want to buy a manual for my 1999 Jeep Cherokee limited. I'm pretty new to car repair, so I'm looking for something a reference with information specific to my vehicle, especially diagrams. As far as I can tell, Jeep owner's manuals are not available online for free before 2004-ish, so I've been looking for a copy on eBay. Before I fork out the money, I have some questions:

1. Is there a difference between an "owner's manual," "factory service manual," and a "service repair manual?" (Remember, I'm a newbie, so be patient with me. ) If so, which one should I get? Oh, and I also saw some Jeep "repair manual bibles"--I'm assuming those are not made by Jeep. But would you recommend them over an owner's manual? What about Haynes manuals?

2. How specific do the books get regarding the model of the vehicle? For example, should I try to find a version that is specific to the limited model? I know I've already run into issues where my jeep has significant differences from sports (obviously), and it's kinda hard to find information online to help. But looking on eBay I haven't seen any manuals specific to a limited model.

3. What should I expect to pay? The service manuals are running at over $100, the owner's manuals around $15 or $20. I found a factory service manual for $15 in pdf form. Does that sound right?

Bleh, sorry for all the questions! I just don't want to order the wrong thing. Thanks in advance!
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-02-2016, 11:28 AM
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The Owners Manual explains which thingy is the light switch, and how to turn it on/off. I find them at the junkyard often.

A Factory Service Manual (FSM) explains with diagrams how to diagnose/test/remove/repair/rebuild/replace/adjust everything in and on your Jeep.

Spend $7.95 at www.PacificCoastManuals.com. Paper copies of the FSM run $50-150.

Haynes and Chilton's service manuals are worthless for anything more complicated than oil changes and brake jobs. They too generic, too incomplete, and have too many mistakes.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-02-2016, 03:09 PM
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Owner's manuals are the things in the glovebox. Tell you how to work the radio, the light switches, etc. You want a Factory Service Manual (FSM). That has all the detailed procedures for maintenance on the vehicle that would used by the service area of the dealership. FSM are specific to model and year in most cases. Other manuals (e.g Haynes) not very good when it comes to Jeeps.
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X2 on the advice to go for a copy of the Mopar Factory Service Manual. Made specifically to cover each model year, they have complete details on how everything works and how to work on virtually every part of your XJ.

Avoid the cheap "shop" manuals like Chilton's or Haynes which cram multiple models and model years into one thin manual that isn't absolutely correct on many areas it tries to cover. They're ok for very basic things like changing brakes or spark plugs but that's about it.

When you have a choice, buy American made.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-03-2016, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thank you so much!
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-03-2016, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thanks so much, you guys. That is super helpful. So will there be a FSM specific to 1999 Cherokee limited (vs. sport, etc.)? Or does it not get that specific?
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-03-2016, 06:51 PM
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It doesn't get that specific, just get the Mopar FSM for a '99 Jeep Cherokee. The differences between models like the Limited and Sport are just cosmetic, and it covers all the various engines & transmissions used for that model year.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-03-2016, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds good. Thanks again!
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