1988 Jeep Cherokee Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1988 Jeep Cherokee Cheif 4.0L Straight 6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.0L Straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance207000 miles

Summary:

Jeep Cherokees are best 4 wheel drive vehicles ever produced

Faults:

Engine replaced at about 150,000 miles.

Front suspension/steering problems (wobble at 55mph).

Bad steering damper.

Fuel pump replaced at 175,000 miles.

Paint chipped and worn.

Muffler brackets rusted and broken.

High pressure hose on steering pump leaked at 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

By far the best vehicle I have ever owned. I would reccomend this vehicle to anyone.

Most of the smaller parts on my jeep are very easy to access. All repairs I have done so far have taken less than 2 hours; these repairs include changing the fuel filter, the oxygen sensor, the steering damper, the high pressure line, and the front bumper.

The steering is amazing. My Cherokee corners like a small car. I would reccomend a lift if you ever plan to take a Cherokee offroad. Note that if you lift more than 2 inches, you start running into steering and suspension issues.

I get 16 miles to the gallon on average. There are two current issues I am having with the vehicle. First, it takes a while to start (it turns over, but it acts like its not getting gas). Second, on occasion its rear end will "slip" or "hop" when I am traveling down the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

25th Jun 2006, 18:17

I have to agree with that... I just bought a 1988 Jeep Cherokee, and bought a new fuel pump, and fuel filter, it will start sometimes, but when it doesn't it acts like its not getting any gas to the front,but it is... I do not understand why it is doing that... can anyone help?

1988 Jeep Cherokee from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

I love my Jeep!!!

Faults:

Rear main seal leaks.

Radiator kept overheating mysteriously when it wanted to.

Valve cover gasket leaks a lot.

Air conditioning stopped working.

Heat hardly works.

General Comments:

I own a 1988 Jeep Cherokee and drive this vehicle like a madman. I love it. Although it smokes and makes different sounds each day I drive it (nothing a quick wash at the car-wash can't handle), it's been the most dependable, fun, entertaining car I've ever owned. I just had a new Nissan and a newer Jetta, and they were garage rats (no offense Jetta/Nissan people.. but the cars I owned just sucked).

I came to this site because a friend wanted to sell me her Jeep. I am so glad I stopped by. Her Jeep shakes after 55 she said. Seems like you have helped me make up my mind. Shame on you New Jeep Making People. Take those rattle traps off the road and get the old plans back out. Jeeps are great, but I want to live. Thanks.

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

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1988 Jeep Cherokee pioneer 4.0 Power Tech from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Power Tech Automatic
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

"It's a Jeep Thing"

Faults:

Valve cover gasket, vacume line replacement, alternator, idler pulley, rear hatch supports, front brakes, front brake lines, manifold gasket, front link bar, front/rear shocks, track bar, temp. sending unit, oil sending unit, knock sensor, steering damper, transmission mount, fuel filter.

General Comments:

Still the best AMERICAN four wheel drive built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2005

25th Nov 2005, 07:52

WHAT'S a "Jeep thing"? Having to replace a lot of parts?

26th Nov 2005, 16:23

Still that's a lot of money and parts to put into an 88'. I own a 99 sport and I had a 86 S10 Blazer 4x4 before that. The 4x4 in the blazer was stronger than the 4x4 system in my 99 Cherokee Sport, but both are still great 4 wheel drive vehicles. Jeeps are great for the performance from the 4.0 Inline Six along with their reliability. However, when you start having to dump a lot of money/parts into an old SUV to keep it running, road-worthy, and safe, its usually a good sign to retire/sell it. That's why I sold my 86 S10 Blazer 4x4.

1988 Jeep Cherokee Base 6 cylinder. 4.0 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder. 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carDatsun 280ZX

Summary:

Great Mid-Sized SUV!

Faults:

Engine Fire.

Oil Leak.

Paint Damage On Hood From Fire.

General Comments:

Other than the engine catching fire this was a really good ride. Traded it for an 88 Camaro Z28 after a chicken truck backed into me causing front end damage to my ride. The 4.0 motor in these are one of the best 6 cylinders ever made in my opinion. I plan on purchasing another to give some off road hell to. One thing I never could figure out about this thing was the fact it never had a passenger side mirror. It looked like it came from the factory that way. I know it was a base model - i.e. no power options at all - but it shouldn't have come so standard as to not have a mirror.?.? Anyway, this ride is a good overall vehicle, would make a great first car for your wild and crazy teenager!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 42 reviews