Ironically, the Jeep is a great vehicle for Southern Cal in-traffic driving. It starts right up and warms up quickly, is fast off the line, and shifts smoothly. Tight situations are no problem either. Visibility is good, and because of its compact size, turning into tight spots and parking are a breeze. Reliability has been average. In the 14 years I've owned it, I had the rear main seals replaced @ 50k, the crankshaft sensor @ 70k, and the heater core went out @ 75k. Radiator was replaced @ 85k. Gas mileage has been 13 mpg in strict city driving. The switch off, though, has been the excellent power (4.0 six is an outstanding engine), and ease of driving.
Strong engine, compact size, good visibility, turning radius, utilitarian use, excellent for around town driving.
Cooling system; this thing has run "hot" since day one, and replacing the radiator didn't do much to change it. Door welding = horrible. Windshield wiper motor has been weak for years. Heater core gave out, which resulted in a big leak on the front passenger side. Somewhat bouncy ride. 13 mpg city.
I purchased this Jeep in 11/05 with 37k miles on it from a private seller. Although the pre-purchase inspection revealed a previous front left bumper collision, I decided to buy it because it fit my budget and utility. It rattled and squeaked from day one, nothing serious, but indicative of the body integrity knocks that showed up in consumer reviews. The previous collision turned out to be more damaging than realized, and the frame needed $600 worth of welding to make sure the steering box didn't fall off. It has had a bunch of repairs--new transmission on 9/11/01, ignition control module, alternator, starter, radiator, tension pulley, power steering pump, water pump.
Overall, a pretty tough vehicle, just not very nice to look at. Too small to tow anything big. Sits up high enough. Fairly dependable.
Bought with 100K on it in 2000, now has 185K. I've put maybe 4 grand into it, from regular maintenance (tires/oil/brakes/tune ups), to a radiator, steering box/pump, water pump, A/C compressor, cables and maybe more. I'd do it all over again. This thing goes 300 miles a week just for work. I live in NC and have been to the Everglades, Quebec (2x), Jersey several times and all through the South. I can put 2 kayaks, 2 bikes and camping gear in it and go a thousand miles and this bear just keeps going. I love the vehicle for its dependability, tough style and power. Yea, it's a few bucks to put into a vehicle, but it's cheaper than a car payment, and the insurance is dirt cheap.
Great style, decent mileage for a truck with 185K (21 on highway) and tremendous hauling capacity.
The green paint on these loses all its clear coat after a few years, but if you're a real "Jeepster" it doesn't really matter.
The Cherokee has been an awsome
vehicle. It has 143,000 miles on it and
still goin strong. Runs well
offroad .... many upgrades available.
Only things to go out are things that
time would wear on any vehicle. Would
It is my trusty, rusting TANK with 170,000 mi and
still breathing, low maintenace. started burning a
little oil at about 140,000. 1- Water pump replaced
actually corroded OFF). Very reliable, only mystery
was a failed crankshaft position sensor that caused
much frustration (stalling) until diagnosed. Heats
up quickly these days in the warmer weather. Had
7/70,000 warranty ....rust started about 8/90,000.
Squeaky...replaced the CV joints. Keep front
suspension in check and tires in good repair to
avoid the "Death Wobble" (look it up).
Interior a little noisy. Backend a little light in
slippery conditions, easy to overpower turns with
Reliable. Moved to many places and much cargo in
this vehicle...fun to drive...would buy another (and
in 12 years another) if they were still made...
Make some more of them...
Watch for rust...check door hinges,door panels and
underbody (seat pans).