1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand


A squeaky, rattler truck with a robust in-line 6


Front passenger side power window motor broke 1 week after purchase.

Fuel gage only works sometimes.

Engine stalls when fuel tank has 1/4 fuel only when turning left.

General Comments:

Purchased this vehicles without a mechanical inspection on a whim for $5000 in the dark!

The passenger power window broke within the first week of ownership, cost $560 to replace, OUCH!

This 4.0 straight six has an enormous amount of torque. It doesn't have to haul a huge amount of weight, so it's very rapid and can take off from a standstill very quickly.

It does not ride very well, so don't expect a car-like ride. It's very much a "truck" that looks like a smooth modern 4x4. This probably appeals too many people anyway.

My 98 model has a number of squeaks and rattles coming from God knows where. Trying to pin-point them all and sort them out would be very time consuming, you've just got to live with them. My mechanic has told me they're all like that.

There is one particular thud that is annoying that seems to be coming from the front passenger side suspension.

I also have a fuel surge problem when the car has 1/4 tank of fuel. The engine will stall when turning left, which can be really dangerous as power is disabled through brakes and steering! You need to stop the vehicle and re-start. I overcome this problem by always making sure there is more than 1/4 tank of fuel!!!

Reverse sounds noisy, but the mechanic says it's fine.

Plastic door strips and fenders have faded badly due to the harsh Australian sun, but the paint seems to be holding up well.

Silly place to keep a spare (up against the side of the boot) as it takes a fair amount of space away from cargo.

Be very careful in the wet! This thing can get very tail happy in 2wd. Make sure the tires are good quality and your right foot isn't too heavy mid corner.

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

Review Date: 12th September, 2008

7th Dec 2008, 22:04

My 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport has been great. The best vehicle I have owned. It has not given me any major problems over the past 8 years. It has been terrific off road and on the city streets as well as the interstates. Great utility vehicle.

5th Jan 2009, 02:22

A quick update on the Cherokee: After 4 months of regular city driving and a couple of 4 hour highway runs, the Jeep hasn't missed a beat. The engine still continues to impress with its effortless torque, the air conditioning is cold and strong, and it has started to grow on me the more I drive it.

The few little annoyances (rattles and fuel gauge glitch) are still there, but seem to give the truck a little character.

All in all, it has been a great bargain buy and the best thing about it is its practicality and usability. It's a car you can take anywhere without the worry of someone dinging or scratching; a couple more marks just give it more personality.

1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0 V6 from North America


Dependable but would not recommend..


Ball Joints like to break at least once a year.

Rear end needs rebuilt, cost $4,000 from dealership though, only paid $5,000 for vehicle, will get rid of it before getting rear end rebuilt.

Heater does not work (blower went out).

Headlights get water in them, and it stays in there for months (no off-road driving or anything).

Engine is loud, even when parked with engine running.

Hit fresh snowbank going around 5mph and front driver side fender came loose.

Leather seats cracked and falling apart (all of them, nobody is even ever in the back one).

Power windows don't always work.

Clock spring broke, seems to be a common jeep problem.

Tailgate doesn't always open like it is suppose to, have to push and hold it down most of the time to get it to open.

Very bumpy ride (on-road).

Very little backseat room if you did have to sit back there (luckily I don't)

General Comments:

Would not buy another, very uncomfortable and prone to problems.

Still runs, not sure for how much longer though.

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

Review Date: 3rd July, 2008

17th Nov 2010, 18:37

Of course it is a bumpy ride! It's a Jeep! You want a non-bumpy vehicle that you can go anywhere in? I don't have an answer for that. Go buy a Cadillac then.