4x4 Crew: Should I consider a mid-90s Jeep Cherokee?

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  1. Gonrad

    Gonrad OT Supporter

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    My dads's 1998 Contour just showed the battery sign on the cluster.

    I checked with the Multi-meter and its just fantastic: Alternator is on its way :mad:

    So, since last couple years I have been fantasizing about Jeep Cherokess, I figure what better time then now.

    So, simply put, is a 1995+ Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Auto, with 125K miles reliable?

    How easy are they to work on?

    I work on my Nissan 240sx all the time so I have all the tools (metric) to do work but can I count on the Jeep to not break down or at least be easy to work on with limited tools?
     
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    impulse_Z The Champagne of OTers ™

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    dude an alternator is like 50-70 bucks and prolly 10 minutes to fix
     
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    impulse_Z The Champagne of OTers ™

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    and jeeps are easy to work on, parts are cheap... buy my 94 zj :hs:


    183k runs fine
     
  4. Gonrad

    Gonrad OT Supporter

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    RockAuto.com : $180USD+ and with the inflation and shit here, $200-$250 for an alternator plus an ass-rape labour of $300+ so Im easily looking at $600+

    It's dads car engine bay looks like a bitch to work on, I don't have the tools, he needs it for work

    :dunno: Just thinking of excuses to get rid of the Contour
     
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    Gonrad OT Supporter

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    Are you being sarcastic? :hs:

    I can't tell, I'm just pissed cuz just a short while ago we spent crap load on front wheel bearings, and not too earlier, front lower arms. Check engine light is also on so definitely needs new O2 sensors (and there's like 4 of em at like $80ea+) :run:
     
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    impulse_Z The Champagne of OTers ™

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    I understand if he wants to dump the contour, but you'd get more money if it was fixed

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Merc...015QQitemZ250152590638QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

    and an alt is usually 1 or 2 bolts and a plug, pretty simple
     
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    impulse_Z The Champagne of OTers ™

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    no, I have 2 jeeps, I got the zj for free, and have no room/need for it
     
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    jeepmanzj Anyone But Obama OR Clinton 08, Jeep Crew, Car Cre

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    jeep cherokees are the most reliable american suv you can buy.
     
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    XJs are pretty good. Get one with a 4.0, AW4, and NP231 and you won't have many problems. That is unless you start 4 wheeling it :o
     
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    V6? They are a pain in the ass, you've got to pull the passenger side half shaft to get the alternator out.

    But the jeep 4.0 is a pretty stout engine except the the few that I've owned. My original engine last 228,000 miles. They last a long time, parts are plentiful and cheap. They are also pretty damn easy to work on, there isn't alot to them.
     
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    My Cherokee is still going strong at 200K miles. It's an '89 and everything works great on it still. Only problem is that I've started tearing the unibody from four wheeling :wtc:
     
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    If it's a V6 labor is 1.9 hrs. A 4 cylinder is 1.1 hrs.

    The alternator for a v6 is $170 for a reman.
    4 cyl $151 for a reman
     
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    Well as soon as this is over Im gonna try real hard to get rid fo this Contour and get a Jeep Cherokee.

    With Winter coming it should be nice :big grin:
     
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    My 95 with the ax-15 has 205,xxx on the original clutch and tranny. The original Alternator , starter, and radiator all lasted 12yrs, just replaced them this winter. If you find one thats been well maintained they'll run forever
     

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