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OT Buying a ZJ for the wife

My wife's old 91 xj is getting a little long in the tooth and she wants something newer and nicer. I have been looking at the Grands as she doesn't want another XJ (she liked hers just wants something different). We are looking at the 97-99 models with emphasis on the 98's. I would like to get the v8 (5.9ltr I believe) if I can find one. Is there a huge difference in gas mileage? She wants a limited again for the same color body molding and leather. Anyone know of any major problems they had in these year models? I have heard the t-case chain has to be replaced around 100k sometimes (shouldn't be a problem for me I don't believe). Just wanting to see what people thought about the ZJ and any horror stories you might have.

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I have a 94 ZJ and like it a lot. I don't know if the t-cases are the same but on our 249 t-case the viscous coupler is a problem and quits slipping which causes problems for a full time 4x4. The coupler is hard to get and expensive. Ours went out at 130K miles and I replaced it with a 96 rebuilt from Transfer Cases Unlimited which gave me a Lo-lock. This unit has worked great for the last 30k miles.

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hehe.. buy her a radar detector!! ZJ's are some fun fast Jeeps! I am at about 115K on my ZJ and it hasnt had any problems other then the bumpstops falling aparts(and off). Oh, and the front end makes a nice clicking noise when I am turning at full lock. Darn CV joints...
I like it though..
30,000 miles without an oil change, plug change, tire change, air filter change and it is still going strong..
NO COMMENTS ON THAT!!!! I just havent had time, im always too busy fixing the other Jeeps.... And I have an oil leak, so I ADD oil to it, not run the black oil!


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Well, the '99 would be a WJ, with the 4.7L v8. It's a good motor, but it's also the first production year so the '99s have a lot of bugs.

Good luck finding a 5.9L. If you do, there is a difference in gas mileage, although the added "fun" level might be worth it. They're still faster than even the 4.7L HO. If you really want the v8, I'd try for the 5.9L (1998 only year for the ZJ) or a '98 5.2L.

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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Forget that V8 idea.......it's not necessary. Our '97 4.0 Six has 130K with only a rear axle bearing changed at about 99K. The hard surface on the axle was bad and it was a c-clip axle so we had to pop in a new axle shaft. We have the 242 transfer case, and in snow it beats anything on rubber tires.....absolutely.....positively...[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] The V8 adds about 275 lbs to the front axle....is hard to service....burns more gas......makes the ZJ squirrely in snow, and the viscous coupling transfer case is nothing but trouble. The nice thing about the 242 is that wifey can drive it in All Wheel Drive in the dry supermarket parking lot ALL WINTER if she wants to. Our chain is still OK at 130K.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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CJDave is Blashpheming! Get more power! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Im just kidding, hes right, it is a b*tch to work on,espexially the cap and rotor..
But, the power is great in the V8, I beleive towing capacity is about 1.5k more pounds in the V8. And just between you and I, today, I was doing a speed test, actually I was racing a 5.0 Mustang on the freeway, we we're doing about 130 and it was still going, then I decided to slow down..( I wasnt paying attention to speed, it just accelerates).


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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] With a 4.0 and something like 27% overdrive and 3.54 gears, we have to shift to Direct at EVERY situation that requires anything over straight-and-level cruise power. So, kicking it outa overdrive is the penalty for getting the 25 MPG on flat ground at 60 with the A/C on.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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