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Posted: 1/3/2012 7:12:22 PM EDT
Title pretty much says it all.
Been unemployed for a while, so i'm gonna sell my 07 ram 1500 and use my profit to buy an older 4x4.
I was thinking a mid 90s cherokee.
Anything else in my price range worth a hoot?
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:13:22 PM EDT
6 cylinder Cherokee.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:19:04 PM EDT
Cherocar or Toyota 4x4.

(Disclaimer, pass on the toyota if you live in the rust belt).
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:21:18 PM EDT
M1009 CUCV

$2500 if you look hard

Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:21:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:22:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 7:23:49 PM EDT by LJUnaTIC]
Recently bought one of my kids a '95 Grand Cherokee 4.0L with 150k on the clock for $2700. It has the Up Country package and a very nice interior and body condition.

It only cost me about $750 to put it into very good shape for everyday use, but I am in the business of fixing cars, so YMMV
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:23:27 PM EDT
I'd buy a pre-99 GM, spring for a 2500 if you can, there's a huge difference in the strength of the vehicle components.

A pre-87 would be OK, you'd get a carburetor instead of TBI.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:24:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Saber7:
M1009 CUCV

$2500 if you look hard

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/5374/cucv.jpg


This is what I came to post.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:27:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:28:06 PM EDT
My $2200 Nissan Pathfinder is still going strong with nearly 200k.

Careful checking the frames if you live in the cancer zone. This is how mine will eventually die. The engine and trans will still be working, I am quite certain.

DP
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:29:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Schroedum:
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.




Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:30:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By txgp17:
I'd buy a pre-99 GM, spring for a 2500 if you can, there's a huge difference in the strength of the vehicle components.

A pre-87 would be OK, you'd get a carburetor instead of TBI.


What components are stronger? I just bought a 1997 Sierra half ton so I'm just wondering. I don't use it hard though and have only had it loaded 100% with 1,600lbs in the bed and it seem to do ok.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:30:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 7:36:04 PM EDT by isky]
Not always in the 3k range, but you can get in there every now and then, 77-79 F150. Cant beat em.


ETA:



Dana 44 front
9" rear
NP 435 or C6
NP205

and a motor that everyone thinks is crap, the 351/400m which is basicly a tall deck cleveland. If you are half way good with a wrench and want a truely badass rig and a future collector, check em out.

Did i mention that you can drop in a 460 with minimal mods?
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:32:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
Originally Posted By Saber7:
M1009 CUCV

$2500 if you look hard

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/5374/cucv.jpg


This is what I came to post.




It's a horrible disease.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:34:12 PM EDT


thing of beauty...and built like a tank
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:35:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 7:36:31 PM EDT by 82nd_Sapper]
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


This.
Just make sure that you have the ability and desire to complete minor repairs yourself.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:47:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


This.
That first post thing is uncanny.

Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:48:54 PM EDT
92+ Cherokee
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:49:45 PM EDT
First post and all of that sh*t.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:53:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 8:00:39 PM EDT by paul_the_welder]
88-98 chevy 1500 4x4 ext cab , I've had alot of them. I would only buy and ext cab. The pre-95 trucks are really simple with the TBI motors to work on. I get 17mpg with my current 97 chevy and the vortec 350 has good power and is still purring at 200k+. I see more of these trucks on the road than pretty much any other truck.

Parts are cheap
can hold 6 people ( more than a cherokee)
has a bed to haul stuff
Gets around the same milage as a cherokee
The engine is not shoved in with a shoe horn like a cherokee
It's a pickup, = usefull
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:07:23 PM EDT
I just bought a mint condition 1997 back in March. How much stronger/durable overall were the 2500's then the 1500's? Here is mine:



Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:03:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By robertl:
Originally Posted By Schroedum:
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.






Can't go wrong with that, as long as it's got the 4.0 liter I-6. My 98 is right at 323K right now. No oil leaks, no oil burning, minimal maintenance.

LC
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:05:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
88-98 chevy 1500 4x4 ext cab , I've had alot of them. I would only buy and ext cab. The pre-95 trucks are really simple with the TBI motors to work on. I get 17mpg with my current 97 chevy and the vortec 350 has good power and is still purring at 200k+. I see more of these trucks on the road than pretty much any other truck.

