I just talked to my sister because my wife and I are in the market for a second car. I asked her if she would be willing to sell me her beat up ‘94 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 Country 2wd and she said, “just take it away.” She bought it for $1500 two years ago and after its last trip to the shop she said, “no thanks. I’ll just get rid of it.”

Like this, but with 250k miles and faded paint.

According to her mechanic, it needs a starter, alternator, rear transmission mount, pads/rotors/possibly calipers, and new radiator hoses. It runs, but barely. The engine and transmission (4-speed auto) were rebuilt like 80k miles ago, with documentation.

For an amateur mechanic without any specialty tools, how hard would it be to do what needs done? All the parts could be had for under $400 total from RockAuto and I’ve done accessories, hoses, and brakes before. I’ve helped replace starters on multiple rear-drive American cars as well.

So if I get this thing towed to my house, what am I getting myself into?