1985 Jeep CJ7 Reviews from North America

1985 Jeep CJ7 2.5 150

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 150 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carChevrolet K2500

Summary:

If you have to ask, you won't understand

Faults:

Rear differential failed.

Heater core.

Starter.

Clutch master cylinder.

Rear pinion seal.

General Comments:

My CJ has seen more mud than pavement by a long shot. Off roading is hard on anything. Considering the abuse, she has held up well. It is a terrible street vehicle and that is fine by me! It is for off road fist and street second. It's not perfect, but with the huge aftermarket you can make it what you want. If you want a better street driver with lesser off road capability get a Wrangler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2006

1985 Jeep CJ7 4.2L (258 c.i.) Inline 6

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.2L (258 c.i.) Inline 6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles

Summary:

Best $1000 my wife ever spent on me

Faults:

Heater core was out when I bought it.

Tires wore out (go figure)

Front Brakes wore out (go figure again)

Tune-ups.

Oil changes.

Anti-freeze changes.

New exhaust (nothing lasts forever)

Swapped the '85 engine for fresh engine from an '83...no smog, no vacuum mess, added headers and carb. The best part is the new engine was given to me by a neighbor (talk about friendly Jeep owners). Tons more power and 30% better gas mileage.

New clutch (when engine swapped out.)

Master cylinder started bypassing (replaced and good as new)

I have broken two (six months apart) intake valve rocker arms. The darn canoes just broke right through the saddles. On the first one the lifter jumped out of the hole it rides in (down in the oil valley) and the oil pressure went to zero. I thought my oil pump had gone out. Turned out to take about two hours total (and $8.75 in parts) to fix, but that was after I left it in the garage for six months in disgust at the (supposed) oil pump failure.

Replaced the valve cover gasket. I still don't understand how car manufacturers designed those things like that. Not just Jeep, but what a terrible design. Like they are made to misalign.

General Comments:

What can I say. I drive it every day. I live in Hawaii, and you can't have a better vehicle. The rides a little rough, but I can go diving or surfing and none of the local boys mess with it (no self-respecting, well-to-do person would be caught riding in it, much less driving it!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2005

28th Jan 2005, 09:44

Wow, the car thieves in Hawaii don't bother trying to steal your Jeep because they are all self-respecting and well-to-do?

And you're not?

2nd Mar 2005, 15:40

Wow, the brakes and tires actually wore out?

Can't figure out how that could happened!

18th Jan 2009, 23:07

Damn valve cover. I have a CJ-8, no option on here, that the valve cover cracked, leaked oil onto my exhaust manifold and what a smokey mess that was. Tried to fix it myself and only made the situation worse. Gotta love Jeep's simplicity though?

1985 Jeep CJ7 4 Liter 6 Cylinder

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4 Liter 6 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles

Summary:

Wonderful 1985 CJ7 Jeep

Faults:

Nothing at all has gone wrong with it.

I haven't had it long, but I am very happy with it's performance so far.

General Comments:

I am the Jeep's second owner. The first person to own it took excellent care of it.

New wheels and off-road tires.

It's short wheelbase helps it to steer on a dime, which makes it extremely fun to drive (on and off the road).

Nothing can explain how fun it is to remove the top and doors on a nice day.

I can't think of anything bad to say about it.

Everyone should buy a Jeep!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2002

11th Jan 2005, 12:26

I've had this 1985 CJ-7 for 15 years and Maybe 4 Miner (Window wipers, etc) things have gone wrong. I think it goes good with any color it is new. But not Pink. this thing kills on and off road. It is adaptable with all types of parts. You can find any thing you need for it to be a off road monster.

12th Aug 2005, 03:25

I love my jeep. I also have an 85 cj7 and love it. I'm getting it worked on and it's the cheapest I've ever seen. it has over 150 and runs like a charm as long as you take care of it. my wife even loves it and has made a promise that I'll never have to part with it. what more can you ask for.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews