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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5357941 02/23/20 10:16 AM
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Congrats! I love XJs! The 1999 TJ I bought in 2002 has 118k miles on it. It probably won't hit 150k for another 5 years at least.
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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5357946 02/23/20 10:18 AM
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I find it unusual that yours needed a timing chain. I have never seen a 4.0 that needed it replaced. I absolutly love that part of Arizona. That's why we had our wedding in Oatman. We went to parker and the desert bar last weekend.

I like the fact that I can ride my ATV to the trails without getting in trouble. As well as other freedoms I just do not have here. I'm seriously thinking of moving there.

Seems like the job market is lacking though. At least from what I saw.

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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: wdn] #5357947 02/23/20 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by wdn
That is a huge amount of repairs just to get to 150,000 miles. Especially in a climate with no snow and no salt.



I'm guessing it has something to do with the fleet "maintenance". While some fleets are well maintained, departments with lower budgets are not as good with that stuff. My previous Jeep was a fleet owned vehicle for the beginning of it's life, and the engine and cooling system at 80k miles were not very clean at all. Maintenance was definitely done "when they remembered". Some are driven easily, others are driven like rental vehicles.

I agree they are on the cramped side. My dad's first Jeep was an '87 Cherokee Limited. He is 6'3, and had the seat all the way back and leaned back a little just to fit. The back seats were definitely made for kids. I still miss my XJ, yours is in awesome condition, they are becoming hard to find!


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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358006 02/23/20 11:35 AM
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The very best and dearest part of the story is that it was your Grandfather's.

Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Chris142] #5358015 02/23/20 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by IndyFan
Btw, that rear locker....Is it a manual locking differential? If so, that's GREAT! You've got a unicorn right there!

It was more of a limited slip. But since I had to replace the rear axle, it went away. Not sure if the clutches worked much anymore. I'll probably replace the rear-end again one day with an 8.25 and some sort of locker.

Originally Posted by Kira
Nice XJ.
SelecTrac or CommandTrac? My $'s on CommandTrac.

You didn't mention trannie fluid.
The central drain plug in the transmission's pan has exactly one gallon of fluid behind it so changing couldn't be easier.
The required fluid is good ol' DexMerc, the cheapest ATF in the store *. The transfer case takes the same stuff *.

Wouldn't it be cool if one night the little Arizona work elves added real gauges to your cluster.

* = Unless something really good has superseded it.

I changed the differentials' fluid at 150. The front was "still good". The rear had a lot of grit in it.

Yes it's CommandTrac, very manual!

I've done some drain and fills with MaxLife ATF on the transmission and transfer case. However, 2 months ago I hit hard off-road and the front axle bottomed out and smashed the transmission cooler lines. New lines and 7? quarts of fluid and it's up and running again.

Originally Posted by MCompact
Congrats! I love XJs! The 1999 TJ I bought in 2002 has 118k miles on it. It probably won't hit 150k for another 5 years at least.
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That's a great looking Jeep. Are there good trails in Kentucky?
Originally Posted by Chris142
I find it unusual that yours needed a timing chain. I have never seen a 4.0 that needed it replaced. I absolutly love that part of Arizona. That's why we had our wedding in Oatman. We went to parker and the desert bar last weekend.

I like the fact that I can ride my ATV to the trails without getting in trouble. As well as other freedoms I just do not have here. I'm seriously thinking of moving there.

Seems like the job market is lacking though. At least from what I saw.

I wonder if it was idled a lot. Engine looks spotless through the filler cap.

I love Arizona, there are still so many places I want to take the Jeep, it will take years and years to get to the places I want to go. Broken Arrow is next. I've done it before in other vehicles.


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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358153 02/23/20 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Nick1994

That's a great looking Jeep. Are there good trails in Kentucky?



Thanks! That picture was taken on our old farm road. The Land Between the Lakes has several nice trails. A Jeep Jamboree is usually held in that area every year or so.


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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358240 02/23/20 05:12 PM
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My '99 XJ with 4.0 and automatic has about 230K miles and runs great. It's mostly stock aside from a few mild upgrades like H4 headlights w/relay harness, LED dash lights, and rear disc brakes. It came with the basic "idiot light" instrument cluster but upgrading to full instruments with a used cluster was a simple bolt-in, plug&play operation. (The only "gotcha" is that the odometer reading stays with the instrument cluster.)

Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358527 02/24/20 12:24 AM
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Worst mistake I ever made was selling our pristine 2000 Cherokee Limited. It had everything, including the optional 4WD system with full time/part time or 2WD modes. It was black with black leather. Loved it! Still miss it but cannot find another in decent enough shape to buy.

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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358541 02/24/20 02:19 AM
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Thanks for the report. I've known several "for life" Cherokee owners.

I wonder if extended idle time in its first life, might have something to do with the high repair rate. Sometimes it's the hours, not the miles.


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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Nick1994] #5358597 02/24/20 05:36 AM
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huge fuel gauge and no tacho?


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Originally Posted by GMBoy
Worst mistake I ever made was selling our pristine 2000 Cherokee Limited. It had everything, including the optional 4WD system with full time/part time or 2WD modes. It was black with black leather. Loved it! Still miss it but cannot find another in decent enough shape to buy.


Cherokee prices are insane now. I've owned 3 of them. My last one was a 2000 I bought in 2009 with 80k miles on it for $6,800. It was hard to find them even back then. I went to look at several that had sold between when I called and when I got there. I sold that one a few months ago due to rust issues, and with 185k miles I still got $3,000 for it after being listed for a week. I would've loved to keep it but the windshield frame had rusted and leaked, and it had other rust problems that were beyond my welding capability to fix and would've cost thousands.

A good friend also had a 2000 XJ, and it was recently totaled with close to 240k miles on it. He has been searching for a not-so-rusty replacement for months. XJs from the south with 150k miles are still selling for crazy high prices ($10,000+) on ebay.


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Originally Posted by MCompact
Originally Posted by Nick1994

That's a great looking Jeep. Are there good trails in Kentucky?



Thanks! That picture was taken on our old farm road. The Land Between the Lakes has several nice trails. A Jeep Jamboree is usually held in that area every year or so.



Nice! Mine is almost identical (1998 Sahara) but in Moss Green.

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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Olas] #5358851 02/24/20 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Olas
huge fuel gauge and no tacho?


Standard dash cluster. The gauge package (with or without tach) was optional.


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Re: The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime [Re: Olas] #5358854 02/24/20 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Olas
huge fuel gauge and no tacho?

Base model/government model. The higher trim levels have gauges for battery, rpm, oil pressure, and temp.

I have an aftermarket temp gauge mounted lower on the dash.


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