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1997 Jeep Cherokee SUV

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Jeep Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/23 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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1997 - a good year

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee SE 2dr SUV

I bought my 1997 Jeep Cherokee new in 1997. It has a straight six engine, manual transmission - no frills. What a workhorse - It has well over 200,000 miles and all it has ever needed were oil changes, tires and windshield wipers. It doesn't get any better than this. When the engine goes I may get it rebuilt since the straight six is easy to rebuild.




Good vehicle

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee SE 2dr SUV

I've 237,000 plus miles on this vehicle. Major repairs include clutch replacement (twice), fuel pump, radiator, water pump, air conditioning (freezes up intermittently, still does), and I've replaced the battery harness once. Despite these repairs, it's been a great utility truck for driving on construction job sites. I love power of base inline 6 engine. I've gotten consistently 23 mpg. average city/hwy. If Jeep makes this vehicle again, I would buy another one. It's a classic.




Beware

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee SE 2dr SUV

My Jeep has had nothing but problems. Radiator cracked, windows leak, doesn't start most of the time. I have replaced many sensors, hoses, and more. Has had about $4,000 put into it and still doesn't run well. Hasn't held up like I expected. Has a little over 100,000 miles.



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

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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