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Old December 19th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #1
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Decided a bronco was too expensive... im lookin for my first car and got very intrested in XJs..... Just wondered what I should know... seems like this site was founded on jeeps so im sure you guys know what your talkin about... just lookin for info you get from experience not what you read on wikipedia... Thanks for any help

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98-99 XJ's are nice
I would not buy one that has been lifted.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #3
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Yeah, ive read that 99 was the best year.. Why is that?
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Early 99... late had 0331 heads. I like 96s...
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Early 99... late had 0331 heads. I like 96s...
Is that why all the cheap ones (99s-01s) on craigslist have cracked headgaskets?
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The heads crack in the middle. 00-01 had LP front axles and COP ignition too.
97-98 is the best bet if you like that body style. I hate 97+ so 96 is My favorite followed by renix.
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The heads crack in the middle. 00-01 had LP front axles and COP ignition too.
97-98 is the best bet if you like that body style. I hate 97+ so 96 is My favorite followed by renix.
So why do you like the 96 so much?
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96 was last of the original AMC design. Chrysler refreshed it for 97.

Ideally find one that is stock. There are enough of those out there in soccermom land. Just like any used car, look underneath for rust, leaks, damage. Check the tires for odd wear. Above the windshield is notorious for rust & leaks. Check the headliner and floor for wetness.
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Unibody stiffening, obd II, dedicated tcu, possibility of 29 sp 8.25 very late, better brake booster like 97+, etc. Im on my phone or would list more.

Get one without abs whatever you do...
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I recommend '92-'95 verry simple and utilitarian. '96 I personally thing are gay(no offence) since they swapped in a sundance steering column and wheel, but left the rest of the interior, so it looks oout of place to me.

Second would be '97-'99(early as defiance said)

Buy one that is as as stock as you can and inspect them well, alot of people feel that since they have a reputation for being reliable and quite tough they can ignore regular maintenance.

Also if you plan on building it try and find one out of MI or that hasn't been here its whole life, they really like to rust.
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I recommend '92-'95 verry simple and utilitarian. '96 I personally thing are gay(no offence) since they swapped in a sundance steering column and wheel, but left the rest of the interior, so it looks oout of place to me.

Second would be '97-'99(early as defiance said)

Buy one that is as as stock as you can and inspect them well, alot of people feel that since they have a reputation for being reliable and quite tough they can ignore regular maintenance.

Also if you plan on building it try and find one out of MI or that hasn't been here its whole life, they really like to rust.
my steering wheel on my 96 is the same as my buddy's 93.

I third the 96.

Ive had a 01, two 96's and a 88
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Get one without abs whatever you do...
How come?
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D35... :sick:
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=kmanxj5011;2887924]my steering wheel on my 96 is the same as my buddy's 93
??? This is what I know as late(I believe)'95-'96, steeting wheel. So maby its late '96 only?
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Yes.. they have mech airbags. Pry blew and someone swapped.
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I can't tell anyone that uses "u" instead of "you" in a sentence, in general, anything.
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Yes.. they have mech airbags. Pry blew and someone swapped.
nope. if they had cruise then they had this steering wheel. all ZJs have this steering wheel.
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Wtf? You need to re read that... I was agreeing that was the wheel they came with.
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Early 99... late had 0331 heads. I like 96s...
Been lookin at this... the other Xj is also for sale in the picture for $3000
http://muskegon.craigslist.org/cto/2759423681.html
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