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Posted: 8/23/2004 12:07:17 PM EST
1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 95,000 supposed highway miles. The truck looks like it was well taken care of. I'd be paying $4,500. What do you car guys think? What's the history of these trucks? Anybody have one of these?
Thanks guys. I know I'll get the straight scoop here.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 12:08:38 PM EST
If you don't want it, I'll take it !!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:22:28 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:25:41 PM EST
I like mine (also a 1998)! The 1999s & 1998s were the best years (in terms of reliablity) for that model according to Consumer Reports.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:27:36 PM EST
I have a '97 with 70k....replaced a water pump, that's it. If you get it, buy a aftermarket intake from rusty's offroad.......HUGE difference in throttle response and power.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:28:23 PM EST
I have driven Jeeps my whole life.

I had been driving a 77 Wagoneer with a 401 and it was eating me alive in gas charges,
so I found a 91 Cherokee that had 213,000 miles on it. I paid $2000 for it and have put
a 4.5" lift and 32" tires on it and driven it another 30,000 miles so far. Everything works
and I haven't had any problems with it.

I would say go for it, they are really great rigs and will go anywhere if set up properly.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:29:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:35:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 1:37:38 PM EST by MillerSHO]
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:36:38 PM EST
Every Jeep/Chrysler truck owner I have ever known have had bad transmission problems.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:38:09 PM EST
My '88 has just over 303k miles. The Jeep 4.0L is an excellent engine . . .
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:42:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
Every Jeep/Chrysler truck owner I have ever known have had bad transmission problems.



My '88 has the crappy Peugeot, which still works at 303k, but it is probably the worst manual ever put in a Jeep. The later Cherokees (starting around '90) had a Jap 5 speed, same as used in some Toyotas. I believe that the automatics are also Jap trannies, and solid. Basically the Jeeps have good trannies.

The Dodge 2500s and 3500s use the NV 4500 manual, which is also good. I think that newer Fords have tranny issues.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 1:56:24 PM EST
Transmissions , Evaporator Cores ( AC Equipped) , Exhaust Manifolds , and Differential bearings are the biggest issues with Cherokees . I know this list looks scary , but it isn’t that bad compared to other vehicles in this class . Hell I could probably close my doors to everything but Explorers and Blazers and put my kids through college
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 2:00:10 PM EST
Had an '01 Cherokee for awhile, it was a great ride. Very reliable, very nimble off-road, and tons of power. I'd still have it if didn't need a truck.

The downside is that they ride rough, have little interior room compared to other SUV's, and handling on road leaves a little to be desired.

Other than that, they are great vehicles. I'd own another in a heartbeat.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 2:11:23 PM EST
Hi, I own a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport that I purchased new. I have only good things to say about this vehicle, never any problems. I have maintained it according to the book, I was told when I bought it that the 4.0 liter engine was good for 250,000 miles. Back in March I purchased a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee for my wife, they are great vehicles.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 2:23:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 2:44:46 PM EST
Cherokees are pretty good, its the Grand Cherokee that will bend you over.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:04:21 PM EST
Buy $4500. in cheap sneakers, they'll get you farther than that RAGGEDY jeep...!!! They are MECHANICAL JUNK, and that one is SHOT..!!! ( Famous last words from a jeep buyer) "BUT I GOT A REALLY GOOD DEAL." REMEMBER THIS, there are 4 things you see on a JEEP, 1. TEMP TAGS ( some poor unknowing soul just bought one). 2. A FOR SALE SIGN, ( the owner is broke from repairs and it still dont run. 3. A RAG hanging out the window along the road. 4. A TOW TRUCK.
I'm an old timer and a cert. tech, but most people have to learn the hard way. Just hate to see you loose your money.
blade409

C­ertified Tech
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:08:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Blade409:
Buy $4500. in cheap sneakers, they'll get you farther than that RAGGEDY jeep...!!! They are MECHANICAL JUNK, and that one is SHOT..!!! ( Famous last words from a jeep buyer) "BUT I GOT A REALLY GOOD DEAL." REMEMBER THIS, there are 4 things you see on a JEEP, 1. TEMP TAGS ( some poor unknowing soul just bought one). 2. A FOR SALE SIGN, ( the owner is broke from repairs and it still dont run. 3. A RAG hanging out the window along the road. 4. A TOW TRUCK.
I'm an old timer and a cert. tech, but most people have to learn the hard way. Just hate to see you loose your money.
blade409
If I do loose my money, can you tighten it for me?

Certified Tech

Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:15:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Cherokees are pretty good, its the Grand Cherokee that will bend you over.




Just
Empty
Every
Pocket

THats a good buy on a good Jeep, and I have had several. The 4.0 is a solid motor, and both the auto and stick for that year don't have consistant problems. Get a Jeep, they are great vehicles.


