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Picked up a future classic - Jeep Cherokee XJ

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Hamish, 12 Mar 2016.

  1. Hamish

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Apr 2003

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    Location: Deepest Yorkshire

    Sold my 2009 Jeep wrangler last week and bough this 2001 Jeep Cherokee today :D
    First thoughts are I absolutely love it. Always has a soft spot for the XJ Cherokees and since deciding to sell the Wrangler to put towards a Q7 for the family an XJ seem the perfect commuter/weekend toy.

    Specs:
    • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (one of the last)
    • 4.0 petrol I6 (sounds beautiful)
    • 60th Anniversary edition
    • 2 previous owners (last owner bought it in 2014 from the lady who bought it new)
    • previous owner spent around £2500 (with receipts) on off road tyres, lift kit, snorkel (not even fitted yet), exhaust, full service etc. but only drove it 3000 miles due to working away
    • paid £2500

    Future plans are possibly to add fender flares, a roof rack and maybe a light bar, although tempted just to keep it stock as I don't want to spoil it.

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  2. phil675

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    I sort of want a 4x4 as a family car but I don't really need one, what is the purpose of this vehicle?
     
  3. Hamish

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    Mainly for commuting to work - I work in the Yorkshire Dales so often have snow or flooding to deal with. Also used for carting junk around and the odd Pay & Play.
     
  4. BigT

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    I had one. Loved it. Sofa on wheels, reliable, more toys than normal for an old car. Would go anywhere.

    I read somewhere they made over 3 million of the AMC derived straight six engines and so it's no surprise they're bullet proof.
     
  5. Hamish

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    Yep, hugely popular and the consensus is that the 4.0 is bullet proof and if things go wrong the parts are dirt cheap.
     
  6. Firestar_3x

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    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Always loved the XJ for some reason, looks like a good car, keep it as close to stock as possible.
     
  7. Troop

    Wise Guy

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    Good motor the 4lt straight 6 love mine, but the TJ Wrangler is the one that will be the real classic .
     
  8. Hamish

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    Yes true the TJ is a classic but hard to live with as a daily - struggles at more than 50mph and can't make the most of being topless in UK weather.
     
  9. Dav4

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    Great looking motor the old Cherokee is. Bet the engine sounds great aswell.
     
  10. Acme

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    I do really like these for some reason :)
    Could never live with one though. :p
     
  11. Joe T

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    Good choice.

    I'm sure Lewis (Lashout_UK) will be along shortly...
     
  12. Troop

    Wise Guy

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    If you get the chance listen to one with a Banks Monster exhaust, what a sound with the straight 6 motor!.
     
  13. Hamish

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    music to my ears! :o The previous owner has already fitted a decent exhaust, not quite as throaty as the banks but still packs a decent rumble
     
  14. Mr-White

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    Dare I ask the mpg ? :D

    MW
     
  15. Hamish

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    about 18 :D
     
  16. cainer

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    i looked at a second hand one many years ago, owner said ~17 mpg which put me off,
    ended up getting a 2.5 v6 Alfa 156, turns out that only did ~20mpg :( lol
    i dont think i could afford to run it if i still had it now
     
  17. DRZ

    Soldato

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    I have a 4.0 ZJ and love it. Needs an MOT at the moment though - must sort that out!