1996 Jeep Cherokee Reviews - Page 10 of 11

1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance134850 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

I love this vehicle

Faults:

Oxygen Sensor had to be replaced at 38,000 miles.

Catalytic Converter Plugged on highway 128,000 miles.

Driver's seat cushion had to be rebuilt.

Rear Hatch cylinders stopped functioning about 90,000 miles.

Driver's Seat Belt retractor malfunctions - started about 85,000 miles.

Rear Seat retaining latches keep falling off.

General Comments:

4 Liter has plenty of Moxie! Have gotten 21 mpg, but 18-19 mpg on highway is normal.

Original Goodyear Wrangler tires lasted 90,000 miles.

Stiff ride- but it is basically a truck.

4 wheel drive has operated without problem when ever needed.

This vehicle replaced my 1988 Olds (at 150,000 miles) because Olds Dealer could not solve engine problem!

Biggest disappointment $13.75 each for "Genuine Jeep" muffler clamps when Catalytic Converter was replaced - total bill was $800- and change.

Word to the wise - change oil and filter every 3,000 mile and do routine maintenance yourself and you will get your moneys worth from most vehicles. (1987 Toyota Corolla SR5 went 250,000!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 H.O. from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 H.O. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130502 miles
Most recent distance175968 miles

Summary:

Great bargain in looks and performance

Faults:

My drive shaft fell off at 165,300 miles.

Water Pump started to go bad.

Rear joint bearings started going bad at 175,300 miles.

Do not drive this vehicle like it is a sports car, it is not and by doing so, you will ruin it.

General Comments:

Many modifications that can be done.

Very nice vehicle for the younger group.

Very off road worthy no matter what.

0-60 time is kind of slow, but it is not to be used for racing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

23rd Sep 2004, 22:07

If your drive shaft fell out you weren't paying attention. There are going to be lots of odd clunks and bangs from the dying universal joints long before the drive shaft falls out.

Don't ask me how I know, it didn't happen to me on a Jeep, but I have had it happen.

Jeff DeWitt.

1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 6 cylinder 4.0 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder 4.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carLincoln Continental

Summary:

The Cherokee is comfy, powerful, and will take you just about anywhere you want to go

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong is that the highway mileage started dropping from 20mpg to 10mpg at times. I searched the Internet for a cause and found that the oxygen sensors need replacing after 100,000 miles. Total cost - $107. It took me 10 minutes each to replace them and now it's getting 24 mpg!

General Comments:

We bought the Jeep to prospect for gold in Nevada and Arizona which requires a lot of 4wd'ing. It has always performed extremely well, getting us into places that some of the bigger SUV's couldn't get to.

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

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003

1996 Jeep Cherokee country 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

A little expensive, but so far it's been worth the money

Faults:

My water pump and hose has just now gone out and this has been the only real repair I've had to do since I got the car.

General Comments:

The car is a bit small, not a lot of leg room for the back, but still a really sweet car. I really like mine. It's been more reliable than the previous cars I've owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

1996 Jeep Cherokee from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

A lot of potential, but as yet unrealized

Faults:

Cuts off while going down the road and at traffic lights. Hard to restart. Had timing sensor replaced after several trips to the shop wherein they could not figure out what was wrong.

Three months later the same problem started again. Keeps shutting off. Replaced the computer module.

Two days later, transmission fluid started pouring out on the manifold. Also, the engine cutting off problem happened again, plus it also began shutting off at high speeds, and then when it decelerated to about 35 miles per hour it would cut back on. Dealer still has it in the shop and can't figure out what is wrong. This problem with the engine cutting off has now continued for the entire 9 months that I have had this vehicle and no solution is in sight.

General Comments:

This would be a nice vehicle if the engine would stay on consistently. It handles well and has great pickup. It is frustrating, however, to own a vehicle that the dealer does not know how to fix and refuses to go down the road without cutting off.

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

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

3rd Jan 2003, 12:23

I've had a similar situation with a 1996 sport version, no 4wd on it, it might be different. I was about to replace the fuel pump, but while at the mechanic's shop when the gas tank was down, we discovered the inner fuel pump's filter was all dirty. Replaced it and had not have a proble with the engine cut-off thing any more. You may want to give it a try.

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