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Jeep Cherokee, SUV
#1209 of 2589 Fuel level sending unit
Jul 19, 2003 (3:34 am)
Anybody out there ever have a problem with their fuel level sending unit? I have a 1998 cherokee. The fuel gauge moves up and down to empty and then back up and so on when I am in the middle of driving. It will frequently say I have no gas when I start up my jeep. Is it a pain to replace? Does the fuel tank need to be removed to do this?
#1210 of 2589 Sayreman
Jul 22, 2003 (9:02 am)
I have a 98 Cherokee classic, and my fuel gauge also does that. I think it started at about 40,000 miles, I had it checked by the dealer and IIRC, the quoted me about $175 to replace the fuel gauge sending unit. I never did it, and I now have 109,000 miles. It doesn't affect operation of the vehicle, but you have to keep track of the miles on your truck. I think this is a fairly common problem on 98's, there may even be a recall/TSB on it. My truck has been fairly reliable, but it does have some electrical gremlins. I've just learned to live with them.
Jul 22, 2003 (9:43 am)
How'd you make out on the sale of your '01? Mine's still on the market and interest is about zero. If I go much lower on the price I might as well give it to someone.
#1212 of 2589 sebring95
Jul 23, 2003 (6:34 am)
I got lucky - plain and simple.
A couple responded to an ad I had in the "Pennysaver" - a small publication that has classified ads for all kinds of stuff. You may have something like it in your area.
Anyway, they had a Cherokee years ago and drove it for 12 years. They were looking for another 4 wheel vehicle and called me. They bought it on the spot in 5 minutes for $15,000.
In addition, they went to the Toyota dealer with me for a "courtesy delivery". In other words, the dealer where I bought the Highlander took the Jeep as a trade and subtracted the $15K off my price saving me over a grand in taxes. The couple that bought the Jeep made their check out to the dealer, not me. It worked out great for everyone.
I picked up the new Highlander last night - it's an AWD V6 model and we love it. It was expensive [the sticker was almost $32,000] but with the deal I did on the Jeep, it was doable.
Thanks again for your advice and best of luck with the new truck.
Jul 23, 2003 (8:49 am)
You're quite lucky that's for sure. Maybe there's hope for me yet:) Good luck with the Highlander. Truck market seems to be a lot more stronger than the SUV/Car market. I'm used to buying high and selling low when it comes to vehicles, LOL!
#1214 of 2589 sebring95
Jul 23, 2003 (9:31 am)
Truck market strong around here [southwestern PA]as well. I started out looking for an 01/02 Ram or Tundra and the prices were pretty close to new. Not many deals to be had except on high mileage vehicles.
After much consideration, I passed on the full size truck and went with the new HL. Ended up spending $27K, but should have decent resale value once I'm through with it.
Remember the old adage: there's a buyer for every car out there!
#1215 of 2589 2.5 4 cylinder Cherokee ?
Jul 28, 2003 (10:54 am)
I happened to see one of these today for sale. 1996 model, 5 speed, 59K, very clean. Any comments on the engine ?
Jul 28, 2003 (11:13 am)
My boss has a 1988 Dodge Caravan w/ the 2.5 four cylinder linked to a 3-speed auto. Its a dog in a Caravan, but seems reliable, timing belt went at 160,000 miles (should change around 100,000) and blew a head gasket also, which I don't think this is too uncommon after 100-150,000 miles. The 4.0 is an awesome engine, however, I don't know if you are thinking strictly gas milage or its a great deal, but I would recommend a 4.0 over a 2.5, great power for a little less gase milage. My 4.0 auto gets 16 city and 20 highway consistently.
Jul 28, 2003 (12:41 pm)
I don't know that the 2.5L will do much better on fuel than the 4.0L. Minimal at best. It's a good engine and generally cheap to buy/maintain. I notice in the new liberty the 4cyl is rated about the same as the 3.7L V6 on the EPA mileage. Heavy 4X4 vehicles shaped like bricks just aren't going to get good mpg. Most of the 4cyl Cherokees were sold as fleet vehicles and were stripped down models. Those 59k miles might have been rough miles (lots of idling, short trips, etc.). Might be worth checking into, but hopefully it's extremely cheap.
Jul 28, 2003 (3:26 pm)
I don't believe the 2.5L in the Caravan was the same one as the one offered by Jeep/AMC for the last 20 or so years. The 2.5 is considered a weak but reliable engine. I have also heard that it was a favourite for modification in the MJ series Jeep truck for racing because it took mods very well (especially a supercharger). The mileage isn't that hot as you're still hauling a 3000lb vehicle around.