really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,500 miles

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1998 Jeep Cherokee body / paint problems

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1998 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012015


  • miles


The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the fuel tank was exposed due to the trailer hitch being removed and could not be replaced due to excessive rust on the frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Berlin, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 012015


  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Catawba, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 122015


  • 231,000 miles
I was on my way to work headed South on I-69 in fort wayne, Indiana. I had just passed the Indiana state road 14 underpass when a semi truck tire and rim (the whole thing) came off a semi truck and rolled across three lanes of traffic where my Jeep hit it. It hit the front passenger side of my Jeep. Directly in the front but the right half of the bumper/front end. The tire then went under my car where it forced me to slide in to the cement median in the middle of the highway hitting my driver side front bumper at about 35 miles an hour or so. My airbags did not deploy.

- Cromwell, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 222014

Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


Local Jeep dealer key - moline, il) further damaged my vehicle while attempting to install safety recall N45/NHTSA 13V-252. The rear bumper attaching studs were twisted of the frame while preparing to install the (recall required) tow hitch to improve protection of fuel tank from a rear end collision. The safety of my vehicle has been further degraded - key dealership has contacted Chrysler - however, no solution has been presented to me to date. Meanwhile, I do not feel safe transporting my family in such an unsafe vehicle with a loose and rattling bumper!

- East Moline, IL, USA

problem #4

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

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problem #3

May 212002

(reported on)

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states a mold odor has developed in vehicle. Dealer fumigated, then removed carpet, however, the problem still exists. Manufacturer notified.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 252000


  • miles
As I have reported, I have had numerous serious issues with this vehicle and I do not feel it is a safe car. This vehicle has also been recalled twice, for front brake rotors and defective air bag module, (replaced and moved from under the passanger seat front to under the console). I have contacted Chrysler Corp. With this same information and my feelings that this vehicle is not safe and am awaiting a reply. I do not expect any monetary or new vehicle etc., I'm just reporting the safety problems I have had with this vehicle to any and all agencies to have something on record. I wish to state also that the dealership I bought this vehicle from have been very accomodating and there has never been a problem with them at any time.

- E. Freetown, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 122000

(reported on)


  • miles
Whenever it rains water enters into passenger's compartment, wetting mats and carpet, which could cause mold to grow inside passenger's compartment. This could esult in a health hazard to occupants of vehicle. Also, problem could cause various electrical problems. Consumer has contacted dealer. Dealer has sealed windows, but problem has reoccurred, dealer believed problem was linked to blower unit.

- Tracy, CA, USA

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