1988 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0


A powerful and versatile all-round vehicle that is a joy to drive anywhere


Apart from normal wear and tear, such as brake pads, drums, spark plugs, gaskets here and there, my major repairs include replacement of body sill channels (the roads here are heavily salted in winter causing rust damage), replacement of engine water pump, and a new crankshaft sensor (the only thing that ever left me stranded).

Paint quality is poor. The top coat is damaged in many parts; not chipping or peeling, it just disappears in patches, mostly on the bonnet and roof most exposed to sun.

Because of the monocoque structure, the body bends if off-roading, potentially causing the windscreen to crack.

General Comments:

The XJ must be one of the most versatile vehicles ever built. Even in stock configuration, it goes everywhere I dare to take it. After off-roading, you only need to drive through a car wash and you're ready to go to the theatre. Thanks to the engine's enormous torque, 126 kW power, light overall weight and snappy transmission, overtaking on the highway is child's play.

Now in its 27th year, the truck is like an old leather jacket — a bit worn, but a joy to wear (drive). It will never be for sale.

(BTW, the reason I answer 'no' to the question 'Would you buy another car from this manufacturer?' is that after the XJ, Jeep quality has gone down. But another XJ — any time.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2015