It's a Jeep... need I say more?
Brakes have been replaced several times.
Shifter fork failed at 140000.
Valve cover gasket at 160000.
Engine will overheat on long trips; this is due to the old style cooling sytem.
Otherwise, just general upkeep.
This is the last year of the AMC-built Jeeps. Cherokee Chief with the off-highway package. Dana 44 rear and Dana 35 front axles. They will last forever considering the 4 Cylinder puts out about 115 horsepower. Decent amount of torque though.
If you are considering an SUV of this size, skip right past the Explorers and S-10 Blazers. This is a true Jeep. Solid axles front and rear. Not just important for off-roading. My drive-train components are mostly original with 223000 miles on them. The truck feels very stable when cornering, and stock it can take on some drastic angles with ease. The solid front axle allows for great articulation.
In this era, stay away from the Cherokees with the 2.8 V6. It has reliability issues. The 2.5 4 Cyl. isn't a powerhouse, but with the 5-speed manual it is adequate.
There is some road noise at highway speeds, but nothing overly obtrusive.
Cargo space is very good.
It is a real champ in the snow in 4wd, and is quite capable off-road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th April, 2005