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1987 Jeep Cherokee Overview

The 1987 Jeep Cherokee enjoyed solid sales in the U.S. and growing sales internationally, consolidating its position as one of the most popular compact sport utility vehicles in the world. The '87 Cherokee filled an important market niche: Its sturdy unibody construction and innovative Quadra-Link suspension made it a tough, reliable vehicle for passenger and business use.

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 4-wheel drive took the 1987 Cherokee over a variety of terrains with ease; its hefty metal construction enabled it to brave the elements and the wilderness.

Thanks to some innovation from the folks at AMC, the 1987 Cherokee had a bit more to offer under the hood. The SUV shipped off the line with a 2.5-liter AMC inline 4-cylinder, 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. Power and torque were back, and Cherokee drivers were thrilled!

Although General Motors acquired AMC during the 1987 model year, the core design and production supervision teams remained in place during the transition. It took a while for GM to start making its mark on the AMC models, especially the more popular ones.

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So I have a 1987 Jeep Cherokee four-door four- wheel-drive was just fine yesterday went outside to start it up this morning and when I put it in drive I didn’t want to go nowhere but when I put it i...

Power Windows Do Not Work

1987 AMC Jeep Cherokee power windows do not work. Where do I start?

1987 Jeep Cherokee Overheating Problems

I replace the water pump and thermostat on my 1987 Jeep Cherokee pioneer and it is still overheating I bypass the heater core the it has a reservoir tank I'm just wondering if I should put my heat...


When I Turn The Key The Car Will Not Start,it Makes No Sound And Starter Wo...

I have replaced the ignition switch and relay on hot lead from the battery. No change, and the starter doesn't in gauge. The battery is brand new. I'm at loss on how to proceed. I brought a McNally re...


Charges For A Few Minutes Until Warms Up A Lil

I have an 87 jeep Cherokee 6 cyl. Just replaced alt. And battery. After im driving for a few minutes it stops charging my battery. Volt gauge goes from a nice 13ish to 8. Any ideas?