Any differences in a 2000 Jeep GC and a 2002 Jeep GC?

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  1. dontblink182

    dontblink182 New Member

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    I used to have a 2000 Jeep GC until the engine got a crack in it...it serviced me well until then. Now i'm looking at getting another Jeep GC but avoiding the years with the bad engine. Any other differences or problems with the 2002? I haven't really heard any bad problems with them, but I plan on driving the car to the ground and would hate to have serious problems with it. Thanks. :wiggle:
     
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    My buddy's 2003 GC w/ the 4.7HO engine had problems all the time. Not really w/ the engine, but the AC controller continued to go out on multiple occasions. He also replaced the automatic windows many many times. I think

    It was a nice Jeep though, comfortable w/ the leather and the v8 did seem to have decent power.
     
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    lots of a/c problems
    automatic windows will fail at some point
    random electrical problems
    4.7 may have lost some power and may have some sludge
    rear hatch may have some issues

    go with the 4.0 if you dont need teh v8s power
     
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    oh and check the weather stripping

    weather stripping for the 99 - 04 gc seems to love falling off, mostly on the insides of the doors
     
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    I remember my weather stripping falling off too....and AC problems :hs:.

    I'm mostly looking for a vehicle that I won't have many problems with, something I can drive for 6+ years. Would it be better to spend a little less and get a 1997-1998 GC? I like both the same, its just reliability I'm looking at now. All the 1998 GC's in my area have 130,000+ miles.
     
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    What would a 1998 GC need in terms of maintenance at 130,000 miles? and later? What are common problems with them with that mileage? Thanks :wavey:
     
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    Probably little-to-nothing at 130K. Ours developed a sweet death wobble tho that was and is very elusive. It's on 2" spacers tho and the wobble seems to be guaranteed on lifted SFA Grand/Cherokees.
     
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    FUCK....sold just a few hours ago previously.

    Looking at others now...how can I tell what kind of trans and t case it has if the owner doesn't know? Did it go by year? Thanks.
     
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    not much really

    make sure routine fluid changes were done
    check the axle seals
    transfer case seals


    i have seen quite a few water pumps go around 130k
     
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    borazhasleftthebuilding Lets Party OT Supporter

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    cant help you with GC's but yer cl ad is xj, i has 3 of them

    with the 4.0s,
    all the autos are gonna be aw4 -good, and bettar than the gc trans
    all the 5spds are gonna be ax15 -good and bettar than the gc trans

    if it DOESNT have fulltime 4wd on the selector, its 231 tcase, if it DOES, its 242 tcase....for 95% of people, the tcases shouldnt matter which.
     
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    What kind of xj should I be looking for? Any specific years that were better than the others? I read somewhere that 98-99's were the best years for them. Anything else I should know about besides avoiding high-mileage, beat to crap xj's? Thanks broseph :wavey:
     
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    borazhasleftthebuilding Lets Party OT Supporter

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    something aboot the 00 or 01 with bad head or exh mani, cant remember which...but also the 00 has the low pinion front axle (bad for 4 whling) vs the high pinion frt axles of yrs before, for street it aint gonna matter, but itll help resale to has the high pinion ones...

    dont worry aboot miles, my 92 has 240,000 miles, and my 2 98s has 180,000 and 120,000 miles...the important stuff goes forever, otherwise alternators and waterpumps will wear out, still hasnt replaced a starter on any of them
     
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    i prefer 98 because the roof rack extends all the way to the front, on the 99s the track ends about half way, but thats just a minor thing

    the exhaust manifold will crack and you will blow head gaskets on the 00-01

    also they have the low pinion axles like bernie said
     
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    Thanks, so pretty much any stock xj 97-99 is what I should be looking for I guess. Thanks everyone! :wavey: although if anyone has any more input im all ears
     

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