1996 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

1996 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0L unleaded petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0L unleaded petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Underrated

Faults:

Exhaust manifold split.

Engine oil leak.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable.

A bit heavy on juice.

Not much room in the rear and the rear compartment.

No rust.

Very solid car.

Driver's leather seat deteriorating.

Driver's electric seat sluggish.

Electrics are very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2012

22nd Sep 2013, 17:10

Curious how common the XJ is in NZ and Oz.

They are not under-rated here in the states. In fact, they are still ubiquitous, despite their thirst.

1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

A real classic vehicle that was replaced by a vastly inferior model (Jeep Liberty)

Faults:

Something has been off with the transmission since purchased. Nobody has been able to figure it out. Keeps running, no biggie.

Overheats easily and often despite various attempts to help it out (new radiator and lines, modified air flow).

Bushings wore to nothing faster than other vehicles.

Engine bay heat cooked a couple small parts.

General Comments:

Endearingly piggish. Grunts and snorts and gulps down gas like a 1960's muscle car (slight exaggeration).

Despite having, for Jeep, substandard axles, the Cherokee is trusty and able off-road.

Quite uncomfortable on long trips and absurdly designed doorways (on 4-doors) make entry awkward -- and difficult for older/less-agile friends and family.

The truly classic engine has friggin' tons of torque -- very nice to feel all of that power laying in wait when crawling the Cherokee over rough terrain.

Poor stability: seems eager to slide on wet surfaces, potentially very dangerous on ice.

Nonetheless, the Cherokee can turn on a dime, and is very maneuverable at modest speeds.

I find it rather unattractive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2012

17th Mar 2012, 04:35

Having owned a number of Jeeps over the past 30 years, I strongly disagree that the Liberty is inferior to the Cherokee.

17th Mar 2012, 13:31

That's your business.

It's dependent on the usage, but neither vehicle makes tolerable MPG for day-in, day-out commuting. But for rough use, the Cherokee XJ is going to outlast and outperform the Liberty. I don't have a 'horse in this race' since I am a Toyota fan, and I don't think the Liberty is a horrible rig, but it is not comparable to the XJ in durability under adverse conditions.

XJ:

Infinitely proven 4.0 I6

Aisin Auto Tranny (I would prefer a stick, but...) and STRAIGHT AXLE

KJ:

3.7 V6

Chrysler Tranny

IFS

Finally, a half-wit rear-ended my compact truck with a Liberty. My truck: crimped bed, ruined bumper. That's it. The Liberty: nothing left of the entire front clip. Engine destroyed. Driver hospitalized. Now, I've read that the 4.0 was discontinued because of crash safety standards (the 3.7 opens space for protective features), but I cannot imagine a Cherokee suffering that level of damage in a similar impact.

All of that said, I do like that the Liberty comes (came?) with a diesel option.

1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0 H.O. Powertech from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0 H.O. Powertech Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Vectra

Summary:

Nothing better..

Faults:

Split water hose.

General Comments:

Best vehicle you could own.

Bulletproof with pure American Rockets.

Gas hungry; getting only 400km to a tank costing $140 (NZ) to fill up. Good off road, being so light.

Everyone is surprised at the power it has, being able to drag off 2010 VE Holden Commodore Omegas at lights. The old technology still can't be beaten.

I'll buy another one when this bad boy kicks the bucket... that's if it ever does die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2011

1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired151000 miles
Most recent distance201000 miles

Summary:

I'd trade in for another used one, but newer

Faults:

Passenger door lock stuck. Doesn't open.

Electronic switches to open windows don't always work.

Lots of front end replacement parts, and I don't go 4-wheeling anywhere.

Radiator leaks since 151000 miles.

Transfer case blew at 190000 miles.

Valve cover and oil pan gaskets replaced around 1800000 miles.

Mostly front end damage repeatedly without reason. Everything seems to need replacing repeatedly, example ball joints, tie rods, upper and lower, struts, shocks, steering rods, anything to do with the front end goes bad repeatedly. Runs good though. Four wheel drive works okay still.

General Comments:

This Jeep runs fine for the miles on it.

Ceiling is kind of low.

Carries some good weight.

Tows well.

4X4 works great still.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th December, 2009

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 47 reviews