1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 4.0L inline 6 from North America


If cars could be cloned, I'd clone this one in a heartbeat!


The headliner fabric came loose after 10 years.

The paint finish began to fail after 13 years.

General Comments:

After driving my 4-cylinder Datsun pick-up around for six years, the pep and agility of this Cherokee was a real thrill.

I used the 4WD feature during South Dakota winters, and was pleased with the immediate, sure-footed response.

Mechanically reliable when maintained on a regular schedule, this Cherokee has been very forgiving with less regular care.

The seats are comfortable for long-distance driving, and the cargo area is very adequate.

The rear seating area is not easy to enter and exit for any person over the age of 10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2009

1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 4.0 Liter inline 6 from North America


No regrets whatsoever buying it!


The original clutch gave out after 202,000 miles. The second clutch was replaced at the same time the engine was, and had 397,000 miles on it.

The original engine was replaced at 599,000 miles, mainly because it was leaking oil out of the rear seal as fast as I could put it in.

The original starter failed almost 11 years to the day I bought the vehicle.

The front axle has been rebuilt twice.

The clear coat finish started to peel after a few years, and is now completely gone from the hood and roof.

On the average, a water pump has lasted two to three years.

The belt idler pulley seized after 20 years, causing the belt itself to break. I replaced both after having the vehicle towed home that same day.

General Comments:

When I bought this vehicle, I said there was no reason I couldn't put 300,000 miles on it. Well, it's got 669,000 and is still rolling along!

It still has its original muffler and exhaust system, and the muffler has the old American Motors logo on it.

The transfer case, transmission and rear axle are still untouched. I've been running synthetic gear lube since 1989-90.

Although most of the front suspension has been replaced, the ball joints are still original. I grease them whenever I change the oil - every other month.

I've averaged 90,000 miles on a set of tires. Two sets lasted over 100,000 miles. I'm on my eighth set now.

The biggest surprise has been fuel economy. Most of my driving is on the highway, and I generally average between 25 and 28 mpg depending on the season.

Most of the engine components are readily accessible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2009

1988 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0 l6 from North America


These are priceless in my books


The only real things wrong with this is the A/C stopped working (no big deal).

The power locks stopped working.

The oil pan gasket and the rear main seal needed to be replaced.

All u-joints had to be replaced.

And as a precautionary measurement, I replaced the complete front end.

General Comments:

This is the best vehicle that I have ever owned, and I would not trade it or get rid of it for anything in the world.

The toughest most reliable and most dependable S.U.V. on the market. Way better than any new model on the market.

The only down side to this manufacturer, is that they are no longer made by AMC. I think Chrysler makes them too cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

1988 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4L Inline six from North America


21 years, 167000 miles, two continents, and still going!


A/C compressor first six months.

Battery every two to three years.

Both d/p side view mirror adjustment cables broke in 1993 (12 years)

A/C freon valves failed in 2005.

Alternator died at 167000 miles and 21 years.

General Comments:

Three rear end collisions and the rear bumper is still perfect, totaled the three cars.

This thing is a tank!

Driven from California to Rhode Island and back three times, all over the country of Panama, and in the Siera mountains skiing. Goes anywhere!

Great ground clearance.

Great room in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2008

1988 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0 liter from North America


Well made and rugged


Bought the Jeep for $2500 Cdn. in Dec.2005 - Low mileage.

Have not driven it since - stored all winter - body great.

It is standard 4X4 - 5 speed - did not pass emissions test in Ontario. I am changing all emission control systems - new catalytic converter - bought new rocker panels to cut out old rusted ones.

Starts great after sitting for months - seems reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th September, 2008