Needed an inexpensive SUV (wanted it to American built), so I bought this Cherokee in late 2013 w/16500 miles on her. I've added 50000 miles since I've owned it. She gets lots of looks/positive comments and at least once every couple of months someone asks to buy it. Overall, it's a great SUV.
Turning radius, performance (fast), vehicle height, power, stability, simplistic timelessness styling, solid build, nicely equipped (power windows/locks, leather seats, title steering wheel), value (still retails for almost $5000.00), etc.
Driver's area is a bit snug & gas mileage could be better.
This car was a hand me down from my aunt. She and my uncle take very good care of their cars, so don't give me the whole "you must not have taken care of it" thing. This car has been nothing but problems. Endless electrical problems is the first issue. In less than a year that I've had this car, the automatic door locks, cruise control, trunk light, horn, airbag, and the windows have all stopped working. I've had several mechanic friends check all of the fuses and everything and they are all completely fine. I haven't taken it in yet cause I can't afford the huge costs. On top of all of that it has completely broken down twice AGAIN in just a year of having it. All in all just a huge pain.
When this car is actually working, it's got enough power for any situation you're in. The handling on my sport model is pretty good. The steering feels tight and heavy at low speeds and lightens up on the highway. I like the trunk space and the very basic easy to use switches and nobs inside. Although the opposite of aerodynamic, the design and look of the car is pretty cool and classic jeep. Looks pretty tough and off-roady with its boxy profile and what not.
The worst thing about this car is by far the reliability and electrical problems that are almost impossible to escape. But there is more that I don't like. For one thing, this thing is extremely top heavy. Get ready to go extremely slow around corners, because it seriously feels like it's going to roll even if you're going only a little faster than you should be. Also, it's pretty cramped inside. The back seat is super snug, and the drivers seat even set all the way back doesn't give me enough room and makes my ankle and back hurt on long drives. Gas mileage is also awful. Only about 14-16 mpg in mixed driving, just unacceptable! Last, 2WD models are useless. I've been stuck lots of times.
Let me just start off by saying I love my JEEP! And there is no denying it this baby is a Jeep. Some people think the only real Jeeps are Wranglers but that's not the case, this bad boy even stock has the capability to do some pretty amazing things off road. The best part about this jeep is that while being able to take it for a fun weekend camping or 4x4ing is nice and easy its also a great car to drive on the road,in the city or on the highway. I have a 99 cherokee sport in automatic (not listed on this site if im not mistaken) and she has over 230,000 miles with nearly no major repairs aside from a starter and a new ac pump. And of course some body damage fixes but that' my fault not hers
I love the 4x4 on this, my dad drove this for nearly ten years hundreds of thousands of miles on the highway and back roads of Kentucky. It wasn't until i could drive and the jeep was mine that i found out just how impressive she can be off road. My cherokee is fully stock on stock wheels and no lift and it can do some things, that being said i have a buddy with a 98 sitting on 4.5" of lift and 35" tires and his cherokee can't be stopped on anything we have here in the bluegrass state.
Obviously you know what you are buying this car for whether that be take the kids to soccer practice or building the Jeep of your dreams that can go anywhere. That
being said if its a soccer mom jeep save your improvement money for little fixes like fixing the roof lining when it sages because stock shes got all you need, maybe brighter head lights? If you want off road then what can't you do to it? not in a bad way stock shes darn good, but with a small lift bigger tires and a bumper with a winch and some lights you will have your Jeep kicking ass and taking names, and fully outfitted like that she will be looking great while doing it.
I bought this car from my uncle at 127,000 miles. This thing is a beast. iv driven it to 182,000 miles and iv only had 2 problems. i had to replace the water pump and the rear O2 sensor. both cheap to buy and relatively easy to repair you self. i have never had a starting problem, well when its -30 out side in the morning she doesn't want to start, but she always starts. and people who complain about the drivetrain i have never had a problem, probably because i changed both rear and front differential fluid along with the transfer case fluid at about 160,000 miles, AND, i regular grease the drive shafts. All of theses are very easy to do and can significantly increase the live of a jeep.
the rock solid 4x4 system. This thing is a beast in deeep snow and on the trail.
the one thing that could be improves it the tiny mirrors
This is the worst vehicle on the planet.
Constant "Death Wobble" issues.
Aggravating Crank Position Sensor issues arise throughout the year (engine will not get spark causing no-start issues).