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Best all around car ever built
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By Phoebe
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1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD


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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


Best Features

Manual windows/door locks, on-the-fly 4WD, beautiful styling, great visibility & mirror placement, tight turning, responsive handling, solid feel, good paint, excellent finishing.


Worst Features

Moot, as someone has said, but the cupholder was truly a laugh and I guess anyone would wish for better gas mileage. But given its overall economy in maintenance & repair, it all evens out.


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Commander is a Cherokee wanna-be
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By Sleek Black Powerful
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1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

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!


Worst Features

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.


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96 Cherokee 2wd 4 door 5 speed
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By Aaron Waltz
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1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV SE 4dr SUV


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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.


Best Features

Torquey 4 cylinder, 5 speed, low gearing, seats, overall room for the size of vehicle and REAR WHEEL DRIVE!


Worst Features

CUP HOLDERS, shorter throw shifter (can be purchased aftermarket for $140 from B&M), more than one interior powerpoint.


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LOVE THIS VEHICLE!
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By Linda HORRELL
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1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV SE 4dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

4-wheel drive on the fly, nice size (not a gigantic SUV), easy to park and drive on narrow city streets. Love the hatch back (great for tailgating) and the "window shade cover" I bought when I first got it to provide privacy for the back.


Worst Features

Bring it back! Better cup holders. A little more leg room in the back seat would be nice.


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Truly Remarkable
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By Banker
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1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD


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Purchased vehicle in '98, used, from private seller who didn't even know it had 4 wheel drive. Used for everything from daily work commute to locating trail heads of mountain bike trails. Capability is superb and so compromises ride quality. Mechanically very sound, only replacing AC electronic switch ($20). Not looking forward to being able to purchase another when the time comes.


Best Features

4x4, classic look, dependability, value!


Worst Features

Back seat small, though bigger than Wrangler, if I had to think of something


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