1998 Jeep Cherokee Consumer Review: It's a Jeep thing

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It's a Jeep thing
By T-Lo on


1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4dr SUV 4WD


This is an excellent small SUV. The 4.0 is bulletproof. It is the easiest to service 4WD vehicle I have ever seen. The spark plugs are easy to get to, the transfer case has a drain plug, the differentials are easily serviced, there are no CV boots (straight axle), etc. Step on the gas and it goes, along with your fuel mileage though. At 80,000 miles, the only unscheduled maintenance has been the brakes and a power window regulator. Back seat is good for kids but adults couldn't ride there for long. A lift on this SUV is cheap and simple and they are available from mild to wild.

Best Features

Trip computer, overhead compartments and the cupholders in this Jeep should be like this in every vehicle. Easy to lift and ability to handle bigger tires a plus. 4.0 will last 200K or more. The whole design is simple yet effective.

Worst Features

Stiffer springs in rear. I need more towing capacity and this little Jeep just isn't made for it. 2,500 lb trailer puts it at it's max. Time for a 1/2 ton truck. Otherwise, I'd keep it around for years.
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