21st Aug 2004, 21:07
I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee sport and must say that I love it, however, I have had constant problems since buying it used in 2001 with 32,000 miles. The front brakes continually warp! Ceramic pads have been installed with top of the line rotors and still they warped in 2 months with normal around town driving, I have replaced them 2 times already and am due for the third replacement in 2 days. Also, as I have discovered, I am not the only Jeep owner with a water problem. When the Jeep is parked on level ground, water enters from nobody knows where and water runs underneath the dash board onto wires and onto the passenger side floor. I too, also have the malfunctioning fuel gage and have discovered that it corrects itself after running the Jeep for a while. I must say that I love my Jeep, but wonder how many Jeeps are out there with the same problems as mine.
28th Sep 2004, 12:57
I've owned a 1998 Jeep Cherokee since day 1 and have put 195,000 km on it. I love it. It has never left me on the side of the road. Fantastic off road. The only issue I have is that about once a year, the check engine light turns on and the diagnosis is "a conflict between 2 sensors". We reset the system and ignore it. Happens every August.
12th Feb 2005, 08:22
My '98 Cherokee Sport has over 141,000 miles, has never been in for a single regular checkup, and has given me almost no trouble at all. I agree that this guy must have gotten a bad egg.
14th Jul 2005, 08:37
I have 128K on mine. No problems AT ALL until 45 days ago. Since then my radiator went out, my transmission seems to be slipping, my engine light stays on (signaling the electronic problem with the transmission) and now my mechanic hears something in the engine that he believes indicated the engine is going out. I loved it too, now I am just doubting the Jeep line. After this body, there is nothing out there that I can even look at.
19th Jun 2007, 09:22
No matter what vehicle you own it will need some repairs, the repairs you have listed are nothing to serious at all, some people need engines, transmissions etc. I have had 3 of these jeeps and they are the best!
12th Aug 2007, 14:41
I bought my 98 Jeep Cherokee Classic, 4.0 straight 6, brand new. It now has 186,000 miles on it, and the only repairs I have had to do on it were in the last year. Water pump, power steering pump and an alternator, think about it... any other car would probably had a problem with the the transmission and/ or engine by time it hit 120,000 miles. The total cost of these repairs were about $170 and about an hour and a 1/2 of his life. None of these repairs left me stranded either. I drove it home after each of these problems occurred.
My 92 Ford Explorer, 6 months after the warranty ended had a replaced $1700 transmission and a $1000 head job, not to mention the Firestone Tire recall which still cost me $400 after the rebate, the starter, the alternator, and the water pump twice. All these repairs took place within a 6 month period. If my rear-view mirror fell off and my lights blew out on the dashboard, oh well fix it... it a $10 fix all together... super-glue and a bulb! If the rotors wear out replace them, it's an easy fix as well with anyone with tools and a jack. Or stop beating on the vehicle, that Jeep should of lasted until it rusted out...
3rd Sep 2007, 02:36
I bought my 1998 Cherokee Sport new and have 31,000 miles on it now. It never gave me any trouble until a month ago. As I was driving along it suddenly died. I managed to get it off the road, but then it restarted and I drove home. Two days later I ran out to the store and it wouldn't start. Turns out I needed a new fuel pump. Okay, had that done and it ran fine. Exactly two weeks later, once again it wouldn't start... luckily I was still at home. Had it towed once again and the mechanic needed to change two relays and his scanner showed a crack in the vacuum hose which he repaired. I love my Jeep and keep it in good shape, but since the recent problems I'm afraid to drive it outside my area in fear something else will go wrong and being a "nervous nelly" doesn't help either. I've often been told it looks like I just drove it out of the showroom and having only 31,000 miles on it, I know I wouldn't get much if I traded it in. Does anyone have any idea how much it could be sold for privately?
21st Oct 2007, 11:45
I have been looking at a 1998 Jeep Cherokee with 132000 miles on it. I need a car to drive from late December until about early March. I normally drive an SLK and last year it told me in no uncertain terms that it was not a winter/snow car. The Jeep I've been looking at with 132K is clean and drives well, but after reading all of the comments I'm very nervous. The price I've been given is $4000.00. I hate taking any cars to the dealer or shop and people have told me to stay away from a Cherokee Sport (1998-99) because they don't do well over 100K miles. I'm looking for advice from anyone. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for any advice.
24th Oct 2007, 15:29
I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport and absolutely love it. It has 110,000 miles on it and has given me very little trouble. The biggest item was a fuel pump which went out about 2,000 miles ago. An annoying problem is the inside rear-view mirror fell off the windshield last week, but that's an easy fix. The Jeep has gone through the cold and snow of Michigan winters and the heat of Michigan summers and just smiled. I bought it with 50,000 on it and have never regretted the purchase. My son wants to trade me, but there is no way he's getting his hands on my Jeep.
20th Nov 2007, 07:56
I bought my 1998 Cherokee Sport new in Fall 1997. Now ten years later I couldn't be happier with the vehicle. Yes, some repairs, but on net a great functional vehicle. Mine is a 5-speed (had to order it special) with up-country package. Off road it is as good as vehicles costing double or more. Old fashioned part time 4wd, works great in all rough conditions. I will keep it forever if I can.
28th Jan 2008, 02:44
I purchased a 98 Cherokee with 48000 on the clock. Problems so far, fuel pump, dash instruments, (Chrysler won't fix here in Australia), welsh plugs ($1500aus) and the rotors went at 105000KM. Still love the thing, but would like the hemi Grand Cherokee.
22nd Mar 2008, 00:52
I was given my 1998 Cherokee Sport mid summer 2006 when my bosses daughter overheated it and cracked the head. I replaced the head and water pump. It had 138,000 when I registered in 10/2006. It currently has a little over 171,000. During that time period, the only major repairs I had to make was to replace the entire nose, radiator and front lights as a result of sliding on the ice and hitting a STEEL State Park gate at about 30 MPH.
The only other issues I have, are from time to time my gauges stop working, and spring sag.
With 171,000 miles, who cares?
I have recently redone the suspension, and in the process lifted it 4 1/2 inches. I regularly go off roading, and every year I go to a car show up here in Worcester, MA and blow the back tires at least 3 times a day for 4 days straight in the burnout competition. And if you want to see the video, just go to myspace.com/speedemn1 for proof.
The Jeep Cherokee is like any other vehicle... it has to be maintained.
Also, if you're going through brakes that often, it's either you're driving (stop riding the brakes) or the brake calipers are sticking (in that case replace them). I don't go through brakes that often, and I have 31x10.5R15 tires on mine.