A practical and durable 'go anywhere' Jeep Cherokee XJ, in good condition, with bills for considerable upkeep & maintenance - ready to be enjoyed.
At a glance:
- Jeep Cherokee XJ 2.5 TD Sport
- 2.5 litre four cylinder turbo diesel, manual gearbox, two & four wheel drive.
- Original unmodified specification
- Gunmetal pearl metallic paint (a rare colour) with grey interior
- 188,496 miles
- Replacement clutch, heater matrix, battery, brakes, suspension etc.
- MOT to 23rd April 2021
- HPI Clear
The Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was manufactured and marketed by Jeep from 1983 to 2001. The models were originally marketed as 'Sportwagons' and became the precursor to the modern sport utility vehicle (SUV) as that term was not yet in use. The XJ spawned competitors as other manufacturers noticed that this Jeep design began replacing regular cars. It also began to supplant the role of the American estate cars or 'station wagons' and 'transformed from truck to limousine in the eyes of countless suburban owners.' The XJ was a significant link in the evolution of the 4x4, whilst journalist Robert Cumberford, writing for Automobile, called the Jeep XJ one of the 20 greatest cars of all time for its design, and "possibly the best SUV shape of all time, it is the paradigmatic model to which other designers have since aspired". The XJ was also selected in 2011 as one of "10 cars that refuse to die" by Kiplinger.
The XJ Cherokee introduced for the 1984 model year was the first Jeep with a ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a single monocoque unit rather than the traditional separate body-on-frame construction. The design was rigid and sturdy with approximately 3200 welds in a completed body, yet lightweight, this uniframe construction allowed outstanding performance compared to previous models.
American Motors's compact XJ Cherokee was to be replaced by a new and larger model known as the ZJ (later named the Jeep Grand Cherokee when introduced in 1993). However, The XJ's continuing popularity caused Chrysler executives to rethink this decision, and while the ZJ models were introduced in 1993, these XJ models were retained until 2001. The Jeep XJ has remained a popular choice by off-roading enthusiasts due to its potent off-roading capability in stock form. Its popularity has resulted in strong ongoing aftermarket support in the form of a wide variety of products.
After 13 years of production, February 1997 saw the Cherokee receive updated exterior and interior styling, receiving a steel tailgate (replacing the fibreglass one used previously), restyled rear lights, additional plastic mouldings along the doors, as well as a new front header panel that featured more aerodynamic styling. The spare tyre was moved from a rear exterior bumper mount to an interior location to de-content the rear bumper. The interior was similarly updated with an all-new design and instrument panel. A stiffer unibody frame brought improvements to noise, vibration, and harshness and new door seals that reduced wind noise at higher speeds. The facelifted '97 onwards models are far nicer to drive, own and run, and are considered 'the ones to have'. The Cherokee XJ remains a popular vehicle among off-roading enthusiasts, whilst Popular Mechanics listed the XJ as one of "the 25 greatest boxy cars of all time".
The history of this car:
The car was first registered new in the UK on the 10th November 1997, and has had 8 owners over the last 20 years. The most recent owner bought the car in February 2010 and covered only 20,000 miles in the last 8 years, using it as a third car for occasional use and enjoyment. Looking at the superb condition of the interior, it is clear that this car has been cherished and well cared for throughout its life.
This is the 2.5 litre turbo diesel 'Limited' version, with an interesting colour combination; gunmetal pearl metallic - a steely silver blue (or just 'grey' according to the logbook) with silver grey five spoke 'Orvis' alloy wheels and grey cloth interior. The 'Limited' trim level was one of the higher specifications and included optional extras such as wood effect door trims and dash surround, cruise control, air conditioning and electric seats. The 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine is the best choice for fuel economy, as opposed to the thirsty 4.0 litre, or underwhelming 2.5 petrol. According to Parkers, 27-31 mpg is achievable for this diesel, as opposed to the fairly shocking 14 - 19 mpg for the 4.0 petrol. I owned one of the 4.0 litre versions myself some years ago, and it was a wallet buster at the pumps. Not so with this diesel - so much easier and economical to live with. It comes equipped with manual transmission and switchable 2/4 wheel drive with high and low ratios. The car is in its original factory specification with no alterations or modifications. The car also has a fitted (removable) dog guard and a tow bar.
According to online sources, at the end of 2017 there were only 373 of these Jeep Cherokee 2.5 TD Limited models still taxed on UK roads, making this car increasingly rare and desirable and likely to become a sure-fire future classic. The prices seem to be rising rapidly for these XJ Cherokees, and finding one like this in such great condition is increasingly difficult.
