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Old 03-01-2019, 10:52 PM
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What are they asking for it?

Hard to tell for sure, but the last pic looks like surface rust. The flaking appears to be paint or undercoating, both of which were quite thin from the factory. Id say easy fix. Not sure on the first pic. You wont know for sure until you look it over first hand, or the seller can provide more pics. I see the floor up front by the toeboard (where it angles up towards the firewall) is looking a bit worn. Another thing to look for are the 1/4s behind the bumper caps. When i bought mine it looked rust free top to bottom, which is quite a find here in PA. While i was pulling the trailer harness out i found the 1/4s had rotted thru. Not what i wanted to see but for $2500, i wasnt complaining.
Asking $4000 for it. I inquired about some more pictures before I made the 2 1/2 hour drive down to look at it. Guy didnít seem too cooperative in furnishing them. So I decided to move on. I also forwarded the pics to a auto body guy and was told I should pass as the rust is probably coming down through the floor pans and what Iím seeing is just the tip of the iceberg in comparison to whatís under the carpet. Unless I want to cut and weld in new floors.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:18 PM
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Going to look at a very nice 00í XJ with only 130,000 on it. As much as I wanted to stick with the pre 0331 heads, I couldnít resist driving the 2 1/2 hours to check it out.

Looking at it later this week if they donít sell it before Iím able to get there.

Maybe Iíll try and knock off a few hundred and just do a headswap during the manifold replace (cause you know that manifold is cracked). I just know Iíll have the 0331 nagging in the back of my mind. Bonus would be the heads already been replaced... deal breaker would be the heads already cracked.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:21 PM
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Just picked up my dream XJ. 276 miles later through a snow storm and itís home. This was the XJ with the rust holes through the floor. Decided to go with my gut and pick it up, or at least check it out because it met all my criteria. Iím super stoked so here comes the wall of text with lots of pics.

The criteira:
- 1999 XJ no 0331 head, check
- Sub 130,000 miles, check
- little to no body rust/rot, mostly check

Bonus:
- Gunmetal pearl, my favorite XJ color.
- Tow hitch
​​​​​​- Some kinda thing on the roof
- 128,000 miles! Engine is smooth as glass
- Thick maintenance log since the year 2000, when the XJ only had 4,000 miles on it.
- First vehicle Iíve ever owned with working A/C!

My peeves:
- Front steering is funky. Not sure whatís going on maybe someone can help me out.
- Tires are loud. Louder than my 98 with studded snows.
- Air vents only blow from the top and bottom. Not the front.

It was clear when looking at it the rust was coming from the inside and down, not the outside in. Most likely due to wet shoes and no floor mats. The exterior is SPOTLESS. Rare for a New England XJ. The floor pans will have to be replaced which isnít a big deal as everything is getting pulled out washed/shampood and reinstalled. Iíll get to finally justify buying a mig welder.

Theres a weird black box with a wire running out of the center council. Donít know what it is. Looks like a speaker or something.

It definitely sits higher than my 98. It has new crown springs which I think are the HD springs with the 1Ē lift. Not sure where the shocks are from. Well I know where theyíre from but didnít know Quadratic made shocks. Also never heard about these tires but they are loud. The wheels look stock, but theyíre not. So I donít know where those came from either. Thereís a full sized spare in the back.

The steering is sloppy. More so than my 98. Cruises fine at 70mph. No death wobble. However when traveling over wavy uneven roads, the front axle doesnít seem like it wants to stay center. It floats around from left to right. Also the steering wheel isnít aligned with the front tires. Not sure if these are related. Maybe needs a new gearbox or alignment?

Regardless itís a very clean unmolested XJ with an extensive service record. A very good baseline for a nice DD rig. Probably wonít be lifting it any higher than it already is.




















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Old 03-10-2019, 09:32 PM
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Listed for $4,000. Picked it up for $3,400.
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Excellent. Sounds like you did great. Love that color too - for a long time it was my absolute favorite. That black box looks like a CB radio speaker.
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Congrats on the new XJ, very similar to mine....
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:52 PM
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Thanks guys. She was babied it seems. Pulled the CarFax last night. Same owner from 2000 to late 2018.

Looks like she was sold at auction after some damage was reported to the front then a rebuilt title issued. I couldnít find any issues with it. Been commuting with it the past two days because the ride is a huge improvement over my tired 98. Itís really stiff though. Maybe Iím just not used to having functional suspension or maybe need to fix my shackle angle? Also having heat is nice. I really should park it until spring when I can start churching her up.

Hooked the scanner up to it after all this driving. Has a pending evap small leak, found the evap hose running near the battery to the front split. You can actually see it broke in two in one of the pics above. Not sure if thatís THE issue, but so far itís what Iíve found. Not worried about it currently.

Really looking forward to getting the welder this spring and get her really mint with a new floor pan.

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