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    How is the availability of the parts? Are they easy to source?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StefanWC View Post
    As an average in town with 2" lift and nice 245/70 road tyres I got an average of 7-7.5 in town actually.

    I dont get better than 5 now.
    Why are you planning on selling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarloJK View Post
    Why are you planning on selling?
    Because I have three 4x4's and I only need the 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjeepnut View Post
    How is the availability of the parts? Are they easy to source?
    Look parts are easy to find. From the dealer you can get everything and the parts usually arrive between 3-10 days from when you order. You are going to get shafted though.

    Most of us actually bring in parts from Morris 4x4 either directly or via www.aaonline.co.za. I actually have a bunch of parts coming over through them right now. We also buy through E-bay although transport can be expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StefanWC View Post
    Look parts are easy to find. From the dealer you can get everything and the parts usually arrive between 3-10 days from when you order. You are going to get shafted though.

    Most of us actually bring in parts from Morris 4x4 either directly or via www.aaonline.co.za. I actually have a bunch of parts coming over through them right now. We also buy through E-bay although transport can be expensive.
    Also lots of second hand stuff available. Took me 24h to find a replacement diff at a reasonable price. Check out the XJ Society on facebook. Most of us have parts, both new and old in the garage. If you join and pay the membership fee you can also get discount on your insurance via the 'club'. Costing me 1/3 of the normal cost and includes 4x4 cover.
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    ok so today i went with my nephew to have a look at some cj bodies and while being in Pretoria went and have a look at an XJ.
    I'm very impressed. its a '98 model and has 269.000km on the clock.
    While having a test drive i noticed when you put your foot down that it had a bit of a misfire. i was told that half of the plugs where ngk and half was bosh and that that was the reason. Can this be right?

    i also noticed that the water bottle didn't have a cap on it and was quite empty.

    is the plastic bottle part of the pressurized system or is it just an over flow.

    i didn't put it in 4wd yet.( i know i should have done it but was just very impressed with the car.) the guy did tell me that when you put it in 4wd lo it had a bit of play.
    is this an issue?

    at the bottom some pics.
    BTW its the country model. He has put branches in and renewed the exhaust, which now growls nicely

    please let me know what you think.
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    I most probably will be shot for my comments.

    Serious 4 x 4 like these older Jeeps are specialty vehicles and not the best for daily commuting. Fuel bill, tyre cost, comfort to some extend, parking issues... If you have space to park Jeep and some run around car I would have both. That way you have spare (also vehicle for your visitors)... As you drive limited km on 4 x 4 you can take a bit older/high km than you should consider for daily car. Also as you have spare you can have cheaper daily car. Total cost to buy 2 can easily be same or less as buying one 4x4 with lower km.

    We have 4 vehicles for 2 people, which is one too many, but it works like a dream. We take the one that is best for the trip on hand.

    I am pretty sure the water bottle is not part of the pressure side. Easy to check by looking what is on the radiator. If proper cap then bottle is overflow.

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    Just ask him to change the plugs then if that's the case. He can get them at Midas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjeepnut View Post
    I'm very impressed. its a '98 model and has 269.000km on the clock.
    Personally, I think it's one of the models that kept XJ's on the books... It's got no engine issues and still got the high pinion front diff. Some later models had issues with cracked heads.

    ... and those kilo's are not an issue for that XJ.

    While having a test drive i noticed when you put your foot down that it had a bit of a misfire. i was told that half of the plugs where ngk and half was bosh and that that was the reason. Can this be right?
    I think it's a bit fishy... As XJJ says, let them sort it out. If it's such a small issue they'd be stupid not to.

    i also noticed that the water bottle didn't have a cap on it and was quite empty. is the plastic bottle part of the pressurized system or is it just an over flow.
    Nope, just an expansion tank. Open the radiator cap and check the colour of the fluid. Then fill the tank before your test drive and check it again after some spirited driving .... You are going to test drive it, right?

    i didn't put it in 4wd yet.( i know i should have done it but was just very impressed with the car.) the guy did tell me that when you put it in 4wd lo it had a bit of play. is this an issue?
    What 'play' is he referring to... on the selector lever, the drive train?

    at the bottom some pics.
    BTW its the country model. He has put branches in and renewed the exhaust, which now growls nicely

    please let me know what you think.
    What price ?
    Why, does he say, is he selling?
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    He's selling it for r50.000. He bought the 5.7 commander and his garage is getting full. I'm away now but when I come back will check that out.
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    So i spoke to the guy today and he's changed the spark plugs and according to him the misfire is gone. Going there on Monday. If all is well will be buying it. Cant wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjeepnut View Post
    So i spoke to the guy today and he's changed the spark plugs and according to him the misfire is gone. Going there on Monday. If all is well will be buying it. Cant wait.
    I don't want to discourage you .... but that's where I started some weeks ago ....... read this:

    Replaced plugs, misfire goes away for a week or so, and then comes back ....

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=203870

    Still haven't found the problem .... as you will see.

    Popular opinion at the moment by the experts here:

    Crank position sensor (R1500) or O2 sensor (R1100) - prices are from Jeep.

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    Will keep an eye out. Would there be another test to make sure?
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    As of today I'm the proud owner of my own XJ!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjeepnut View Post
    As of today I'm the proud owner of my own XJ!!!
    Cool ....... Congratulations !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjeepnut View Post
    As of today I'm the proud owner of my own XJ!!!
    Without pictures it's still just a rumour....
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    Will post pictures later today.
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    Here are some pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclater View Post
    Also lots of second hand stuff available. Took me 24h to find a replacement diff at a reasonable price. Check out the XJ Society on facebook. Most of us have parts, both new and old in the garage. If you join and pay the membership fee you can also get discount on your insurance via the 'club'. Costing me 1/3 of the normal cost and includes 4x4 cover.
    I tried to become a member on face book but its still pending.
    Is there anyway to speed things up?
    is there maybe a different way to become a member?

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