1978 Jeep Cherokee Review

1978 Jeep Cherokee S 360 from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 360 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired51900 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Cool looking but will never buy another

Faults:

Intake manifold is shot.

Rear defroster doesn't work.

Rear window doesn't roll up right.

Whenever I drive it ANYWHERE there's this terrible, choking exhaust leak smell. Almost killed a friend of mine on a short trip.

Trans linkage doesn't work right.

Transfer case needed rebuilt.

Power steering works only when it wants to.

Always breaks down.

Guzzles down gas.

Doesn't park.

E brake don't work right.

AC, nope don't work.

Heat don't work.

Ammeter gauge shorted out and left me stranded.

VAPOR LOCK.

Trailer hitch came off when trying to rescue an F150.

Gas tank skid plate is messed up.

Speedometer INOP.

General Comments:

Slow, takes forever to go anywhere.

Looks kinda cool, but not worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

30th Nov 2007, 15:41

And, said Jeep finally broke down today, leaving the review author to get to work on his own, this being the 3rd car (2nd Jeep) that's been blown up in 3 months or so.

29th Mar 2008, 23:58

Soooo... let me get this straight. Guy gets a clapped out 1978 Jeep and writes a review of it in 2007, and 30 years of deferred/skipped maintenance by previous owners is the fault of the vehicle? I don't think so.

18th Jul 2010, 19:08

I love Jeeps! I've had a 1970's Jeep Commando and a 76 Jeep Cherokee Chief. Great vehicles.

My son and I are currently working on a 78 Jeep Cherokee, 360/4BBL. It's a 2 door. It's taking a long time to fix up because of finances, kids and going to college.

Our Jeep runs great. Anything that is wrong with it, we can fix, so far, so good.

Jeep is a good make. I can't wait until it's finished and go through town showing it off. Just have patience, and it will be worth all the work.

15th Jan 2011, 02:35

OK, it's been a while, but my Jeep is coming along - can't wait to post pics - so I have done paint, well primer, but I like the primer gray, so it's staying. Plus the AZ pinstriping is an easy fix - 6 in lift from BJ's aluminum radiator, 18" moto metal rims with 35's, interior carpet, stereo system, heater works now, new rear seat, plus a ton of hours on this and that.

This Jeep turns heads like you would not believe. It has become part of the family, because of the attention it gets, but... I want another project... looking for an older Willies wagon now.

Average review marks: 3.3 / 10, based on 1 review