2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 from North America
Bullet proof - almost the best car I've had - see 78 Dodge Aspen for my best car review
Transmission 70,000 miles under extended warranty.
Radiator 120,000 miles.
Starter 153,000 miles.
Rear hatch struts got weak.
A/C leak somewhere.
Front brake rotors warped 75,000 miles.
Replaced head gasket due to radiator splitting open.
Water pump at 140,000 miles.
A/C compressor magnet assembly -- not coil.
Torque converter bad clicking noise at 153,000 miles.
Bulletproof, and we do 98% city driving with this vehicle. The few highway miles we put on the car were quite comfortable for hours -- the seats are wonderful - gas mileage was over 22 on the highway and bit under 20 in the city - so not too bad at all.
The automatic transmission made bad grinding noises at 70,00 miles, but was replaced under the extended warranty.
Front brake rotors kept warping - seems a common issue - replaced at about 70,000 miles with aftermarket from Pep Boys and never an issue since then.
Radiator spit open at the aluminum and plastic joint - total worthless design which most cars have now - old copper radiators went forever and were far superior - I recommend replacing the radiator with a better one immediately.
Head gasket blew because of the radiator blowing out at highway speeds. If the radiator stayed good, the engine would be perfect for 10 more years. I replaced the head gasket myself and it was fairly easy. Water pump and starter replaced, but after 10 years -- almost unheard of these days -- even Lexus cars have water pumps fail well under 10 years old.
This car is 2 wheel drive and has super handling. Huge cargo area has hauled EVERYTHING - bricks - lumber - couches - chairs - outdoor furniture - tons and tons of stuff -- roof rack has held maybe 500 pounds of lumber a number of times, but it has bent due to severe overloading - inside carpet in the back has not torn. Seats are not torn after 15 years of city driving everyday use.
I replaced the torque converter when it started making loud clicking-banging noises. It was not too hard to do myself - Jeeps are easy to work on. Lots of room to use wrenches.
I think this is a super solid reliable machine. I can't complain about anything except the junky radiator and having to put Freon in the A/C system for like 10 years now every couple of weeks when the cooling stops working. I live in Florida so the A/C is on almost every day of the year. I replaced the compressor clutch magnet -- the very front part with the single nut in the center that bends in when the A/C is turned on because this gets hot and metal expands and the compressor quits turning and the A/C quits very randomly -- I think it's a common issue that you can fix yourself if you get a new magnet assembly.
I believe one of the best newer vehicles made. 153,000 miles now and a daily driver - still looks good - paint is excellent - interior is still nice - no dash cracks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2016