Parts are cheap
can hold 6 people ( more than a cherokee)
has a bed to haul stuff
Gets around the same milage as a cherokee
The engine is not shoved in with a shoe horn like a cherokee
It's a pickup, = usefull


How are you holding up bro? Havent seen you post in awhile
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:09:32 PM EDT
Are you actually profitting from the sale of the '07 Ram? Do you really need a 4x4? Given the unemployment comment I'm just wondering if you're making the best use of the cash.

Brian
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:10:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Truth2882:
Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
88-98 chevy 1500 4x4 ext cab , I've had alot of them. I would only buy and ext cab. The pre-95 trucks are really simple with the TBI motors to work on. I get 17mpg with my current 97 chevy and the vortec 350 has good power and is still purring at 200k+. I see more of these trucks on the road than pretty much any other truck.

Parts are cheap
can hold 6 people ( more than a cherokee)
has a bed to haul stuff
Gets around the same milage as a cherokee
The engine is not shoved in with a shoe horn like a cherokee
It's a pickup, = usefull


How are you holding up bro? Havent seen you post in awhile

I'm good, Just finishing up with the last of this deployment. Ready to get home for some spring time fishing
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:12:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


/thread
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:15:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By robertl:
Originally Posted By Schroedum:
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.






Had three of them and they are amazing. Only thing that sucks is they stopped making them in '01 and it can be hard to find one that hasn't been rode hard.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:17:26 PM EDT
'87-'96 Ford F-Series or Bronco.

Needs no explanation.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:18:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GLOCKREAPER:
'87-'96 Ford F-Series or Bronco.

Needs no explanation.


I saw an ad on c-list earlier for a beat up 88' F150 with a bunch of miles for $6k
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:49:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 9:57:19 PM EDT by bushmaster1]


$1700 1995 no rust, 4x4 fully loaded with leather



$2100 1997 no rust, 4x4 cloth but otherwise loaded

i love me a chevy .... cheap, reliable, easy and cheap to work on when something does go wrong.

if you need more room than 5. a suburban is just as good and holds like 3 more people.

if you do decide on a chevy. find a 96+ as they have the 255hp vortec. and it gets the truck moving on the interstate like you wouldnt believe


Link Posted: 1/3/2012 9:57:34 PM EDT
4.0 Jeep. From what I've seen and heard the motors are good as (last long as) honda 4cyl's.

Military surplus Blazer/Jimmy/K5's Of all the cars I've owned, my 88 GMC Jimmy 2 door, all black was the most regretted sale I've ever had. I believe the military ones have the same body style, but have the 6.2l diesel. Many of them are low mileage, and I imagine they'd last you forever. I've never seen on on the highway traveling over 60mph.

5.7 Chevy/GMC. Tahoe/Suburban, etc. Parts are common. I had a 99 Tahoe sport (also deeply regret selling it) and only issues in 160K were the brakes and fuel pump(s).

Link Posted: 1/3/2012 10:21:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Truth2882:
Originally Posted By GLOCKREAPER:
'87-'96 Ford F-Series or Bronco.

Needs no explanation.
I saw an ad on c-list earlier for a beat up 88' F150 with a bunch of miles for $6k

Obama's fault.


Link Posted: 1/3/2012 10:26:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By isky:
Not always in the 3k range, but you can get in there every now and then, 77-79 F150. Cant beat em.


ETA:



Dana 44 front
9" rear
NP 435 or C6
NP205

and a motor that everyone thinks is crap, the 351/400m which is basicly a tall deck cleveland. If you are half way good with a wrench and want a truely badass rig and a future collector, check em out.

Did i mention that you can drop in a 460 with minimal mods?


I got 8 or less mpgs with my 460 never truly figured it out. Probably about 5 or 6 mpg. I spent $500 in fuel over two months and drove very little.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 10:46:57 PM EDT
4runner. mine's great.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:06:57 AM EDT
Usually I say toyota but for that budget it will be hard to beat a 4.0 Cherokee
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:19:32 AM EDT
land rover.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:22:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 6:23:16 AM EDT by LoBrau]
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Cherocar or Toyota 4x4.

