1991 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Inline 6 from North America
Tough as nails! Relaible and Dependable!
Coil wire (from ECU) shorted against engine block (could've been my fault)
Tough as a tank. This vehicle was purchased and built SOLEY to go off-road. I used to own an 88 Samurai and a 99 Tacoma, neither can match the toughness of this vehicle. Reliability wise it's on par with Toyota and Suzuki. This vehicle sits most of it's time with me and every time (even after 3 months) starts up and runs perfectly. It's now running 8" of lift and 33" tires with lockers. NOTHING has broken off-road or on. Transmission is BEYOND acceptable (AW4 model) and engine is awsome. Smoother than my fathers MB E320 in engine and transmission performance! It was quiet the first week I owned it (stock) but even with the swampers howling at 70mph the interior is very quiet (Used to own an MR2 turbo T-top-It's quieter than that). Due to this purchase I also bought a 96 Grand Cherokee. Don't confuse AMC engineering with Chrysler! It's night and day difference, even though the grand was designed by AMC, Chrysler went and messed it up. Stick with the Cherokee (XJ model) and you will not be dissapointed. Could not say enough good about this vehicle. Hardcore off-road drivers should however stay away as the Uni-body design lends itself to body cracking and deformation without crucial body parts like doors and roofs. As a daily driver (which it performed for 8 months as the grand needed $5000 in repairs) it was incredible. However due to MY tire choice it sits most of the time. 12mpg with 33's and stock gears is not bad, my Samurai would get 8mpg with a 1.3L, regeared, and the same style 33's. Then again, when a Sami is that tall you don't drive it everyday, this Jeep I can easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th March, 2004
Now wait just a minute. You RAVE about this Jeep and then you say you would never purchase another one??? Maybe it's just me, but doesn't that seem a bit odd??
Goodness! You have nothing, but good things to say, but you still give your car an unsatisfactory rating. What's up with that?
I bought and built the vehicle to go off-road on 3+ trails. Not something 99.9% of the people who read this would do. While the drivetrain is solid most of the time the interior is crap, it squeaks A lot, parts tend to wear A lot faster than other vehicles and seem to cost more. The ride is SUV-like when 99.9% of the public want car-like (personally I feel you should just buy a car if that's what you want-I mean I want an SUV-like ride in my car why can't I have that). It's good, decent, and if you travel off-road it's great. On-road in stock form it's not bad either, but I can afford to pay $2.35 a gallon when I'm getting 8-13mpg, not many people can. It wasn't stock for more than a week so I can't comment too much on fuel mileage stock.
Sorry to upset those that didn't read into it. But a Jeep is a Jeep and this will be the last one I own. There are other models better suited to off-road use (like ones with a frame) that don't stop running when they go through 3' of water (alternator sucks).