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Jeep Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    Cherokee rolls into 1996 with improved engines, new colors, upgraded Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system, more standard equipment and the same sheet metal that it wore on introduction day in 1983.

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought this 96 Cherokee back in 2006 with 70k. I have replaced a couple of sensors-1 was causing the car to die intermittently. It took about 4 different trips to the mechanic before they figured out what was wrong. They thought it was the o2 sensor but it wasn't. It was the-hmmm...can't remember sorry. I have also replaced the water pump, radiator, starter, brakes and had a couple of flushes. It has been running great since. Great 4WD & good pickup. Bad gas mileage- about 14 mpg. Took it up to 100mph+ & got some intense shake. The doors and locks could have been designed better. Had problems w/the a/c-vents stopped blowing due to a broken lever inside. Very bumpy ride.




Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I have owned a Bronco, a Wrangler, a F- 250, and a Tacoma. This is by far the best overall. The straight 6 has almost as much power as the V8's in my 2 Fords. Before I put new tires on I often had trouble not spinning the tires in rain. For an SUV it is quick. The 4wd has never left me stuck. There is room for all I need. I have only had minor problems other than needing a new rear end. These are cheap and easy to find and well worth the money. You can find after market parts for it almost anywhere. It is easy to work on. It has classic styling and almost everything is practical. I recommend it to anyone. Great in snow, off road, and in traffic.




A true suv icon.

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

Purchased in 1998 with 44,000 miles. Now approaching 230,000 virtually trouble-free miles. This solid vehicle has been a reliable constant in my life throughout several major life changes. Always starts easily, has great torque, strong 4WD, superb off- road capability, sure and confident handling. The I6 engine is the best Chrysler has made. Paint and body still looks new. Have needed to replace radiator, rotors, brake hardware, clutch, water pump, serp belt, and steering gear box but that's about it. Of course it has a bit of highway noise, interior and instrument materials are rather cheap, and it is a not as comfy as a new SUV. However, these are not what sets a Jeep apart from the rest.




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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I got the Jeep in2001 with 120000 from my mom. I've had it for 6 years and it's been great. It was problem free until it got over 150,000 miles; it now has 207,000. In the last 50k miles I've replaced, 2 water pumps, starter, rotors, alternator and all the normal parts. The headlight switch has gone bad twice, the doors don't latch well and the inside handle has broken off along with the rubber stripping. It's got a 3"skyjacker lift, Rancho shocks, JKS links, Flowmaster muffler, throttle body spacer, cold air intake. front tube bumper rear hitch. I got this vehicle when i was 19 and I've driven it hard. Before it was mine I learned to drive on it, hard miles.




Love this vehicle!

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I LOVE my 1996 Jeep SE Cherokee! I bought it new in 1996, been driving it ever since. Just today (10 years and 87,000 miles later) had to bring it to the dealer with a problem (no heat, but overheating). It's a nice compact 4-wheel drive that has given me no real problems for the past 10 years. Good for snow and good for city driving and parking. Pulled a boat 2,000 miles to and from Florida, hauled dogs and dry cleaning. I love it! I even love its '96 boxy design. Downside: back seat is small & the cup holders worthless, occasionally overheats a bit in the summer if I'm sitting in rush hour traffic.




Jeepers creapers

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4dr SUV 4WD

Minimal upkeep w/ care over 6 years. No rust, original exhaust, replaced shocks at 35k, wheel bearings at 42k. No smoke or oil. Solid vehicle - shame Jeep dropped this model in 2002.



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What's New for 1996

Cherokee rolls into 1996 with improved engines, new colors, upgraded Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system, more standard equipment and the same sheet metal that it wore on introduction day in 1983.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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