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    Thread: Jeep Cherokee XJ V.S. Toyota Tacoma

    1. 03-25-2012 07:16 PM #1
      So i was wondering if you all could be give me should opinions on what is better.

      I currently own the xj but and wondering if the taco is worth trading out.

      Jeep is a 2000 Cherokee XJ 4dr 4wd 4L auto

      Toyota would potentially be a

      2000+ Tacoma Extra Cab manual 3.4L 4wd

      just want thoughts and opinions

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      03-26-2012 09:55 AM #2
      I would think the xj is more comparable to a 4Runner but the 4Runer and Tacoma are really the same thing with different bodies.

      That being said I had a cherokee and made the switch to 4Runner and haven't looked back since, its definitely a better platform.

    3. 03-26-2012 10:48 AM #3
      Im my opinion, it HIGHLY depends on what you want to do with your car/truck/suv. If its a rig, the lighter weight of the taco might be good but you have a solid front axle and the taco doesnt so it would be a give and take. If you dont need or want to haul **** in the bed, the xj would be a better choice. Also, make sure you check the frame for rust. Some are pretty badly rusted. I say both of these are very simular in what they can do and **** TON of aftermarket choices for mods and parts for both. Just depends if you need a SUV or if your need a TRUCK.
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      03-27-2012 12:27 PM #4
      Taco, hands down. /thread

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      03-27-2012 03:50 PM #5
      The low pinion front dana 30 of that year XJ isn't quite as desirable as the 99 and prior. But, TJ wranglers drive around with them, and they make out OK.

      Without input on what you're going to do with it, it's tough to say. There's a lot of cases where the Cherokee would be better, and a lot where the Tacoma would.

      What are you going to use the vehicle for?
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      03-27-2012 05:32 PM #6
      Based on the lack of info, I would say Taco. It's just a stronger rig all the way around...

    7. 03-27-2012 08:04 PM #7
      Used for dd trails camping hauling

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      03-28-2012 03:38 PM #8
      Tacoma will end up costing you less in maintenance and fuel economy will be better. Tacoma will tow better and I like having a bed to be able to throw sh!t in. You could argue all day to no avail when it comes to what's better for camping and trail riding, in which case it would then come to looks... How many girls have you heard say a Cherokee looks hot?? I never have. On the other hand, I hear that often about the Tacoma - gotta count for something

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      03-29-2012 12:44 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by mad haggis View Post
      How many girls have you heard say a Cherokee looks hot?? I never have. On the other hand, I hear that often about the Tacoma - gotta count for something
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      03-30-2012 07:25 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by mad haggis View Post
      Tacoma will end up costing you less in maintenance and fuel economy will be better. Tacoma will tow better and I like having a bed to be able to throw sh!t in. You could argue all day to no avail when it comes to what's better for camping and trail riding, in which case it would then come to looks... How many girls have you heard say a Cherokee looks hot?? I never have. On the other hand, I hear that often about the Tacoma - gotta count for something
      I've never heard a girl so much as talk about a Tacoma, much less say it's hot.
      I say Cherokee.You just can't go wrong with the 4.0 straight 6.
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      03-31-2012 11:26 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by brandonwillyumz View Post
      I've never heard a girl so much as talk about a Tacoma, much less say it's hot.
      I say Cherokee.You just can't go wrong with the 4.0 straight 6.
      You sir don't hang out with enough females. And you can go very wrong with a jeep 4.0, like when it catches fire.

      And the auto trans is a HUGE weak link in those. That is a fact that you can look up if you wish.

    12. 04-01-2012 12:30 AM #12
      next question

      is the toyota 2.7L with a 5 speed good enough for what i described.

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      04-01-2012 05:33 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      next question

      is the toyota 2.7L with a 5 speed good enough for what i described.
      Yep. Of course it won't haul like a half ton pickup as far as power goes, but I've seen some ridiculous loads put in the bed of those things. The 2RZ motor is very reliable and strong also; a friend of mine has one in his Toyota rock crawler. As far as off-road capability in stock form they are on par with the Cherokee, and are more street friendly than one once the mods begin.

    14. 04-01-2012 05:47 PM #14
      what intake header exhaust etc.

