Overland Classifieds :: 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ

Like hair scrunchies and acid-wash jeans, classic ’90s vehicles have become increasingly sought after by millennials looking to return to the influences of their youth. These “modern classics” are basic yet functional but include contemporary touches to make them reliable and comfortable.

This 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ is no exception. In good condition and with low mileage, this boxy SUV is a rare find. Over a foot shorter than a modern-day Honda Civic, the XJ parks like a car but off-roads like a Jeep. With a four-liter inline-six engine, low miles, and a 3.5-inch lift Rubicon Express suspension system, this Jeep Cherokee XJ elevates the ’90s dream truck into a dependable and agile off-road machine while simultaneously transporting the driver to a simpler time.

From Philip:

“I bought this Jeep as a meticulously clean one-owner vehicle with 114,000 miles on the clock in 2015 and have spent the last six years building this into an offroad vehicle focused on multi-day overlanding trips. Forty thousand miles later, this thing has been tested and proven as an extremely capable and reliable truck that will take you and your friends and family where you need to go. I have taken this off-road through the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, Sweetwater Mountains, and trails such as Corral Hollow.

I have managed to fix most of the quirks you might experience with this specific Jeep over the years, such as upgrading the cooling system (fan clutch, water pump, thermostat), replacing the engine mount, replaced rear main seal, changed the headliner, etc. The truck comes with an exquisite collection of tapes, a folder of maintenance records, and some good maintenance advice after six years of ownership.

The only note I would make is that the paint on the hood and parts of the roof is fading (a common paint issue on this model), and the Jeep has a few pinstripes from close encounters with cacti on the trail. I left it like this due to how I used the truck, but nothing a paint job can’t fix.

Sadly, I will have to let this truck go as I am building a new Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon and own too many vehicles. I am in no rush to sell and will be looking for the right buyer who is willing to pay the right price for this gem.”


4.0-liter HO engine
3.5-inch lift Rubicon Express suspension system with Bilstein 5100 shocks
BF Goodrich 31×10.50R15 tires
Pro Comp 51 Series Rock Crawler wheels
Custom safari-style roof rack with various mounts
C4x4 Fabrication steel bumper with swing-out tire carrier
Two 8,000 lumen Auxbeam 7-inch LED floodlights with amber covers
Six 25,000 lumen Nilight 4-inch LED spotlights
Nilight chase light with amber cover
Integrated light switches in dashboard
Heavy-duty cargo barrier net
Built-in Cobra CB radio with Firestik antenna
ProClip phone holder
Bluetooth stereo

This 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ is listed for $13,999 OBO and is currently located in Oakland, California. Check out the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. As Senior Editor at Overland Journal, you can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or writing about the unsung women of overlanding history. @desktoglory_ash