I am selling my 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee due to financial reasons. I’m the third owner and until I was the owner, the vehicle was stock.
The previous owner put around six thousand dollars into repairs; New seat upholstery on the drivers seat, new headliner, At the time I bought it, the abs controller had gone bad and needed to be replaced to fix the ABS.
Since I have owned the car I’ve put around 11 to 12 thousand dollars into upgrades and repairs that I’ve done in my garage and at automotive college. I’ve installed a 3.5 inch short arm Rubicon Express lift kit with a full set of springs, shocks, the adjustable front track bar, front and rear adjustable lower control arms, and front upper adjustable control arms made by Core 4X4.
I replaced the front brake lines with braided steel lines that are longer to account for articulation. The rear lines travel along the axle and did not need to be replaced. I also had a custom driveshaft made for the front that uses a slip yoke and U-joint instead of the cross groove plunge-type CV joint that was stock. The front stabilizer bar has been replaced with a heavy duty one, and I’ve put front disconnects on as well. (I have the original stabilizer bar if you want it.)
I recently replaced the brake pads.
This Jeep came with the towing package, so it has a Dana 44 in the rear and a Dana 30 in the front; Both are Limited slip. As a side note, I have the 249 transfer case, not the 242.
The major cost of my modifications to the Jeep was in rebuilding the engine. The block and both cylinder heads had cracks, so I bought a re-manufactured short block that was bored .040 over. I also bought re-manufactured cylinder heads. I’ve put a five-face valve grind on all the valves; I did not port the heads. I also installed an aftermarket camshaft with a higher lift for less duration, and less valve overlap. The engine mounts are new as well. (I have a brand new stock cam if you want it, its worth about $100)
Currently the engine has about 3,500 miles and it runs great.
I’ve done a lot of small repairs such as Coolant temp sensor, Crank position sensor, distributor rotor, cap, and plug wires. New oil pressure sender, new coolant expansion tank and coolant level sensor. (there is an electrical problem with the Driver information center that says the coolant sensor is bad, but its just a cracked soldering joint. It wasn’t worth it to me to re-solder the entire board to find the cracked bit.) I have replaced the entire front headlight assembly with new units, so the headlights are nice and bright now.
Right after the engine rebuild I had the A/C tested for leaks, which it had none, so I recharged it, and it blows cold.
All the accessories besides the A/C pump have also been replaced. Serpentine Belt, power steering pump, Tensioner, Idler pully, Water pump, Fan clutch, and the Alternator, which is a heavy duty one. I think its 120 amps instead of 90. To accompany the alternator I bought a new optima yellow-top AGM battery.
With the new engine I installed an aftermarket three pass radiator to help with cooling at low speed. I also replaced the fuel pump/filter. The headlight controller was not working when I bought the car so I replaced that as well. I installed a brand new set of 30 inch pro comp tires with less than 500 miles on them. (the spare tire is still a stock 28 inch)
I decided since I was planning on going off roading I would inevitably run into a lot of bushes and scratch the paint, so I decided to repaint the Jeep so any little bits of bush rubbing wouldn't be noticeable, and anything large could simple be sprayed over. I also bed liner-ed the front and rear bumper, as well as the side panels and roof rack for added scratch resistance.
I have a lot of extra parts that will come with it as well. A set of stabilizer bar end link brackets, a brand new stock camshaft that I mentioned earlier. Almost a full set of really nice valves I didn't use (I lost 2 valves somewhere) I have at least 2 sets of cylinder head gaskets and valve guide seals, along with other various gasket kits I received with engine parts (I had already bought a Fel-pro master gasket set and wanted to use that one.) I have a full set of brand new hydraulic roller lifters as well. There are other things in my box of parts, I just don’t remember what at the moment, but the box is yours if you want it.
I will be honest as to anything still needing fixing because I want you to know what still needs to be done (in my opinion). Jeeps get pretty bad fuel economy, and I get around 11 to 12 mpg. I was planning on upgrading the injectors from 1 hole to 12 hole, which would atomize the fuel much better. This would hopefully add a few mpg, but mainly it increases throttle response and smooths out the idle.
It has a few electrical problems that I don’t want to spend the time fixing. One of them is the driver information center that I mentioned earlier. It works fine except the coolant sensor thing, and it bugs me when it beeps.
The rear trunk glass hatch has a sensor to let you know its open and that has gone bad so I unplugged it.
The rear cargo light controller has gone bad and would need replacing.
Occasionally a couple instrument cluster back-lights go out, but not enough to where you cant see the gauges.
Also the right hand blinker light on the instrument cluster occasionally doesn’t come on, then comes back on a few hours later. The outside blinkers always work so I haven’t bothered fixing it.
The ABS controller would need to be replaced or fixed if you want Quadra-trak.
As you can see, I’ve done a lot of work to this car, around eleven to twelve thousand to it not including the original cost, so I don't want any low-balls; I am willing to negotiate though. If you have any questions, or are interested and have a reasonable offer, let me know via text message at Seven-Six-0 Seven-Zero-5 Seven-5-Three-6
|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||1J4GZ78YXVC560602||Mileage:||139000|
|Options:||4-Wheel Drive, CD Player, Leather Seats||Engine:||brand new|
|Safety Features:||Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag||Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats|
|Sub Model:||limited 5.2l||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|Exterior Color:||Tan||For Sale By:||Owner|
|Interior Color:||Blue||Disability Equipped:||No|
|Number of Cylinders:||8||Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|