1986 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L gas from North America
Awesome truck past its prime
The Jeep was bought at auction in a deplorable state.
Engine seems to run fine, long cranking time, but never fails.
Seats have no support left what so ever.
Radiator had to be immediately replaced.
Clutch slave cylinder replaced due to massive leakage.
Bottom of vehicle nearly completely rusted out.
The vent system is stuck on defrost, but the a/c still works.
Lost rear wheel on highway due to a completely destroyed bearing (my fault, the jeep stayed straight even while skidding on the rear end). Had to replace the rear end.
The lift gate is now seized.
I would love to have a Cherokee with about 200000km on it.
Mine went to rust and shatters from the previous owner.
Very fun to fool around in, tons of power, (top speed of 170km/h in this junker still!) and even with a broken locker in the front, it still can get through the snow.
My Jeep has gone past its prime and it needs to find a parking spot in the bush.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2004
I have a 1989 Cherokee and at 160000 miles I lost the right rear wheel as well.
I also had to replace the slave cylinder due to major leaking.
The six cylinder in all older Jeeps have a long cranking time. It is just how they run.
You wrote "The vent system is stuck on defrost, but the a/c still works."
I had this problem, and I found that there is a black bottle hidden in the tip of the front bumper, on the passenger side.
If the small hose is not connected, or the bottle is damaged, the air will only come through defrost.
I fixed one jeep with duct tape, and another by reconnecting the hose.
Your info on the bottle and hose was right on the money. My 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport was stuck on defrost, but the A/C still worked. There was a big crack in the hose in the engine compartment so I duct taped it closed and the vents work again...thanks!!!
I had the same problem with my 91 jeep stuck in defrost. The hose leading to the front right bumper runs directly past the battery and was eaten by battery acid. I taped it shut with foil tape and the problem was fixed. Thank you so much for taking time to write your advice, you really saved me a lot of troubleshooting. -Ross in Austin, Texas.