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1998 should I buy it?

Hi all I'm new to this forum, but I just got offered a 1998 grand Cherokee Laredo, it loaded power everything, leather seats, only thing it doesn't have is a sunroof, not sure if they ever came with one. I was just offered the jeep and $300 for my 97 Dakota it's a 3.9 2x4 auto, it's also loaded but no leather. The truck blew a water pump but wasn't overheated,it needs drivers door pins, drivers door panel, pas side lower ball joint water pump and gas tank straps. The truck has 118k on it never been abused, the cab of the truck is solid but the wheel arches are not. The jeep has over 200k on it new ball joints tie rods, u joints, and brakes. The jeep also has what sounds like a wrist pin knock, or a rod knock, wondering how hard the 4.0 is to rebuild if either person is getting screwed and if the jeeps worth it, the rockers have been patched and the wheel arches are solid, also where do the Cherokees rot I live in update ny and we get lots of salt.

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Re: 1998 should I buy it?

The 4.0 isn't a bad rebuild IF you are a mechanic... or you can buy a crate motor, or a rebuild from a fairly large number of online places. The cost of a crate or rebuild is pretty close to the cost of just buying a 4.5 or 4.7 stroker should you need on.

I'd have the engine checked, as 200K miles on a taken-care of 4.0 is much too low to be having any kind of knock. You might have a bit of piston slap when cold, but again at 200K miles it really should not be making noises at all.
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