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Off-road hauler 1990 Jeep Comanche ready for rough stuff


With Jeep introducing the 2020 Gladiator, it’s next-generation, Wrangler-based pickup, it seems appropriate for the Pick of the Day to be one of Jeep’s past pickup-truck glories, a 1990 Jeep Comanche Eliminator.

Plenty of work has been done on this well-used Comanche to make it look good and drive well on or off the highway, according to the O’Fallon, Illinois, dealer advertising the Jeep on ClassicCar.com. The compact 4X4 pickup has been treated to a restoration that included mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, the seller says, but not so much that the next owner wouldn’t want to put it through its paces.

The pickup has a bed cover and custom wheels with all-terrain tires

“This Jeep is a tough and sport 4×4 ready to
hit the road,” the seller says in the ad. “The owner has done some extensive
work with the documentation to back it up.

“There is extensive documentation for the engine repairs and maintenance, body work, spray in bed liner, new windshield, AC service, and the winch.”

Comanche was Jeep’s 1986 entry into the
compact pickup market, although unlike such body-on-frame truck competitors as
Chevy S-10 or Ford Ranger, Comanche was a unibody design based on the Cherokee
and Wagoneer SUV platform.

The Comanche was designed on a unibody platform

The Comanche Eliminator package comprised
performance and content upgrades, with a higher-horsepower 4.0-liter inline-6
engine, stylistic embellishments, and comfort and convenience add-ons, such as
power steering, power brakes and air conditioning.

The Jeep 4.0-liter is well-known as a strong and reliable engine, and in this application, it’s rated at 177 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque, linked with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

The interior looks to be in very good condition

With nearly 142,000 miles on its odometer,
this Jeep has been on many roads, undoubtedly some unpaved, yet it appears to
be very clean with a nicely redone interior and, according to the dealer, is
all prepared for being driven and enjoyed.

The asking price of $16,995 seems fair enough, considering this Comanche’s rarity and condition.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Although that’s a steep price for a near 30-year old Jeep Commanche, I think it signifies a resurgence of interest in the compact trucks of the 80’sand early 90’s. I’ve noticed there is already a small, but loyal following of the early Ford Rangers and Toyota’s; and I would assume the same is true for the older Chevrolet S-10’s as well.


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