1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo with 355k Miles Is Junkyard Treasure

Jackson Wheeler
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During my junkyard travels, I’m always checking for intergalactically high final odometer readings in discarded vehicles. A 631,999-mile Volvo 244 stands at the top of the current Junkyard Odometer standings, with a fivesome of Hondas and Mercedes-Benzes showing at least 500,000 miles at the ends of their roads.

Today, we’ll admire the highest-mile junked Jeep I’ve ever spotted in its final parking space: a 1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4×2 four-door currently residing in a San Francisco Bay Area car graveyard.

1992 jeep cherokee laredo with 350k miles in california junkyard

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Yes, this truck’s 355,892-mile total blows past the 1990 Cherokee Laredo with 308,058 miles I spotted in a yard near Pikes Peak a few years back, and it reaches 26th place on the overall Murilee Martin Junkyard Odometer standings (squeezing past a 1991 Honda Civic with 351,119 miles).

Keep in mind that most vehicles made by US-based manufacturers didn’t get six-digit odometers until fairly deep into the 1990s (the XJ Cherokee had them from the start, though), while most European and Japanese manufacturers installed six-digit odometers beginning much earlier.

The build tag on this Cherokee showed that it was built at Toledo Assembly, making it an authentic red-white-and-blue machine (because it was designed by Tricolore-wavin’ Renault engineers at red-white-and-blue-logo-equipped AMC and assembled in the heartiest part of the American heartland by a corporation commanded by Lee Iacocca). So, where does it live in the MMJO standings for vehicles built in the United States?

1992 jeep cherokee laredo with 350k miles in california junkyard

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Turns out it ranks a respectable fifth in that list. Let’s take a look at the current Top Ten for discarded US-built machines:

  1. 1990 Nissan Sentra, 440,299 miles (built in Smyrna, Tennessee)
  2. 1991 Honda Accord, 435,471 miles (built in Marysville, Ohio)
  3. 1996 Honda Civic, 435,028 miles (built in Marysville, Ohio)
  4. 1986 Oldsmobile Calais, 363,033 miles
  5. 1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo, 355,892 miles
  6. 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, 350,664 miles
  7. 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback, 341,418 miles (built in Lafayette, Indiana)
  8. 1996 Nissan Quest, 338,549 miles (built in Avon Lake, Ohio)
  9. 1996 Honda Accord wagon, 326,197 miles (built in Marysville, Ohio)
  10. 1990 Geo Prizm, 321,981 miles (built in Fremont, California)

While the AMC 2.5-liter straight-four engine was base equipment in the 1992 Cherokee Laredo, this truck has the far more popular AMC straight-six engine. The original powerplant in this truck—which could be this one, though engine swaps are likely with a vehicle this well-traveled—was a 4.0-liter rated at 190 hp. This engine family dates back to the 1964 Torque-Command 232, which was installed in Ramblers. The 4.0-liter version was used in new vehicles through 2006, when it powered Wranglers.

1992 jeep cherokee laredo with 350k miles in california junkyard

Murilee Martin

The underhood emissions sticker tells us this truck began its life as a California-market car, and the lack of body rust suggests it stayed in the Golden State for most or all of its driving career.

The base transmission would have been a five-speed Aisin manual, but this truck has the optional four-speed automatic. It also has rear-wheel drive, which means fewer components to break compared to a four-wheel-drive model. All this reliable hardware—plus owners who performed maintenance and repairs when needed—paid off in the long term!

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Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at Speedofdaily.com, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
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