(Disclaimer, pass on the toyota if you live in the rust belt).


You're not likely to find a decent Toyota for under $3k anymore.

Originally Posted By Harlikwin:
land rover.


Lol.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:29:13 AM EDT
87 and up XJ 4.0 FTW !

You can often find them moderately tricked out for your budget.
However, they can be very fickle with electrical gremlins.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:40:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
Originally Posted By Saber7:
M1009 CUCV

$2500 if you look hard

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/5374/cucv.jpg

This is what I came to post.

Funny, so did I. Cheap, basic, reliable transportation.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:15:01 AM EDT
If you know people, and are handy with tools, I would look around and buy something that runs good, but needs a little TLC.

I bought "The Battlewagon" (1983 Dodge Ramcharger), as my wife and kids call it, that I purchased for $1k.

I wasn't in the market for another vehicle, but I couldn't pass this one up.

It has a 360 Pursuit Motor, and beefed up 727 Torqueflight (both with about 4500 miles on them now).

The interior was bad, the exterior is rough, but besides surface rust, only the typical Dodge rust in front of the rear wheels.

I gutted it, coated the entire interior with Bedliner, fixed minor things, and will be painting it Desert Tan at a buddies garage this spring.

After paint, welding up bumpers for it, the bedliner interior, etc, I will have about $2500 in it.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:43:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.


This.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:47:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Harlikwin:
land rover.


yup an old Disco..
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:58:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By millfire517:

Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.




This. They can last forever and are tough as hell. I would love to find a last year production 2 door. Put a mild lift, some 30's or something like that and a external cage.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:03:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Originally Posted By Harlikwin:
land rover.


yup an old Disco..


Only if you park it over an oil pan.

I vote 4.0 Cherokee. Thinking about getting one myself.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:06:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By robertl:
Originally Posted By Schroedum:
Originally Posted By LoganSackett:
6 cylinder Cherokee.






Got my 92 xj 4x4 auto 4.0 for 800
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:06:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By surveyor3:
Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Originally Posted By Harlikwin:
land rover.


yup an old Disco..


Only if you park it over an oil pan.

I vote 4.0 Cherokee. Thinking about getting one myself.


that dripping is it marking its territory. they are very territorial.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:10:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By GLOCKREAPER:
'87-'96 Ford F-Series or Bronco.

Needs no explanation.


Picked up a '95 F-150 4X4 for the winter. Extended cab, 351FI, auto, manual hubs. Get's around 15mpg average.
I enjoy driving it some much, that I may fix the rusted wheel wells and repaint it in the spring.

You can find those trucks around here that are not beat to death for around $1000.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:12:47 AM EDT
80s model toyota 4runner, built solid as a brick and can be had for $3000 from what ive heard, mine was free though, inheritance
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:33:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By paul_the_welder:
88-98 chevy 1500 4x4 ext cab , I've had alot of them. I would only buy and ext cab. The pre-95 trucks are really simple with the TBI motors to work on. I get 17mpg with my current 97 chevy and the vortec 350 has good power and is still purring at 200k+. I see more of these trucks on the road than pretty much any other truck.

Parts are cheap
can hold 6 people ( more than a cherokee)
has a bed to haul stuff
Gets around the same milage as a cherokee
The engine is not shoved in with a shoe horn like a cherokee
It's a pickup, = usefull


This...exactly!
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:36:59 AM EDT
Dodge Raider 1987-90 you can find them for under 3K and if you get lucky you'll find one with a 3.0 V6 with 5 speed. They have developed quite a following and from what I see they are just about bullet proof. Most guys are SAS's the front ends and even stock they have 4.62 gear ratio and 1.9:1 transfer case. Early Ford rangers 83-97 still had that Dana 28 /35 twin I beam front axle. Pretty solid and can be had pretty cheap.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:37:26 AM EDT
you cant go wrong with a cherokee, but dont ignore the 4.2l either, they are solid engines.

cherokees are easy to work on. grand cherokees are a pain.
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