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Old 10-03-2010, 06:27 PM
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Re: Looking at getting a ZJ

Hey thanks guys. The last few posts have put the ZJ back on the list. I'll end up having to get "what's available" and fits my needs and budget, due to time constraints - I'm getting married in a few weeks!

Since we'll be living in the northwest, I hope to find a 4x4 GC, but if I can't get one now I'll try to get one before any snowfall might come our way.

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Old 11-04-2010, 06:11 AM
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i'll play both sides and say a zj is a maybe! If you can find one in great shape that has been maintained well, go for it. Some of the issues such as axle whine or viscous coupling binding aren't a reliability problem, they are just annoying.

Just make sure the trans isn't slipping or banging on shifts (not just a firm shift, or a clunk into 2nd gear when going slow, as they all do this). As long as the engine isn't smoking, it's probably good.

it's going to need some stuff right off the bat though.

$35-spark plugs, cap, rotor, pcv valve
$30 goodyear gatorback belt

lube everything up real good!!

potentially the intake pan gasket if you are using oil or pinging, this is the likely culprit.
use fel-pro gaskets for the pan, should be $40 for that + new manifold gaskets for oh another $40 or so.

Also potentially motor mounts, look up diy motor mounts and 3m window weld. It will fix your torn mounts. No need for an expensive replacement.
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Re: Looking at getting a ZJ

We are on our 3rd ZJ, our 96 had 323K on it and was the original trans and was not rebuilt, as the engine still was on the original injectors...............

Just purchased a CLEAN white 98 with 160K on it. Have a few minor things to fix, but no big deal!

If your looking at a ZJ, make sure the AC is working, and blowing COLD air, as replacing the evaporator is a BIG PITA, or ~ $1,500 if you have to pay someone to do it!


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