1989 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

1989 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0 straight six from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 straight six Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carGeo Tracker

Summary:

This is one amazing and reliable vehicle

Faults:

I have had to do general maintenance on this Jeep, and that is basically it, and I have beat this thing every day since I got it. The only time it has ever had a problem, was when the fuel pump went out in the middle of trail, and I was still able to drive it home; it would just stall about every mile.

A recent problem is my drive chain in my NP 242 transfer case is stretched, but this is due to how I drive, and I will guarantee that you will never find another person who drives as hard and fast as I do down two tracks.

General Comments:

Although this vehicle does have the old vehicle steering, it does not drive bad. Gas mileage is not great, but not terrible either.

This Jeep has taken beating after beating, and never lets me down, from jumping hills, to high speed passes down rough trails, to drifting, and redlining the motor.

I would recommend one of these to anyone who is looking for a good, reliable vehicle that will get you almost anywhere you want to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2012

1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 4.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired143098 miles
Most recent distance143098 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

I love Jeeps

Faults:

I have just bought a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer.

The rocker panels are rusted out on it, but other than that, the body is in great shape. The clear coat is starting to peel, like most Jeeps.

This is my second Jeep. I love Jeeps. This Jeep will be fixed up and looking brand spanking new.

As like other Jeeps, the roof liner is falling down, but they are easy to put back up, or you can to put something else up.

Unlike other Jeeps, the rear door doesn't have any rust, but the wiper does not work on it; no clue why.

It still has the original radio in it, but it has a blown fuse.

So in plain terms, this Jeep is like others, and like many people do, I'm do going to fix her up, because I love Jeep.

General Comments:

In plain terms, I would recommend anyone to buy a Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2012

16th Jul 2012, 17:31

Just a note, the rear hatch won't rust on a 1989. It's not made of sheet metal.

Just bought one as well, about 1 week ago. Basically, no rust to speak of on this one either. But it does need other work before it hits the road.

1989 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L inline 6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0L inline 6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Summary:

Good truck to buy and have fun with!

Faults:

Overheats.

Alternator blew up.

Truck quits when I hit puddles or go in water.

Rear end is too light.

Really wobbly when lifted.

4WD high is under powered for an inline 6.

General Comments:

This truck is very fun to 4x4! It will go anywhere.

It likes mud. Lots of power in 4WD low.

I will out wheel any of my friends, and when it's not quitting, it's running great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2012

1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L inline-6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0L inline-6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance192500 miles

Summary:

With the 4.0L, it's a poor man's Cummins diesel

Faults:

Replaced 3 water pumps, 2 starters, 4 serpentine belts, 3 radiator recovery bottles, and front left brake hose.

Also sunroof leaks badly, which has ruined the headliner.

Two of the four power windows don't operate.

General Comments:

This vehicle is the very best driving experience since I got my license at 15.

The cabin is a classic traditional environment with full instrumentation, meaning a six gauge cluster vs. today's typical four gauge clusters.

The engine and drivetrain are the best especially the transmission. The AW-4 automatic since I've owned it has been trouble-free. It was made to handle some larger engines exceeding the 4.0L.

The engine is as powerful as some smaller V8's, and gets decent fuel economy. I typically get around 23-24 on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2010

1989 Jeep Cherokee inline 6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles

Summary:

Jeep, going places, smiling faces

Faults:

Drives a little rough, but it keeps going and going... often imitated, never duplicated - JEEP.

General Comments:

Power, reliable, for over 20 years still running strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2010

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 33 reviews