Thinking of an XJ
As I'm trying to put a deal together on my Cruiser, I'm thinking of something to replace it with. I had an 89 XJ for about 5 months - it was a horrible car. Leaky Y pipe, leaky fuel injectors and un-cureable overheating made me ditch it ASAP. I've been told that the issues were neglect and fixable, but it was too much too soon for me. Well, there was no ExPo then, so I thought I would post my re-considerations here for your input. I like the car-like nature of the Cherokee and the smaller size compared to the Cruiser for just a puppy and me to explore around with.
To replace the cruiser, I want a few nonnegotiable things: better MPG (not hard) GREAT reliability (4.0 ?), low operation costs, and an inexpensive buy in - sub $4K area. Decent off road ability is somewhat important - but not critical. If I get a stocker (hopefully) I'll add an OME lift, some Treadwrights tires, and a set of LightForce 170's and call it a day. Since this will be a second car, it will have a RTT, hi-lift, CO2 tank and related gear always packed and ready to take the pup and I canoeing or camping.
Something like this:
Am I nuts? Is this a good idea? I am not too interested in Grand Cherokee's and would like to keep this focused on the XJ.
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