Great All-Purpose Rider
By Dan on
2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
So far I've had no problems mechanically with this car. I've taken it off-road and it handles nicely, while on-road is even better. In general, for a vehicle with this kind of mileage (+50000) it's in good shape. It does have some problems, though. When 4 wheel drive high range is engaged, if you make a sharp turn the wheels lock. Also, when put in reverse for too long, it sometimes stalls or sputters. You need to find the right kind of tires, too. Wet handling is below average, even with 4WD. The vehicle corners well for an SUV and has a good turn radius, just make sure it's not cornering heavily above 50mph. At speeds above 80 on a straightaway highway, it becomes very shaky.
The 4WD has saved me a few times and it comes equipped with fog lights. Mechanically too, it is a solid value thus far.
The model has been discontinued, so all improvements have to be according to personal likings. One suggestion is to find a good all-purpose tire, especially for wet conditions. Touring tires are okay, but for an SUV you need something better.