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Old 01-09-2011, 07:05 PM
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My First Jeep

Well I finally found a Jeep that fit my criteria so now I have one! In the past I've had Honda's/Acura's but I as well as the girlfriend were tired of getting into tiny lowered cars. I figured go the opposite way. Bigger and taller so I wanted a Jeep. My dad and bro both have Grand Cherokee's so I figured why not make our driveway all Chrysler products. I gave $2400 for this 96 ZJ Laredo 4x4 with only 110k miles on it. It's got a black leather interior with all the bells and whistles which is pretty neat. The only "problems" are the driver's side seat has a rip and also the lights on the dash at night dim in and out which is just annoying. Another ZJ I looked at had the same problem so is this a common issue with these? I'm excited about this little thing and eventually I'd like to do a couple inches of lift on it but nothing to crazy. After all, it is a daily driver. Before I go crazy I'll get the windows tinted and a CD player and just enjoy it until I get the itch to modify



That's the only pic I have right now. Hopefully tomorrow (if it doesn't snow here) I can get some more pics but if not Tuesday I'll go out and play with it and snap some pics. Any input or things to watch out for would be appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:54 PM
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Those are notorious for faulty dimmer switches. Cheap part but you'll have to remove a lot of dash trim. Post some interior pics!
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Those are notorious for faulty dimmer switches. Cheap part but you'll have to remove a lot of dash trim. Post some interior pics!
I kinda figured it was the dimmer switch. Once it gets on my nerves I'll probably fix it, but until then I'll leave it. I will post interior pics tomorrow. I had to work all day today and I go in tomorrow at 1, but I'm going to get it registered tomorrow before work so I should have some time to snap some pics.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:26 PM
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Looks like a nice find for only $2400! Try wiggling the dimmer switch and see if the lights flicker, it's a very easy fix. What motor does it have?
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Looks like a nice find for only $2400! Try wiggling the dimmer switch and see if the lights flicker, it's a very easy fix. What motor does it have?
I'll try that! It's got the 4.0 in it. I thought $2400 was a really good price because KBB on it in fair condition was $2700 so I think I did well. Definitly didn't overpay which is whats important. I love the fact it's got low miles. That was a big reason I wanted this one.

Didn't get a chance to get it out today because it snowed and the court clerks office was closed so I couldn't register it Tomorrow though I'm off from work so I'll get it registered, insurance put on and I'm gonna take it to the Jeep dealer and have the oil changed cause they are running a special right now. Buy 1 get 3 free so it's kinda hard to pass that up. After all that is done, I'm gonna go play with it! And naturally I have been looking around at lift kits but I'm new to all this so what are some good companies to stick with. I'm looking to go 2-3". I've learned with cars you get what you pay for so I figure this is no different.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:36 PM
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Re: My First Jeep

Oh yeah another thing I meant to ask, did all ZJ's come with keyless entry? I know my bro's 95 ZJ does and so I figure with mine being newer and that it's loaded it probably did but the owner didn't have the remote. Is there a way to tell if it previously did? I'm gonna see what the dealer charges for remotes and programming tomorrow but I was gonna see if anybody could answer that one for me.
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I believe you can have the dealership do an inspection of the jeep to see if anything needs fixing and it's free. I could be wrong about that but think I've heard that. Since it's gonna be there for an oil change doesn't hurt to find out.
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Sweeet!!!
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Re: My First Jeep

Well just got done at the Jeep dealer and as part of the oil change they do a routine inspection and they found the following problems. A power steering leak and I'll need the pads and rotors replaced all the way around because they are down to 3mm. Other than that and some normal suggested services, everything looked great with it! I'm loving this thing so far!

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Here are some pics I took today


That is the only real problem with the interior looks wise is the rip in the driver's seat. It's not that big of a deal though

Passenger side and rear are minty fresh though. My girlfriend appreciates it haha
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Re: My First Jeep

good thing about the 96+Zjs the headlight switch is easier... the bottom knee bolster plastic, then pull the wood trim and then its 3 screws to remove the switch...
good luck

nice find, too... 110K, that motor isnt even broke-in yet.. that 4.0 will last forever with regular oil changes...
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good thing about the 96+Zjs the headlight switch is easier... the bottom knee bolster plastic, then pull the wood trim and then its 3 screws to remove the switch...
good luck

nice find, too... 110K, that motor isnt even broke-in yet.. that 4.0 will last forever with regular oil changes...
By headlight switch you mean dimmer switch? At least that's what I've always called them. If so, that's really simple! Does the bolster plastic just pop off along with the would trim or are there gonna be screws? I come from working on imports where interior panels just pop off. Don't wanna go break anything haha.

Yeah I know the motor will last forever, I'm just worried about the trans. After doing some reading on here I think the consensus is once it gets to about 140k, it'll go out. I guess we'll see. Hopefully a lift and slightly larger tires won't speed that process up.
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Re: My First Jeep

Anybody used this lift kit? I've been thinking of how big I wanna go and right now it just doesn't make sense to go over 2" so I've been looking at some budget boost kits and it's basically come down to the 2 below

Rubicon Express
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits...pn=R%2fERE8030
Rusty's BB with shocks
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ode=sus_zj_kit

Anybody have experience with either of these? How's the ride with them? I figure I should go ahead and get one with shocks because the one on it are shot and it needs some new ones. The other question would be should I just get a kit with out shocks and run some Bilstein's or something? If Bilsteins are going to give a better ride quality I'd consider it, but I plan on going bigger in the future so I would think I'd have to get new shocks then. I'm still new to lifting a truck. I've had lowered calls and done my own lowering, but I've never lifted anything so I don't know what's best. Any help is appreciated.
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