My husband and I have had this Jeep for 4 years. Had 70k when we bought it, now it has 130k. Low miles for a 11 year old car. We've had no major issues. Daytime running lights means you chance headlights often. Electrical sensor replaced under dash and a brake light sensor. Besides that just regualar maint. 4.0L is best engine Jeep ever made. My dad has a 96 like ours with 280k and still no issues. We expect to get 300k out of her too. She's like a tank! Back seat a bit small for 6 footers but fine for short people/kids. Definately best buy for TMV.
I have had this vehicle for about 15,000 miles, and I have been very happy with it. It is as capable off road as off, and there are thousands of modifications for these vehicles. Whether you want to hit the trails or brave New England winters, these are some of the best vehicles for the money. The Cherokee is also one of the safest, toughest vehicles on the road.
Solid front axle, well built, light weight, great handling and acceleration.
I've never been in an SUV that can keep up with a Mustang.
The classic look is great, and the Cherokee corners like a good sports sedan.
These powertrains are famous for their 200,000+ mile "break-in period."
I never feel like I am going to be left behind, or that I will not be able to keep up with traffic around town.
Despite 70 cu.ft of carrying capacity, the Cherokee gets about 16/23 mpg.
Interior controls should be more straightforward (like a bmw).
Exterior should be more streamlined, and rear leaf springs should be replaced with something that doesn't sag after 20,000 miles.
This is a common problem with the Cherokee's, as are the A/C and master control panel on the driver's door.
Jeep should bring back the original Cherokee, but with better seats and the spare tire behind the liftgate--which also looks cooler.
The headers on these sometimes crack, and they need to use large disc brakes all around.
The intake should be revised and brought down through the hood to prevent hydrolock, and locking differentials should simply be standard.
Bumpers should be tougher.
This car is extreamly reliable. I turned over 128,000 miles with minimal troubles. Nothing costly has gone wrong with it, still on origional engine and tranny. Leaks less than 1/2 a quart of oil a month in its older age,started around 115,000 miles but nothing too costly.
It is very reliable and high quality. Very rugged.
The ride is a little loud on the highway and bumpy around town.
First new in 2000-absolutely bulletproof. Very practical w/ generous cargo space. tow hitch bike rack & ski roof rack. Easily handles class IV roads w/ plenty of gear, blasted through 1ft+ snow & rain deluges. Pulled a few stumps out & a stuck car. Fun at drive in with the hatch lid open to the screen. Knuckleheads t-boned it from both sides of the front wheel wells, but kept rolling. Reqd minor repair work, but takes a punch. Decent mpg (~20 mpg) for utility. Great acceleration. Can be bumpy at times, but swallows potholes w/o problems. No major problems beyond routine maintenance. Quality keeps up against any other domestic or import. Jeep, why did you ever stop making these?
4x4 in water and snow. Off-road capability. Heated seats. Acceleration. Tow hitch for towing & hitch bike racks. Roof racks for skis. Generous cargo area. Nice interior layout, fit and finish. Overhead lamps and digital readout for temp & mpg.
Improving mpg (although decent ~20 mpg for 4x4 utility). Optimize ride comfort and off-road utility. Make the Cherokee again please. The liberty cannot hold a candle to the look and utility of the old Cherokees.