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1997 Jeep Cherokee SUV

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Jeep Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cheap and loaded with rugged character, dual airbags, optional ABS, optional full-time 4WD, optional 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine

  • Cons

    Rugged character result of ancient engineering, uncomfortable rear seat folds but doesn't split

  • What's New for 1997

    A new interior sporting modern instrumentation debuts. Front and rear styling is refined, and the rear liftgate is now stamped from steel. Multiplex wiring is designed to improve reliability of the electrical system, while a new paint process aims to polish the finish of all Cherokees.

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Customer Reviews

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Loved mine!

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my jeep back in 2002 with 90k miles ALREADY on it! I just got rid of it at 205k miles to get a new Jeep Patriot 4x4. Awesome transition. I loved my Jeep, super dependable, great 4x4 performance, perfect cargo space, etc. Had to deal with water pumps, radiators, catalytic converters, and all other wear and tear of the car, but it lasted me 205k miles and it is STILL running strong. Go get one with low miles if you can find one




I used to love it!

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country 4dr SUV 4WD

It was 3 years old when we purchased it. I have loved my jeep for many years but 3 years ago (100,000 miles) we had a problem with it continually overheating. That led to a new engine, new radiator, etc. Also, have had to have 2 window motors replaced, tranny lines replaced and thankfully (sort of) before the 3 yr/36000 mile warranty on the new engine expired it cracked the head. That was replaced and now it is again overheating. I've had it!




Cherokee's are not real jeeps?

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country 4dr SUV 4WD

I loved my Cherokee of course it stunk on gas, but what did you expect? It's 4.0 w/ 8.25 rear axle, awd transmission, you know what that means? As close to flawless as Jeep or any other car company is going to get. It was perfect in size. The only real flaw was it had leaf springs. If you add a lift be prepared for a bad ride.




Best bet in class

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country 4dr SUV 4WD

I drive my 97 Cherokee Country pretty hard. Never had any issues; gas mileage isn't great but I knew that when I decided to get an SUV. This thing accelerates great out of the gate, is comfortable on the highway and is unstoppable off-road. I challenge anyone to get this thing stuck.




Don't buy this thing

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country 4dr SUV 4WD

I drove this car/truck twice a week. I had only 62k on it and here's what went wrong: water pump, fuel pump (3 times), belt, alternator, radiator, oh and the engine (head gasket and bearings). Each of these problems happened with about a month of each other. Cons: When it didn't break down it rode very rough, like a truck. It was noisy and the gas mileage could be 20 mpg if you were going 55 and had no wind. If you drive normally (70mph), then gas mileage dips down to about 15mpg. Doesn't have a split rear seat. The engineering is horrible. Pros: Climbs hills pretty good. Is good in the snow, if you have good tires I hated this POS, you will too.



Full 1997 Jeep Cherokee Review

What's New for 1997

A new interior sporting modern instrumentation debuts. Front and rear styling is refined, and the rear liftgate is now stamped from steel. Multiplex wiring is designed to improve reliability of the electrical system, while a new paint process aims to polish the finish of all Cherokees.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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