1986 Jeep Wagoneer Reviews

1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance260000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta


Takes an utter beating and keeps right on going


At 190,000 miles the 2.8L V6 engine died. I replaced it with a 3.4L and added another 80,000 miles to it. Only years of utter neglect made it time to replace it.

General Comments:

I loved this Jeep. It took over a decade of my neglect and have nary a complaint. I had to put a new engine in it when the old one spun a main bearing (the 2.8L is a known to have oil problems). I replaced it with another 3.4L GM V6 long block and it's still going strong another 80,000 miles later. It's only because the front springs and shocks wore out and let me hit a pothole hard to enough to crack the oil pan that I stopped driving it. The paint went to hell (maroon with that fake woodgrain trim) back in the 90's. But only recently has it developed any rust (driver's floor in wheel well and bottom of passenger rear door).

I basically treated this thing like crap, doing NOTHING other than change the oil. No washing, vacuuming or any sort of decent care. It, of course, looks like Hell because of it. But it kept running quite well up until the very end.

Were Jeep to have continued making the Cherokee-style body I'd have bought a new one in a heartbeat. Instead I bought a new 2006 Grand Cherokee (and love it).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2006

1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited 2.3 Litre V6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 Litre V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired85177 miles
Most recent distance87871 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban


Awesome off-road beast


Not much, when I bought her, she had some engine trouble, as the truck had sat for at least 5 years without being run. The engine block was cracked, but luckily, I found a parts vehicle and took the engine out. Otherwise, no problems except for hard starts and a rip in the leather.

I also had some trouble with the rear factory audio system, but nothing that couldn't be fixed with new wiring.

Also, the back hatch seems to be coming apart, but only needs a new screw.

The power antennae is stuck in the up position and the right front area leaks water in heavy rain, but that may be due to the antennae being broken.

General Comments:

A very nice truck to drive, I enjoy my Wagoneer immensely. I get a lot of looks on the road, and everyone in the area knows my Wagoneer.

The seats are comfortable, and it is easy to drive. The only downside to this car is the serious lack of gas mileage. It gets anywhere from 12-15 miles per gallon, but the fuel gauge fluctuates a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2004

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews