Car News:  Oversteer

Check out This Ultra-Basic Jeep Cherokee

RELATED READING
See all Jeep Cherokee articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2019

The 1980s and 1990s "XJ" Jeep Cherokee has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, as older SUVs have gained in value and many shoppers have started searching for clean, untouched examples as fun bits of SUV nostalgia. I recently encountered one of the cleanest old Cherokee models I've ever seen -- and it was also one of the most stripped-down, base-model examples, probably in existence.

I saw this Cherokee on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, which is a veritable playground for old SUVs due to both the wealthy nature of many of the residents and the rutted, dirt construction of many island roads. This Cherokee was parked in a driveway in the off-season, likely not to be woken up until the summer, and it carried Georgia license plates from Glynn County -- home to much of Georgia's coastal islands.

Walking up to the Cherokee revealed some great details, like the fact that it has no window tint, steel wheels and an extremely basic interior that doesn't even include a factory radio. This produced my favorite detail: this Cherokee has no radio, so Jeep doesn't bother installing an antenna. But they still leave a hole in the fender where the antenna should go, because making a fender without the antenna hole would simply cost more. So if don't opt for the radio in your Cherokee, you have a factory-made hole in your front fender.

Another amazing feature of this ultra-base model Cherokee was the passenger side mirror -- and specifically the fact that there wasn't one. Passenger mirrors weren't required in vehicles until the late 1980s, so this early 1980s Cherokee wasn't required to have one -- and, since it's an ultra-base model without even a radio, it doesn't. It's worth noting this Cherokee does have a few non-base model features: an automatic transmission, desirable 4-wheel drive and a blue-and-red pinstripe. I assumed the pinstripe meant this Cherokee hailed from the U.S. Postal Service, but since it's a left-hand drive example, that might be unlikely.

Later I went home and ran the Carfax report on this Cherokee, and it revealed a few interesting details. For one, it's a 1984 model, meaning it comes from the car's very first model year. The Carfax report shows that it was sold new in January 1984 in Rochester, New York, meaning it may be one of the very earliest "XJ" Cherokee models. It seems the current owner has had it since at least 2001 -- and while it's registered in Sea Island, Georgia, it spends its life on Nantucket, as that's where all services are. As of the last service in 2017, it had just 64,904 miles on the odometer.

And so, this is a pretty special Cherokee: an original model year example with no options, just sitting in a driveway waiting for summer so it can be used again. It was a thrill just to see it.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
Here's Why the Koenigsegg Agera RS Is Worth $10 Million
I Bought the Most Unreliable BMW Ever Made
Autotrader Find: 1990 Subaru Legacy With a Landau Roof

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Check out This Ultra-Basic Jeep Cherokee - Autotrader