The Jeep has partial service history, indicating significant expenditure over the last few years, which has taken care of a number of common Jeep issues. Highlights include:
02/18 - New battery
01/17 - New glow plugs
10/17 - Oil service & water pump 187,778 miles
12/16 - Fuel filter
04/16 - Oil service 186,887 miles
10/14 - Oil service & track rod ends 182,230 miles
03/14 - Oil service
03/14 - Blower motor resistor
05/13 - Starter motor
09/12 - Oil service & battery, brake caliper 175,000 miles
07/11 - Oil service & diffs serviced
04/11 - Rear shock absorbers
09/11 - New heater matrix
08/11 - Brake hose
05/11 - Front shock absorbers
01/11 - Steering damper
03/10 - Brake calipers
02/10 - New clutch @166986 miles, tailgate struts, & oil service
The Jeep also comes with owners handbook, radio code and Jeep document wallet, but no original service book. The Jeep will have a 12,000 mile annual service carried out by my garage prior to collection by the new owner - making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
On the Road:
I absolutely love these Jeeps. This car starts quickly and pulls strongly through all the gears. The engine has bags of torque and grunt. In fairness, it won't win any land speed records - that's not what it's about - but it will get you anywhere you want to go, on or off road. The steering is precise, the speedometer appears accurate and the brakes work smoothly and efficiently. It has a sense of purpose and poise on the road, and enjoys a high driving position with excellent visibility with its uncluttered design. It's a delight to drive and puts a smile on my face everywhere I have been in it. This Jeep is rugged, capable and enjoyable - retro in an uncomplicated way and easy to maintain and enjoy.
This car could easily be used for everyday commuting, for safe family and/or pet transportation, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of so many different uses these Jeeps represent brilliant all-rounders.
This Jeep is fitted with the 2.5 litre (2499cc) VM R425 four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine used in production models from 1997 to 2001, at the time when Daimler Chrysler owned VM Motori. Interestingly, the same VM R425 engine was fitted to the London Taxi International TX4 'black cab' models produced between 2007 and 2017, and as they regularly cover 300,000 - 500,000 miles, this engine has gained a reputation for durability and longevity if well looked after.
The car has a 5 speed manual gearbox which operates perfectly. The clutch is also as it should be, and the gear changes are smooth and easy. There is also the selector for 2 and 4 wheel drive with high and low ratios, should you require some off piste activity.
This car has covered 188,496 miles which sounds higher than some, but it equates to an average of just under 9,500 miles per year, which is technically below average mileage. Despite the higher mileage, this car drives superbly, better than others I have driven with half the mileage. As mentioned above, these 'taxi' engines are capable of 'starship' mileage, if well maintained.
Sold with long MOT until 23rd April 2021.
As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep is in really lovely condition with no obvious damage or significant wear. Maybe one or two little marks as you would expect, but it's extremely presentable. The interior of the car is superb, seats are clean and undamaged, and no obvious defects, which suggests the car has been well cared for. The car is fitted with the genuine Jeep five spoke alloy wheels as fitted to the top of the range 'Orvis' model. As you would expect with any 20+ year old jeep there are a few marks here and there, but nothing which detracts from the overall well-presented appearance. The only thing of note is there appears to have been a previous scratch repair to the nearside rear door which has not aged well and the paint/lacquer has faded slightly. If required, I can have this addressed by my local bodyshop prior to collection by the next owner.
Also, the rear sills on these cars are a known weakness, and eventually inevitably will require welding. This has been properly addressed on this car already, with any rust cut out and new small sections welded in, rather than ugly plates welded over the top. The sills both sides have been undersealed for future protection and look very presentable as can be seen from the pictures.
It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this really handsome four wheel drive.
The general value range (which seems to be increasing rapidly) for these Jeeps in good, road worthy and presentable condition with long MOT is normally £2000 - £4,500 with immaculate examples (if you can find them) priced considerably higher. This car is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £2950, and I'm confident it will be the best one you will find at this price point.
This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, in wonderful condition, coupled with serious 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. Every now and then I come across a car which I'm sorely tempted to keep for myself, and this is one of those. However, the objective is to sell cars, not just to covet them. However, you may have to pry the keys out of my hands... Just saying.
Finding one which hasn't had a hard life is tricky, the majority of those available are normally worn out examples, as they tend to be used for a purposeful outdoorsy lifestyle, as intended. This is a rare car in this condition, hence my desire to retain it for my own use..!