Well-cared-for ’88 Jeep Cherokee with fresh paint and 4WD

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The Cherokee is largely original aside from a 'high-dollar' repaint

Cherokee has been a beloved nameplate among Jeep folk for more than 45 years, but especially in its boxy second-generation guise as, arguably, the first compact SUV.  From 1984 through the turn of the century, Cherokees were unibody wagons usually with 4-wheel drive that inspired generations of SUVs and crossovers to come.

The Pick of the Day is a 1988 Jeep Cherokee fully equipped as they were back in their day, including factory fog lights and a bug screen.   It’s powered by Jeep’s famously bulletproof 4.0-liter straight-6 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and selectable 4-wheel drive.

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The Jeep stands on factory wheels with all-terrain tires

While most of these old Cherokees have been used and abused as off-road toys, this one looks to be in immaculate condition in the gallery of photos accompanying its ClassicCars.com advertisement placed by a Denver, Colorado, dealer.

Cherokees in any condition are becoming increasingly rare, with many of them known to have been crushed during the “cash for clunkers” fiasco.  But the ones that are left are now recognized as collector cars to be maintained and cherished.

Part of the reason for this Jeep’s handsome appearance is a “high-dollar, professional paint job in original color with factory correct decals,” the dealer says.  Otherwise, the “meticulously maintained” Cherokee is in impressively clean original condition.  Mileage is listed as 92,453.

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The clean interior is said to be unrestored

The interior looks terrific, with “no rips, tears, cracks or stains,” the dealer notes, with the front buckets and rear bench seat looking good in the photos and the spare tire wearing its correct cover.

A factory luggage rack is mounted on the roof and the wagon stands on factory Jeep wheels with Michelin LTX M/S tires for heading off into the hinterlands.

The Jeep is equipped with power steering and power brakes, and the air-conditioning functions as it should, the dealer adds.

This unusually nice Cherokee is priced at a reasonable $14,900.

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

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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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. In the email from ClassiCars.com featuring this vehicle, they say: "This SUV makes traveling fun." It really doesn’t. On long road trips, I found the seat to be too short in the leg, and the seat would cut into the thighs above the knees, making long road trips uncomfortable and my thighs sore from pressure in the wrong places. I’m 5’11" and had the ’91 Briarwood edition.

    • "long drives" should not be limited to pavement. Thus, your leg and hip discomfort are alleviated with a few forays into 4wheeling territory.

  2. Oh, guys, please. Nothing like this is gonna coddle yer fat ass like yer Ramarado 9000 OFF ROAD F-7200 Z950 penis extension.
    In college, I had the two door version of this gen Cherokee, with the same inline 6/manual, and it was exactly what you’d want. I used it in the hills & rocks of southern Indiana while at ISU, took it to the Navajo res as a grad student, bashed and crunched as a young guy does, never had a problem I couldn’t fix by the side of the trail/road/not road. The primitive carbed six handled 7000+ foot altitude changes with, if not grace, compliance. The trans always had just the right gear, and I could kill the engine and use the starter to ease over Titanic sinking rocks- try THAT with yer Tundrasaurus X97000 OFFROAD BAJA Special Edition penis replacement- oh, wait, the computer won’t let you? But yer oh so superior?
    I wish I had never let the Chokee (we experienced some carb issues at 8000+ feet) go. It was butt easy to maintain, got way better mileage and could go places contemporary Blazers and Broncos couldn’t hope for, drove like a cheap little car rather than a clumsy cheap truck, could be crashed and crunched over things that you’d find prohibitively expensive, held everything that could be pitched out so you could sleep in the back bug free, and, well, was a Jeep. A real Jeep, full of possibilities, not electronics and nannys. Try that starter motor move, eh?
    And now you say?

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