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Old 02-06-2019, 05:31 PM
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I got another Cherokee. This time I decided I donít want something that Iím going to have to dump a bunch of money just for it to run. So I bought this 2000 Sport with 4x4. It has a NP242 and is stuck in Full Time 4wd. Heat works, A/C will work once I finish putting the line on that the P.O. hadnít got the chance to install.

This Jeep also has had the transmission rebuilt, radiator replaced, new compressor, new battery, newer tires, replaced u joints, fluids changed, and a close to immaculate interior.

Duties will currently revolve around daily daily driving and upgrades are going to be slllooooowwwww.

Problems are rust on the roof and some weird electrical issues which I had on the 99 so repair shouldnít be lengthy.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:11 AM
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I got another Cherokee. This time I decided I donít want something that Iím going to have to dump a bunch of money just for it to run. So I bought this 2000 Sport with 4x4. It has a NP242 and is stuck in Full Time 4wd. Heat works, A/C will work once I finish putting the line on that the P.O. hadnít got the chance to install.

This Jeep also has had the transmission rebuilt, radiator replaced, new compressor, new battery, newer tires, replaced u joints, fluids changed, and a close to immaculate interior.

Duties will currently revolve around daily daily driving and upgrades are going to be slllooooowwwww.

Problems are rust on the roof and some weird electrical issues which I had on the 99 so repair shouldnít be lengthy.
Looking forward to your posts.
When I bought my '00 about 6 years ago I had surface rust issues on the hood and roof too. Was kinda running but not driveable. Nothing crazy. But the price was not to bad and the rest was pretty solid for the most part.
At least for New England anyway. Wish I had the 242 like you. Cause basically she is just a DD and that would be better for driving in the snow IMO. Might make the swap someday.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:03 AM
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Looking forward to your posts.
When I bought my '00 about 6 years ago I had surface rust issues on the hood and roof too. Was kinda running but not driveable. Nothing crazy. But the price was not to bad and the rest was pretty solid for the most part.
At least for New England anyway. Wish I had the 242 like you. Cause basically she is just a DD and that would be better for driving in the snow IMO. Might make the swap someday.
I never thought I would own a 00 or 01 but I've enjoyed driving it so far. The NP242 is nice as well. There are some differences from the 99 including a underhood charcoal canister? Welp ran the build sheet and sure enough it has Cali emissions......

Also, 20 Gallon Fuel Tank and 8 additional gallons of gas? I am guessing the Jeep dealer charged for 8 gallons new because I've never seen a 28 gallon stock tank.

VIN 120461
Vehicle Description 2000 JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT 4X4 SPORT UTILITY


124 Amp Alternator
500 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
Power Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
Next Generation Front Air Bags**
4-Speed Automatic AW4 Transmission
Dana 30/181MM Front Axle Corporate
8.25 Rear Axle

100 MPH Primary Speedometer
EVAP Control System
20 Gallon Fuel Tank
P225/75R15 Wrangler RT/S AT Tires
15X7.0 Full-Face Steel Wheels
Upgraded OBD-II Connectors
Tethered Fuel Filler Cap
GVW Rating - 4900#
4-Speed Automatic Transmissions Lock-Up Torque Converter
Selec-Trac Full Time 4WD System
Floor Mount Automatic Shift Lever
3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
California Emissions
Low Emission Vehicle (LEV)
Speed Control
8 Additional Gallons of Gas
Spring - Left Front Spring - Left Rear Spring - Right Front Spring - Right Rear
Customer Preferred Package 2TJ
Customer Preferred Package 26J Sport Appearance Group
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Eventually I will be able to add photos. But this well taken care of Jeep has plenty of issues.

- Running lights are always on regardless of headlight switch position. PO had the radio installed at Best Buy. Probably going to have to chase down an install issue.
- Factory fog lights don't come on. Going to source a fog lamp switch just in case.
- E-Fan doesn't come on whether it is at 210 or A/C on.
- I need to finish installing refrigerant lines to get the A/C working. Hopefully.
- Brakes drag horribly almost to the point of locking up after I put new pads and rotors on. Brakes were horribly trashed so new calipers and hoses are being sourced.
- Back latch sticks
- P0138 Downstream O2 fault - Did the wiring checks and observed fuel trims and data and have come to the conclusion of it needing a sensor.
- Has trailer wiring but no hitch.
- 0331 head. Good now but I don't want it. Looking for a TUPY head.

Enough to keep me busy before doing any kind of upgrades.

Upgrades Wish List:

- Winch and bumper
- Better rear bumper
- Lighting
- B&M Transmission Cooler
- Possible bigger tires and lift but we'll see.
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Any photos?
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So come to find out that CF and my iPhone don't get along....

Here is an image of it on the day i brought it home.

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Some more day 1 images:







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I have started to take care of the rust and faded bumper caps. Here's an interior picture (will need a new driver's seat) and how the Jeep looks today.



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I have started to take care of the rust and faded bumper caps. Here's an interior picture (will need a new driver's seat) and how the Jeep looks today.
​​​​​​Looks pretty nice. I don't think I've ever seen rust on the roof like that. I'm guessing it has something to do with the Florida sun based on your location?
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​​​​​​Looks pretty nice. I don't think I've ever seen rust on the roof like that. I'm guessing it has something to do with the Florida sun based on your location?
That would be my guess as this had the rust in the same exact spot on my black 99 sport. Lots of sanding and some paint for now. Going to sand again and repaint and put some clear down.
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So I decided as the first "upgrade" was to do the interior lights to LED. I used CANBUS LEDs from Amazon. I got a pack of 561s (Overhead Console, Cargo (Requires some modification), and Engine Compartment). 194s (20 pack for Shifter, T-Case, License plate), BA15s/3157 (footwell).

Everything went well except the footwells stopped working last night. Add that to the fog lights not working, and the always on with key on running lights.


Overhead console before. Will take a after picture later.

Amazon! Same Day Shipping and not badly priced too.

Burned out and no filament.

BA15s (3157) LED lights from Amazon

Footwells lighted up! Well for a day anyway...
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Footwells lighted up! Well for a day anyway...
Not trying to be funny but have you flipped them around.
I have had LED's kinda work but still in the wrong way
and then stop working.

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Not trying to be funny but have you flipped them around.
I have had LED's kinda work but still in the wrong way
and then stop working.
That was going to be my first step tonight as they worked great for about 9 hours and now nothing. The rest of the interior lights work as intended. Well except the cargo light but there is a connection issue somewhere.
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That was going to be my first step tonight as they worked great for about 9 hours and now nothing. The rest of the interior lights work as intended. Well except the cargo light but there is a connection issue somewhere.
This happened to me when putting the LED's in my lighted visors.
Of course at the time I was clueless about LED's having polarity.
They kinda worked then did not. Talking minutes maybe not hours though.
Might have even been just flickering. But posted here about it thinking the
bulbs were bad. Then I was schooled about polarity. I did not know. LOL.
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This happened to me when putting the LED's in my lighted visors.
Of course at the time I was clueless about LED's having polarity.
They kinda worked then did not. Talking minutes maybe not hours though.
Might have even been just flickering. But posted here about it thinking the
bulbs were bad. Then I was schooled about polarity. I did not know. LOL.
In reading the guide for LEDs it had the part numbers. So id put in the BA15s into Amazon and see good reviews. Only thing was, I didnít read the specs clearly! The bulbs were intended for a 6v system. They didnít just stop working, they blew apart. Now thereís LED fragments on the floorboards. Oops.
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