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Pre-Owned Profile: 1992-1999 Jeep Cherokee

Source: AutoTrader.com

The Jeep Cherokee has been around since 1984, despite that it still holds its own against more modern rivals as a true off-roader

Jeep changed the face of compact sport utilities in 1984 when it introduced the Cherokee by offering a four-door model for the first time. Previously compact SUVs were all two-door models with the emphasis on sport, the addition of another two doors added utility to the equation!

Although the base model Cherokee is powered by a four-cylinder engine with rear-drive and a manual transmission the majority of Cherokees sold have the impressive 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive. This engine gives the Cherokee better performance than most SUVs and makes the vehicle a delight for serious off-roading.

Compared to many other SUVs a pre-owned Cherokee can be quite a bargain. If you don't mind giving up some creature comforts and the latest hip designs a Cherokee could serve you well. Try and avoid a four-cylinder model if you want to enjoy driving on or off the highway.

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1992 Jeep Cherokee

2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners

3. History of Cherokee

4. Review of Current Model

5. Basic Facts

6. Changes Year-to-Year

7. Safety Information

8. Value Guide

9. Option Installment Rate

10. Sales History

11. Awards and Commendations Earned

12. Other Reviews

13. Recall Information

14. Price of Spare Parts

 

1. Pre-Owned Vehicle Evaluation - 1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

Likes: powerful I-6 engine, value

Dislikes: lack of refinement

Competitors: Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder

Miles: 68,100

Condition: B+

Price when new: $19,787

Estimated Current Value: $11,020 (March 1999)

When I got into this seven-year-old Cherokee I was expecting to be disappointed. After all it was first designed in 1984 and there has been tremendous progress in SUV designs since then. But as soon as I accelerated away I was reminded of what great performance the six-cylinder engine delivers in this relatively light SUV. The model I tested was also unusual as it had a manual transmission and did not have 4WD system, all of which further helped the performance.

Yes, the engine and transmission were noisier than one expects today and the steering was not as crisp as I'd like but it was surprisingly pleasant to drive and I found nothing amiss in the drivetrain. Even though the model I drove was only a rear-drive version the ride was somewhat bouncy but one expects that of a true off-road vehicle. The ride is not helped by seats that are not very supportive for long journeys.

Although the Cherokee's angular looks are not in vogue today it still has an aura of toughness about it that is not altogether unappealing. In particular the interior is somewhat simple with a stark dashboard. Nonetheless it contains all the requisite easy-to-read round gauges and controls. There was no driver side airbag in this example as that safety feature did not arrive until 1995. Nor was it fitted with anti-lock brakes which is still an option with a low installation rate.

There is adequate headroom in front but rear seat passengers sit a bit high and the headroom is less ample. It's a tight squeeze for the center passenger in the three-person bench seat with a back which is too vertical for comfort. This seat can be folded down (but not split) to provide increased storage space in the rear. The rear storage space is flat but the floor sits fairly high up leaving less room for tall objects. Also the full-size spare wheel is stored in the cargo area unless there is an optional tire rack on the tailgate. Access to the rear is through the one-piece tailgate, which does not have a window that can be opened independently.

The Cherokee I tested had been owned by one woman from new and she had obviously maintained it well as there was hardly a blemish on the vehicle. At the time the Laredo was in the middle of the five Cherokee models. The range was simplified the following year with the Grand Cherokee introduction and prices dropped.

A pre-owned Cherokee with the six-cylinder engine makes an ideal entry-level SUV. It is tough and has a great engine. With the 4WD option it will go anywhere. But perhaps most important it costs considerably less than other SUVs on the market. If you can put up with a slightly less luxurious ride the Cherokee makes sense.

 

2. Summing It Up - Owners Views

Good:

"Use it, abuse it, put gas in and it keeps going" - owner of '87 180,000 miles

"Like the ride height for the kids"

"No problems"

"I like the boxy look"

Bad:

"Unrefined ride"

 

3. History of Cherokee

Jeep has a rich heritage as the company that has bought off-road vehicles to the public. This was certainly the case in 1983 when it introduced the compact Cherokee, which was essentially the first SUV of this size that was not based off a pickup truck chassis. It was also the first compact SUV available with four doors.

It was an immediate success and its sales took it to the top of the sales charts. For the first three years of its life the Cherokee's biggest shortcoming was anemic performance from either the four-cylinder or an optional V-6 engine. In 1987 the vehicle's performance was transformed with the introduction of a 4.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. Most six-cylinder engines on the market are V-6, but this unique Jeep engine has served well and is still used in all Jeep models to this day.

