1981 Jeep Cherokee Review from North America

1981 Jeep Cherokee 258 straight six

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 258 straight six Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord F150


I absolutely love it


Torque converter was slipping. I had it replaced and had the whole transmission rebuilt while it was being done.

The exhaust was leaking around the muffler. I had the exhaust replaced from the manifold to the tailpipe.

General Comments:

This Jeep is a wonderful vehicle. I have owned a lot of cars and trucks, new and classics, but I enjoy driving and looking at my Cherokee more than any vehicle I have owned.

It has great lines with a completely original look.

The cabin space is amazing, it is so roomy and comfortable.

It handles and rides like a Lincoln.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th March, 2003

18th May 2006, 14:24

I just bought a 1981 Cherokee Chief S (or at lease that is what the badge on the side says) in Trinidad (as in the Caribbean) where it has been since 1981. It was converted to right-hand drive and has the original 360AMC (gas here is about US$1.30 or so). I got it as a birthday present for my 41st birthday and love it! It is a real beast and with no emissions issues, it is breathing through essentially a straight pipe so it sounds great. I don't know squat about it so anyone who wants to direct me to good sites, please drop a comment.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review