We have owned this Jeep for about 5 years and there have been no breakdowns and only regular maintenance. This Jeep is very fun to drive; the 4.0 litre straight 6 has a lot of torque. These Jeeps are very off road capable even in stock form. Because of the light weight and disc brakes, this Jeep stops almost on a dime. The 4 wheel drive is very easy to use (shift-on-the-fly). The interior is very roomy for a compact suv it can comfortably seat 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children comfortably plus dogs or groceries or whatever in the back. Over all this is a great SUV.
Favorite feature has to be the 4.0 litre engine; lot of power and 18-20 mpg efficiency, and the easy 4-wheel drive operation. On the interior the rear seats fold down to give a huge amount of space for hauling big and irregular stuff.
Have owned the Jeep for 10 years and it's still fun to drive and knock down a Mustang or 2 with it's fantastic acceleration to 70MPH. (Speedo only goes up to 85MPH) Best engine that was ever put into a Jeep. Even my wife gets a kick out of it. Have only put in approx. $600 in repairs needed over the 10 years with the biggest expense being to replace the radiator with a new aluminum one with a lower pressure cap. This happened at 163,000 miles last month. Interior carrying room is also great and I remove the lower back seat and put the back down to get more room than that offered by the new SUV imitators. Wish they still made this one.
108,000 miles, Classic package, AC/AT/CC/4.0/4WD, (even push-up sunroof). Beautiful, practical, dependable, lovable car! Just big enough, classic lines, most indestructible drivetrain ever built, nimble, responsive, turns on a dime, excellent reliability & safety record, excellent parts availability, easy to work on. Still looks beautiful inside & out, even the cigar lighter still works, feels so secure on NE's winter roads with the fantastic on-the-fly 4WD, not a rattle or squeak. I've added a CD changer, a good double cupholder I bought on eBay, and a firm foam wedge cushion for more driver's seat support. Take good care of a Cherokee and it will take care of you for a long time
I cannot be happier with my fun 1996 Jeep Cherokee that I bought at 126,500 miles. It is a sleek, black Sport 4Dr 4WD with gray cloth interior, OEM aluminum wheels, and Goodyear Tracker tires. The car is in fantastic condition, in terms of the engine, transmission, suspension, electronics, interior and exterior. It simply looks cool and commanding. It's as if Jeep's new Commander design team went retro and modeled their design off of the original '84 Cherokee. I'd even venture to say that the new Mustang is to the original '65 Mustang as the new Commander is to the original '84 Cherokee. It's a lot of fun driving this car. The shift-on-the-fly 4WD gets me anywhere in brutal Chicago weather.
Powerful 4.0 liter I-6 muscle. 20mpg. Sleek, muscular, sporty and chiseled look. Lots of head, shoulder and leg room for the driver as well as front and back passengers. Great corrosion-free paint. Excellent ground clearance. Command-Trac 4WD is awesome. Lots of cargo space. Hot heater/cool AC. Fun!
I can't think of improvements I'd suggest, although I can think of other things I love about my Jeep: it starts up every time. It accelerates FAST at a green light. Tight cornering. Great panoramic view. Comfortable seats. Excellent cruise control. Nice stereo. Great keyless entry. The perfect car.
I like this Jeep; it's got the advantages of the smaller suvs such as ground clearance, storage, passenger room, roof racks, rear wheel drive and just being up higher than small cars (plus it looks like the 4wd). Plus the advantages of a compact car -- good ride, fuel economy no extra drivetrain to weigh it down or maintain, transmission/clutch repairs are a breeze compared to its 4wd cousin (no transfer case to deal with). Overall good little suv for the budget minded person. Also the 2.5 4 cylinder is surprisingly spunky. It's not a slouch as you would think; it's no 4.0 liter but more power means less fuel economy. This day and age I'd rather have the torquey 4 banger! it does the job quite well.
Torquey 4 cylinder, 5 speed, low gearing, seats, overall room for the size of vehicle and REAR WHEEL DRIVE!
CUP HOLDERS, shorter throw shifter (can be purchased aftermarket for $140 from B&M), more than one interior powerpoint.