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Im looking to buy a Cherokee for a DD. Any recommendations? I have a ZJ but im going to lift it and do all my wheelin in it. I need something reliable to drive every day. Thanks guys..
 

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I think the ZJ would be a better DD than the XJ, but well thats your choice.. but well be patient a good deal will show up :D
 

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I thought about that too. But i have never like the idea of leaf springs. I dont know why. I imagine you guys could change my mind. But what years and tranny are the best? I still want a 4wd just not all time.
 

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No complaints about my '99 LTD as a DD and trail rig..
 

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Just need something thats pretty good on gas. easy to fix. and fun to drive.
 

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Lol im sure they do better than my V8 5.2
 

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But i have never like the idea of leaf springs.
Leaf springs that are old, beat, and sagging are crap, and will do nothing for you offroad. Now if you get a full set of replacement leaf springs that are nice and flexy, you'd be surprised at how nice it feels on the trails. My Rubicon Express springs flex really well, and I can't complain about them at all.

Other than that, the ZJ and XJ will be similar on the trails. Both have a considerable amount of glass and sheet metal. Both have similar wheelbases and weights. Width is also pretty similar. It really does wind down to personal preference.

As for what XJ to look for, I'm partial to the '97+ body. I own a '00 XJ Limited that I have put about 90,000 miles on in just over 3 years, and was my daily driver until last month. Knock on wood, no signs of a cracked head (110,000 miles on the odo). Everything works flawlessly, and my only complaint is a cracked exhaust manifold (common among XJs). If you want to avoid gambling on whether or not you have the bad head go with a '99. There really aren't any major problems with the XJ in general.

If this is going to be a DD only, then the fact of whether it has a D35 or 8.25 is irrelevant IMHO. On the street the D35 will be fine.

I personally like the NP242 tcase for a DD. Having the Full-Time option makes driving in any type of weather that much easier.

Some common problems include the window control buttons that stop working, cracked exhaust manifold, accessory switches going bad (rear defrost/wiper/fog lights) due to poor design, rust in the floorboards, and other smaller things. Otherwise it's probably one of the most dependable vehicles you can find used.
 

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00 also have no dizzy.
dude what do you mean by no dizzy? I have an 00xj and want to know why i have no dizzy and why i need dizzy. Do you mean distributor-less ignition? I thought that was a good thing.
Harder to troubleshoot and expensive to fix was my concern with the distributorless system.
 

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Yeah if you live where you get lots of snow see if you can get a 242 there great in the snow also 2000 and 2001 has a low pinion dana 30 up front so I agree with getting the 1999
 
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