The popularity of the Cherokee began to wane in the early '90s when Ford introduced the Explorer. Jeep fought back with the introduction of the Grand Cherokee in 1993. Rather than drop the Cherokee, Jeep decided to keep it going as an entry-level SUV by lowering its price and dropping the high-end models. It was obviously a smart decision as it has continued to sell well ever since.

At first Jeep only expected to keep the Cherokee in its lineup for a few years after the Grand Cherokee hit the market. Because of its lower price a slightly higher number were sold with a 4-cylinder engine and only rear-drive after 1993. After several years with virtually no improvements Jeep finally upgraded the Cherokee in 1997 with a slightly fresher look and a new dashboard to accommodate the passenger side airbag.

With the continued move upmarket by most SUVs we can expect Jeep to continue to develop the Cherokee as its entry-level SUV.

 

4. Review of Current Cherokee

If a vehicle is designed well in the first place it more often than not continues to be a good vehicle well beyond its mid-life - this is true of the Cherokee. I first drove a Cherokee with the powerful 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine in 1987, 12 years later the engine still impresses me. Apart from an improved dashboard the newest version of the Cherokee is little different from the older models I have driven. Okay it might not be as plush as the latest Grand Cherokee or the Ford Explorer but it still delivers great value for the money.

 

5. Basic Facts: 1992 - 1999 Cherokee

Vehicle Type: Compact SUV

No. Passengers: up to five

Origin of assembly: Toledo, OH

Engine: (standard): 2.5-liter 130 hp I-4 ('91-'96); 2.5-liter 125 hp I-4 ('97 on)

(optional): 4.0-liter 190 hp I-6

Transmission: 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic; front-drive or 4WD

Length: 167 inches

Wheelbase: 101 inches

Width: 68 inches

Height: 64 inches

Curb weight: 2900 lbs. (approx.)

Cargo volume: 72 cu. ft.

Fuel tank capacity: 20 gals.

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway): 19/22 (2.5-liter, manual); 17/22 (4.0-liter, manual); 15/19 (4.0-liter, auto)

 

6. Changes in the Jeep Cherokee Line 1992 - 1999

1991 Model Year

New model variations introduced

Both engines gain horsepower

1992 Model Year

No changes

1993 Model Year

Top-of-the-line Cherokee models replaced by Grand Cherokee

1994 Model Year

Side impact protection added

1995 Model Year

Driver side airbag

1996 Model Year

Minor improvements in two engines

1997 Model Year

New front end design

New dashboard

Passenger side airbag

1998 Model Year

Next generation airbags

1999 Model Year

No significant changes

Sport model gets a freshened look

 

7. Safety Notes

NHTSA Crash rating ('95 model year): Driver 4; Passenger 4 (5 is best)

ABS optional on six-cylinder models

Driver side air bag standard from 1995, dual air bags standard from 1997

 

8. Value Guide

Prices listed are for base models. Options can add considerably to the lowest price listed as these are usually "stripped" models. In many cases, very few vehicles are ever sold at the lowest price listed! Source: Kelley Blue Book

1992 Model Year

New: $14,831 to $25,819

1993 Model Year

New: $12,682 to $22,131

1994 Model Year

New: $13,322 to $21,167

1995 Model Year

New: $14,134 to $22,665

1996 Model Year

New: $15,670 to $25,001

1997 Model Year

New: $15,270 to $25,601

1998 Model Year

New: $15,965 to $25,520

 

9. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1992 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 1%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 99%

Transmission:

Auto 87%

Manual 13%

Body Style:

2-door 12%

4-door 88%

4WD: 75%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 70%

ABS Brakes: 19%

Power Windows: 67%

1993 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 5%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 95%

Transmission:

Auto 83%

Manual 17%

Body Style:

2-door 17%

4-door 83%

4WD: 63%

Air Conditioning: 96%

Cruise Control: 48%

ABS Brakes: 9%

Power Windows: 41%

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 6%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 94%

Transmission:

Auto 80%

Manual 20%

Body Style:

2-door 16%

4-door 84%

4WD: 64%

Air Conditioning: 99%

Cruise Control: 40%

ABS Brakes: 15%

Power Windows: 35%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 4%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 96%

Transmission:

Auto 84%

Manual 16%

Body Style:

2-door 15%

4-door 85%

4WD: 70%

Air Conditioning: 99%

Cruise Control: 48%

ABS Brakes: 15%

Power Windows: 44%

1996 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 4%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 96%

