6th Jan 2006, 19:22
I've got a 1984 Cherokee with 440,000 Kms - no, not a mistake, it's 22 years old now - and I'm going to replace it because I'm hoping to have kids soon, and it's a 2 door.
I too have considered Japanese trucks, and my friends have them. I will definitely get a Cherokee again, but not just because I like mine so much (bought it in 1994). Condsider the price of Japanese, and then shake your head as you walk awau from the rust and expense! A brand new Cherokee was worth, what, $25K? A brand new 4Runner was around $40K similarly prepped! Now, will you be spending the extra $15K (not counting the considerable interest on $15K over ten years!!!) on parts for the Cherokee? Hardly.
A new alternator? About $70 for the Cherokee, try about $190 for the 4Runner! An auto tranny for the Cherokee? About $2,500 (installed). An auto tranny for the 4Runner? Try closer to $6,000. My best friend bought a 4Runner the same year I bought my Cherokee, and he still has it too. It's on it's third engine (I'm on #2 after my mom grenaded the old one), third set of ball joints (I've never changed mine), third set of tire rod ends (I've never done mine), thirds alternator (I replaced my bearings for $20 bucks). U-joints do go every so often - $25 bucks each side. The 4Runner has CV joints - $175 a side! My friend is just about to install the third set of them too!
Have I babied mine? No, I 4X4, I tow, I go skiing on salty roads. Basically, don't worry about nickel and diming in a Cherokee, worry about refinancing the home in a Japanese truck!!
16th Jan 2006, 19:34
I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee sport 60th anniversary, and let me tell you, jeeps are like no other. I've had two Cherokees before this one. one of them a '94 two door se and a '95 sport 4dr. the 94 Cherokee I put 237,556 miles on it. off course I torn that jeep apart, I did everything on that car, even off roading even though it wasn't 4x4. but a jeep it's a jeep. I spent about $6000 on repairs, but check out the mileage. I got rid of it because I bought the 95 used which had less miles. the bottom of my 94 was almost gone, I was about to the point of moving my car like the Flinstones car, with my feet. my '95 Cherokee bought it with 56,000 and sold it when with 167k since I was going overseas. now with my '01 Cherokee I've had no problems so far, thank god. none of the above problems I've had. I do have my check engine light on now, and I've been told it's a gas sensor. at this point my jeep has 68k and runs great. I'm about to put in a lift kit next month.
Its the best decision I've ever made, buy a good reliable car, and like jeep there's no other, maybe that's why they say; Jeep there's only one!!! I've had a '96 4runner, but started to have problems and repairs were much more that my jeeps. so I got Ridd of it. if you think of getting a Japanese. go ahead. you don't know what your getting into. plus, it's a Jeep thing you wouldn't understand!
18th Jan 2006, 20:02
I own a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport also. The driver's side speaker quit working last year. At 85,000m the check engine light went on, for the third time, and the Zone told me there was both a small and large air leak. Mechanics told me I needed to replace to the pcv valve. Not sure if that even exists. If I unplug the battery and plug it back in, the light goes away for a few days.
19th Jan 2006, 16:14
I have a 98 Cherokee with 95K on it and have put little to no money in to it. Normal maintenance and few small things like the window motor on the driver side.
I just had to replace the front driver side seat frame because it rusted so badly. Now my check engine light just came on and I have to have it checked, but even with that I’m not worried.
I haven’t had a car payment in six years, so I can afford to put a little money into the old gal now.
When this one is handed down to my daughter in the next year or two, I will be looking at a new Liberty or Wrangler. I grew up with Jeeps in my family and I will always have a Jeep in the family.
Learned to drive my dad’s old Wiley out in the middle of cow pasture when I was only 12. We even owned a 67 Jeepster if any of you remember those awful things.
30th Jan 2006, 13:23
OK guys, my turn. I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic. I always wanted one, and finally did. As for falling apart, well, mine is not too bad. I have 115,000 miles on it... a lot of highway miles as they say. When it had about 40,000 the evaporator for the air conditioner went out. That cost $1200, that hurt. But other than that, it has been pretty strong. The check engine light starting coming on at about 100,000 miles. It comes on for a month or so, then goes out for a month or two. Go figure. My transmission has become a little louder, but that is because I used it to tow a trailer in the mountains of Tennessee, twice. In the long run, it is holding up pretty well. By the way, two things... one writer said that he was told that his Jeep needed new plugs and wires. I have changed mine myself. There are no wires. The plugs are located under two panels on the side of the engine. The second thing is for the guy who said he wanted to buy a new one... they stopped making the original Cherokee in 2001. Sorry.
31st Jan 2006, 13:35
I bought my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4X4 brand new and have 134,000 miles on it today. I have not had any major problems with the vehicle. The only problem I had was a mapping sensor needed replaced at 120,000 miles. I have taken this vehicle all over the country on vacations. We live in St. Louis and have been to the Grand Canyon, Vegas, Colorado, Yellowstone, Yosemite and much more. The Jeep has been a great vehicle for me and I will drive it till the wheels fall off. I do all the recommended maintenence and put it in the garage every night. If you want something to last you have to treat it right. I'm not saying you won't have problems, its just less likely.
19th May 2006, 13:38
I have a 2k1 CS jeep, but my driver side seat has completely broken apart...
Basically from the bottom of the chair to the floor base interface...
Has ANY one else had this problem?
2nd Jun 2006, 22:51
We have a 2000 Cherokee and the air stopped cooling. The local dealer said it was a damaged wire under the hood and fixed it at no cost. The front radio speakers keep going out whenever they feel like it –and have for several years. The drivers seat upholstery started cracking about 2-3 years in and now the whole seat has become unstable and is shifting around. The steering wheel locked up a few months ago and I lightly used a hammer to tap on the key top to make the tumblers loosen so I could start it. (Got that tip on the web!)
The dealer in Boulder (Pollard) has been a GREAT one to do business with. About as good as it gets. (We didn't buy the vehicle there, but in NC - new)
At 99,775 miles its been a good vehicle (it COULD however have stranded us up in the high country with the steering-ignition thing which is scary)
It seems many of these problems were never addressed and corrected over the years. I thought these types of bugs were fixed as time went on. While we will surely get many more miles out of our Cherokee, we most likely will not buy another Jeep product simply because the company did not improve & fix the vehicle. The ignition problem was the final nail in the coffin. Its just too dangerous, in my opinion, so, unfortunately, it will have to be something from Japan. (Hate to do that!)