2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 Liter V6 from North America


Goes in the snow - but brakes are bad!


The brakes have been a constant problem. I had my Jeep in at 7,000 miles with warped rotors and pads. Once these were replaced the problem was fine until 14,000 miles, and it came back. I have had it in 3 more times and each time the dealer says that the brake problem is normal in Jeep Cherokees, including the annoying squeak every time the brakes are used. I am concerned about the safety of the car, but Chrysler is not.

General Comments:

I am very happy about how well it goes in the snow. I live on a hill, and this winter we had some major storms. My Jeep was the only auto to make it my hill. However, I am disappointed in Chrysler's response to my complaints about the brakes. The fact that the brake warranty is only 12 months/12,000 miles tells me that Chrysler knew the brakes would be a problem and decided not to deal with it. Their solution was to limit their responsibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

19th Feb 2004, 07:50

I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport that had the same brake problems when new. For 30,000 miles I wasn't happy with the vehicle and the Jeep recall wasn't for my serial number range. At 35k I took it to a different Jeep dealer and had the brakes fixed - front rotors, front pads, rear drums turned, rear pads. Now the thing stops like it should have from the factory! Find a GOOD brake guy - it CAN be fixed.

24th Nov 2004, 00:32

My 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the same problem. Every 10,000km the rotors warp and the thing has to be fixed. The first time it was done under a service notice from Chrysler. The second time it was done under "warranty" and the third time it was done by the dealer. Chrysler has washed it's hands of this problem. The woman at customer relations told me to be happy with what I got. That they fixed this car because they wanted to and not because they had to. Not impressed.

9th Apr 2006, 14:16

I had the same brake & rotor trouble with my leased 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport. The brakes and rotors were replaced under warranty twice within the first two year and were ready to go again in the final year of my lease. I rode out the brakes because it was no longer covered under warranty and although I initially planned to buy out the lease, I decided it was best to turn it in. Total mileage in the 4 year lease was 41,000.

I also started to experience some electrical troubles toward the end of my lease. The passenger side power window seemed to short out without any apparent reason and only worked on occasion. Many small issues began to develop, combining into a general concern. I truly enjoyed driving the Jeep, but the ongoing brake issue and the rising gas prices steered me away from purchase.

2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited Leather 4WD 4.0 from North America


Usually fearless, but also feared


Because of the great 7-year 100,000 mile extra warranty I bought minor problems like "Check Engine," exhaust system noise, etc. have been fixed immediately, professionally, and at no cost to me. I recently had one really, really scary thing happen recently, however -- the steering gave way completely. I mean, how would you like to be cruising down the interstate, listening to a great CD, be sandwiched between large semis front and rear with two more semis whizzing by you in the passing lane when...surprise, surprise, you cannot steer anymore? Fortunately the steering column broke while I was moving slowly through a mall parking lot and not during such an interstate scenario, but 10 minutes later and that's where I might have been, and I absolutely shudder at exactly what might have been.

General Comments:

The dealer chief mechanic (following several generations of the same family with the same dealer) is a trusted professional. He has quickly analyzed and fixed all problems, and even though the recent near-disaster steering column break is very scary, I am sure he can return my comfort level with the vehicle. I love the rugged (and generally "reliable" too) feel of the standard Cherokee Limited, and I have one of the last of the breed, having been very satisfied with a 1990 model of the very same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

14th Feb 2004, 01:50

Not sure if I have the same problem or not, but I recently bought a 2000 limited cherokee. My husband thinks it steers funny. This is my first 4x4, so not sure how they are supposed to turn. I do know that I am having problems with putting my jeep back in 2wd after being in 4wd. I am curious if anyone else is having this problem also.