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Smooshed FOTY 2011
2005 Lifted 2.5 XT 5-Speed MT Dual-Range
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You can definitely take a look. If you can, take some ramps with you so you can get under it a bit better and poke around for some rust.
 

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Smooshed FOTY 2011
2005 Lifted 2.5 XT 5-Speed MT Dual-Range
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Sounds like a lemon. I have 203,000 miles on my 2004 XS, and it never needed any major work at all. It does drip a little oil now on my garage floor, and the Check Engine light is permanently on.
A lemon at 179,000 miles? lol. I've changed my rack once, engine once, transmission once, rear diff, wheel bearings, steering wheel, etc. and I just turned over 172,000 miles. Some people drive their cars harder, some live in harsher climates, but getting more than 150,000 miles with relatively minor fixes is admirable in my mind.

Plus, a $250 steering rack, $100 alternator and $200 A/C pump isn't "Major" work.
 
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