1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4L 6 cylinder from North America


Truck with attitude


Where to begin...

Car acquired from family for dump runs etc. Needed some work:

Rockers rusted out, installed stainless steel "covers" to pass inspection.

Tires bald - replaced with uh, I don't remember. Sears.

E-Brake didn't work. Turned out Mom had driven a "while" with the e-brake on - glazed the rear pads. Sandpaper.

Exhaust: muffler & tailpipe.

Throttle linkage sticky - pulled apart and wd-40'd it up.

Neutral start failed - grounded out the switch...

Seat sags. Should replace it.

Nothing has broken since the initial rash of repairs, though...

General Comments:

This truck cannot get stuck. 4x4 Command Track option. Two feet of snow, plows had piled ahead higher than the hood. I put it in 4x4 low, said a brief prayer and blew right through it. (Other car is also 4x4 (Kia). Stuck until the snow melted)

This truck is a beast. I like beasts, though. It is old, cranky, ugly and brings a smile to my face when I pass the poor joe's stuck in the snow :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2004

1989 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0 liter from North America


Tough solid engine makes up for all down sides


Oil pressure sending unit replaced at 10000 miles.

Headliner falling down, replaced after ten years


Water pump replaced at 67000 mile


Left front door control unit replaced after ten years.

All injectors replaced at 122000 miles.

In tank fuel pump replaced 131000 miles.

Four coolant bottles replaced so far.

All wear and tear parts such as shocks, rotors, brake pads, shoes, hoses, fan belts, and body repainting were normal.

General Comments:

Engine is bulletproof, no oil burning between 3000 mile filter and oil changes.

Leather seats excellent, little wear.

Nice tight steering radius.

Good long roof top rack.

Good rear storage with back seat down.

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

Review Date: 15th May, 2003

1989 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L from North America


Jeep: There is only one


Auto shop drove engine without oil and blew it, then refused to replace it, so I did that at about 180,000 miles.

I replaced/upgraded the transmission from the weak Peugeot that was used for a few years in the '80s to one of the AX-15 transmission that are used in the newer ones. Huge improvement.

Grenaded a rear differential when one of the carrier bearings went bad at about 200,000 miles, but this gave me a good excuse to re-gear.

Outside support on the bottom of the driver's seat broke, so I had to replace the seat. Also lever for seats to rotate forward to allow access to the rear seats (2 door) stopped working. After opening the bottom of the seat-back, a zip-tie was all that was required to solve the problem.

As a unibody, body damage can be expensive to repair.

General Comments:

My jeep has over 200,000 miles on it and it still holds up great. I routinely beat this thing up on the trails and off-road rally-ing, and so far have had no major problems to speak of.

I have 3 inches of soft suspension lift on it without any sway-bars, and it still corners better than a lot of stock trucks out there and even better than many cars. The suspension lift is fairly cheap (no IFS) and creates one capable off-roader that still maintains great on-road characteristics as a daily driver.

The motor still pulls great through rocks in 4Lo at 250 rpm without my foot on the gas or the threat of dieing (loads of torque).

Everything on this vehicle is pretty straight-forward and easy to work on (mechanically). This is a great vehicle if you would like to learn to work on your on stuff, but are a little timid about getting started. It is even better because they did not add the computers until '91.

Very stable off-road and on.

Very capable and relatively cheap off-road machine that is still comfortable on-road with enough room to take four people camping or to sleep two in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2003