No Winters: 1998 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport

September 19, 2021 Update – The seller just provided over forty additional pictures of their 1998 Jeep XJ as well as a video of the engine running.  Clicking on the first picture below opens the photograph carousel where you can view all of the new pictures.  We are working with the seller to have even more pictures loaded soon – stay tuned.

Guys With Rides team is pleased to offer a reserve-style online auction on behalf of the private seller of this 1998 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport. Bidding started on Friday, September 17, 2021, and continues for thirteen consecutive days ending on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 7:30 PM.

This 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport currently resides south of Lansing, Michigan roughly halfway between Battle Creek and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

NOTE: Right below this line is a slide show for this ride. If you do not see it immediately, please click on the white space and the pictures should start to appear before they are fully loaded.

Current High Bid = $3,000

Reserve Meter – the green bar indicates how close the high bid is to the seller’s reserve price. When the green bar is full, the reserve has been met!

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While still under American Motors Corporation (“AMC”) and Renault combined management, designers started developing a smaller replacement for Jeep’s SJ Cherokee. Development accelerated when management learned GM was busy designing the new S-10 compact SUV and pickup line.  When it debuted for the 1984 model year, unit-body construction helped the new XJ be 1,200 pounds lighter, 31 inches shorter, six inches narrower, and four inches lower than the Cherokee SJ it replaced.

In addition to unitized construction, engineers combined a ladder-boxed chassis integrated into the monocoque unit rather than relying on traditional separate body-on-frame construction. The design was rigid and sturdy and lightweight enough to facilitate the use of AMC’s new 2.5-liter/150-cubic-inch four-cylinder engine, which was really a Pontiac “Iron Duke” four. Optional and much more desirable was a modernized version of AMC’s virtually indestructible 252 cubic inch inline-six, which the XJ featured here is equipped with.

Jeep marketed XJs as Sportwagons, a precursor to the modern sport utility vehicle (“SUV”) before that term came into vogue. The XJ spawned competitors as other automakers noticed the design cannibalizing sales from traditional station wagons and later on, minivans. Built in various trim levels through 2001, the Jeep XJ Cherokee earned a reputation for off-road toughness that has even earned the respect of ardent CJ/XJ/TJ “Jeep Peeps”.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find unmodified examples of XJ Cherokees, so the example being auctioned here is special.

Gerald, the fifth and current caretaker of this 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport, reports that he purchased it just over one year ago with the intent to replace his long-term XJ when it was expected to finally become unreliable as a daily. Since that has yet to occur and he has run out of storage space,  Gerald reports this rust-free white XJ Cherokee Sport is too nice to store outdoors.

Gerald reports that despite being registered in Michigan all of its life, this 1998 Cherokee Sport to date has never been used in winters as the previous owners were “Snowbirds” who stored the Jeep in their garage during winter months. Gerald reports that everything, including the Cruise Control and factory air conditioning work properly.

The Complimentary CarFax® we provide confirms this 1998 Jeep XJ Country has never had any accidents reported and the ownership and mileage shown is consistent with what the seller reported.  To view the complete CarFax, please click on the picture below and when finished, click your browser’s back button to return to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

7 Comments
  1. Anonymous

    Great looking XJ!! Looks well cared for.

    Would it be possible for seller to post photos of the undercarriage as well as driver side interior?

    Also: could seller address whether or not a smoker had the truck/any cigarette odor?

    Thanks.

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    • Guys with Rides

      We’re working on getting more pictures as you describe. Please stay tuned!

      Reply
    • Anonymous

      No smoke smell and non smoker. I will try to post more pictures of underside.

      Reply
    • Chris

      Does this Cherokee have cruise control? I can’t tell from the picture of the steering wheel. Is there anything mechanically not working? Like the AC or 4WD?

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Chris, we just confirmed with the seller this Cherokee has working cruise control and A/C that blows cold. Everything is in proper working order, so says the seller.

        Reply
  2. Anonymous

    Hi. Is this Cherokee have current registration and inspection? Couldn’t tell if there is a sticker on the windshield. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Guys with Rides

      The seller just confirmed this Jeep is currently registered. Michigan does not require inspections.

      Reply

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