1994 Jeep Cherokee Country 4.0 HO, straight 6 cal from North America

Summary:

My Jeep Cherokee is a great car!

Faults:

Right after buying, the transmission had a small seep. Took 3 times to be fixed at the dealership.

At approx 65,000 miles; battery replaced and new brakes. Also had to have new muffler and tailpipe (rusted through).

At 98,000,the crank sensor failed (key would do nothing) and that was an expensive fix. Luckily I was home at the time.

At approx 100,000; when hitting a bump on the highway, the front end would shimmy to the point of almost losing control. Had the steering damper replaced. Fixed the problem. Not too expensive.

At approx 100,000; had 4 new shocks and 4 new tires installed and front end aligned (see above).

At approx 105,000; began idling very rough. Had the plugs, wires and rotor and distributor replaced. Problem solved.

At approx 110,000 the driver side door hinges broke. Father in law fixed by welding back on. Problem solved.

Around 140,000 the water pump failed. I was home again, luckily. Had it replaced and new hoses and thermostat. new belt also. On next trip she was running hot. Had the radiator replaced. Old and clogged up. Problem solved.

At approx 141,000 a transmission cooler line came loose from the cooler. Dumped a lot of fluid till I found out by putting it in gear and the car not wanting to move. Had the line re-installed. Took it to a mechanic who drained transmission and changed the lines, luckily no damage. Could have been bad had it come off when I was out on the interstate.

At approx 150,000 the radio started sounding bad. Had to put 4 new speakers in due to all the rubber was rotted out of the old speakers. Now it sounds great again.

At approx 175,000 the air conditioner compressor started making loud squealing noises, and would only kick in half the time. Had new compressor, expansion valve and rec/dryer replaced.

At approx 180,000; had the catalytic converter changed due to rusted out along with muffler and tail pipe replaced again for rusted out. A bit expensive.

Currently the washer low light is on always. Just took the connector off.

No body rust currently, but the floorboards are shot (rusted through) in many places. No one I can find want to fix them, so I will do it myself this spring.

General Comments:

Yes, it has had a few items go bad, but what car with 186,000 doesn't?

I wouldn't trade this Jeep for anything. It is fast when I need to accelerate, and I trust it close to a new one to get me where I am going. The 4X4 is great and has never let me down in any snow.

I have the oil changed every 3k miles, and so far the engine and transmission is solid and it still purrs like a cat. I plan on keeping it for a long time, and putting in some serous TLC this spring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2008

14th Apr 2008, 06:28

Now at 192,000 miles. Just had to have new rear brakes and drums installed. Major shaking when brakes applied and pulsing at low speeds. More money, but brakes are good all the way around now. Still running strong.

26th Sep 2010, 07:54

My 1995 2dr. is one great vehicle. It has 133,000 miles, and runs straight and true. Lots of power.

My low wash light also comes on now and then.

It has no rust on any panel, but the shocks had a lot.

The original paint job looks really good. Lucky that the lady owner before me never took it off road that I can tell.

The back hatch also works great. I can take out the rear seat and the back folds flat.

The only things that I am looking for is a roof carrier and new rims.

I would be crazy to let this Jeep go. One reliable and tough vehicle.

1994 Jeep Cherokee Country 4.0L inline 6 from North America

Summary:

I think it's great

Faults:

The differential leaks a bit.

The back washer fluid sprayer sprays backwards.

General Comments:

The car is surprisingly sprightly when you need it to be, and it is quite comfortable, although the heater takes about 5-6 minutes to heat up the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

14th Apr 2008, 09:26

Look at the back windshield wiper. A rubber hose runs down through the wiper and connects to a nipple on the door. More than likely the hose has pulled off and the water is squirting straight back. Pull a little of the hose/tube down and push it back on.

30th Jun 2008, 21:20

I had this problem as well, especially in the winter. Always fun to shoot windshield washer fluid at the guy riding your back bumper though.