I owned a 1987 Jeep Cherokee with 240,000 miles on it, and I still sold it to someone who wanted it. I recently just bought a 2000 Jeep Cherokee sport with 33,000 miles on it and I could not of asked for anything better. I know seven other people who own a Jeep vehicle and nobody ever has had any complaints what-so-ever. So basically what I am saying, either you bought a Jeep that didn't like you, or stop spilling soda on the electrical components (they're not designed for that).
I can see both sides of this argument because, I have a 99 cherokee SE bone stock. I have only had a few minor problems in the first 36 months and the dealer took care of it without question. But, around 65k I began to have electrical problems that had left me stranded twice and my wife once. This naturally crawled under my skin and I began to look at imports to rectify the problem. Yet, I remember why I bought a jeep and it wasn't for its known reliability. It was the best 4x4 dollar for dollar on the market. Remember, you stated that you heard that jeeps (American cars) had problems and were not as reliable as imports (you should see my receipts for my BMW) therefor, you should have done some research i.e. consumer report, to find out if what you heard was true. As for the fellow who thought that it is somehow un-American to bash domestic auto makers, part of my suspension and all bundling of wiring is produced in Mexico. And further more, Jeeps are not American anymore, they are owned by the Germans. I don't care who owns jeep, just as long as the vehical stays true to its heritage, reliable or not.
My fiancée brought a '96 Jeep Cherokee into our family at 30,000 miles. It's at 98,900 now and we have had one and only one major problem in over 68,000 miles, and we drive it HARD. Used daily and with lube jobs ever 5,000, we replaced a burned out fuel pump and haven't had one single additional mechanical problem with the vehicle. It's built like a tank and has had turnkey reliability for the entire time we've owned it.
I, myself, had a 1996 GMC Jimmy SLT, loaded, power everything leather, biggest engine, whole nine yards... and sank nearly $6,000 into it within the first year of owning it...
...before selling it for another Jeep!
I am the proud owner of a 1988 Jeep Cherokee. I didn't buy it to get me to work or the super market (imports do that just fine), I bought it to get me where no one else can get. Up the steepest hills, and over the toughest rocks.
2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic.
Problems I have had in the three years I have owned it.
Ignition lock cylinder replaced.
Two headlights, one fog light, and two turn signals replaced.
Two speakers shorted out.
Hood lamp does not work.
One electric window does not work.
Water pump replaced.
Oil pump replaced.
My Jeep absolutely blows. I would advise everyone to avoid these Chrysler products.
I am the owner of a 1988 jeep cherokee which I recently bought and I have spent over 800 dollars in the cooling system. Radiator replaced, hoses replaced, t-stat replaced, water pump replaced. The jeep has 176000 miles and runs hot, but runs like a champ otherwise.
The very large national surveys by Consumer Reports predict that some Cherokees will indeed have more problems than average. Consumer reports has continuously predicted the EXACT problems I had in all cars I have owned, including my 97 Jeep Cherokee with problems in brakes, electrical, fuel, and AC. It also predicted bad brakes in a Honda, and specific problems in Japanese and other cars. My old Nissan, Subaru, and Honda held up much better overall after 100K+ miles than my American cars from 70's on, even after extensive dirt road use. Better reliability is very clear cut and the denials underscore clear biases. Not all foreign cars are better, though. It is strange if a Datsun 210 held up fine on many bad rocky dirt roads at over 120K miles for years, while a jeep and a ford truck were continual problems. Deny it if you like, but the facts are there for the unbiased to see. Of course, I can go places with the Cherokee I would never have imagined, and nothing I've tried has matched its driving fun off road while being tolerable on road. The much more reliable 4-runner is a tank off road and not much fun there, but you will probably get home.
Well this is from sometime ago, but I will leave my thoughts on jeeps. Jeeps are either something you love or you hate. My dad and step mom own a wrangler and cherokee (couldnt tell ya the years on them off the top of my head, but they are all newer (2000 or newer) models. NO problems with the wrangler at all (this is his second wrangler)..nothing has ever went wrong on either of the wranglers he owned/s. As for the cherokee, the ONLY problem it has had within the last 3 or 4 years is electrical stuff. The drivers window got off track a few times and had to be fixed more than once. Other than that, it has had no other problems. My sister also owns a cherokee (89 I think) and absolutly loves it. I purchased a 96 cherokee (61,000 miles) yesterday. The car had only had one other owner who special ordered it and then babied it. They never had any problems with it. The only thing I have heard people complain about is the electrical problems they have (including my step mom). Well thank god the previous owner was smart and made the doors and windows manual and not electric! So I guess I don't have to worry about that problem. If it holds up as well as everyone else's I have talked to.. I will definatly buy another one.
My fiance owns a grand cherokee and has also never had any problems with it except the transmission slips. They had a recall for that, but they never sent it in.. (it didn't really bother them that it slipped.)
So out of the 4 people (5 including me) that I know personally that own jeeps, they love them and have been problem free with them.
I love my Jeep Cherokee 2000! It has had a few issues, but none like my Volkswagen. It needs a new radiator, has had several new brakes, new headlights, and lots and lots of tires. It has 72,000 miles on it. It has been broken into three times and stolen once.
It is like a Timex watch it takes a lickin' but keeps on ticking. I love that it can climb up the steep hills and over rough ground. I plan to keep her for many more years.
My Volkswagen? It cost me a fortune and barely ever ran right.
I love my Jeep Liberty Renegade. It's much better looking and runs better than those foreign SUVs. It's stronger, and the metal is much thicker than those thin tin foreign cars.
Let's put it this way, would you ever see an (old) Honda or Toyota out on the road? The answer is no.
Would a collector ever want one? No way.
If you went to a car show, the only cars worth showing are the American autos. They are the only ones that will last for many years. I have never ever seen anyone have an old Toyota or Honda at a show... That would be a good laugh if that ever happened. If they want to see one of those, they might want to look in the local junk yard.
The only cars and trucks worth the money are the American auto... Have you ever seen a Japanese space ship? The answer is no.
Why because the Americans are the only people who can make it to the moon and back. Made in the USA is the best quality in the world. The USA has always had the best made buildings and houses, and tractors, trucks, furniture, etc...
That's why all the foreign people want to move here. They have the best food, the best entertainment, the best sports, the best of everything. And for sure the best autos.
I have never owned a foreign car. I had a Jeep Cherokee Limited, and it had 150 000 miles on it. It never ever gave me any trouble. That's why I also bought a new Jeep.
In the old days, American people would never drive a foreign auto. During the time Japan bombed the USA, and World War 2... vets drove the Jeep.
But now the baby boomers drive Toyota's and Honda's.
They don't think about all the jobs in this country that are lost, and it will affect them and their future. They don't think that buying a foreign car will affect the jobs all down the line in this country. When they buy a Honda or Toyota, the Japan gets all the profits, even if they keep saying.. Oh, but it's made in the USA.. The owner is the one that makes all the money, and it's making Japan very rich.
True, smart Americans, know that owning an American car is not only a smart thing to do, it's helping out their country, and creating jobs for real American born Americans.
NASCAR has always had American cars.. Now they want foreign ones in the race... They will not have many fans.
I really laugh when I see a foreign car have an American flag on it... What is that all about?
And they have a magnet that says support our troops. They need a magnet that says support the American people, by buying American co owned autos.
Foreign autos all look the same also.. They have no real style. They all have the same shape. Very boring I must say.
BUY AMERICAN, BE AN AMERICAN.