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battallion14
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:32 pm    Post subject: ZJ Purchasing Advice Reply with quote

I have a buddy who is looking at buying a ZJ with about 150k on the odometer. It is a GC Laredo and that is about all I know. The questions I have are:

1.) How many miles can he expect to get out of it (assuming all is well)?

2.) What things should he be looking (or looking out) for?

3.) What are the major problems that he can anticipate running into?

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely crawl under and look for any signs of leaks and trail damage that could cause issues..
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With 150k I would definately take it to a mechanic. Jeep engines are pretty durable but 150k is stretching it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I6 or V8???

Look Underneath for any leaks... Take it for a test drive.. Get it up to temp then take it to a parking lot and do some tight turns right and left...

You are feeling for a malfunctioning Vicious coupler.. You will feel like the front end is locking up in turns if its bad...

Raise the hood and check all fluids.. Listen to the engine runing.. 4.0 is a long lasting engine.. 5.2 has some issues but it is a 318 Dodge engine .Its been in production since 1964 and they have it worked out pretty well.. I have about 170,000 on mine and they are mostly pretty hard miles... I went thru the motor at 150,000 for the hell of it.. I had no issues at all ..Just didnt feel comfortable about the bouncing oil pressure.. So I went in to change it..
And changed the water pump while I was at it.. Did tons of other work but like I said.. I had no issues at all at 150000 I have a buddy thats got a 70 Dodge duster with a 318 and he has over 200000 on the original engine..
His car is imacultely maintained but thats a butt load of mileage...

Just saying ...And I am sure there are just as many stories about the 4.0 .SO just because it has that much mileage doesnt mean its crap...

Check it out ...If you are not at least mildly mechanical bring it to a mechanic and have them check it...

Good luck..

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry.. Lets do this as well..

1.. If it well maintained the sky is the limit... Very Happy

2. V/C and tranny shift issues.. (Tight circles is the test for VC and hit the highway on your test drive and try to shift manually..

3. There are tons of sensors and they can go bad and each one will affect the way the engine runs... TPS is very common problem.. Idle will go up and down while you are sitting there... (Just start it up ..Let it idle til warm and pop the hood ..Listen for any signs of rattleing.. It has roller lifters so any tapping is bad news.. Also listen to how its idleing... If it smooth Mr. Green .
If it goes up and down.. TPS is about $40..

Good luck..

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help guys!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reading this with great interest...any more thoughts guys..
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