I absolutely could not live without my Cherokee. I've had it for 11 years. Bought it with 13,000 miles on it. It's been in four accidents (1 while parked), extensive road trips throughout upstate NY during my sorority days, and survived NYC potholes. Within the past two years, I've had to change the brake pads, thermometer, radiator, steering box, battery and have multiple electrical problems resulting in shortages in the front and rear lights. Overall, she has lasted me well as hard as I drive, and I'm looking for another vehicle as equally reliable.
Body style, smooth ride, reliability, durability.
There was a problem with the dash board monitors that was recalled back in 2000. But, the monitors still malfunction every so often which I believe have led to the electrical problems.
I bought this car car new. It has been reliable. 187000 miles now. Never had an issue with the transmission. Awesome offroad, and snow performance - never been stuck in mud or snow. Part time 4x4 is great. 17 mpg average. Got 21 mpg once on highway trip. Replaced normal things- alternator, belt, brakes, tires. Stuck with regular maintenance. Replaced several window motors, and has had several electrical glitches.Recently had head gasket replaced (approx. $800) due to oil leak - first leak I've had. Now evaporator coil is cracked ($1300 repair, or no AC). It may be getting close to time to replace, but I really don't want to get rid of it. With new tires, it's impossible to surpass off road
No blind spots. Performs awesome in snow. Dependable. Good ground clearance.
Road noise- this is a noisy vehicle. Bumpy ride-you feel every bump -good for off road. Electrical bugs- front speakers & fog lights haven't worked for years. Fuel gauge reads E sometimes sporadically. In hot weather sometimes all gauges on dash "die" temporarily, but pop back w/in 1 min.
Bought this very basic 4x4 last summer with 125k on the clock, and just grow more enthusiastic every day. Its not a luxury car, but is very tractable on-road and there is NO vehicle still in production in 2008 that can come anywhere close to matching it for balancing on-road manners and sheer offroad capability. Its also built like a tank and is unbelievably reliable. Important stuff just does not fail on this car. Fuel econ. is quite good in commuting. They're so common that they're almost forgotten- but just look around you in traffic some day and start counting, and note how many still look great. Then remember there hasn't been a new one built for 7 years. Take THAT, Toyota.
Ruggedness and reliability.
Just come up with a real replacement! The Liberty is OK, but gives up too much in offroad capability and is too complex for the gains in on-road manners. The FJ Cruiser is a plastic-encased joke, and the Escape/Tribute is a FWD pretending to be a 4x4. This is a totally empty market segment currently
This Jeep has had the following problems: 3 transfer case replacements. Transmission replaced. U-joints failed. rides rough. Gas mileage is the worst of any car I've ever owned. This thing sucks gas big time!