16th Apr 2008, 07:50
I have a 2000 Cherokee. I've had many of the problems as listed in other comments, and a few I could use some info on.
--AC doesn't work. It's too expensive for me right now to fix as I am on an enlisted Marine salary but it is awfully hot in NC.
--I've had the dash go out with the "No Bus" message. When it happened initially I took it into the dealership but of course it started working right before I pulled into parking lot so they couldn't do anything. Since then it has happened a few times. Very unscientific fix I discovered was to just kick the area under and to the left of steering column. Seems to work.
--Often the passenger will not be able to roll down window. Sometimes it fixes itself if I push in the window lock button a few times.
--The rear windshield wiper stopped working.
--Front driver's side tire fascia flew off when my girlfriend at the time was driving it. She didn't stop and get it so it is on the side of a highway somewhere in Michigan.
--When I activate turn signal to turn left it makes both blinkers in rear turn on. I am hoping this is a fuse issue, though I can't find a fuse diagram. The fuse panel says it is in the owner's manual and the owners manual says its on the fuse panel.
--It's starting to make a clicking noise in the engine when I accelerate after starting it on cold mornings, which goes away when it warms up a little.
Those are just what I can think of off the top of my head. But I do love this Jeep. I'm not sure why but it grew on me.
If anyone knows anything about these problems, especially the turning light issues, please let me know.
20th Apr 2008, 19:40
I've owned a 1999 Jeep Cherokee for 9 years now. It currently has 170,000 miles on it. I too have had the problem with the front speakers. Besides that, it's been one heck of a car. This weekend I gave it to my son and bought a Toyota FJ Cruiser and I can only hope it holds up as well as the Jeep. But to be fair, I did spend $1000 on the Jeep this weekend to make sure everything worked perfectly for my son. The money went towards a clock spring cable ($120), a new AC fan ($220 installed), a new AC compressor ($180), new accumulator (sp?) ($90), tire rotation and balance ($39), and a front end alignment ($69). Thre rest was spent on coolent, oil, filter, and other odds and ends. The air just started going bad at the end of last summer. Anyway, i'd like to see any Japanese trap hold up this well.
Another note, the Cherokee's 4.0L engine has never smoked or leaked a drop of oil. I just changed the spark plugs for the first time and the old ones looked almost as good as the new ones. That's the best engine ever produced if you ask me.
As far as the new Toyota FJ Cruiser goes, I love the new car, but I wish it got the gas mileage that my old Jeep got.
21st Apr 2008, 21:31
I own an 01' Cherokee with 78,000+ miles on it and I have used and abused it to an extent that even a Toyota owner would be scared of.
I have had a couple of problems myself from it, but, they were all caused by my driving.
My AC no longer works, I found out, don't put hotter burning plugs in it, and don't pull a 18' stock trailer like Mario A..
Where I go off-road is even a trial for a Rubicon. If my Jeep has any problems, then I will fix them and keep on driving (like a mad man).
9th May 2008, 12:19
I own a 2001 Cherokee Sport - after having owned a 1999 classic that was stolen in Detroit. Anyway, I've got a problem with the window switch on the passenger side - it doesn't work (just like in my 1999). Did anyone find that inspecting the wire harness revealed any common issues or easy fixes or is this just something that requires a mechanic's attention??
I also saw someone mentioned that their window motor(s) went bad... these can be found at the dealership and take about 30 minutes of your time to replace. Very easy to do. The motor assembly cost me about $120.00 each which, along with my self-labor, was a lot better than the estimates I got that ranged from $350 - $450 each!
13th Jun 2008, 11:40
I own a 2001 Jeep Cherokee with over 180,000 miles on it, 5 speed, and I love the car, with the exception of the fact that I have had the AC "fixed" 5 times-- since the car was only something like 2 or 3 years old. To get it fixed yet again means taking off the dash, and costs more than the car is apparently worth. Does anyone know of any recalls for this if so many have the problem? Ditto the speakers. I took it to the dealer and they were of no help. The catalytic converter was replaced a couple of years ago when the gas was a problem due to the hurricanes. (I live in New England but apparently the gas delivered was not good or something)
I still get good gas mileage. I average 24 MPG and get up to 28 MPG. Probably due to the fact it 's a 5 speed and a 6 cylinder.
26th Jun 2008, 15:39
Greetings, I am sorry but I have not read through all the comments, but I wanted to address one thing. The drivers door speaker has a wire running underneath the floor mat. Just stepping on it ends up breaking it. I have had the same problem. Hope this helps.
9th Aug 2008, 21:38
I am looking to buy a 2001 Cherokee, but it has 99,000 miles on it. I read through the forum and it seems like it will need some work after I buy it, if I do. It's up for sale in a dealer but what I'm really worried about is the fact that it has real high mileage. Is it a good idea to buy this car? This car is a sweet lookin car though.. wow~
9th Sep 2008, 21:39
I own a 2001 Cherokee Sport. I've owned it for 2 years and I bought it from my girlfriend who had it 3 years before me. It's got almost 140000 miles on it and has yet to have anything major go wrong in the 5 years I've been acquainted with it. It had the front door speaker problem, which I solved by running new speaker wires. It seems that the conductor (wire) eventually breaks/cracks due to door being opened and closed over the years... which is not really surprising given the tight squeeze where they run between the body and the door in the wire loom.
I also experienced the passenger window problem, which I fixed by bypassing the window lock button on the drivers door. I removed the door panel, disconnected the two connectors (white one and blue one) to the power window switches in the armrest. Peel back the tape on the wires. Find the beige (tan) wire that goes to the blue connector and the yellow wire that goes to the white connector, strip about a half inch of the insulation off of both these wires and then solder a jumper between the two. The jumper should be at least 6" long, otherwise, any shorter and putting it back together can become more of a pain. The window lock switch will no longer function, but you'll no longer have to put your passenger's windows up and down for them.
Other than that, My AC doesn't work and it is in need of new shocks and rear springs which are fatigued. My plan is to replace the suspension with a 2" or 3" suspension upgrade eventually.
I wish they'd never dropped the door flip vent window either.