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4.45 stars

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If You Want A Real Jeep Then You Are Looking At It. by Jared
 — All around amazing Jeep and fun to work on. Almost all years and parts are interchangeable. The development of auto lock ups was a big improvement in the 90's over the air actuated locks that I had on... Read More
I'm A Xj Lover To The Fullest. by 88XJMAN
 — I have owned about 5 xj's.My first one 19yrs old and i had a blast in all of them non of them had a lift on them but i was still able to go any where i wanted to go and through anything offroad pretty... Read More
Jeep Xj= Awsomeness by Matt
 — Performance- A good 4X4 right out of the box, i wouldn't wheel any other stock "SUV" Build Quality- Great AMC quallity Appearance- Sexy in a spartan way 2 door all the way Cost of Owne... Read More

1988 Jeep Cherokee Overview

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1988 Jeep Cherokee

Thanks to its rugged construction, tough Quadra-Link Suspension, and reputation for reliability, the 1988 Jeep Cherokee continued to hang onto its niche in the ever-growing compact SUV market.  A tough, reliable vehicle for passenger and business use, the '88 Cherokee was a strong seller in the US, as well as increasingly popular in the international market.

Some of the features that had made earlier SJ-Series Cherokees so popular with the off-road set remained in the XJ-Series Cherokee.  High ground clearance and rugged four-wheel drive took the 1988 Cherokee over a variety of terrains with ease; its hefty metal construction enabled it to brave the elements and the wilderness.

The previous year's introduction of a new fuel-injected inline-6 proved to be a boon to the Cherokee's popularity.  The '88 Jeep Cherokee shipped off the line with a 2.5 liter AMC inline-4, clocked at 121 horsepower; as of this model year, buyers could upgrade to a new 4.0 liter AMC fuel-injected inline-6, which put out a healthy 173 horsepower.


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i had it looked at by tire discounters ...they said it was a bent axle and so now i'm having trouble locating a right rear axle and yes we've been doing daily driving on it for 4 years no joke it's h...

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Daniel Flores

My 1988 4.0 Jeep Cherokee Wnt Start

i bought it a new sarter a new fuel pump and a new fuel filter and it still wont start it made my battery die on it

348 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 years ago)