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1988 Jeep Cherokee Review
Joseph says:
I bought the Cherokee 4X4 used with about 112,000 miles on it, It has never been stuck and I have driven it for several thousand miles through sand and rough conditions as my hunting and farm use vehicle. Earlier this week the odometer rolled past 277,7707.7 miles, and she is still going. I still hunt and fish and this is now the only vehicle I have left. It sports a camo paint job, has 8/9 fishing rods hanging from the ceiling, and I can repair it myself without having to pull the engine just to change spark plugs. Im 73 years old and unless I happen across something else that I cant live without, I will drive this one until one of us finally gives it up.
vs2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara
1988 Jeep Cherokee winning categories:
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Value Ranked 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara better.
"Later model, less miles used, more comfortable as a newer vehicle should be, these are the reasons to own this vehicle, great as a towing vehicle and dog hauler and reliable as an off-roader for hunting and fishing."
Would Buy Ranked 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara worse.
"For someone who lives my lifestyle, a better vehicle has never been made. Replacement parts are available, I still do my own mechanical maintenance at 73 yrs. old and so far its anyones guess which one of us will out last the other."
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1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 4-Door 4WDReview
JeepSlut writes:
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Best Vehicle Ever Owned. — If you are looking to get a jeep the xj is definitely the best choice, can fit a truck in the back and tow a semi with it. Went from a ram 1500 to a powerstroke to a jeep Cherokee. No regrets what so ever.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: The best part about these jeeps is the Torque and the reliability. I have taken all my friends offroading in it and we could not help but smile and laugh the whole time. She will go ANYWHERE in stock form and the right tires of course. The only thing I have had to do to it so far is the maintenance and the battery terminals LOL.

Cons: The only two bad things I have to say about it is the open diffs and the gas mileage. I love driving my Cherokee as much as I can but the gas can get pricey.

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
Maule writes:
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Ace — Read the other comments, nothing to add. I bought this from Don A Vee Jeep in Bellflower CA in 1989 NEW for $17k. Somewhere along the line Jeep prices went way north. The candidates for the "new" used car: AWD: CX-9, Dodge Durango, Ford Flex, Chevy Traverse.

Pros: If they still made this model, I'd buy it again. This is the first and only new car. It didn't need an overhaul at 250K but I "treated" myself with one instead of buying another. I put a 3/8 stroker crank and mild high-end cam (baby likes to run...)

Cons: The clutch linkages are wearing and causing the main hydraulic cylinder to leak fluid inside the cabin, gets on the fuse box and causes some issues. When I get a "new" used car, this will be one of the things I'll recondition.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Reliable, Rugged, And Simple — Got this jeep a while back as my first car. Around town, it gets pretty bad gas mileage for a student to afford... Does great with power, trips, etc... Very very simple design, which I love. There are no airbags wither, so it is not ideal for a family vehicle, that's for sure. There were so many made that it should be easier to fix, if it ever does break down. Basically, these things are great for utility and fun to drive, too.

Pros: Easy to use, tows great, 4x4 awesome, good control/steering, etc

Cons: Uses gas pretty bad in the city, as expected.

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Im Happy So Far — just got it uber cheap has needed a few repairs with a few more in mind but it handles mud like a champ and have tons of fun driving it plus its not quite as conspicous as my previous car (honda prelude)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: mud lol

Cons: f!#$$%^ power steering!!! failure is very common

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Solid Dependable All-weather Transportation, Off Road And On — I've had this Jeep with a 4.0 straight-six that I bought for $7000.00 in 1993. I've used it in -40 degrees in Plattsburgh NY,and now in 100+ degrees in Georgia. It's old, with maybe 400K miles on it, but it lasts and lasts and lasts. I put a modest lift kit on it, all-disk brake conversion, but she's in dire need of a paint job. It costs relatively little to maintain, but I often have little "glitches" related to the electrical system. Mechanically, she's a very easy truck to work on, and has a very robust engine, power train, and body. It commands the road well and has a solid feel about it. I am sold on Jeep products so I bought two more used Jeeps, another 1988 Cherokee and a 1988 Jeep Wrangler!!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: It runs in all weather and all types of terrain and can carry a load

Cons: Too many electronic sensors, that get old and fail

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Great Vehicle But Not Easy On Enviorment — it was a tourqe monster that would go through about anything you threw at it. it wasnt the fastest thing but it was very powerful and reliable. it was a blast in the winter even though it got horrible gas mileage.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: it was a tank!

Cons: mpg

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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A Jeep That Would Last Forever. — I have a 1988 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer with a 4.0 Engine (AKA straight 6) with a 5 SPD Standard. The Jeep was originally my Grandpa's Jeep and he passed it down to my mom then finally I got the Jeep Cherokee. It has a total 210,000 miles on the engine and is still going.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: They last like forever as long they have the 4.0 Engine.

Cons: The older Jeeps bodies rust after a couple years so expect to do some body work.

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Cheap Lifted Truck That Sticks Up To Its Jeep Name — for less than 1000 dollars, excellent offroad performance, build quality is great, its lasted this long and still no bubbling of paint!!, fun as hell to drive, the only minus is the 11 mpgs. It still turns more heads than a ferrari haha

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Offroad performance and eyegrabber

Cons: fuel economy

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1988 Jeep CherokeeReview
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Great Budget 4x4 — it looks like poo and has been painted with rustoleumm but it goes anywhere. the vehicle was built with a purpose in mind and has taken 10 years to get where it is today. I just wish I had more time to use it the way it was meant to be driven.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: 4WD makes New England winters a breeze

Cons: fuel economy

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2019 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Review By Guru9Z94T8

Great bang for the buck. Love it. Read More

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Love all the features the only thing I would have wanted is a sunroof. Lol It’s okay I still love it. Read More

2018 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Review By Guru95XYGN

I love the features I it has, I think the car was a good value, it is missing sun roof and CD player, other then that I love the car so far, Most suv look the same. Read More

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Really got off to a great New Year! The Jeep looks, feels, runs, and with its features off to a great New Year!! Read More

2017 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

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I was impressed at the luxury and comfort as the ride is outstanding. Feels like my Lexus yet off road it eats up bumps. Thoroughly satisfied Read More

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