Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Possible Dream Late Model Cherokee

I have located a 2000 JEEP Cherokee Sport XJ 4x4 with only 120,000 miles in Dallas. In doing a vehicle report it was recently sold at an auto auction to a dealer that runs a truck rental company. Before that it had only one owner in the DFW area. The new seller said it was a trade in and then sold at auction. With one owner for 11 years you would think they took care of it. I will see. Everything else on the report looked good too.
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Going to drive up and look at it Thursday with a long list of things to check out. If it checks out I will try and make a deal on it.
Wish Me Luck!
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Friday, February 10, 2012

New Old Jeep Cherokee Update

Well I had already paid a little down on the Jeep before picking it up and before gettin a vehicle report done. It turns out it was originally sold in Seneca Falls, NY and was there until 6/02 when it went to Culpeper, VA. In 12/01 there is a reported ‘COLLISION WITH A FIXED OBJECT (GUARDRAIL)’ and was then sold at auction 5/02. It finally made it to Texas in 5/09.
The previous owner had put on new shocks and nice Goodyear Wrangler tires along with new plugs, plug wires, and cap. Upon future inspection the RR shock was not connected on top. One of the bolts had been sheared off. I assume this was done when installing the new shocks and they figured one bolt would hold it. One hour at my local repair shop and they drilled it out and replaced the bolt. The mechanic said he figured it was from the coast or up north. The chassis looks good but other things show rust and I know most nuts and bolts are rusted shut.
It has a clunk over bumps in the front so I am figuring ball joints and wheel bearings. Estimate on upper and lower ball joints is $1,600. Ouch! Not sure I wanna spend that yet if I might be sellin it.
I am going to still piddle around with fixin it up without trying to spendin to much money, Yeah Right! In the mean time I will continue to look for the dream late model Cherokee; 1 owner with less than a 100K from southern Arizona or NM. A guy can dream right? You never know it might happen. At least I am learnin what to look for in a Jeep Cherokee XJ 4x4.