Bought it NEW in '98, now have 136K on it. Have the 4.0 L I-6 motor & 5 speed manual tranny -- super strong. 23 mpg highway is FAB for a boxy SUV this capable. Like the look, like the color (chili pepper red), like the performance, LOVE the durability. NO major repairs. Biggest repair item has been waterpump. HUGE value for the money. We have the cheap dash w/ idiot lights, and the gas gauge has had problems for years. My wife's vehicle, and it does all our "dirty work" hauling stuff, and ALL snow duty. Interior is plain, back seat best for kids, but tolerable for 1 - 2 hour trips for adults. I see these Cherokees ROUTINELY go 250-300K. 4WD is easy to use. ALL JEEP, ALL GOOD.
4WD, gas mileage, strong in-line 6 cylinder, cargo space. Amazing torque, and DURABILITY. It has got full Jeep 'tude in a very civilized package.
Bring the darn thing back! Liberty is too small, and the spare hanging on the back of the tailgate is a pain, as well as an accident & insurance claim looking for a place to happen. 60/40 split back seat, rear cupholders, and front door pockets in base model would have been nice.