Preserved Pioneer: 1989 Jeep MJ Comanche Long Bed 4×4 – Sold!
While Jeep’s “XJ” Cherokee SUV gets much of the attention, its sister “MJ” pickup version such as this example listed on Craigslist in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania remains a rare site today. The private seller listed his Comanche at $7,900, which relying on the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms he has his truck priced within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $3,425, $7,175, and $10,400, respectively.
Launched one model year after the debut of the very popular XJ Cherokee, Jeep launched the MJ truck that was heavily based on that SUV. Unlike the Cherokee, the Comanche used a conventional body-on-frame design behind the cab and a removable cargo box (Jeep labeled this C-channel based design “Uniframe”). However, the cab and front clip retained the unibody construction of the Cherokee.
The Comanche used the XJ Cherokee’s “Quadralink” front suspension, with coil springs and upper/lower control arms on a solid axle, while a Panhard Rod keeps the axle centered under the truck. Modified versions of this same basic suspension system were later used on the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee, 1997 and newer TJ Wranglers, and 1994 and newer Dodge Ram trucks. For the rear suspension, the truck used leaf springs that are considerably longer than the Cherokee’s, which give Comanches good load-carrying capacity without creating a hard ride. The standard rear axle was the same Dana 35 unit used in the Cherokee, except that the Comanche mounted the leaf springs underneath the axle, as do most other trucks, and the Cherokee mounted them on top of the axle.
With the virtually indestructible 4.0 liter inline six-cylinder combined with a 5-speed manual transmission, this MJ will be a solid player offroad. Both the seller’s description and the pictures provided give the appearance this is a well cared for Comanche that is still has a lot of life left to provide the next caretaker. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1989 Jeep Comanche Pioneer long bed 4×4, 5 speed manual. Has factory hitch, Comanche under rail bed liner, rock rails, two sets of wheels, one after market and one original turbine set. Has a Leer bed topper painted to match the truck. Has bucket seats and center console. Cold A/C, cd player with i pod hook up in glove box. 4.0 inline 6 cylinder. Many new parts, runs great. No rust or rot.
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