[OIIIIIIO]


Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:17:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:18:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By DonS:
My '88 has just over 303k miles. The Jeep 4.0L is an excellent engine . . .



+1

I got 300k + out of my '95 Cherokee ...

Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:19:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By chrome1:
Transmissions , Evaporator Cores ( AC Equipped) , Exhaust Manifolds , and Differential bearings are the biggest issues with Cherokees . I know this list looks scary , but it isn’t that bad compared to other vehicles in this class . Hell I could probably close my doors to everything but Explorers and Blazers and put my kids through college

Huh, no kidding?



100% serious ..... I'd think the world was coming to an end if I didn’t have at least one of each on the schedule every day .
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:35:22 PM EST
If you don't mind an SUV that's a little biased towards the utility aspect, the 91-01 Cherokee's are GREAT vehicles. The 4.0 HO I6 and AW4 4 speed automatic transmissions are virtually bulletproof. Very reliable. It's not uncommon for the little XJs to go well over 200,000 miles without any major mechanical problems. That being said, there will also be nickle and dime stuff that goes wrong but if you're handy with a wrench it's usually not too big of a deal. I'm actually in the market for one myself.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:36:33 PM EST
I have a '97 Cherokee with 108K miles on it-----just spent $1200 last month on a rebuilt transmission. Have also had major problems with brakes, front suspension and exhaust system----to each his own, however, I am not planning to buy another one. Seem to hear the best things about the Toyota 4 Runners and Nissan Pathfinders.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:39:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By ChairborneRanger:
Seem to hear the best things about the Toyota 4 Runners...



Like sagging rear springs and/or blown head gaskets....
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:43:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:46:59 PM EST
I bought my son a 98 Jeep Cherokee for his graduation this year. Had it about 9 months now, have not spent anything on it other than a couple of oil changes. It is a 4 door, auto, 4X4. It is a good driver, plenty of power (for an SUV). Had about 72K on it, up to 78K now. Based on this limited experience I would recommend one.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 3:49:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By chrome1:

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By chrome1:
Transmissions , Evaporator Cores ( AC Equipped) , Exhaust Manifolds , and Differential bearings are the biggest issues with Cherokees . I know this list looks scary , but it isn’t that bad compared to other vehicles in this class . Hell I could probably close my doors to everything but Explorers and Blazers and put my kids through college

Huh, no kidding?



100% serious ..... I'd think the world was coming to an end if I didn’t have at least one of each on the schedule every day .



Cool, we can always use good mechanics on this website.

20 lawyers here and only one guy who can fix a dishwasher...



You can't fix a dishwasher?

Link Posted: 8/23/2004 4:03:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 4:03:49 PM EST by Synister1]
140k on my 93, replaced the waterpump and rad "preventative".

3" OME lift, 31" tires.

Someone I know just rolled to 300K on his 89.

The 4.0l I6 was built to last as is the AW4 tranny.



Link Posted: 8/23/2004 4:08:27 PM EST
I had a '99 Cherokee. I bought it new and my wife had a rather severe wreck envolving a semi. She and my newborn son were in the Jeep. The Jeep was trashed, but neither one of them got a scratch. My insurance company would not total the Cherokee, so my bodyman fixed it the best that he could. It never was the same. I traded it for a brand new 2001 Cherokee Sport for two reasons.......One..I believe that my wife and little boy's life were saved by its rigid construction, and Two...It was the last year for the bodystyle/model. I had my dealer put a 4" lift on it and different wheels and tires. They have plenty of power. I have had zero problems out of mine.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:34:36 PM EST
I've had two Cherokee sports; a 97 and 2000. Both ran flawlessly. I've replaced tires, brakes, battery, changed the oil. All standard stuff. Nothing else needed to be done. My 00 Sport has seen the elephant, too. Trips to and from deer camp in raging blizzards; countless off-road miles to set deer stands and scout hunting locations; the boys and I went from Rapid City SD to Devil's Tower in WY without hitting pavement. I have slept dozens of nights in the back with the seat folded down, hauled deer on the roof rack, taken her camping, hunting, shooting, and into swamps, woods, across prairie, and into the hills and mountains. Road trips to Wyoming, Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, Indiana. And I still get to work every day, too. Buy a good Jeep and any other car will seem inadequate afterwards.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 7:16:12 PM EST
I owned a 1999.

Good trail vehicle. Harsh ride. I once drove mine form Cali to Michigan, my hip hurt like hell by the end of the trip and I'm only 33yo.

Very cramped interior.

Horrible reliability. Drivers power window failed at 35K. Engine started missing at 39K.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 6:22:54 AM EST
Without looking it up that is an excellent price!

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