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06-01-2006, 09:31 AM
Just wondering if there is anything you good folks can tell me about these vehicles. I am just buying a 1993 with 83,000 miles on it and have not had anything to do with Jeeps before. I noticed they have the drive selector (2WD-4WD) located to the left of the normal gear selector. Now does this want to be in 2WD for normal driving on tarmac roads?
Reason for the silly question is that I seem to recall that in London when the Cherokee was a new model that the Yuppies types were thrashing them around from traffic lights to traffic lights and several had rear diffs give out. I do not want to run into problems so any help would be most useful.
06-01-2006, 09:56 AM
Almost all 4 wheel drive vehicles should only be in 2 wheel drive on dry ashpalt roads. I believe even the new all wheel drive vehicles only transfer power to the rear wheels when the front wheels start to lose traction. At least that is how it was in the Ford Escape I used to drive.
I know my truck, a Ford F-350, hates being in 4 wheel drive on dry roads.
Check your owner's manual if you got one. It should tell you in there.
06-01-2006, 11:22 AM
You definitely want to keep your Cherokee in 2WD on dry roads, otherwise you'll tear up the front end fast. I had a Cherokee up untill a couple years ago and it treated me great. It had 347,000 miles on it. If it weren't for me rolling it on the way to deer hunting I'd still have it. That 4.0 is one of the strongest, longest lasting engines out there. Treat her right and she'll treat you right.
06-01-2006, 04:02 PM
It's about what I thought on the drive as it seemed to make more sense :p . Paid for the car today but don't collect until next Thursday because at the moment the car is about 180 miles from here :rolleyes: and they are transfering it up to their nearer garage which is only 40 miles away. Wish it was sooner but! :rolleyes: a few days after picking it up we have a nice little run to make. About 120 mile round trip to my uncles place which should give me opertunity to get used to the vehicle :).
Nice to hear that they are long lived :D had my last car for nearly 9 years until that idiot didn't stop at the give way line which is why I need another car :mad: Need to get a workshop manual fairly soon so I can see what I can do myself, oil changes is one. Auto box fluid change I think I will leave to a garage ;) and I need to check when the coolant was changed and I suppose brake fluid too.
Oh I asked some questions and it seems that the handbook is still with the car all the past test certificates. The MOT test is required at 3 years old and yearly after that, the first one shows 41,000 miles. Will have to rad the handbook to suss out the adjustments for steering wheel and seats, heating, air con etc. never having anything to do with Jeeps before this is a learnign curve, let's hope it's a pleasent one ;) .
Will take some photos once I collect it.
06-02-2006, 09:09 AM
I have a 2000 grand cherokee and I really beat it up on a regular basis. It seems to hold up well even though I haven't found a vehicle that puts up with what I dish out for more than a couple years. I'm looking at buying an older cherokee for my 15 year old daughter. I think you did well. I've had several jeeps over the years and have liked them all.
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