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A practical and durable 'go anywhere' Jeep Cherokee XJ, in astonishingly good condition, with low mileage and comprehensive service history - ready to be enjoyed.

 

At a glance:

- Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5 TD Sport

- 2.5 litre four cylinder turbo diesel, manual, two & four wheel drive.

- Original unmodified specification

- Moss green pearl metallic paint with grey interior

- Only 70,800 miles

- Comprehensive service history, last serviced in June 18

- Current MOT to 9th February 2021

- Previous celebrity owner - details on request

- HPI Clear

 

The Model:

The Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was manufactured and marketed by Jeep from 1983 to 2001. Unlike its predecessors the XJ featured a light-weight and space-efficient, integrated body and frame design, 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 Jeep XJ spawned competitors as other manufacturers began to notice that this Jeep design began replacing regular cars. It also began to supplant the role of the estate cars and "transformed from truck to limousine in the eyes of countless suburban owners." Therefore the XJ was a significant link in the evolution of the 4x4. Automotive 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". 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 wonderfully lightweight, This Uniframe construction allowed outstanding performance compared to previous models.

American Motors's compact XJ Cherokee was supposed 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 still introduced in 1993, the 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 taillights, 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 nicer by far, and considered 'the ones to have'. The Cherokee (XJ) remains a hugely popular vehicle whilst 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".

 

The history of this car:

The car was first registered new in the UK on the 10th February 1998, and has had a total of only 6 owners over the last 20 years. The first owner was Mr Crabtree of Bolton who purchased the Jeep from Richard Cort Jeep dealership of Rossendale Lancashire. There have been a total of 5 owners over the following years, and looking at the superb condition, it is clear that this car has been cherished and well cared for. This car has a very interesting recent history, as the last was a well known celebrity, who has a number of these old Jeep XJ models as daily drivers. Details upon request.

 

The specification:

This is the 2.5 litre turbo diesel sport version, with an interesting colour combination; Moss green pearl metallic with gold wheels (Perhaps a lotus colour scheme?) and grey cloth interior, The 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine is the best choice for fuel economy, as opposed to the thirsty 4.0 litre, or 2.5 petrol. According to Parkers, 27-31 mpg for this diesel, as opposed to the fairly shocking 16-20 mpg for the 4.0 petrol. So much easier to live with. It comes equipped with manual transmission and switchable 2/4 wheel drive. The car is in its original factory specification with no alterations or modifications, other than the repainted alloy wheels. The car has recently had 2 new rear tyres and an upgraded alloy radiator. The car has fitted (removable) dog guard and does not have a tow bar. I personally would personally always rather buy a car without a tow bar, as you know it hasn't spent its life tugging heavy loads around. If you do require a tow bar, these are easy to source and available for minimal cost here on eBay.

 

Availability:

According to online sources, by mid 2018 there were only 360 of these Jeep Cherokee 2.5 TD Sport 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 the XJ Cherokees, and finding one like this in such good condition is increasingly difficult. There are quite a few scruffy, worn out examples, but very few low mileage cherished examples.

 

Service History:

The car has up to date service history carried out at the following intervals:

 

Richard Cort Jeep    - 627 miles

Richard Cort Jeep    - 2,875 miles

Richard Cort Jeep    - 11,414 miles

Richard Cort Jeep    - 25,380 miles

Hatfields Bury Jeep  - 40,986 miles

Independent Garage - 50,628 miles

Independent Garage - 56,533 miles

Independent Garage - 60,658 miles

Independent Garage - 65,000 miles

Independent Garage - 70,100 miles

 

The last service due was due at 72,000 so the car had a 12,000 mile annual service carried out back in June 2018 (earlier than scheduled at 70k miles) keeping the service history up to date. That service was only about 700 miles ago, so it is ready for immediate enjoyment by the next owner.

 

Mileage:

This car has covered a very low 70,800 miles - an average of roughly 3,500 miles per year over its 20 year life.

 

On the Road:

I absolutely adore these jeeps. The car starts quickly and pulls strongly through all the gears. The engine has bags of torque and grunt. In fairness, it won't win a land speed record, that's not what it's about, but it will get you anywhere you want to go, on or off road. The steering is precise, the speedometer appears accurate and the brakes work smoothly and efficiently. It has a sense of purpose and poise on the road, and enjoys a high driving position with excellent visibility with its uncluttered design. It's a delight to drive and puts a smile on my face everywhere I have been in it. This Jeep is rugged, capable and enjoyable - retro in an uncomplicated way and easy to maintain and repair.  This car could easily be used for everyday commuting, for safe family and/or pet transportation, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of so many different uses these cars represent brilliant all-rounders.

 

Engine:

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 VM425 engine was fitted to the London Taxi International TX4 'black cab' models produced between 2007 and 2017, and as they regularly cover 400,000 - 500,000 miles, this engine has gained a reputation for durability and longevity if well looked after.

 

Transmission:

The car has a 5 speed manual gearbox which operates as it should. The clutch is also as it should be, and the gear changes are smooth and easy.

 

MOT:

Sold with current MOT until 9th February 2021 with only one advisory; slight corrosion to brake pipes. Pretty good for a 20 year old car. 

 

Condition:

As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep is in really lovely condition with no damage or significant wear. Maybe one or two little marks as you would expect, but it's extremely presentable. It doesn't appear to have ever been used excessively off road, as it looks very much like a car which has only ever seen tarmac. The wheels have been refurbished at some point and are in lovely condition. The only thing which I think might improve it, would be to apply some bumper restoring dye or stain for the black/grey plastic wheel arch mouldings, other than that, the car is hard to fault. I hope to get this done by a valeting company prior to collection. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this really handsome four wheel drive.

 

Pricing: 

The general value of these original XJs ranges from;

The scruffy old, well worn (out) examples tend to fetch £1200 to £2000.

Decent, road worthy and very presentable cars with long MOT are normally in the £3000 - £5,000 range.

Immaculate examples (if you can find them) can be priced considerably higher. One 35k mile 4.0 litre recently sold on eBay for over £8,000.

This particular car, in superb condition with low mileage and comprehensive service history, is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £3950, and I'm confident it will be the best one you will find at this price point.

 

Conclusion:

This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, in wonderful condition, coupled with serious 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. It also has a very interesting recent history. Every now and then I deal with a car which I'm sorely tempted to keep for myself, and this is one of those. However, the objective is to sell the cars, not just to covet them, so my loss is your gain. However, you may have to pry the keys out of my hands... Just saying.

Finding one which hasn't had a hard life is tricky, and the majority available are normally worn out examples as they tend to be used for the purposeful lifestyle intended, so this is a rare car, hence my desire to retain it for my own use! The nice ones are getting snapped up and enjoyed as an appreciating and useable investment as they gain classic status.

MANUAL - 1998 - 2.5 TD DIESEL - 70,800 MILES - £4,950

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