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    Car advice please - 2001 Cherokee issues?

    Hi guys,

    My Sebring finally died, right when my savings have been used up after unemployment for some time, the unemployment benefits running out, and the summer break makes it difficult to find a teaching job right now. Still, I need a car to get around to the shop an other things. I hate to spend $1500 on a junker car that will continue to give me as much trouble as the Sebring did. I now have an offer for a 2001 Grand Cherokee Laredo with under 100K miles for a reasonable price (around $3K). That this is the car of the dad of one of the more reasonable car repair people I know makes me somewhat optimistic, but I don't know anything about Jeeps. I can live with the bad gas milage for a while because I don't drive much, the guy will check it through again for any other major things (the breaks seem a bit soft right now), reg and safety are new. Otherwise it drives and looks nice. What I read about them is very mixed, and in the end is somehow is also a Chrysler... Any thoughts? Things I really need to look at before I buy? Or should I run? Right now I don't have a clue where to get the $$ for the car but if I did and any major issues came up in the near future I'd de facto be bankrupt. Never thought I would get into that situation in my life... Anyway, all thoughts are welcome.

    Stefan

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    I had one of those, The thing about alot of Jeep cherokees is that sometimes while driving down the road, you will suddenly lose all power and the vehicle will just die, Your battery will go dead and when you jumpstart it, it will start right back up and you can drive around until the battery is drained again. You'll take it in have the battery changed, check the starter, solenoid , alternator and just spend tons of money trying to figure out the problem. Here is the thing most mechanics won't think to look at a $20. part called the "air idle controller". It is an issue on Jeeps that most people will never figure out and most mechanics are not aware of. I used to carry a spare one in my glove box. If I was on a long trip in the middle of nowhere and suddenly my car died, I would change that part and get a jump and was good to go. So remember carry a spare " air idle controller". Other then that I loved my cherokee and had no other problems with it. My father still drives it while I live in NYC. He reports no problems.
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    I had that car, but the 1998 model. Kept it about 7 years and never had any major problems with it. Real good in the snow, which I guess you don't care about at all. The ride was a little stiff, but that's what you expect from a Jeep. It had a great view of the road being up high. For $3K it sounds like a pretty good deal. Good luck.
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    I had a 98. Hunka Junk!
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    Nooo, don't give me contradicting information! Thanks guys, I'll see what happens, the car gets checked through today and then I'll hear how much the owner really wants for it. I will go from there, I guess...

    Stefan

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    Everyone I've ever known (5 people?) who've owned these things hated them because the damn things were always breaking down or catching fire...LOL

    Good luck there Stefan

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    If it has the 4.0 engine and its maintained then I'd pay $3k. The motor itself is solid, it's just the rest of the truck can give you fits. In any case I know a guy who just bought a 97 with 110k for $3500 so you're at least doing well on the price. I work at a wholesale car auction and that thing would probably break $3k at auction.

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    Only decent jeeps were made by AMC, run from everything else.

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    I had a 2001 and got it three years old with 35k and sold it with 160k without many major issues. I could have been a lucky one though.

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    As a kid we had a new one about every 7 years. So I can tell you my father loves them....but never owns them past about 120k.

    I took one from Alaska to Florida and back without issue...Except for the time I thought 4WD would take me out the old logging road to the "Into the wild" bus...yeah I was a dope and it got stuck in the mud immediately.

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