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Newbie Cherokee owner advice needed


 
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5bucks
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Joined: 21 Feb 2006
Location: Rochester, NY

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: Newbie Cherokee owner advice needed Reply with quote

Just purchased a 99 Cherokee Classic 4x4, 4.0 with 97K miles. It seems to be in great shape. Motor sounds fantastic, not a hint of rust anywhere. All the power stuff works.

There seems to be a ton of great info on forums and websites like this one. I've already purused a ton of it in my research before my purchase. I'm now a convert to Jeep. My last 3 trucks were Nissans - please don't shoot me - I have seen the light. Anyway, there was nowehere near the amount of information on Nissan as I have found in just a few minutes on the Jeeps.

So my questions:
Are there any particular items that I should be servicing or watching for problems? What are some of the common failure points?

Everyone I talk to says the Jeeps are notorious for NOT rusting. Why is this? My '99 doesn't show even a hint anywhere and it's always lived in the rustbelt.

thanks
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JeepinNH
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Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Location: New Hampshire

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:17 am    Post subject: XJ Reply with quote

I also have a 99, the first thing I had to do was replace the rear springs because the sag was driving me crazy. XJ's never really rust much on the body, the floor boards seem to go first but not for a long while. There is a spot they seem to rust a bit at the top of the windshield above the pillar. Easy rust removal and touch up. Enjoy the Jeep, it will last a very long time with normal maintenance. This forum is a great place to get info, tons of knowledgable people here.
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Renegadestang
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a '98 Cherokee. Be wary of the common components that give out in 7-8 years: water pump, fuel pump, etc., etc.... This seems to be common across the U.S.-built vehicles.
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Gniederg
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Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Location: Slippery Rock, PA

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks JeepinNH.

5Bucks - Do the easy stuff first:

- Change the oil and filter.
- Change the transmission fluid
- If you have the distributerless ignition, forget this, otherwise:
--Change the plugs and wires
- Break Pads if needed

Then :
- Have the cooling system flushed.
- Replace the Thermostat
- Rotate your tires

I'm sure there's more - - - but this should get ya started.

Oh yea - - crazy jeep Take it somewhere and HAVE FUN !!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since we now have a body and paint section, I split the topic and moved the rust repair posts to here. Wink
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Tarakian
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Joined: 09 Feb 2006
Location: Texas

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before you get stuck, get some tow hooks with XJ brackets, or a front and rear hitch, XJ offroad bumpers, etc. There are no appropriate tow points on an XJ unless you got the factory option or another owner installed aftermarkets.

Oh yeah, welcome to jeepin! Its a Jeep thing, soon you will understand!
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