2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0 from North America


Great basic car, able to haul good size loads


Shortly after buying the car, I noticed a puddle on the passenger side floor after a rain. After months of replacing gaskets and window sealant, it still leaks and I can't find the source. Any ideas?

General Comments:

Other than that, I love the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2010

2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 Liter Straight 6 from North America


When I'm ready to get rid of this one, I'm looking for another one


What things have gone wrong? I guess the correct question is more along the lines of "Which things broke that were a total surprise?"

- Radiator at 80,000. The OE cheap POS that was in vehicle was replaced by a heavy duty quality, ALL METAL unit.

- Crankshaft positioning sensor at 130,000.

- Fuel injector failed at 165,000 miles.

- Driver side fog light was shot when I bought it. Case looked to be intact, but the interior was all rusted, corroded and broken up.

"What have I replaced because I maintain my vehicles and the thing is just getting on in age?"

- Shocks at 90,000.

- Battery at 110,000.

- Serpentine belt at 140,000.

- Front differential pinion seal at 150,000.

Other than what I have listed, the only other things I have done are just general maintenance items.

General Comments:

- It rides like a Jeep, not a Buick and I don't expect it to.

- Tires and brake pads/shoes seem to last really well.

Driver/passenger area is OK, but I wish the rest of cabin had a BIT more room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4 litre from North America


A rugged all purpose vehicle


Main bearing seals and sump gasket at 160,000km.

Serpentine belts at 60,000km and 120,000km.

AC clutch at 130,000.

General Comments:

This is a great and iconic vehicle. But it's not a sports car.

It is a reliable and comfortable vehicle, which will tow a boat or go seriously off road in standard trim.

It drives very well and is very reliable.

My prior '92 Cherokee rusted out the floors, but this one is rust-free at nine years old.

Access to the rear seats is tight, and the rear bench is better for kids than big adults.

I have 175,000 miles on this one, sold the '92 at 259,000 miles and it's still running (though rusty).

I plan to keep this one forever.

If you want a JEEP, buy a JEEP. If you want a supermarket and kindergarten cruiser, a Jeep is not the best choice.

If you want towing ability for your 2000lb boat, the Jeep is good. If you want 30mpg, the Jeep is not good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

2001 Jeep Cherokee LTD from North America


I love it


Something's wrong with the engine.

General Comments:

I love the car.

The 4-all the time gear is the best.

The way it locks the doors for me when I forget, is what also makes me love the car even more.

That it does a performance service check as soon as I start the car, is what gets me. The performance service checks what I forget to do. Locking the car. Closing the car door. I love it. I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2009

2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 6 from North America


Really love the car and design, just wish the causes to some problems were easier to detect and fix


Transmission seal.

Crankshaft sensor.


Electrical problems.

Unsolved transmission problems.

General Comments:

My first car was a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. Awesome car that I loved and never have problems until the fuel pumped broke in 2003/2004, and after repairing the same part 5 times without any success, I traded it in for a new Cherokee.

With my 2001 Jeep the transmission seal started wearing away extremely fast, causing a leak. I was told by the dealer mechanics I would have to replace the transmission to fix this, so I just refill the fluid as needed. I tried to have the seal repaired at another auto-shop, but the quick fix they did wore away and I have the same leak.

The crankshaft sensor broke in 2007, and again in 2008. The repairman told me this was an extremely uncommon part to break, so I was surprised when it broke again a second time, but it was less than $200 to repair.

The A/C stopped working around 60/70,000 miles. Another repair to that would be over 1,000 to fix, so I just roll down my windows in the summer.

The power windows work off and on. I can control all windows from the driver's side, however my passengers can only control their windows part of the time when the green light on the button sporadically comes back on.

The key-less entry also works sporadically, as does the right front speaker.

I have had many problems with the car shifting into neutral while idling at a stop light or waiting to turn, then it takes a second for the car to shift back into gear when I push on the accelerator and drive. I don't know if others have had this problem, I still haven't figured out the cause.

A couple of times over the years I have turned on my Jeep and have been unable to get it to go anywhere when I put it in drive or reverse. I try to push on the accelerator and the engine just revs, and I hearing what sounds like a popping noise. After a few minutes of trying, it eventually will kick into gear and reverse, but it's another issue I have not figured out the cause for, and it only happens every once in a while.

I have trouble on the highway at speeds of 45+, the car seems to take an extremely long time to accelerate - I'm not sure if this is a shifting problem in the transmission? The same thing happens in the mountains going up steep hills. My Jeep feels like it's having a really rough time making it up. It didn't have these issues when I got the car in 2004, but after about 2 years or so I started to notice this was happening. Up until now my Jeep has had some unexplained problems, but it's still running.

I would love to keep this car forever, I love the design, but with all the problems I have read from others I wish getting my Jeep up to par wasn't going to feel like a never ending money pit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2009

2nd Oct 2009, 11:41

I own a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I am also having the same problem with my transmission, but on top of that I'm also having issues when I reach 45 mph and take my foot off the accelerator to slow down, it wants to jump out of gear. When I want to speed back up to 45 it jumps going into gear. It will not do it all the time. You think I need a new transmission, or a rebuild?