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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,882 miles

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1998 Jeep Cherokee electrical problems

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1998 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 072015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated for an extended period of time and the instrument cluster failed to work due to the gauges not functioning properly. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 00V105000 (air bags). The contact was unable to pass a vehicle inspection due to the failure. The vehicle was to be taken to a dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012014


  • 198,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle's computer software had a defect that caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 198,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 122012


  • 120,000 miles
It started with the lights turning off when I hit a bump. The whole Jeep would go dark. Instrument panel, overhead lights, driving lights, all of them! then after parking the Jeep, day or night, the alarm system would go off all by itself. The door switches locking and unlocking while I was driving down the road. Then there was the radio that would turn on and off by itself. Then the windows decided to stop going up and down. When I would start the Jeep the instrument panel gauges wouldn't move, turn on. So, I would turn off the Jeep and restart it. Some of the gauges, would turn on but others, would not, like the fuel tank gage, speedometer gage. During the summer months, there would be a puddle of water on the passenger side floor board. I still to this day don't know what caused it to happen every day and each time it was turned on. Then there is the transmission and rear end that started having problems. It started to slip out of gear and the rear end made a noise. I had all the oil levels checked out, but still it would happen. I do recall getting a flyer in the mail, regarding a recall, but it also said that the dealer, did not have the parts to fix the problem. Why would you send out a flyer that you have no way of fixing because you can't get the part's" ! and are you even concerned about the worry you put me through? it became another reason to park the Jeep. How could you do.this, to so many people" with all these strange things happening to the Jeep, I had to do what was best for my safety, as well as, those who were on the road driving around me. I just couldn't live with myself, knowing that I could have cost someone or myself injury or death, by having the Jeep on the road knowing it was having so many problems. It has now been close to three-years since the last time I drove it.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jun 262014


  • miles


The ignition switch sticks, passenger door locks doors when opened and closed, passenger side window front and back will not go down all the time and sometimes they will.

- Eldorado, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 012014

Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 217,000 miles
Air bag light comes on and all gauges stop working-- pressing hard on the face of the gauge cluster or smacking the top of the dash restores everything.. owned it for 4 years and previous owner said they experienced it before me.. now it has started a new additional problem, "check gauges" light comes on and volt meter pegs to the right at 19 volts. Smacking doesn't help this, it just goes away in a few miles...

- Locust Grove, VA, USA

problem #9

Apr 072009

Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the instrument panel would only operate sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but not repaired. There were no recalls for the failure and the manufacturer advised taking the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostics and/or repairs. The manufacturer offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 05/03/11 updated 05/16/11

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 152010

Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


My 1998 Cherokee classic is having the same issues as many other complaints I have read. The issues involve the speed and tach gauges dropping to zero, the rest of the dash gauges not responding from whatever position they are in when rest of gauges go South, the "idiot" lights don't work, and the wretched airbag light luminates the whole time all this other stuff is going on. The speed is not a factor. It can happen at any speed, even when I first start the vehicle. It can happen once in a while to several times in a mile, cutting in and out. This problem has been going on even longer than what I listed. February of last year is when it started being more than a once in a while, sporadic issue. Before then, it happened less than 10 times, since owning the vehicle late 2007.

- Hart, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 092010


  • 121,345 miles
Airbag light comes on and then the speedometer and tachometer go to zero so I have no idea how fast I am going at the time.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012003


  • miles
Numerous problems with 1998 Jeep Cherokee sport. During the first year of owning the vehicle the vehicle was at the dealer 12 times for rust marks on the vehicle which the dealer described as fall out and they insisted it was something the consumer had done to cause it to happen so soon, the electrical system failed, as the consumer was driving all the gauges went out and the vehicle just stopped, the air condition and radio were inoperative and still is, there was a thumping noise which was attributed to the rotors which was supposedly fixed. The most recent problem was with the power windows.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Three months after the purchase of the vehicle, rust marks appeared. The electrical system malfuntioned with out any warning. There have been problems with the air conditioner and the radio. There is a thumping noise in the rotors that was fixed but the noise still remains.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 292002

Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The dash functions are inoperative (speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, oil pressure, etc.). as a result the consumer has run out of gas on 3 occasions and received two speeding tickets. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer on several occasions but they have not been able to rectify the problem.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #3

May 022002

Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 00V136000 repairs have not corrected the recall problem. Rotors have been replaced 3 times since first taken into dealer for recall. Battery failed and was replaced. Dash gauges malfunctioned due to cluster harness failure. The air bag light stays on. Fog lamp switch failed. The front pinion seal was leaking. The buckle for rear middle seat belt broke.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012000


  • miles
Electrical sysyem will go on and off at times. Also, while driving fog lights will go out. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system malfunctions causing A/C & radio to intermittently fail.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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