Jeep Crew: 5.2L V8 Reliability?

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  1. brett

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    Been looking for a second car with 4wd (never do any 'major' offroading, but I fish, hike and dirtbike in a lot of places that require a 4x4 to get to). I've been trying to find a 4.0 XJ local for a while, but haven't been able to find anything I like.

    Found a 94ZJ Limited with the 5.2 and 140k miles yesterday. White with beige leather interior. Car seems to be in pretty good condition, just a few minor scuffs on the bumpers and a busted tail light. Doesn't look like it's ever even seen a gravel road, much less been offroad. I emailed the seller and he seemed like a pretty nice guy, said the jeep had been well taken care of (but who doesn't say that :rolleyes: )

    Just wondering how reliable it would be. I know the 4.0 is almost indestructable, but have no clue about the 5.2. I have a DD (just needs to repair some body damage) that I will probably drive the majority of the time. Would probably only drive this 4-5 months out of the year.
     
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    Oh, I forgot to mention he was asking $4k but after I shot him an e-mail he said he would take $3500 without his amp and sub. Decent deal? :dunno:
     
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    The 5.2L engines have been around for fucking forever. It's a great engine.. mine has been VERY reliable and given me no problems whatsoever (at least not that *I* didn't create) so I can't complain. I'd say it's good to 200k miles or more.
     
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    Anything I should look for when I test drive? I know a lot of ZJs have a specific problem (a viscous coupling I think?)--anything else
     
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    I'm not expecting it to be 100% reliable and go 300k without any maintenance or anything, it's a jeep and I know it will need repairs :o

    Just want something with 4x4 that I can drive for a few months as-is without having to worry about something major going on. After that I might consider a lift and tires when I won't have to rely on it as much. Plus I've always wanted a jeep :hsd:
     
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    The engine I blew was at 120k and never leaked a DROP of oil.
     
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    I don't think I've ever owned a vehicle without a leaky rear main :o
     
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    Engine wise I don't think you'll have a problem with reliability at all :dunno:
     
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    my dad has a 97 5.2 ZJ.. hes had quite a few problems with it, none of which dealt with the tranny or engine.
     
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    It is a Chrysler tranny, but it's one of the better ones. It's the second best one.. the 44RE behind the V8s.
     
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    Unless it's the 5.9s, which had the 46RE/RH. I actually think some of the 95 and older V8s used the 46RH as well, which is a pretty good tranny.
     
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    :dunno: I expect there to be minor problems, which I think is half the reason I'm buying it :o

    every car I've ever owned has been known for quirks, gives it some character :cool:
     
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    Until it ingested some water somehow and broke a rod.. not sure how it got all that water in it :hsugh:
     
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    the problems on my dad's jeep?

    oh yeah, the rear wiper, can't forget the obvious

    brakes, lots of brakes, lots of shit in the front end.. transfer bars and torsion bars and weird shit I never heard of.

    A/C
     
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    5.2 is as old as methuselah himself, and just as frggin tough.

    THere's a gypsum mine near me, and they have an ooooollldddd 318 4bbl on a stand....hooked up to a water pump....to pump water....through a fucking hose. The exhaust pipes go out through the wall...no mufflers, nothing.

    The old Carter is tough to get going, but once it's running, they wind it up to 4500 rpm and use the intense water pressure to clean the crusher, chutes, road, trucks, everything.


    It sounds some sweet too.
     
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    Nah, the 42RE is a seriously crappy tranny. That only came behind the 4.0 ZJs.
     
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    zj hoods are notorious for leaking in heavy downpours :hsugh:
     
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    Kind of weary because a friend owned a 93ZJ with the 4.0 in HS. The thing was slow as shit (not expect an suv to be fast but it felt like it had NO power :ugh: ) and constantly had trans/transfer case problems
     
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    I'd never buy a 4 liter ZJ. Too much weight and not enough power.
     
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    Hey, would a defective axle joint cause a squeek squeek from the left front of a 99 ZJ, during slow driving with the wheels cut slightly right?
     
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    Strange.. the weather was great that day :confused:
     
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    Yep, bad ujoint possibly.
     
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    strangest thing :mamoru:
     
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    He rolled it within a few months of buying it :hsugh:
     

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