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Old 11-07-2017, 11:10 PM
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As an FYI, a 1997 Cherokee Sport version with 82k miles sold yesterday, 11/6/2017, on an auction web site for $14.5k. It is red and in really nice stock condition but wow, what a price! I have noticed that prices on these are climbing upward quickly so your $1700 is a good investment. I believe you can put some money into this one without concern for resale value over the long run as long as any mods are reasonable in cost and scope. To me, the further a vehicle strays from stock the less I would be willing to pay for it. But that is just me.
I agree with you. I didnít want to buy one with any mods because the ones I want to make are to be useful (to me) and can be reverted back to stock. I only found one I would have been happy buying that was already modified but it was done similar to what I want.
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Sota - You identified you have ideas of what you want to do with your new Jeep. May I offer a few quick and low cost suggestions to do first before you get too involved with improvements and mods? These are focused on safety, reliability and longevity of your Jeep. Well, here they are:
* Check all brake lines! Replace all that are suspect. They seem to rust first along the drivers side going from the front to the back junction block on the rear axle. You would hate to drive your new Jeep into something due to a compromised brake system. Although I have very little corrosion underneath mine the front to back brake line began to leak after a thorough cleaning. The line from the axle junction block across the axle to the right side was also fairly rusty. Good news is that you can get both of these lines from your Chrysler dealer at a very reasonable price. Or at least I was able to for my 2000. Best part - they fit perfectly and are not too hard to change out.
* Change engine oil and get an oil sample for analysis. For under $30 this is a great way to get a baseline and an idea of any engine issues before they become catastrophic. I routinely use Blackstone Labs in Fort Wayne IN for oil analysis on all my vehicles and am very pleased with their work and reports. They detected components of antifreeze in my Jeep's oil before I suspected a problem. (I am changing the cracked head now) See their web site to obtain sample bottles.
* If you don't have records of front and rear differential oil change recently do that soon. Check for unusual wear. I believe the recommendation is every 30k miles and suspect that it often gets missed. Transfer case also. Inexpensive to do these.
* Check front brakes for wear and caliper hang up problems (rear drum brakes can be a pain and don't wear quickly so you might skip those initially) and flush the brake fluid at all 4 wheels if the bleeders cooperate.
* Clean the throttle body and mass air flow sensor. These are often neglected and can impact idle and fuel economy. Note that it is recommended to use a special cleaner for the mass flow sensor. While you are there, verify that the air filter is in good condition.
* Check headlamps and other critical bulbs. (you are covered with the additional lights on the back ) The metalized coating inside my sealed beam headlights was flaking off and the result was very little light. You probably already have upgrades in mind.
* Look for rust-through directly behind both rear tires and in the driver and passenger foot well area. If needed at least do temporary repairs to seal things up. Holes here allow water and salt to quickly cause more damage.
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I actually havenít driven it since the initial drive home because I havenít had a chance to go through the fluids. Thanks for that list though Iíll definitely use it as a reference!
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Any update on what you have discovered and done on your new Jeep?
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Any update on what you have discovered and done on your new Jeep?
Honestly I really donít have much to report. Been a busy couple of weeks so I havenít had a chance to do a lot but hopfully I can really get going on it in a few days!
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