1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Inline 6


The look and performance of an adventurer with a little sophistication thrown in


The transmission seems to slip every now and again. The previous owner used the Jeep to tow his camper.

The oil and amp gauges aren't working properly, more than likely because of a faulty sender.

Small amount of rusting on rocker panel on both driver and passenger sides.

Small crack (which I repaired) in the dash.

General Comments:

I went from a base line 1987 2-door Jeep Cherokee, to a 1990 4-door Jeep Cherokee Laredo. With only $400 difference in the price I am very happy.

The seats are much more supportive and comfortable than expected.

The overhead console; with compass, temperature, front and rear map lights, and a storage compartment for both sunglasses and a garage door opener, is a nice feature.

Power windows and door locks are a very nice and welcome change.

Other features include a rear window wiper and defroster, fog lights, and the Sentry Headlight Switch; which automatically turns off the headlights 45 seconds after the Jeep is turned off.

With a Pioneer CD player, the 6-speaker sound system is quite impressive. It has just enough bass to keep me and my neighbors happy.

The engine is much more powerful and quieter than that of the '87. The Laredo package adds a lot of sound deadening material.

I'm 100% certain that the Select-Trac Full-time 4WD will be very appreciated in the winter months.

Bright chrome bumpers, mirrors, and grille are a very distinctive final touch to the rugged off-road character of the SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2002

16th Feb 2010, 21:44

Great review... I totally agree, my 90 is awesome and seems like, aside from normal maintenance, it will never die! I won't trade it nor sell it for nothing!!! Jeep on!

1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L


Renault was in charge of Chrysler-AMC at the time they designed the electrical system, and it shows in the numerous relays, wires, and unused connections sprinkled liberally under the hood and dashboard. This has caused a great amount of grief understanding why the left turn signal won't blink, the cruise control won't work, the remote door opener remaining useless, back wipers failing, lift gate switch not lighting the cargo area - I'd begun to think the car was flood damaged until I'd read repair postings on the Internet filled with requests to fix the same on their Cherokees. I had told myself to avoid cars with power windows and door locks - at least the windows still work. I honestly believe the electrical designers were trained by Lucas (The Prince of Darkness!)

General Comments:

Jeep Cherokees invite you to blow off all the little hot cars on the road. The 4.0 L six has plenty of power to keep up with larger V-8s, and won't punish you too seriously in gas mileage IF you drive sensibly. Having built a 66 Mustang with 302 CID and 4 speed, I wonder if it couldn't keep right up with it.

The chassis handles quite well considering it has no independent suspension - just two live axles, but fully equipped to control the handling under road and field conditions. The ride is a little stiff, with speed bumps shaking the cab at low speeds, but smoothing out well on highways and interstates. Off road the chassis does well, limiting the driver's over-enthusiam with plenty of warning the chassis is not ready to play with the really big mud monsters. Pay for modifications to crawl over rocks and gulleys bigger than the tires - the standard Jeep will do better going around.

The four wheel drive lacks one facet when running in deep snow or badly iced roads - studded tires to stop you! It is amazingly easy to get up to dry road speeds in nasty conditions. The selective box allows all the control you can get from open differentials, and will pull you away from the curb, parallel parked, in axle deep snow without a hitch. You may want a hitch, however, just to help tow out your buddies in their trucks and hot rods. Blasting around in slick conditions will only feed your arrogance toward people who have no business being on the streets in their creeping slidermobiles.

The interior is too comfortable compared to old trucks and Mustangs, and is well appointed in the Laredo package. Although Jeep drivers seats seem prone to breaking the weld on the support panel underneath, they have no hard spots or mushiness, and allow the driver to put in a thousand miles a day when he needs to - broken or not.

Cherokees are the only choice when you must get your cargo and passengers anywhere in America under almost any conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2002

15th Dec 2004, 20:40

All you can do is buy a 4WD, there isn't much you can do with a 2WD. I know, I owned one for 7 years. I have been stuck many times. 1/4 of those times, I don't even think 4WD would have helped. If you really want to keep your 2WD, just buy yourself a good winch and don't go off-road by yourself.

21st Jan 2007, 17:39

One thing you could do is take out the drive shaft and front axles. You can use 4X4 junkyard parts... put in the transfer case and drive shaft from the 4WD, and the front axle, that should work.

10th Nov 2007, 13:52

What is the average gas mileage I should expect with a 4l 6 cylinder.

14th May 2008, 22:45

We just purchased a 1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo for our son's college driving. The owner gave us four keys that all work in the ignition. Much to our surprise, none of the keys work in the door locks. The previous owner hasn't driven the vehicle in over a year and couldn't remember if he had other keys.

Does the Cherokee Laredo have separate keys for the door and ignition? If so, where can we get door locks! :)

21st May 2014, 15:27

Yes, they have different keys.