While the word “Wagoneer” conjures images of Jeep’s iconic “SJ” Grand Wagoneer (Guys With Rides recently featured an ’87 version), people forget that Jeep also made a smaller, but the completely unrelated version on the “XJ” Cherokee body style from 1983 to 1990. Jeep offered the compact XJ Wagoneer in two trim levels: the Wagoneer and Wagoneer Limited edition featured here. Starting in 1985, Jeep differentiated the XJ Wagoneers from the Cherokees by using a grille incorporating two vertically stacked low and high beam headlights with front turn signals moved behind the grille. The Wagoneer Limited came with vinyl wood trim on the sides and leather seats embossed with “Limited.” This top-line model also came loaded with features such as power windows, seats, door locks, mirrors, air conditioning, and upgraded interior carpet and seat fabric. Jeep’s bullet-proof 4.0 L straight-six provided ample power for any condition.
The 113K mile Brown over Tan example presented here appears to be in very good shape for its age. The seller states this Wagoneer was never abused or molested and has only been used as a family cruiser. Two years ago, the owner completed a three-inch lift and suspension rebuild that included new Rancho shocks, springs, ball joints, bushings, etc. The seller states the front axle has been rebuilt at some point and a new radiator installed one month ago. The larger tires were also part of the suspension upgrade and only have 4K miles. While the owner mounted a plow five years ago, the system appears to be an unobtrusive light-duty unit that has only been used a few times. In addition to the exhaust’s Y-pipe being repaired, the seller states that most of the brakes lines have been replaced and he just completed a fresh oil change and chassis lube.