The mid-sized Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was made from 1984 to 2001. Developed in 1984 by AMC/Jeep, the Cherokee's design remained mostly the same through 1996. For the 1997 model year Jeep, now operating under Chrysler, updated the Cherokee (most noticeable by the rounder outer appearance).
My 1988 Jeep Cherokee has been a pretty dependable vehicle since my mom purchased it. Earlier in its life, the Jeep suffered from a head on collision. While everyone said the Jeep was totaled and should be junked, my mom decided to have the front end rebuilt. No one knew the original AMC Internal Combustion Engine would go on to last 350,000 miles!
Now, with over 410,000 miles on the odometer and the second Internal Combustion Engine under the hood, I think it's time for this seasoned Jeep to become an environmentally friendly electric vehicle. The following are the Jeep's specs before any work began for the conversion:
- Body/frame: 5-door Cherokee XJ unibody, pioneer trim
- Suspension: Front coil springs/ Rear leaf springs
- Engine: AMC 242 4.0L Inline 6 cylinder, Fuel injected
- Transmission: Peugeot BA-10/5 5-speed manual transmission
- Transfer Case: New Process 231 Part-time case
- Axles: Dana 30 front, Dana 35c rear
- Gas Tank Capacity: 13.5 U.S. gallons
- Gas Mileage: 17-20 MPG
- Tires: Generic P225/75/R15 size; rated 35PSI
- Air Conditioning
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Trailer Hitch
- Weight: 3084 lbs.?