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Old 10-26-2018, 10:04 PM
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Looking to buy an xj so i can go off roading with my friends. Having a hard time finding an xj with a manual transmission. But i want to know what are some good questions to ask sellers and dealers before making the drive out to see the car. What are common flaws with the XJ? And if anyone is selling one let me know! Thanks
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:16 PM
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Welcome..Thank you for the post.

I can think of one question.. Has the Jeep been off road.
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:33 AM
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Welcome to the site SaintAriel12

one Question is if its ever been in a wreck also is there any warranty on it!
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91-99 are the years I look for, if you are going to use it off-road and add bigger tires, make sure it has the Chrysler 8.25 rear axle, not the Dana 35.
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:40 PM
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Look for rust drive it around 50 to 60 mph and see if you get any death wobble (heavy shaking of the front end not a deal breaker but a good negotiation tool as its probably going to need the front suspension rebuilt) serious oil leaks drive it for a bit and see what's wet under neath again not a deal breaker if you're even a little mechanically inclined but a good point of negotiation.

I'd stay away from examples that have had sawsalls taken to the fender wells it's a good sign its probably been wheeled hard

there should be a sticky thread here and a ton of YouTube vids of the common things to look for on the XJ
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Is there a reason you are so dead set on a manual?
I love manual trans vehicles myself... but when you look at what you're doing off-road I wouldn't discount the AW4.... Look up how auto and manual trans' both work and you'll see why I made that statement...

Either way... good luck on your search.
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Originally Posted by RocketMouse View Post
Is there a reason you are so dead set on a manual?
I love manual trans vehicles myself... but when you look at what you're doing off-road I wouldn't discount the AW4.... Look up how auto and manual trans' both work and you'll see why I made that statement...

Either way... good luck on your search.
agreed I'm typically a hardcore manual guy but 1)the AW4 is a really solid transmission and 2)it makes life off pavement a lot easier 3)they're much easier to find clean examples of than the rarer manuals.
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Old 11-02-2018, 02:38 PM
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Thanks guys, really appreciate the help, i have found two manual xj's but i may end up getting an automatic. the one i found is already lifted so saves me the money of getting a lift kit for the manual
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