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Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by MiniMental » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:57 pm

As title really. I’m in search of a cheap Cherokee XJ 2.5 TD Manual if anybody has or knows of one that’s going? Project. Didn’t need to have MOT but the less rust and closer to Swindon the better. Let me know.


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Post by ray112 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:43 pm

Isn't that engine one big problem? At least feedback never been good about them. My mate had 2004 years grand Cherokee which is next generation I believe, and that car was spending more time in garage on ramps then driving somewhere. Engine was fine ( it's mercedes diesel engine used in them) but transmission issues and front/rear differential problems felt like never ending. He was more than happy after getting rid of it.

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Post by MiniMental » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:50 pm

Nah. It’s not gonna be a daily. I want it to tear apart, throw a lift kit and winch bumpers on, built axles etc They’re just as good as a landrover according the the offroad reviews. I don’t wanna shell out on a defender and don’t like the disco. The engine has coolant issues if not regularly changed, but that’s about it. Can be stripped down in half hour. Pushrod valve actuation and separate heads/cylinder. Nice and simple.


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Re: Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by gtijames » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:16 pm

Nice and simple unless you have to take the heads off it's not a easy job that's for sure! Same gasket and bolts means heads can't be skimmed.
Don't think lifts are that easy either.
I'm a little bias but discos are cool, cheap to repair too

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Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by MiniMental » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:28 pm

gtijames wrote:Nice and simple unless you have to take the heads off it's not a easy job that's for sure! Same gasket and bolts means heads can't be skimmed.
Don't think lifts are that easy either.
I'm a little bias but discos are cool, cheap to repair too
Lifts take a couple hours an axle bud. Certainly not difficult from what I’ve seen. No different to landrover platform in principle. Still Live axles. Leaf sprung rear which I’ll convert to coils and four control arms on the front with coils.

Regards to heads being difficult, I own a B5 S4... half of the underbonnet work is engine/trans out, the 2.5 VM41B is ridiculously laughably simple in comparison. The disco is far to big and bulky for what I want. I’ve been around them, I just don’t really like them tbh bud.

This turned into a pros and cons post quickly. I only wanted to know if anybody knew of any for sale


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Post by gtijames » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:39 pm

Well hope you get something sorted and we will have to go out :D

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Post by MiniMental » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:41 pm

gtijames wrote:Well hope you get something sorted and we will have to go out :D
Now this sounds like a plan sir! If you and Ray are actually correct, hope you have a strong tow hitch. hehe.


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Post by MiniMental » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:17 am

Olay! Sorted! Picked myself a 2001 60th Anni Cherokee XJ 2.5TD Manual up nice and cheap. Need some work but nothing major. Love it already haha.

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Re: Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by ray112 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:26 am

What's new in here, any off-roading fun happened or not yet?

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Re: Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by MiniMental » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:03 am

ray112 wrote:What's new in here, any off-roading fun happened or not yet?
Non yet mate. It’s off the road for a while while I do some work.

Needs the front diff rebuilding (bearings gone) and a clutch release bearing/rear crank seal and a few other bits and pieces doing. Nothing major.

Then I’ll be starting to modify it and prep it for what I want from it. Hehe.


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Post by ray112 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:35 am

True. Last thing you want in middle of nowhere is lost clutch or diff. Especially if deeply stuck in mud.

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Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by MiniMental » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:42 am

ray112 wrote:True. Last thing you want in middle of nowhere is lost clutch or diff. Especially if deeply stuck in mud.
Exactly mate. To be fair, I got it for a steal £500 down from £1200.

The body work is immaculate corrosion wise, few dents and beat up paint but no rust anywhere really. Underneath looks new for its age so I’m buzzing as I know they’re renowned for rust issues. Even the engine is great, couple of minor leaks but seems very well looked after thus far. Full stamped main dealer history as well which the guy didn’t even know or tell me Laughing at that price. Can’t find one (60th Anni) for under £2.5k online.

I’ll be aiming to build a nice, compact overland vehicle to take off-roading in Europe/wales/Scotland and maybe North Africa if my overtime picks up at work. Something along these lines.

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Just need to get it to an excellent base first before I start playing with it. I like the Cherokees because they’re small but big. Discovery is too big for what I want and defender costs far too much. Cherokee is cheap, a phenomenal aftermarket parts selection for anything you wanna do.




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Re: Wanted: Pre-1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5D Manual

Post by ray112 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:02 pm

Sounds like a good plan.
Two my mates were doing and bit of off-roading some years ago. One had terrano mk2, which still give a lot of fun, but in my opinion is little to long or need to be rised up to go over ditches etc. Other mate had little two door Isuzu trooper, which definitely felt a bit more able to maneuver due to size and shorter wheel base.

But that feeling is so good, when you can go anywhere. Bloody car addiction :mrgreen:

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