My family had a 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ with the 4.0L Inline 6-cylinder engine. The Jeep had tons of rust all around the frame, but that's okay because it doesn't affect how the car runs (they were notorious for rusting out anyway). However, there was a hole in the gas tank due to rust (that's one reason why we got rid of it) It was an awesome winter vehicle; The 4WD system helps you get through anything, including deep snow. Sometimes in the winter when the air was extremely cold, like <10 degrees, and the vehicle was getting close to 25 years old, it didn't really want to start but it always did. It held up so well until it encountered electrical problems at the beginning of this year. It wouldn't start. We tried a handful of different solutions. Nothing worked so we ended up selling it to the mechanic for $400 (It was only worth $500 when it DID start).
If you ever get a chance to buy an XJ, don't hesitate! You won't regret it.
I abuse my Jeep. Abuse! I bought it with 125k on it, and it is almost at 170. I haul well over 1000 lbs of wood in the back on a weekly basis, so much that the exhaust nearly drags on the ground. In 45k miles, I have only replaced the starter, headlight switch, and tires. My front seat is held up by a log, the paint is faded to crap, but the 5 speed and 4.0 is a beast. Never been stuck ever, even when hauling 1000 lbs of wood through the woods!
Out grew the Jeep with four kids, just bought a truck. With the 4.0L HO engine and the 5 speed manual this car was just plain fun and had more than enough power because it is light with the unibody construction. Towed a 25 foot boat that weighed 5,000 lbs and it did okay ... plenty of power, just a little short for the length of the boat. Very reliable and what parts I did replace were reasonably priced. City mileage was okay at about 12.5 - 13.5 mpg, but highway mileage was good at about 21.5 mpg. Engine still runs very strong and the transmission hasn't missed a beat. Parts replaced: clutch at about 85,000 miles, exhaust at about 105,000 miles, water pump ($45!) at 110,000 miles.
Engine is AWESOME! Can't beat straight sixes. 5 Speed manual is AWESOME! Highway mileage is very good. Utility is very good, goes anywhere with little fuss. It has real metal bumpers and not that expensive plastic junk. Doesn't rust. Fun to drive with the 5 speed. Good towing ability.
Bring it back to the Jeep lineup! A little bigger on the inside would have been nice. Can't think of anything else and I am sorry to have the sell it.