1987 Jeep Wagoneer Reviews

1987 Jeep Wagoneer XJ 4.0 liter in-line 6 from Puerto Rico

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter in-line 6 Automatic
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance285000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

I've never had so much fun in a car - of the 21 I've had

Faults:

The AW-4 transmission has been rebuilt 2 times.

Engine hasn't been opened.

3rd radiator.

3rd water pump.

2nd power steering pump.

2nd alternator.

3rd A/C compressor, 2nd A/C evaporator, 2nd AC blower (A/C used all the time here).

Changed the brake booster 6 years ago, although it was working OK.

Rust - the truck has been painted 2 times.

Last original injector was replaced in Dec-08.

Has been on a flat-bed only once.

General Comments:

This is my hunting and fishing car, also my spare car. Has a great 4x4 transfer case - the NV/NP 242 - with a full-time 4x4 position. My daily car is a 99 Cherokee, with the same transfer case.

Love how it drives, on the expressways and on the country roads. Stable (except on bumpy roads). Has 31 x 10.5 Uniroyals, no lift.

I don't know what I'll do when it finally quits. XJ's with the 242 transfer case are rare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2011

1987 Jeep Wagoneer Limited 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Good SUV with good mileage.

Faults:

Needed rear brakes when I got it, and I replaced those.

It would fail to start occasionally, and it was a faulty starter relay (check for this).

After hitting the logging roads a bunch, the front end developed a disconcerting wobble, but this was fixed by replacing the track bar and getting new rubber all the way around.

General Comments:

It has been excellent (with exception to these minor problems), and gets about 17 or 18 mpg.

It is nice for camping, and going up on logging roads, but I would never consider it a true off-road vehicle (like a CJ or wrangler).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2004

26th Sep 2005, 01:25

I've had a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer Limited since 1993 - I swear by it and keep it roadworthy. It has two aggravating characteristics a) the fuel drains back into the tank making it harder to start and b) it develops air locks in the cooling system. It is otherwise pleasant to drive/camp/tow boats and expect to keep it another 12 years. Over the past 12 years I've replaced headlight mounts, frost plugs, battery, coolant reservoir, muffler, oil pan, brakes twice, welded the driver's seat, repaired side view mirrors, fixed rocker panels, fixed driver side door hinges, fixed aluminum wheels, fixed electric windows, replaced windshield, starter motor twice, alternator, water pump, power steering pump and head lining and I expect to spend $500 a year keeping it up. It now needs a new front wheel bearing which has been rumbling since I have had it, remount rear bumper and new front loudspeakers. It will never end I expect, but it is too good to scrap. It is still the best vehicle I have driven and have every confidence in its ability to extricate the driver from what would ordinarily end up in being towed.

They are worth hanging onto.

1987 Jeep Wagoneer LTD 4 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4 liter Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

No more SUVs for me

Faults:

Engine with hesitation, ignition, spent in 3 years $6000.

I traded the car for $2000 and was very happy not to have it.

General Comments:

No power for a 4 liter, not a stable car, lots of things go wrong when you are not expecting it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2000

8th May 2001, 18:35

What sort of mileage did you get? I have an 86 and it just sucks the gas..

Thanks,

Michael.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews