1988 Jeep Comanche Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1988 Jeep Comanche pioneer 2.5L. 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L. 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired242500 miles
Most recent distance247200 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Jeep has had some hit and miss concepts, but this is definitely a hit!

Faults:

I had a blown head gasket at about 247000 miles, but I drove it plenty hard enough to cause that.

The headliner cloth had to be removed because it was sagging, but I don't spend a lot of time looking at the roof anyways.

General Comments:

This truck has ton of get up and go, and enough low end torque to pull my buddies 4x4 Toyota uphill.

This truck is the ultimate work horse and the majority of the ones I see on the road have had ladder racks added and turned into work trucks.

The bench seat is not the most comfortable thing I've ever sat on, but that's about the only thing I would change.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2003

1988 Jeep Comanche Pioneer 4.0L I6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0L I6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance277000 miles
Previous carFord Maverick

Summary:

A member of the family

Faults:

I've replaced the starter twice.

The radiator was replaced at around 170K miles.

The clutch was replaced at 180K miles.

Other than normal wear, I can't think of anything else this truck has had go wrong.

General Comments:

This truck is a loyal friend, even a member of the family.

It cranks in all weather, gets me from A to B comfortably and inexpensively.

Possibly the greatest little pickup ever built.

I will never sell this truck. It's that good.

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

Review Date: 29th August, 2003

1988 Jeep Comanche Pioneer 4.0L 6I from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0L 6I Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance228000 miles
Previous carJeep Wagoneer

Summary:

Never been sorry I bought it!

Faults:

Replaced power steering pump once.

Replaced radiator once.

I had a little work done on the rear main seal.

Replaced Catalytic converter once.

All minor repairs for the amount of miles. I have used this truck as a work horse form day 1.

General Comments:

I bought this truck off the showroom floor with six miles on it.

I have hauled everything from furniture to cords of wood.

I towed a boat for two years that I swear weighed more than the truck. Other than being pulled down the dock a bit, she worked like a champ!

I have a new Ford Windstar now, but my Comanche is still going like crazy.

After all these years and all the miles, this truck still has the power that it did on day one.

I love this truck! I am now getting ready to start refurbishing it.

I can't imagine life without it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2003

22nd Nov 2004, 01:20

I feel the same way about that little truck. All my friends keep telling me it's old and should be shipped off to the wreckers because of all the things that are going wrong with it. However, I feel it's just general maintenance, and I'm not willing to give it up until that motor goes. It's been used and abused and it's still going.

1988 Jeep Comanche Pioneer 4.0L in line 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0L in line 6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

The most reliable vehicle I've ever owned!

Faults:

The air conditioner blower motor stopped working in the first year.

The paint started fading out on the hood, roof and bed rails after about three years.

The gear shift indicator is off a half notch between drive and third.

I had to replace the head gasket at about 98,000 miles.

I converted the air conditioning to R-134 at 157,000 miles.

I had to replace the fuel pump at 157,000 miles.

The radiator had to be replaced at 148,000 miles.

The wiper motors do not distinguish between slow and fast continuous speeds.

General Comments:

I've had fewer problems with the Comanche than with the new 1998 Chevy Malibu I only had until recently.

The Comanche has a lot of pick up (pardon the pun) for a mid-sized truck.

The engine still runs as well as it did the day I bought the truck new in 1988.

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

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

17th Aug 2003, 13:37

My aunt's ex boss had a jeep comanche. With his permission, He let's us get in his Comanche. And every time just about. we get in it to take off the next time she start it, it die on us. and she tries to get it start back up again, but it didn't start until she pumped the gas to make it start. Other than that, that's not strange.

10th Aug 2005, 00:11

My old Comanche did the same thing I even replaced the hole fuel system and still nothing. So I took it to a dealer and it turned out to be one of the brain boxes. Ran fine till the day I sold it.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 29 reviews