1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport TD 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Too numerous to list, I'll give you just a few:

Oil feed pipe to head cracked - replaced TWICE.

New turbo due to faulty EGR valve oil leak.

Timing case cover oil leak - one week old.

Rear springs replaced 140,000kms sagged.

Door trims and interior lights falling off etc

I could keep going for some time but I'm sure you have already worked out how I feel about this junk box.

General Comments:

Not very happy with the result from Jeep Australia when I wrote to them explaining my problem.

Sorry to upset any people who actually like their Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st December, 1998

1997 Jeep Cherokee Rio Grande (US model) 2.5 I-4 petrol from North America


Have had two clutches, a new transmission put in so far.

Have had many annoying problems such as the driver-side window not rolling up all the way or even rolling down at all (very annoying where in NYC, every road seems to be a toll).

Very poor electrics - radio always going dead, headlights that magically turn off at night and so on. It does have 15,000 hard-earned miles driving in Manhattan as a commercial vehicle, however.

General Comments:

This truck is exactly what it is: a truck. Even with the more "luxurious" redesign in 1997, it rides, handles, and acts like a truck.

It is, however, very poorly made (not just this Jeep, but many other people I know who have Cherokees and Grands also have similar problems), and the dealers, at least in the States, are apathetic.

I like being able being up high and looking down upon the lunatic cab-drivers below, but my next vehicle is definitely going to be Japanese (Mitsubishi Montero Sport).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th December, 1997

7th Aug 2007, 20:21

I just have to chime in and say that I live in NJ and often travel to and drive in NYC. Going through a clutch in Manhattan in any type of vehicle is no major surprise, nor is going through a manual transmission if your shifting technique is not just right. So, I would not count the clutch problem as a strike against the vehicle given the circumstances you mentioned, regardless of what kind of vehicle it is. I very much like the Cherokees and intend to buy one in the near future. Thanks for the good honest review.