View Full Version : How many miles are Cherokees good for??
05-12-2006, 12:06 AM
I am thinking about getting a 100" trail rig and am seeing some high mileage XJs for cheap.
I got rid of my old XJ(98) at 170,000 miles. In retrospect I think it was balljoints/Wheel bearings.
A friend of mine is still running his(96) at 220,000 miles.
Does anyone have any experience with high mileage XJs? How high is too high?
05-12-2006, 02:16 AM
The Cherokee's are near Toyota reliability. The had about 15 years of getting it just right.
As you know, the rear axle is a must replace item.
05-12-2006, 11:08 AM
Production ran from 84 through 01 on the XJ's. 87 introduced the 4.0L fuel injected inline 6 which was followed in 91 by the High Output model.
My bud has 250K on a 94 YJ, my 94 XJ has 152ish. I'v read where alot are reporting mileage exceeding 300K by this time.
But of course alot depends on the maintenance habits of previous owners.
87-89 XJ's were available with a Dana 44 rear axle...i routinely find them in the upulls. The Chrysler 8.25 is a stout axle also. The Dana 35 with c-clips is the one you want to avoid.
www.naxja.org strictly Cherokee XJ site where you can find anything Cherokee related.
05-12-2006, 04:13 PM
I would look for a 97 to 99 XJ as they have high pinion front axle and a the 29 spline 8.25 in the rear. The 8.25 is suggested to have the same strength as a dana 44. Just limited on locker choices.
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