All Jeeps enjoy the reputation of being rugged enough for off-road fun and reliable enough for every use. Some models, especially those in the Cherokee line, are popular for the blend of luxury and performance they offer. Thanks to the quality and long lifetime of these vehicles, its common to see older model years still on the road. That makes knowing how to find parts important to owning one.
Are Jeep Cherokee Doors Interchangeable?
Are Jeep Cherokee Doors Interchangeable? Because the Cherokee body style has changed so little over the last three and a half decades, there are many interchangeable parts. However, the interchangeability of parts depends on the year, the options package, and the part.
When you’re shopping for replacement doors for your Cherokee, it’s best to shop by the model year of your vehicle.
Alternatively, do a direct lookup of the model year of your vehicle and the model year of the doors you’re looking at. There are plenty of good sites that you can look up the information on. Or you can call your local Jeep dealership.
How to Find Doors for Your Jeep Cherokee
It’s convenient that the doors on some model years of the Jeep Cherokee are interchangeable. That makes it easier to find replacement parts from auto salvage yards, aftermarket parts manufacturers, and dealerships.
At the same time, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle’s doors are a good match for the model year that you are looking at before you purchase them, pay for shipping, or spend money on anything else that might not be refundable.
Fortunately, since you’re probably going to do most of your searching for replacement doors on the internet, the information you need to verify before clicking purchase or hitting send on PayPal is probably only a few clicks away.
It’s pretty easy to find a reliable site where you can verify that doors from a particular model year will fit your vehicle.
If you’re doing the work yourself, you can save even more money by salvaging as much as possible from your old door.
Depending on the reasons that have led you to search for the replacement, you might be able to salvage parts like the interior trim, electronic controls, and even window glass. Of course, if you’re purchasing a door from a different model or model year, you might find that none of those parts are interchangeable even though the door fits your vehicle.
Another thing to consider is whether you’re going to be using your Cherokee as an everyday vehicle or strictly as an off-road toy. Some model years are technically interchangeable, but due to slight differences, they might not give you the look or the performance that you expect.
What About Jeep Forums?
You might be tempted to trust the answers that you get on internet forums when you’re shopping for replacement doors for your Jeep Cherokee. We would advise against it.
At the very least, you should verify any information that you get in the form of answers from the people on the forum. We’ve seen some pretty wild answers to otherwise simple questions on those forums.
It can be fun to chat back and forth with other Jeep enthusiasts but it’s important to use the best information that you can get before spending your hard-earned money.
You can find some really good deals on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other online forums. Remember, though; you aren’t saving any money if you purchase and pay for shipping on replacements that don’t fit your vehicle.
We’re not sure why anybody would trust a stranger on a forum more than the results of a Do-It-Yourself search on a reputable website or the advice you get from a professional who works with Jeeps every day.
As we said earlier, you should at least verify the information from a forum. If you’re going to invest the time to do that, why not cut out the middle man and go directly to the verification stage.
The fact that doors for some Cherokees are interchangeable is only cool if you don’t waste time or money on doors that won’t fit your model year.
Take the time to double-check that the doors you’re looking at are a match for your vehicle. That way, you won’t be paying for things you can’t use or tripping over useless body parts while you try to resell them.
Is It Really Worth It to Buy Used Doors?
When you’re shopping for replacement doors, it’s worth your time to compare the benefits of used or salvaged parts with those you’ll get from purchasing directly from a dealership or and OEM.
In some parts of the country, used and salvaged parts will carry the risk of rusting out sooner due to winters spent on salty roads. In hot and dry parts of the country, doors that sat for a long time could suffer from dry rotting of rubber and electrical parts.
You might save a little bit of money purchasing used or salvaged parts. But those savings need to be weighed against the amount of time you’ll have to spend tracking down a door that’s a match and the possibility that it will rust out or malfunction sooner than a newly manufactured replacement part.
It’s just as easy to find quality replacement parts as it is to find used or salvaged doors.
When you turn to the web to do your research, it can be tempting to jump at the cheapest door that you find. Even if you do the work to verify that it is a match for your vehicle, you’re still leaving a lot to chance when you do that.
You don’t get a chance to visually inspect the door. You have to pay for shipping. You might not get the benefits of returns, refunds, or any other recourse if you’re not happy with what arrives.
Compare those risks to the fact that you might enjoy warranty coverage when you buy a newly manufactured replacement door. Not only will you get professional advice on which part to purchase, but you also get the opportunity to return it if it isn’t a fit.
You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with installing a brand-new part, and you might even be covered by a warranty.
The Bottom Line on Replacement Doors for Jeep Cherokees
A lot of us who enjoy Jeeps take advantage of the fact that they’re pretty easy to work on and that there are plenty of replacement parts out there.
It’s particularly easy to take advantage of these perks when you’re more concerned with the function than the style of your replacement part. It can be pretty easy to keep your off-road toy ready for service without a hefty maintenance bill.
On the other hand, since Cherokees are such long-lasting and comfortable vehicles, you might be trying to keep yours as close to the factory specs as possible.
If that is the case, it makes a lot more sense to spend a little bit of extra money to get the exact right part for your vehicle.
The doors on Jeep Cherokees are interchangeable but only in particular year-to-year combinations. Before you invest any time or money on a door replacement project, spend a few minutes doing some online research. That’s the best way to make sure that you aren’t wasting any of either.
It’s always good to stretch your vehicle maintenance dollars as far as possible. Just make sure that you aren’t getting yourself into a cycle of frustration and wasted money in your effort to save a few bucks.