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    Jeep Cherokee (XJ)

    Educate me! I've never owned a Jeep but always wanted to. I especially like the XJ Cherokee for its size and what I would want/need it for.

    Are some years better than others? Problem areas with specific years? Select Trac vs Quadra Trac? I do know I want a 4.0L come the time.

    I found a couple similar to this: http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ395203380 but would imagine by the time I get the money saved they will be long gone.

    It would be predominately a second vehicle, used mostly in winter and to get off the beaten path occasionally , but not any extreme off roading.
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    My Friend has a 2door 94 XJ with the 4.0 High Output engine.
    Seems like a good relatively powerful engine, no worse on gas then other 4L engines.
    31" tires rub though.

    Don't know what those Trac terms are. His is 4x4 with a limited slip rear end.
    Never buy a 4x4 with an open rear end, I did twice and it always seem to be the limiting factor.
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    I have owned a couple, The 4.0l is a great engine for sure. If memory serves me correct the Cherokees prior to 1990 or 1991 were prone to more engine/transmission issues. I believe in 1997 the interior was redesigned and the body received some minor changes as well.

    From what I remember the quadra trac was a full time 4wd system that could not be put into 2wd which was hard on fuel mileage. The command trac is a standard transfer case with 2wd, 4wd hi, 4wd low. And select trac has the same with the addition of a full time 4wd feature, which is awesome for dry roads with icy/wet sections as it prevents the 4wd from binding on dry surfaces. In my opinion, Select Trac is the way to go.

    I do miss my old Cherokees sometimes, I was always impressed at how much snow they could plow through.

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    ^^^^ Correct.

    You definitely want the Selec-Trac. I would not buy a Jeep without it.
    - Full-time 4x4 is for winter driving. Safe on pavement, minimal to no binding.
    - Part-Time 4x4 is for off pavement only. Loose surfaces only, it will bind on pavement, possibly damage parts.
    - Lo-4x4 alters the torque split front to rear, it is for off-road only. If you run it on dry pavement, its going to get expensive.
    - 2x4 is for normal daily driving obviously.

    When you disengage 4x4 from off-roading, do it while still "off-road" and roll ahead and give the wheel a few turns in each direction. Its not required, but I like to back up 10 feet when disengaging 4-lo just to make sure.

    When you have problems engaging/disengaging, the fix is 'usually' cheap, there is a solenoid on the transfer-case that is 'usually' the problem.

    Not sure on the XJ, but the ZJ has issues with the rear gate rusting, and the KJ is a PIG on gas!
    If you look after it, rust check it annually, and deal with maintenance it should go a long ways. The 4L engines are really reliable if you do your oil changes properly.


    WOW, I just looked at your link... $3800 for that is way too much. It has over 200K on it. Not sure what used prices are in your area, but you can do better than that.

    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ399388289
    Similar Jeep, close mileage, $2000 cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    My Friend has a 2door 94 XJ with the 4.0 High Output engine.
    Seems like a good relatively powerful engine, no worse on gas then other 4L engines.
    31" tires rub though.

    Don't know what those Trac terms are. His is 4x4 with a limited slip rear end.
    Never buy a 4x4 with an open rear end, I did twice and it always seem to be the limiting factor.

    the main thing you want is a model that has the dana 35 rear axle and a dana 35 or 30 front as for the rubbing 31 put the rough country 2inch wheel spcers they run about 60 an axle to buy
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlickTrick View Post
    ^^^^ Correct.

    You definitely want the Selec-Trac. I would not buy a Jeep without it.
    - Full-time 4x4 is for winter driving. Safe on pavement, minimal to no binding.
    - Part-Time 4x4 is for off pavement only. Loose surfaces only, it will bind on pavement, possibly damage parts.
    - Lo-4x4 alters the torque split front to rear, it is for off-road only. If you run it on dry pavement, its going to get expensive.
    - 2x4 is for normal daily driving obviously.

    When you disengage 4x4 from off-roading, do it while still "off-road" and roll ahead and give the wheel a few turns in each direction. Its not required, but I like to back up 10 feet when disengaging 4-lo just to make sure.

    When you have problems engaging/disengaging, the fix is 'usually' cheap, there is a solenoid on the transfer-case that is 'usually' the problem.

    Not sure on the XJ, but the ZJ has issues with the rear gate rusting, and the KJ is a PIG on gas!
    If you look after it, rust check it annually, and deal with maintenance it should go a long ways. The 4L engines are really reliable if you do your oil changes properly.


    WOW, I just looked at your link... $3800 for that is way too much. It has over 200K on it. Not sure what used prices are in your area, but you can do better than that.

    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ399388289
    Similar Jeep, close mileage, $2000 cheaper.
    I said 'educate me' and you did just that. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by westislandrifle View Post
    the main thing you want is a model that has the dana 35 rear axle and a dana 35 or 30 front as for the rubbing 31 put the rough country 2inch wheel spcers they run about 60 an axle to buy
    How can you tell? VIN or RPOs?

    Thanks all, keep 'em coming!
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    An old couple I have as friends bought new in 1993 a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
    All the bells and whistles for a mafia wagon.
    One thing that kept cropping up was the exhaust manifold.
    It looks header like and three pipes forward and the three pipes rearward collect together.
    At this point, the manifold cracked.
    The down range O2 sensor was getting fooled and the engine ran rough triggering the "check engine"
    light.
    Not sure if the model you are looking at has this same exhaust manifold set up and in what years it
    was used.
    Worthy of a look and make sure all the mounting studs are there two.
    This one spit one out and of course it was the last one closest to the firewall.
    Don't be in a hurry.
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    as far as the axles, all cherokees came with dana 30 front axles, 94 and up the axle ujoint are the same size as half ton dana 44 axles, making the 94 and up front ends the strongest. as far as the rears, most came with dana 35's, a select few came with dana 44's, IF you can find one of these, buy it, as they are the strongest axle combo for the cherokee. you can tell the difference in the rear axles visually, here is a dana 35


    here is a dana 44


    if you can find one with selectrac, these are the best of the xfercases IMHO, as you have fulltime 4x4, and part time 4x4 options.

    as far as the rest goes, make sure the one you are buying is 1991 and up, as the fuel injection system used from 88-90 is notorious for being unreliably with age. for the heavy rear axle, look for trailering package in the RPO, its been a while, so i dont remember what it is, couple minutes searching should find it for you.

    These are great little rigs, I have built and thrashed many of these over the years as off road 4x4s
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    Used to own one (96 Cherokee Classic, Select-trac, Inline 6). The thing was simply unstoppable. I do miss it but I simply could no longer afford the gas at the time.

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    Pretty sure they also come with the chrysler 8.25 for the rear end.

    - Full-time 4x4 is for winter driving. Safe on pavement, minimal to no binding.
    - Part-Time 4x4 is for off pavement only. Loose surfaces only, it will bind on pavement, possibly damage parts.
    These two seem backwards to me.
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