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Just seen this write up about the XJ on a car for sale.


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It's nice to see some real details about a car model when it's being sold. Also shows how rare the XJ is getting, i wonder if the prices will be reflected.


The Model:

The Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was manufactured and marketed by Jeep from 1983 to 2001. The models were originally marketed as 'Sportwagons' and became the precursor to the modern sport utility vehicle (SUV) as that term was not yet in use. The XJ spawned competitors as other manufacturers noticed that this Jeep design began replacing regular cars. It also began to supplant the role of the American estate cars or 'station wagons' and 'transformed from truck to limousine in the eyes of countless suburban owners.' The XJ was a significant link in the evolution of the 4x4, whilst journalist Robert Cumberford, writing for Automobile, called the Jeep XJ one of the 20 greatest cars of all time for its design, and "possibly the best SUV shape of all time, it is the paradigmatic model to which other designers have since aspired". The XJ was also selected in 2011 as one of "10 cars that refuse to die" by Kiplinger.

The XJ Cherokee introduced for the 1984 model year was the first Jeep with a ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a single monocoque unit rather than the traditional separate body-on-frame construction. The design was rigid and sturdy with approximately 3200 welds in a completed body, yet lightweight, this uniframe construction allowed outstanding performance compared to previous models.

American Motors's compact XJ Cherokee was to be replaced by a new and larger model known as the ZJ (later named the Jeep Grand Cherokee when introduced in 1993). However, The XJ's continuing popularity caused Chrysler executives to rethink this decision, and while the ZJ models were introduced in 1993, these XJ models were retained until 2001. The Jeep XJ has remained a popular choice by off-roading enthusiasts due to its potent off-roading capability in stock form. Its popularity has resulted in strong ongoing aftermarket support in the form of a wide variety of products.

After 13 years of production, February 1997 saw the Cherokee receive updated exterior and interior styling, receiving a steel tailgate (replacing the fibreglass one used previously), restyled rear lights, additional plastic mouldings along the doors, as well as a new front header panel that featured more aerodynamic styling. The spare tyre was moved from a rear exterior bumper mount to an interior location to de-content the rear bumper. The interior was similarly updated with an all-new design and instrument panel. A stiffer unibody frame brought improvements to noise, vibration, and harshness and new door seals that reduced wind noise at higher speeds. The facelifted '97 onwards models are far nicer to drive, own and run, and are considered 'the ones to have'. The Cherokee XJ remains a popular vehicle among off-roading enthusiasts, whilst Popular Mechanics listed the XJ as one of "the 25 greatest boxy cars of all time".



According to online sources, at the end of 2017 there were only 373 of these Jeep Cherokee 2.5 TD Limited models still taxed on UK roads, making this car increasingly rare and desirable and likely to become a sure-fire future classic. The prices seem to be rising rapidly for these XJ Cherokees, and finding one like this in such great condition is increasingly difficult.



This Jeep is fitted with the 2.5 litre (2499cc) VM R425 four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine used in production models from 1997 to 2001, at the time when Daimler Chrysler owned VM Motori. Interestingly, the same VM R425 engine was fitted to the London Taxi International TX4 'black cab' models produced between 2007 and 2017, and as they regularly cover 300,000 - 500,000 miles, this engine has gained a reputation for durability and longevity if well looked after.



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