Originally Posted by Swany1
4 weeks ago i bought a 1996 Grand Cherokee, inline 6... 170,000 miles, fixed a few problems (upstream O 2 sensor, coolant sensor, soldered vic conection) and repainted to a more modern look. Not my first jeep (2008 Liberty) sold because of payments, but love the Jeeps.
[Just got rid of a 95 4.0 GC--jeep salesman that sold my new one bought it]
Common issues to watch out for.
Exhaust manifold. Factory had two versions, one with a sort of flex looking area.
Both will crack. If you have a Ken's Muffler, they can weld it up unless you decide to put in a good header.
Speedometer. The speedometer dial may start hallucinating. It will twitch all over the place or drop to zero. The miles display on the overhead console will still work, so it is NOT the sensor or cable. Is either the speedo itself or a crack in the PC board behind the instrument panel.
Headlights dull. The ones from A1 Auto are cheap and work, plus they are the only place that shows you a video of that little clip that should be there before you slam in the new one. Use lots of lithium
Cat convertors. The I-6 seems to go thru them faster than you'd expect. Dunno if the manifold leak helps.
Crankshaft Position Sensor. Can cause a variety of wierd driveability issues. Not that difficult to change if you have 6 foot long arms and are part Orangutang. Check all plug wires first.
The muffler seems designed to be beaten up by rocks. Oh well, get some Banks exhaust clamps--worth their weight in gold.
Watch out for the Death Wobble. There is a steering stabilizer for the front--if you even suspect it, replace it. The factory one is OK, the one from Rancho is better.
Rancho adjustables plus a set of Michelin X M+S can make that thing highly driveable.