1998 Jeep Cherokee Reviews - Page 2 of 17

1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles

Summary:

I can't part with this stupid thing

Faults:

Water pump blew at 40000 miles.

Pinion gear replaced at 80000 miles.

Torque converter came loose.

Passenger window regulator shot at 80000 miles.

Power steering pump at 100000 miles.

Harmonic balancer broke at 140000 miles.

Alternator replaced at 140000 miles.

General Comments:

I am in love with my Jeep.

I have owned this Jeep for 13 years, and been thru good times and bad times. Have had numerous issues with it, but this machine is the best vehicle I have ever had.

I just love to drive it. Visibility is good, power is good, easy to find parts for, and has a very "classy look".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2011

1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carAudi S6

Summary:

Very reliable, basic SUV that can withstand a great deal

Faults:

Beyond the normal wear items (belts, brakes, shocks, lights, etc), I have worked through the following:

Cam shaft position sensor (the car would not start) at 190k.

Small oil leaks.

Electrical wire cut in rear hatch.

Stereo stopped playing CD's.

Driver seat frame broken.

General Comments:

For what this SUV does and what it has been through, this is a great vehicle. This has seen a lot of miles, has been on a lot of dirt roads, has been on four wheeling roads, and has towed fairly heavy trailers. This Jeep has held up very well with few issues, especially compared to the miles. The exterior is still above what is expected, with only a few small areas that I feel are due to aging. The power is quite strong, and it is quick for an SUV. A little under powered for towing, but it only weighs 3300 pounds.

The SUV is pretty small for a 6' guy like me, but works. I was not pleased with the broken seat frame, but the previous owner was a heavy man. The stereo is sub-par, but at least the radio works. All electronics still work and everything mechanically is very strong (motor, tranny, t-case, etc).

Overall, one of the most reliable, basic vehicles I have owned. These Jeeps should be considered the standard in small SUVs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2011

1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport Classic from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance321000 miles

Faults:

Fuel pump and radiator failed at 186,000.

Misfire on two cylinders at 220,000.

Broken A/C, but bought it that way.

Throttle sensor failed at 250,000.

Great car for logging roads, quarry work, and plowing through deep snow.

Not great on gas, but it only cost $2,900 at 146,000 miles, and has averaged less than $1000 per year in maintenance and repairs - including replacing the tires, wipers, having the brakes redone, and a tune up every year. A wonderful car.

I have another Jeep - a 2000 Cherokee, but the head, radiator and manifold all blew this summer at only 218,000 miles. A disappointment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2010

1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

Part of the family

Faults:

The door window motors had to be replaced when I purchased, and was still covered by the warranty.

I had to have the brakes replaced at 85,000, which was not surprising as I live in the mountains and they get a workout.

The water pump was replaced at around the same time.

Other than that I have taken very good care of her, making sure that all routine maintenance was performed in a timely manner.

There are a few things beginning to need attention, the automatic door locks recently stopped working, and blinker needs attention, it blinks fast but bulb is working.

General Comments:

I got my car in 2000, it was two years old and has been exceptionally dependable to me throughout the years. I have had her almost 10 years now and am still taking major trip with her without any fear. I don't think I will ever be able to get rid of her, although I'm told it may be time to consider a new vehicle. The newer Jeeps are not appealing to me, so I am not sure what I will do.

I have the computer in mine, and it has been invaluable to me for long trips, and looking for icy conditions. Although not luxurious inside, it is very comfortable and nothing has broken down in the interior. My Jeep is definitely a workhorse, getting me through the worst snow blizzards and desert 120+ degree weather.

I wish they were still making this model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2009

22nd Nov 2009, 14:19

Thanks for a great review!

I am in agreement, I also wish they were still making this model, however Chrysler has discontinued all of the (superior) AMC designed models, and replaced them with Chrysler designed (and in my opinion far inferior models).

I actually got rid of a brand new Liberty four years ago and replaced it with a 1995 (AMC designed) Wrangler. I then did a complete restoration of the Wrangler and am still driving a very reliable 15 year old Jeep, that looks and drives like new. (Of course for the money spent on the restoration I could have purchased a new Wrangler, but after owning a new '03 Wrangler and a new '04 Liberty, I decided to go back to a Jeep model that I felt was far better made)

Jeep should have never stopped production of the Cherokee and the 4.0 liter engine - They have just not been the same company since.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 62 reviews