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

1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 2.5 from North America


Primitive, but charismatic


My family has owned this Jeep for about ten years, and I can't recall a time when it failed to start.

The leaf springs in the rear have de-arched over time to the point where the rear end feels like it's resting on blocks. I replaced the radiator two years ago. The tape deck quit working shortly after we bought the thing. The rocker panels are long gone now from rust. The cruise control and air conditioning have failed. Routine things have been replaced like stabilizer shock and muffler. The gas tank was replaced after I became tired of patching it and re-patching it. I replaced the water pump once.

The one problem that really bugs me is the brakes. Specifically the master cylinder. I've replaced it twice. It seems there is nothing that can be done to firm things up. Step on the brakes on an icy surface and the front discs lock up while the rear drums keep right on turning. I've heard the same thing from other Jeep owners. I don't consider it a really dangerous problem, just really annoying.

Oh yeah, the right rear door handle broke on the outside.

General Comments:

This car has plenty of noise and vibration from it's 2.5, which is surprisingly slow. However, it's pretty easy on the gas.

When you change the plugs on the 2.5, you must remove the air conditioning compressor to access the first plug.

It has a short wheelbase which is nice teamed with 4 wheel drive when you want to explore logging roads.

Our Jeep has a good amount of options. One of my favorites is the front passenger seat. It has a unique reclining swivel that I didn't discover until years after we bought it.

My brother is currently driving the Jeep. It's showing age, but he still really likes it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2003