10th May 2009, 14:51
I have a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 also. I bought used for 7K in 2005 with 70,000 miles on it. Now has 160,000 miles on it. I put a 4.5" rubicon express lift on it, and also BF goodrich mud terrain tires 32" The gas mileage dropped to around 10 mpg. The lift kit definitely put some strain on all the other systems... I just did an overhaul of the vehicle:
Upper and lower ball joints, both sides
New wheel bearings, both sides, front
All new seals and gaskets in motor (she leaked a lot of oil)
New tires 31" All terrains
New Heim Joint
New shocks all 4
New rotors drums pads and shoes
New power steering gear box
New power steering pump
New power steering hoses
New timing chain
New speakers (front drivers side wire broke)
New AC compressor (BEARING WENT)
New radiator (water hammer after thermostat went, my fault)
Sounds like a lot, but if you do it yourself it's not so bad, and it beats having a car payment.
I abused this thing... the only thing I kept up with was oil changes. When the thermostat went the car overheated 5 times (I kept trying to get home like an idiot), which might have had a lot to do with my seals leaking oil after... but the point is the engine on this car is BULLETPROOF. I'm assuming the tranny will not last much longer, but I will replace that when it goes. I'm lucky enough to have friends who can do the hard stuff for short money.
I've owned a Cherokee Sport before this, a 93 with 117k on it. I feel like the older model was more sturdy, but this one is still a great car.
If you are leaking oil it is most likely the rear main seal, which will be pricey to have done, even though the part is cheap. Lots in the way and hard to get to.
I'd like to have the car repainted, and have a 2002 style bumper put on it front and rear, but not sure if that is possible (sure it could somehow be done though).
I love these cars, wish they didn't stop making them. It's done a lot these past few years putting up with me.