Transmission:

Auto 87%

Manual 13%

Body Style:

2-door 13%

4-door 87%

4WD: 75%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 55%

ABS Brakes: 14%

Power Windows: 52%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 51%

Leather seats: 4%

1997 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

2.5-liter 4-cyl 1%

4.0-liter 6-cyl 99%

Transmission:

Auto 89%

Manual 11%

Body Style:

2-door 7%

4-door 93%

4WD: 79%

Air Conditioning: 100%

Cruise Control: 63%

ABS Brakes: 15%

Power Windows: 53%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 51%

Leather seats: 3%

 

10. Production/Sales Volume History

Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, often include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers/Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1992 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1991 through Sept. 1992

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 132,324

1993 Model Year

Production run: Oct.1992 through Sept. 1993

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 127,219

1994 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1993 through Sept. 1994

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 119,085

1995 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 114,928

1996 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996

Total number produced: 178,582

Total no. sold in U.S.: 145,742

1997 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997

Total number produced: 165,861

Total no. sold in U.S.: 124,949

1998 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 143,786

 

11. Awards and Commendations

1997

"Four-Wheeler of the Year" - Four Wheeler

 

12. Quotes

"Needless to say, the Cherokee is perfectly capable of tackling the most difficult off-road terrain imaginable. It should after all it has the heritage. Considering the vast majority of Cherokees spend most of their time on paved highways, how does it do there? Basically well." - New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, John Rettie Test Drive, April 1991

"Relatively bargain-priced SUV is off-road tough, though it comes in bland box-on-wheels styling and lacks refinement and comfort of most competitors" - Consumers Digest 1998 Autos Yearbook

"The Cherokee's spartan simplicity suggested an appealing ruggedness to some editors while to others it just felt crude." - Car and Driver, 1998 Ultimate Comparisons

 

13. Recalls (Only major recalls listed)

ID Number: 95V057000

Component: interior systems: passenger restraints: air bag: frontal

Potential Number of Units Affected: 70,000

Year: 1995

Manufactured From: Jun 1994 To: Feb 1995

Year of Recall: '95

Summary: certain of the driver's side air bag modules were assembled without an arming lever. This condition will cause the air bag to not deploy in the event of a vehicle accident increasing the potential for personal injury.

ID Number: 95V172000

Component: emergency parking brake: mechanical: release mechanical manual

Potential Number of Units Affected: 135,000

Year: 1995

Manufactured From: Oct 1994 To: Feb 1995

Year of Recall: '95

Summary: the parking brake handle release button can separate from the parking brake handle assembly, causing the parking brake to be inoperative. The parking brake may not hold causing the vehicle to roll inadvertently.

ID Number: 95V193000

Component: electrical system: fuse and fuse receptacle

Potential Number of Units Affected: 32,000

Year: 1996

Manufactured From: Jul 1995 To: Aug 1995

Year of Recall: '95

Summary: the fasteners which secure the alternator circuit fuse to the power distribution center may have an improper clamp load. Improper clamping can result in arcing at the connection potentially causing a fire in the engine compartment.

ID Number: 97V040000

Component: interior systems: seat belts: lap: rear

Potential Number of Units Affected: 77,000

Year: 1996

Manufactured From: May 1996 To: Jun 1996

Year of Recall: '97

Summary: The web mounted rear seat belt inboard anchor positions may not achieve the required load of FMVSS No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages." In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant would not be properly secured.

ID Number: 97V194000

Component: fuel: fuel tank assembly: gauge: fuel

Potential Number of Units Affected: 209,000

Year: 1997

Manufactured From: Jul 1996 To: Jun 1997

Year of Recall: '97

Summary: Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles. The fuel tank mounted fuel level sending unit accuracy can degrade over time, indicating significantly more fuel in reserve than is actually present. Owners may not be aware that their vehicle is low on fuel increasing the risk of a vehicle crash if the vehicle stops due to no fuel.

ID Number: 98V023000

Component: brakes: hydraulic: power assist: booster

Potential Number of Units Affected:

Year: 1998

Manufactured From: Oct 1997 To: Nov 1997

Year of Recall: '98

Summary: Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles. The power brake booster vacuum reservoir diaphragm can split or tear. This can cause an increase in engine idle speed and a loss of power assist during brake application without prior warning.

 

14. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit: $85 (below average)

Side marker lamp: $19 (below average)

Door (left front): $420 (average)

Fender (left front): $210 (average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of early 1999 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision Repair Services

 

The Rettie Report and Pre-Owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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