learn me Jeep XJ Cherokee


so my lady friend turns in her lease this weekend and actually wants to buy an XJ.
not intending to do any serious off roading just very light trails at Joshua tree national park, sequoia, Yosemite etc.

i found this 2WD with 150k for $3.5k
current owner has been daily driving it since 2010
lots of recent work including:

new radiator & electric fan
head gasket
oil pan gasket
rear main seal
valve cover gasket
transmission output seal
front and rear brakes
new tires

not stoked on this stuff:
cheap 2.5" rear add-a-leaf
cheap 3" front spring spacer
sagging headliner

bright side:
power windows and locks work
all doors open and shut smooth (no body twist)
ac works but could use a recharge
really clean interior
cruise control works

am i crazy?
will it nickel and dime me to death?
to me this thing looks pretty solid.
seems like the 2WD XJ chassis is a bastard child and people unload them cheap. this one has been taken care of particularly well…?


I don’t think you’re crazy… But for that price I’d be looking at mid-2000s Range Rovers. That’s me though.

Shouldn’t this thing be like $1,500 max even in California? Talk him down?


Makes sense for her as she already has a in house mechanic.


Nobody wants 2wd XJ’s. I would highly reccomend a 4wd XJ, miles don’t seem to matter too much if they are well maintained. The 4L I6 walks all over the 4 cyl version. I would wait to find a 4wd one


A 4WD xj around here commands roughly 5-7k and that’s with 200k+ miles and still in need of work.

The range rovers are rad but scare the hell out of my wallet. Even more than this thing…is that a dumb phobia Josh?


They’re less analog than this Jeep for sure, so there is that “more to break” factor. I supposedly had the lest reliable drive train (2003-2005, BMW 4.0 V8) but other than replacing a coolant hose and like 4 expansion tanks over 250k miles the motor / trans never let me down. I think I replaced two air suspension units and that was the biggest expense at ~$700 a pop, however each had a lifetime warranty. Most impressive to me was that I never had to replace any exhaust components, despite submerging it in Lake Erie almost on a daily basis in the summer and tons of salt miles in the winter.

That same phobia though keeps the used prices low though, and for a former BMW bro like yourself it might present an opportunity?

I wonder if @Scott still has his?


Still have mine. Upwards of 115k miles now and no slowing down yet. 2006 with the Jag supercharged 4.2. I recently replaced the throttle pedal because a sensor in that was not communicating the right signal to the throttlebody and the truck was in limp mode. Easy to swap and she’s running fine. I take it on longer road trips for work (~5hrs) to save the S6 from logging miles and gets ~20mpg highway and hasnt let me down. I trust it enough to make these meetings, so I guess that says something.

Only real problems I have had been all steering components (ball joints, control arms, sway bar end links, etc.). Still chasing down a clunk I hear/feel at low speeds at sharp inclines, but other than that, she treats me right.

With the Nitto Terra Grapplers, it will never get stuck in anything. Stopping on ice may be another story.


walker i almost bought one as a daily before i bought my explorer. all the rust bs here you won’t have to deal with there. the 4L last forever, but get a 4wd one otherwise don’t waste your time. other options are late 90s explorers, highlanders too. all of which i looked at.


thanks for all the responses guys.

i think we are pulling the trigger on the one i posted tomorrow.

Range Rovers you mentioned are going for roughly $6-8k out here which is about the same price for a 4WD version of this XJ would cost.
and for that kind of money i would just force her into a CR-V.



Xj’s are pretty bullet proof. For that money it really only needs to last a year or so without failure.


Yes Josh, I forgot a comma


So ended up picking it up for $3400

Of course the AC wasn’t working and it was throwing a CEL but a quick search and found it was literally just changing a fuse

So no more CEL.
AC is ice cold.

Replaced a headlight ballast
Replaced the fucked up battery terminals
Threw on a cheapo light bar with windshield mount ($89 via Amazon)
Wired the light bar to the factory fog switch
eBay roof rack ($112)
Installed some low milage take off XJ Rubicon shocks ($25)
Raised the rear to highest setting on the shackles

Now just time to enjoy it

Heading to Joshua tree tomorrow morning


Enjoy the shakedown trip :tup:


I do like the xjs and wjs. I was thinking about getting something like that at one point.


Update photos?


pics from the weekend as requested.

XJ was great. no issues at all.

abandoned truck on the trail

sunset at barker dam on Sat

waking up Sunday on BLM land north of the park

Jumbo Rocks

Desert Queen Mine

found a couple of mines we could get into…didnt go very far since its 100 years old and creepy AF

Sunset at Keys View on Sunday

and of course…





this weekend we took a trip to Red Rock Canyon State Park area.
Did some reading about the Burro Schmidt Tunnel and Walt Bickel Mining Camp on BLM land a bit north of the park.
It was roughly 10 miles of very light 4WD trails with no problems at all. Mostly just light rocky climbs and loose sand in the wash areas., either way the 2WD XJ did great

set up camp Sat near the Schmidt cabin
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4686/39455282541_b9e5ded014_k.jpgBurro Schmidt campsite by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

Schmidt Cabin (Schmidt spent 38 years digging a 1/2 mile long tunnel through solid granite with only hand tools and dynamite)
url=[https://flic.kr/p/EYQUss]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/25584822798_f2e456cc57_z.jpgBurroSchmidt’s cabin by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

Red Rock Canyon State Park
url=[https://flic.kr/p/237wQ7X]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4645/39455320291_31eaedb0a2_k.jpgRed Rock canyon State Park by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

stopped to explore a few ghost towns nearby.
this is whats left of Garlock, CA
url=[https://flic.kr/p/234MEF1]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/39424265702_91bcec79d4_k.jpg[Garlock(https://flic.kr/p/234MEF1)] by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/JaMbH2]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4729/27677648779_0c3a335fbd_k.jpg[Garlock(https://flic.kr/p/JaMbH2)] by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/237wW2c]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/39455340141_5c6c28d4f7_k.jpg[Garlock(https://flic.kr/p/237wW2c)] by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

then went to go check out Randsburg, CA
this town isnt as deserted as the ruins in Garlock. i would say there are about 20 “homes” around the area and a general store and a saloon.
url=[https://flic.kr/p/222UWc9]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/38746693934_7eb9ae76b8_k.jpg[Randsburg(https://flic.kr/p/222UWc9)] by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

Randsburg jail museum
url=[https://flic.kr/p/21LRjnv]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/38576240655_402e5b26be_k.jpgRandsburg jail by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

Sunday we decided to switch it up and climb in elevation. turned off rt395 and headed up to the Inyo/Sequoia national forest.
found a great campsite near Kennedy Meadows.
url=[https://flic.kr/p/EYRgHU]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4637/25584894338_eaae4c5f2c_k.jpgKennedyMeadows by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/237xgBV]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4726/39455406071_e554bc3a78_k.jpgKennedyMeadows by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/222Vq27]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4600/38746787544_09569e9ca2_k.jpgKennedyMeadows by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/21LRMvZ]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4685/38576331975_70f812b3b6_k.jpgKennedyMeadows by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/EYRSBw]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4587/25585011708_822959a42d_b.jpgKennedyMeadows by [url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

url=[https://flic.kr/p/222VPQ9]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4734/38746867644_b08a4e70fe_k.jpgKennedyMeadows by url=[https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX(https://www.flickr.com/photos/160961004@N04/]XwalkerX[/url)], on Flickr

overall we had a great new years holiday weekend. couldnt be more smitten with the XJ purchase. :wave::thumbup::heart:


That’s awesome sauce. I’d say the XJ already paid for itself.