I bought the Comanche from the original owner who purchased it brand new. There is very little rust for the year, and most is just bubbles in the paint, but it's still solid underneath the bubbles, so it's not rusty for an 89.
When I got it from the original owner, I noticed the idle was a bit wavy, I asked him if it settled down after it warmed up and he said it has ran that way since day 1. So I am just going to leave it alone, it has never failed aircare emissions tests in the lifetime of the vehicle so it must be running good.
It is remarkable on fuel, I am pleasantly surprised with fuel mileage. I can drive 100 KMS for less than $10. I rarely have to stop and get gas, as I live only KMS from work and this is my daily driver.
It is the 4 cylinder/5 speed model or truck in a RWD version. It is not a 4x4, but all the extra weight taken off makes it great on gas.
I have never owned a Jeep before, but I had been searching for a cheap pickup truck as I need one and just prefer having the option of a truck rather than a car. My last 3 cars were all Honda's. A 90 Accord, a 93 Civic, a 97 Civic, all of which I was confident to drive anywhere in, and the Jeep Comanche is the same as any Honda I have had.
My Comanche was chosen because it had a 4 cylinder engine and a 5 speed transmission. I was concerned with gas mileage so I opted for this truck and I am very happy with the choice. My 97 civic was a 4 door with an automatic tranny and a 1.6 liter engine. I am getting the same kind of mileage out of my Jeep Comanche.
A lot of people inflate their mileage for whatever reason so I was skeptical, but yes the 4cyl/5speed Comanche is excellent on gas, I use maybe $20 every 2 weeks. I rarely have to get gas, and even when it's on 1/4 tank I still have days before I need to get gas, and when I do it's just another $20 and it keeps me going for another 2 weeks. This is how my little Honda cars were on gas too.
I would recommend this truck to anyone that likes reliability and cheap fuel costs, and it has a 4000-5000 pound payload which is comparable to any fullsize, but at 1/3rd the cost of fuel.
I won't be getting rid of my Comanche anytime soon, and with all the money I save on gas I plan to invest it back into my Comanche, and in the end it pays for itself with the usefulness and cheap cost to run.
Any 84-2002 Cherokee can be used for a wide range of parts for the Comanche, and it's a short box so it's easy to park, as easy as my 97 4 door Civic was. Mind you, I don't have a canopy or a camper or anything obstructing my view out the back window, so it's easier, except the Comanche doesn't have power steering, which is all part of why I get such great gas mileage.
The power steer pump runs off the engine, wearing it out and sucking up some of the power, so although power steering is nice to have, I don't mind not having it. The cheap gas price makes up for it by more than enough for me to live with it. It can be a workout turning it while sitting still, but I really am used to it after only 2 months of ownership.
I also bought new high end plug wires and mid-range plugs, and have already done 2 oil changes on it with a new filter the second time. I've also earned about $200 just moving things for people, and that more than makes up for the parts I put into it, and covered my insurance payment for a month as well.
It has been a great truck with a lot of character and ruggedness. I am now a Jeep fan after 20 years of driving and never giving a Jeep a second look.