1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from North America


Not too frilly, but downright tough


Replaced the radiator, power steering pump, water pump (three times), serpentine belt (three times), thermostat (three times), exhaust system, flange gasket in exhaust manifold, and added a transmission cooler.

I've also replaced the brakes at least 4 times.

All these repairs were done over the course of over 317,000 miles.

General Comments:

Dollar for dollar, this has been a tough rig to beat. We bought this Jeep new back in 1995, and I am still driving it today. It now has over 317,000 miles on it, and the engine and transmission have never been rebuilt. The inline six has real snap to it.

I've used the Cherokee to tow a utility trailer, motorcycle trailer loaded with dirtbikes, dog trailer loaded with equipment and four large dogs, and our family tent trailer. We even owned an old style, really heavy, travel trailer at one point. The Jeep hauled that around as well, although it got downright scary at times.

I've owned three Jeep Cherokees. The first was a 1988, and that rig was still running strong when I sold it at 267,000 miles. My wife currently drives a 1996 Cherokee, and has 167,000 on it. These inline 6 cylinder motors are good ones. Keep the oil changed, and they just keep going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2009

25th Dec 2009, 09:14

My mother has a 1995 too, and the thing is bulletproof. It has 200,000 miles on it. It has the same engine, same transmission, etc. She has replaced items that go bad on any car like a radiator, etc.

The funny thing is she has been waiting for this car to die as an excuse to get a new car, but it won't die. With proper maintenance she will get 300,000 no problem.

7th Feb 2014, 23:31

This is a follow up to my original comments on my 95 Jeep Cherokee. Well, I finally sold the old Jeep. It had 357,000 miles on it when I sold it, and it was still running strong. Maybe not quite as strong as it used to be, but the motor or transmission never did have to be rebuilt. I was going to keep it, just to see how long it would go, but the wife said sell, so that's how it goes. Fortunately we still have a 96 Cherokee, and it's going strong as well. It has a mere 220,000 miles on it. So, I plan to be in a Cherokee for quite some time yet.

1995 Jeep Cherokee Orvis 8 cylinder from North America


Love it!!!


At 75,060 miles, 1/16/03, replaced radiator.

Ar 93,448 miles, 1/30/06, repaired non working speedometer, drivers door lock latch, several windows electrical.

As of the last couple of years, have had to use remote to unlock car as unlocking with key sets off the alarm.

Currently auto is in the shop being checked for occasional dying while driving. As of yesterday, they can find nothing wrong with it. Still checking today.

General Comments:

As an only owner to this car, I can testify this has been a great auto.

Other than normal maintenance, only two significant repairs were needed after 75,000 miles, radiator replacement and electronic repair to windows,door and speedometer.

Though never garaged, the interior leather is in great condition. Still has good interior and exterior appearance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2009

1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0 H.O. from North America


A great way to learn, have fun and look good


Interior still is in good condition.

Replaced the water pump, valve cover gasket, couple of hoses, rear engine seal, radiator, front rotors and pads.

Tightened the torque bolts in tranny.

Sounded like my oil pan being hit with a bat on start up. Thank you Mr. Ford for that race and my buddy who helped me identify the problem and saving me some cash. Try explaining that to your wife. "What Happened"! me..."Ahhhhhh, the truth or what you want to hear" hangs head. Replaced the sending unit as well. All the rest were improvements for performance and cooling.

General Comments:

My Jeep called (grunt) has been the only vehicle that I have owned over 5 years. It is a vehicle that does require maintenance for some leaks and some general items, but I can tell you it has always got me down off the mountain.

Paint is still good on the roof and sides of the vehicle, no rust on the vehicle (yes we live in Canada), but on the hood of the truck the paint has thinned out, but we are changing that this spring with a performance addition for the K&N system.

Does have a cooling problem; we tow a off road tent trailer, which is 3,000 pounds loaded up, so there are some current issues there.

New radiator was put in with hoses. I do have a problem with pressurization of the cooling system, and have gone through a couple of radiator caps.

Moved the electric fan control to inside the cab of the Jeep, so it's now a manual switch which allows me to control a little more when "I" think extra cooling is needed. It has worked well.

Jeep Cherokee's have a problem with heat.. there is no doubt with that, and has been our focus to solve for towing during the summer, or actually fishing season period.

Watch your thermostat, make sure it is working well. We have cut two holes towards the back of the jeep hood, and covered with a nice vented plastic for heat to come out, headers are wrapped as well for less heat inside the engine compartment. Added super cool additive used on the drag strip to the coolant, this has helped substantially. Additional cooler added for transmission. We are putting in new gears for towing as we are a little out and need to drop the ratio. It's just common sense.

As for power, the 4.0 H.O. is about torque. I can tell you the K&N cold intake system has worked well, amongst other things done) not all listed here. I chose to use a spacer for the injection system, there is a difference, but you will have to decide where you want the power, I chose mid range. Please don't fall for systems that say they will give you "turbo" power.

We have changed the spark plus assemble to Low ohm, however there is no performance available, and my own humble knowledge for a distributor system that will match that. I keep "grunt" our Jeep well maintained, and with all the crap I have inside the Cherokee (yes I am a button and switch guy) 0 to 60 is 7.1 seconds... yes my father doesn't believe it either (muscle car guy), try it 13 times on a good day. Numbers don't lie, and honestly.. not a super number, but good for a Cherokee.

Cherokees are not racers, they work hard and they do pull.. just don't expect something that is beyond what it can do.. if you are a fisherman like me, use low range and fix your heating issues when going up a mountain.. as I said, it has never let me down, we love the truck and with a new baby on the way, there is no new vehicle that we would buy, this one has gone over the Coquihalla so many times, and we know it gets me back home every time.

As for the fuel, did you really buy a Cherokee for fuel mileage? Keep it under 100 km per hour if you want to save fuel and your foot off the gas. Hard to do with a intake system :)

It looks like a coffin, mine easily roasts the back tires (30's deep dish), a couple of imports left behind, and one Ford and GM truck (for the record the Ford was only by half a hood length).

The seats are uncomfortable after 4 hours.

It's a good truck to learn basic maintenance and leaks (if you don't want those, then don't buy it or learn how to fix them, it's not that hard a good father and son project, or mom and son project), but the truck will always get you home.

I love vehicles, owned a lot, changed every year.. this one, I have had for five years, and as much as people have asked to buy it.. I just can't do it.. Love the Jeep, and the fun... cheers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2009

18th May 2017, 22:17

I hear ya brother. I have a '95 4.0 high output with 201,000 miles, from the original owner. The complete file since new, window stickers, etc. Over 65 oil changes, everything. Turn key car. I've had 4 Toyota 4x4s (runners and P/U's) and Ford 4x4 trucks (with all due respect to the F150-w/302 auto), and even tried Subaru Outbacks for 6 months, then went back to Jeep. Parts are cheap, and I can spin the wheels anytime I want. BUT, WHEN I LOCK INTO 4X4, SHE REALLY LETS ME KNOW that Jeeps were designed for military use (I'm a 10 year vet). I'll go anywhere these people can with their new fancy $rigs.

Enjoy, Scott.