skumar83

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    Cherokee XJ
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  1. skumar83

    1997 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ Owner Review

    completely agree with @Gaurav. Being a 20 year old car, its very difficult to get this car in a clean condition. If the car has been abused you definitely need to be extremely cautious. @Gaurav the american guy kept it for 19 years, and his only offroad drive was to the beach and wadi's. So yes, i got very lucky.
  2. The review is written considering the fact that a 20 year old car is being driven in the year 2018 with its current main purpose being for offroading Pros - Old School Driving - Bullet proof Inline 4.0 Engine - Light Weight Unibody Construction - Extremely Capable Offroader - Easy to Modify Cons - Basic Features - Famous for Death Wobble - Reliability is a concern - Tends to overheat unless modification is done A car that was initially launched in 1984 as a compact utility vehicle, the Cherokee XJ has grown to be one of the originators and the precursor to the current day SUVs. Its design has been noted as one of the greatest of all time. Popular Mechanics listed the XJ as one of "the 25 greatest boxy cars of all time". It is built on a unibody construction which offers it a light weight body Vehicle Specs - 6 cylinder inline 4.0 engine - Power 190 hp @ 4300 rpm - Torque 305 N.m @ 3000 rpm - Gross Weight of approx 1400 kg - Transmissions are 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic. In the UAE market, the XJ is available in GCC, American (most common) and Japanese specs. One should be careful while buying the American Spec or rather the American import cars as many of them have been in some sort of accident with some of them having serious damage. Traditionally Cherokee XJs do run hot due to their limited size of the radiator, and hence the GCC Spec is the most preferred version. Cherokee XJs come with solid front and rear axles. Though an outdated technology in comparison to Independent Suspension, it follows the principal of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Hence a very rugged design which is useful when one takes this car offroad. Further, modifications in terms of lift kit and installation of bigger tyres is relatively easier compared to an Independent Suspension vehicle. However, saying that, the vehicle in stock condition runs a finely balanced suspension, and any alteration such as a lift can trigger the famous death wobble especially with worn out busing and joints. In current times, most buyers of this vehicle are mainly offroad enthusiasts, who appreciate the the high power to weight ratio (135 hp per ton). However, in offroad the manual version does overshine the automatic version purely because in the automatic version the lowest possible gear that can be selected is a 1-2, and the vehicle does tend to upshift after reaching a speed of 40 km/h which kills the entire torque which is the most critical aspect of steep uphill climbs. While this issue can be overcome by selecting 4 low in the transfer case it does put a lot of strain on the engine as its revving at 5000+ rpms. I strongly recommend to go for a GCC spec manual transmission as that gives one the liberty to choose the right gear for the moment which is especially useful in long steep hill climbs as shown in the below videos: Location : Sweihan Location : Faya (from the right side) Reliability is a definite concern with the Cherokee XJ, and hence I advise those who are interested in this vehicle to get the vehicle properly inspected before doing a purchase. Further, it is advisable to get all the wearable parts replaced with original MOPAR parts instead of cheap after market parts before venturing into the desert. I have been driving this vehicle for the past year both as a daily driver as well as my weekend drives and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The vehicle I drive is almost stock except for the following modifications: 1. Replaced the existing radiator with a 4 core aluminium radiator 2. Added extra fans infront of the radiator to improve the cooling under offroad driving conditions 3. 3" inch lift by installing harder suspensions Major expenses in terms of maintenance has been replacement of clutch and flywheel, along with replacements of the track bar and some bushings. Conclusion : Would I recommend this vehicle to others? Would definitely recommend a manual transmission Cherokee XJ if you are able to get a good clean vehicle (which can be quite rare and difficult to find) as its a lot of fun to drive this vehicle. It would also help to have a good mechanic as your friend to help you with the fixes from time to time. I bought the vehicle for AED 11,000 (slightly above the market price), plus I spent an additional AED 5000 to get it to current condition, but I have not yet regretted my decision. P.S. If you like this review, don't forget to hit the 'Like' Button
  3. skumar83

    The #kiki challenge

    I meant joke in a sarcastic manner. People have a lot of free time these days for such mindless activities
  4. skumar83

    The #kiki challenge

    The guy who started this joke should be sued, this is as bad as the blue whale game. A**holes When I was growing up we had to deal with peer pressure, today it's social media pressure.
  5. With the past couple of drives being in the Mahafiz area, lets just change the location and up the level of the drive by having an early morning drive in Area 53. This area is best known for its rolling tall dunes and massive drops. So get ready for lots and lots of fun with an overdose of adrenalin. When: 13 July 2018 Meeting time: 3:45 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 4:00 AM Where: Bidayer Shops GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/zV7uCUyrgGn Level of drive: Fewbie - Intermediate Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. Plan: Drive, challenge and enjoy until about 7:30 AM What to bring along: Morning Breakfast - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:30 AM
  6. skumar83

    Sunrise Drive in Area 53

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    With the past couple of drives being in the Mahafiz area, lets just change the location and up the level of the drive by having an early morning drive in Area 53. This area is best known for its rolling tall dunes and massive drops. So get ready for lots and lots of fun with an overdose of adrenalin. When: 13 July 2018 Meeting time: 3:45 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 4:00 AM Where: Bidayer Shops GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/zV7uCUyrgGn Level of drive: Fewbie - Intermediate Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. Plan: Drive, challenge and enjoy until about 7:30 AM What to bring along: Morning Breakfast - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:30 AM
  7. Congratulations @sertac and @EmVarlet. Well deserved
  8. Or try using a household vacuum cleaner
  9. I have tried the compressor which we use to fill up our tyres for cleaning the airfilter and found it to be very ineffective. you will need a compressor with more pressure for effective cleaning, something that will generate upto 5 bar of pressure
  10. skumar83

    How Reliable 2013 Altima

    i agree with @Rahimdad, its not every day that you would be changing things in a relatively newer car. Yes, the brake pads and all are expensive compared to a Toyota, but if you would be driving 30,000 km a year you would be easily changing your break pads once in 12 to 18 months. My sister is driving a 2015 accord for the past year and when it was bought it was at AED 95000 km and after a year it has reached 135000 km. We have had no major issues other than regular maintenance which had to be done. I dont think a Ford Focus at 30,000 km with less than 2 years would be cheap either.
  11. Check your gas level first. Might be a leak causing the compressor to trip. Does it work better when you turn the rear ac on?
  12. skumar83

    Relaxed night drive - 21 June

    Will post it. Forgot to do it.
  13. skumar83

    Budget cars

    Buy a 1.3 lancer
  14. skumar83

    Cherokee XJ Immobilizer problem

    Put only Mopar original mounts for the engine. Also have a look at your gear mount while at it, as that might also need replacement and it will save you some money to get both done at the same time