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      04-01-2012 11:11 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      next question

      is the toyota 2.7L with a 5 speed good enough for what i described.
      I wouldn't get the 2.7L... its adequate but pretty slow unless you wind it out

      I've owned both and the 3.4 is the motor to get, theres also only a 1 mpg difference between the two

    16. 04-02-2012 09:16 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      what intake header exhaust etc.
      Can't you just add a supercharger later

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      04-02-2012 12:23 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      what intake header exhaust etc.
      I was referring more to suspension mods. The Cherokee responds very poorly and has problems such as death wobble when you start modifying that area.
      Quote Originally Posted by MrMoon View Post
      I wouldn't get the 2.7L... its adequate but pretty slow unless you wind it out

      I've owned both and the 3.4 is the motor to get, theres also only a 1 mpg difference between the two
      I agree, but it's the buyer's decision really. Maybe he found a good deal on the 4 banger
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      Can't you just add a supercharger later
      supercharger = $$, but you could do whatever you want

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      04-02-2012 01:20 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by mad haggis View Post
      supercharger = $$, but you could do whatever you want
      I had a supercharged 4Runner w the 3.4 and the manual transmission. The supercharger is cool and all but without a 7th injector kit it pings, you need to run 93 octane all the time, and its really doesn't add that much power.

      If you want something fun look for the manual trans.

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      04-16-2012 10:58 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by BIG Tony View Post
      So i was wondering if you all could be give me should opinions on what is better.

      I currently own the xj but and wondering if the taco is worth trading out.

      Jeep is a 2000 Cherokee XJ 4dr 4wd 4L auto

      Toyota would potentially be a

      2000+ Tacoma Extra Cab manual 3.4L 4wd

      just want thoughts and opinions
      (Speaking from experience)

      You can easily buy 2 2000 Cherokees for the price you will pay for a 2000+ Tacoma. Something to think about.

      The Taco is a better truck: off road, hauling stuff, long term durability, beat it and it won't care. Fuel economy will be similar or slightly better with the Tacoma.

      The XJ is a unibody SUV... it will drive *slightly* better on the road, and... um... that's about it. Oh, it's cheaper to work on but the "quality" Chrysler parts need replacing more often than Toyota parts.

    20. 06-12-2012 04:04 PM #20
      what is better this
      http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/3065079028.html

      that is mine that i am trying to sell

      or this
      http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/2965032729.html

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      06-13-2012 08:40 AM #21
      If you can get $7200 for a Cherokee, I would take the money all day.
      It's real nice looking, don't get me wrong.
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    22. 06-25-2012 01:36 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by mad haggis View Post
      The auto trans is a HUGE weak link in those. That is a fact that you can look up if you wish.
      Seriously, a HUGE weak link. There is discussion of camping in this thread, not rock crawling. With that said, the AW4 is rock solid for anyone running stock power while offroading. They reliably hit 200K+ without issue. I'm currently at 200K and haven't drained or filled the fluid yet. That's with towing and offroading. If/When it dies, I'll go to the salvage yard and pick up a 150K mile one for $200 and keep on trucking until I hit 200K in 2018.


      I rarely see posts about toasted autos on NAXJA.org.

      Lots of info on the AW4 here:
      http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1055170

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      06-27-2012 12:32 PM #23
      Yeah, I'm calling BS on the AW4 being a 'huge weak link'.

      You can easily buy 2 2000 Cherokees for the price you will pay for a 2000+ Tacoma. Something to think about.
      QFT

      That being said, if you can swing the extra dough for the Tacoma, get it.

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      06-27-2012 01:25 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by tip View Post
      Yeah, I'm calling BS on the AW4 being a 'huge weak link'.
      I'll second that. The AW4 is the BEST part in an XJ, hands down. I give the credit to Aisin-Warner who made it though.

      It was also called the Toyota A340h and sold in 4runners and pickups where it is regarded as a stout tranny.

    25. 06-28-2012 05:35 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by zane! View Post
      I'll second that. The AW4 is the BEST part in an XJ, hands down. I give the credit to Aisin-Warner who made it though.

      It was also called the Toyota A340h and sold in 4runners and pickups where it is regarded as a stout tranny.
      The A340H was also in Tundras which as we know are significantly heavier than Tacomas, with more power. I find it humerous that the AW4 is being touted as a week link. Not to mention the A340 was found in the Supra.

      By the way I love Tacomas. I'd buy one to replace my XJ if they weren't so damn expensive used. I want the cargo capacity for home projects but it's cheaper for me to simply drop $30 on a Uhaul trailer 5+ times per year.

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      07-11-2012 10:32 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by mad haggis View Post
      You sir don't hang out with enough females. And you can go very wrong with a jeep 4.0, like when it catches fire.

      And the auto trans is a HUGE weak link in those. That is a fact that you can look up if you wish.
      You, sir, are laughable. The AW4 is incredibly stout and not really weak at all. Ask me how I know
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