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.
Infinitely proven 4.0 I6
Aisin Auto Tranny (I would prefer a stick, but...) and STRAIGHT AXLE
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
Split water hose.
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
I'd trade in for another used one, but newer
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.
This Jeep runs fine for the miles on it.
Ceiling is kind of low.
Carries some good weight.
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