1984 Jeep Cherokee 2.8 V6 from North America
A reliability nightmare
Engine was completely worn out at 100,000 km and required total rebuild. It always ran well, but liked to leak oil.
Torque converter broke and ruined transmission, requiring complete rebuild at 50,000 km.
Torque converter required replacement again at 100,000 km, to correct noise.
The Select - Track transfer case is a disaster. It has been rebuilt twice and still doesn't work properly.
The windshield developed a stress crack.
The paint and chrome have flaked off in many areas.
Electrical systems in the rear hatch do not work, due to faulty wiring harness.
I am sentimentally attached to this vehicle, as it was my first car. Therefore, I have repaired all of the problems, but it has cost me much more money than its really worth.
When everything is working, its nice to drive, although it lacks adequate acceleration at highway speed.
Its reasonably roomy inside, yet is very compact and maneuverable.
The steering is a bit numb, with little handling feel.
It is very good off road and is very durable, structurally.
I feel the engine should have lasted longer, as I maintained it very well.
The torque converter is too fragile, and the transfer case is an absolute nightmare. It is far too susceptible to breakdown and is very expensive to fix.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th May, 2003
13th Jun 2007, 19:19
I wrote this review 4 years ago.
I still have the Jeep, and I keep it simply as an emergency back - up vehicle, so over 4 years, it has accumulated about 3000 km.
Now, at 108,000 km I have spent about $1000 MORE on it to replace the front wheel bearings, all 4 shocks, water pump and front brake lines. Now the front ball joints are worn and loose. They need replacement to be safe... and I greased them since new every 4000 km or so...
Jesus, what a pile of crap!!! What car out there needs ball joints and front wheel bearings at about 65 k miles???
At this point the headliner has fallen down and the blower motor is seized. I am disgusted with this experience. No more Jeeps...ever.
30th Aug 2008, 18:48
I think you're just in one of those hit or miss vehicles. Not everything produced off the line is good. I have a 1984 Jeep Cherokee 4-door, and everything thing runs fine. I had to replace the motor at 250,000 miles and the ball joints need to be replaced soon, but that's about all. Overall it's really reliable.
23rd Nov 2014, 01:36
I wrote this review 11 years ago. I have since learned that GM shipped AMC a bunch of defective 2.8 liter V6 engines for the 1984 model year. These engines wore out quickly, or were made in a defective manner, with excess piston clearances. So it's possible an '85 or later V6 will be okay.
I will observe that the 4 cylinder, manual transmission Jeeps of this era were much more reliable.