1990 Jeep Comanche Reviews

1990 Jeep Comanche Eliminator 4WD Short Bed 4.0L I6 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0L I6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance415000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Great daily truck for the money!

Faults:

The manual Alison transmission in this truck has been awesome with no problems. BUT, the internal slave cylinder or throwout bearing has been replaced 6 times in the lifespan of the truck. This was due to a faulty seal design. The major pain is that the entire tranny needs to be removed to replace this $40 slave cylinder. Each time I had replaced it, it could only be bought with the entire clutch kit, so the clutch was replaced every 50K miles or so with it. I do not ride my clutch, so each time the slave cylinder was replaced, I had a clutch that was practically brand new! This wouldn't be a problem on auto tranny models, but those auto trannys wouldn't hold up as well as this Alison one with the 400K+ miles I put on this truck.

All other things were routine maintenance in my book.

General Comments:

The look and running of this truck have been awesome! This truck has seen 2/3 it's life in the NorthEast and 1/3 its life in the Pacific NorthWest. The NE Winters are what did in this truck and force me to sell it this past year (rusted floor board & fenders).

The truck started right up in any weather condition and ran perfectly with minimal maintenance.

I got 20 MPG highway & 20 MPG city - fully loaded pulling a 3500 LB trailer, or empty, I only saw my MPG vary by 1 MPG!

I have a 1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo with the same engine & tranny with 280K miles and still going strong! These were great trucks and beat any of the newer Jeeps out there today! I also have a 2000 Grand Cherokee that I think is garbage compared to these two 1990 Models. But these were AMC designs, not Chrysler.

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

Review Date: 12th February, 2009

1990 Jeep Comanche Base Model 2.5 gas from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

Best little economy truck I have ever had

Faults:

Problem free.

General Comments:

Excellent fuel economy, a little weak on power, but a good all around truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

1990 Jeep Comanche MJ 2.5 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 4 cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carLincoln Town Car

Summary:

I'll keep it no matter what!

Faults:

I thought it had bad lifter, so I replaced all 8. Put it back together, and it's still making the same knocking sound. Sure sounds high on top side. What's the chance it's the bearing, or do I need to let it run longer. Only had it running for 20 minutes or so. Any help out there?

General Comments:

I love this truck. Only paid 800.00 for it, but have big plans. It's 2wd, so I'd like to lower it just a little.

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

Review Date: 14th April, 2007

15th Apr 2007, 09:27

Rather than lowering it and ruining its usefulness, you could pick up a 4WD axle and transfer case out of a junkyard, cheap, from another Comanche or a Cherokee, since they use the same drive train. It's a bit of a process to put it all together, but I've had a friend do it, and it worked very well.

1990 Jeep Comanche pioneer 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

It's a tough truck I myself being a sixteen year old driver will probably drive it forever.

Faults:

I had some electrical problems.

Replaced the brakes once.

Front shocks, and sway bar and the mounting brackets.

Front end shakes at speeds access of 50mph.

General Comments:

Other than the problems above I love my truck.

Despite the absence of four wheel drive I've taken it through some deep stuff.

Sand, snow, mud, puddles it goes through it all.

It's a quick truck I've gone way past 85 on the speedometer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2005

5th Feb 2005, 00:32

These trucks are unstoppable. There a simple design and built to last, that equals trouble-free ownership. Keep up on basic stuff like oil changes and you can expect your Comanche gonna be around for a lonng long time.

16th Apr 2005, 15:13

I agree about the 85 mph speedometer. I have a Cherokee, not a Comanche, with the 4.0L six. It's a strong highway cruiser, but at times I worry about breaking the speedo.

30th Apr 2005, 19:00

You do see a lot of them around, but never with a for sale sign. I have noticed that they are hard to find because nobody wants to sell them. I know a person that drove one until it died at 238,000 miles. He would have rebuilt the motor and kept driving it, but the rust had taken over the body and frame.

10th Feb 2006, 15:50

Update my Comanche above has 4x4 now. New front stabilizer, head gasket, thermostat, resurgaced head, fuel pump, alternator, and floor-boards.

26th Feb 2007, 15:26

Who knew that jeep even built a pickup. That was my thought seventeen years and 263,000 miles ago. Just had the motor rebuilt in order to pass emissions. A superior machine that has lots of things going for it. Billions of Cherokee's make parts available anywhere on the planet, and for the cheapest possible price. No doubt about it, I'm taking mine with me when I die, yep, hope to be driving this six feet under.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews