Bought this Jeep, my first Cherokee, used in 2000. Traded in my '93 Wrangler for it. Thought I would hate it without the rag top, but this car is great. Carries my kids and all my toys. Runs great in all weather/conditions. I now have 170,000 miles (68,000 when bought) and am just starting to replace original equipment. Only negatives are the gas mileage and my instrument gauges periodically fail. No mechanic has been able to find the cause. Despite that I will never buy another SUV other than a Jeep.
Off road and bad weather handling. Tons of space for my gear.
Gauge issue seems to be a common thing with '98's and '99's. Bring it back! The Liberty is nice, but lacks the cargo room of the Cherokee.