BF Classified: 1991 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood

Seller’s Description: While roughly 3 million XJs were built, the Briarwood edition is one of, if not the rarest XJ ever made. This is because it was expensive, with an MSRP of $24,710 ( a 4 door ’91 Laredo MSRP was $17,379), only a 2-year production (91 and 92) run and it was made at the end of the wood paneling era when wood paneling was out of fashion. For a time, no one wanted them, leaving many to be built into off-roaders, abused, or scraped. While very rare, the wood-paneled XJs benefit from the availability of parts, they are extremely reliable and durable and have classic and timeless looks.
Except for me, this is a one-family car that was bought new in 1991 in Greenville NC with 71 miles on the clock. It was religiously maintained and repaired by the selling dealership until April 2019 when it moved to Florida with the family. The Carfax report documents the service history since 2000 and I have reprints of the service receipts from 8/2013 to 12/2018. Services was done roughly every 4,000 miles. This Jeep has
• 232,XXX miles (roughly 8000 miles per year)
• 4.0 HO inline 6, auto transmission and 4-wheel drive
• Original motor, transmission, transfer case, and drive train
• Power windows, locks, seats, brakes, and mirrors
• Midnight blue with tan interior
• Runs and drives excellent
• Rust-free and excellent body
• Non-modified, and stock condition
• A good quality recent repaint
• The wood paneling was renewed and the wood paneling trim was refinished
• I believe the front seats were recovered
• a/c was converted to A134A in 2018
• Replaced headliner
A full service was done including the A/C, transmission, front suspension, brake system, power steering, cooling system, front and rear differentials, engine oil, new hoses, tune-up, and gaskets (as needed). New tires, motor mounts, and window gaskets were fitted.
The engine bay looks very good, the underneath is clean with no rust and the interior presents very well. The Jeep runs and drives well. While this Jeep is exceptional and presents like an almost new car, it does have a few flaws. These flaws include minor paint imperfections from the original repaint, minor pitting in the chrome, a few flaws in the original wood paneling, and some minor cracks in the dashboard. The brakes have a very slight vibration and the rear main seal leaks a little. The steering wheel shows its age and mileage. The overhead console computer does not work, the OHC lights partially work (believe this is a ground issue but have not tracked down) and the rear wiper does not work.
This Jeep is a standout and there are only a few left that are in nicer shape.

Price: $12,000 OBO
Location: Middleburg, VA
Mileage: 232,500
Title Status: Clean
VIN: 1J4FN78S4ML634050

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Comments

  1. bikefixr

    I don’t care if runs on Pixie dust, $12k for a pimped-out Cherokee with 232,000 miles on it is pure fantasy land.

  2. S

    No matter how nice this Jeep is, it has 232,000 miles on it. There’s no getting around that. Things are going to wear out or need maintenance. $2000 is a lot more realistic figure. I like the wood paneling… Still I think if I wanted a Jeep I’d try to find one with a lot less miles than this!

    • That AMC guy

      Mine has over 250K miles and still runs great. I only paid $2000 for it though. (Of course it doesn’t look near as nice as this one!)

  3. chrlsful

    like this motor, alot. Seems well maintained, ‘restored’. No amount of mileage scares me. One thing many do not consider – even if in brand new shape they are what they were when – brand new. Take a look at it compared to the other vehicles of that era. It will not get any better than that. If you looked around in 1991 at the available – would you buy this vehicle? How does it fit into what you have now, or if a one car/truck home as the mainstay? I like it a good deal but have this ‘slot’ filled by another…

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