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Jeep Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Inexpensive and loaded with rugged character, dual airbags, optional ABS, optional 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine

  • Cons

    Rugged character result of ancient engineering, uncomfortable rear seat folds but doesn't split

  • What's New for 1998

    Cherokee Classic and Limited replace the Cherokee Country. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is now the base engine for the SE, available with an optional three-speed automatic. New colors include Chili Pepper Red, Emerald Green and Deep Amethyst.

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Customer Reviews

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Keeping for the kids

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

I have owned this jeep for 11 years and it is the most reliable car I have ever purchased. Jeep only has 70K, but has dents and scratches from trees, rocks, bikes. Always starts, never comfortable. Goes through snow, mud, sand with no problems. Powerful engine, you can hear the frame groan whenever you hit the gas. This is the perfect car for my two teenagers. Never in the shop for any reason, other than normal maintenance. I need a more comfortable SUV but I can't afford a new one. I like the Nitro, but heard many bad things about it- maybe a used Trailblazer?




A beast

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

My 1998 XJ was given to me by my father. Although it is rather old it still can open up and be just as powerful as the day my family bought it. So far it has over 210,000 miles on it and still runs and looks like a champ. There hasn't been a single time I've been stuck somewhere or unable to get where I needed to go. Service on this Jeep is nearly never needed as long as the oil gets changed and the gas if full. The only issue I've had is with the gas mileage. However, you can have gas mileage or you can have power and a strong, well- built car.




I'll miss mine

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

My Mom bought a 98 Cherokee Sport in October 1997 and she said this was the best car she ever owned. A little over six years later this became my car and it lasted another six years. Had some electrical issues (fuel gauge was useless) and one or two major repairs, but when it came down to it this was one reliable vehicle. Fuel economy was decent (16 city/21 hwy), ride was fairly comfortable, and the 4x4 was outstanding. Had to trade her in at 140,595 miles, loved her so much got another Jeep (06 Wrangler Sport, like this one too) but I will always miss her. Honestly, if they still made these Cherokees I would've gotten one.




Bring it back!!!

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought it with 55K, put a clutch in it shortly after due to previous owner. Now has over 130K. Mechanically more reliable than anything on the road, but the body is rusting pretty bad. Only weak points are the saggy rear leaf springs, all you owners know what I'm talking about! Relatively cheap aftermarket fix though :) Getting hard to get factory parts for due to Chrysler going haywire.




98 cherokee

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

This car started as a lease, ended up buying it. Price was too high due to the unexpected purchase, but it is still running with 227,700 miles and doesn't use oil yet. Highway mileage is 20 mpg. On a recent trip, driving about 50, I got 25. Much less in the city. Only problem that are chronic are with the cruise control (won't hold the speed) and the air conditioning (doesn't work even after being re-done).




1998 jeep cherokee sport

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Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought the '98 Cherokee Sport brand new in June 98. Eleven years later it drives like new. Its engine has gained fame has incredibly reliable, the best of the best from Jeep. I've driven it everywhere. It can go 100mph comfortably and get out of any snow bank. It's a shame they discontinued it. As someone over 6 feet tall, I really appreciate the great head room!!



Full 1998 Jeep Cherokee Review

What's New for 1998

Cherokee Classic and Limited replace the Cherokee Country. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is now the base engine for the SE, available with an optional three-speed automatic. New colors include Chili Pepper Red, Emerald Green and Deep Amethyst.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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