2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport from North America - Comments

13th Jan 2002, 15:06

I have a 2001 Cherokee (XJ) Limited 4WD with Selec-Trac. I have had it for 7 months. It has 3,000 miles on it. I have no shaking at all. It rides smooth & quiet, a little jagged over bumpy roads - but, it's a Jeep. I love it!

It has every option that was available on it. MSRP was $28,140. Heated Leather Dual Power Seats, CD & Cassette, and everything else. No problems at all. I do find that the quality of the leather is "entry-level" and cannot compare to that in my Cadillac Fleetwood.

28th Feb 2002, 18:51

SHEESH!!! I have had four cherokees from 1991 thru 1997 and only experienced minor maintenance problems. Sounds like Daimler-Chrysler has not been good to JEEP! I'll keep my old ones.

15th Jul 2002, 13:47

I have experienced a problem with the ignition switch on my 1999 Jeep Cherokee Classic getting stuck. It will not turn. I had it towed back to the dealer and they replaced the ignition switch for $198.00 plus tax. I have checked the net for this problem, but there does not appear to be very much out there about this problem. The only reason I thought that there might be more about this is because a good friend of mine had the same problem with his 1990 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Anyone else had any experience with this problem?

WScheuerma@AOL.com.

1st Oct 2002, 09:19

I have also had the same problem with the ignition switch in my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It locks up and just won't turn. Thus far the dealer hasn't made any fixes because they cannot "reproduce" the problem.

9th Nov 2002, 18:52

I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ and when I hit a bump a certain way it shakes uncontrollably. It feels like the front end is about to fall off. Does anybody have an idea of what this could be? I have not altered the suspension, so I have no idea what it is.

2nd Jan 2003, 08:52

I have had the same steering problem as well. I have taken my car in 4 times since purchased and have had every thing replaced regarding my steering and multiple tires have been replaced as well. After all of that, my steering wheel still stakes around 50 mph and the wheels skip on turns! My steering wheel is very tight and difficult to turn. I am taking it in again.

I called Jeep's "WORLD" customer center at (800) 992-1997 and explained that I have read over 50 complaints regarding the same issue. He said I am the first to call. Please do us all a favor and call in if you have the same issues.

21st Aug 2003, 23:49

Bought a 1995 Cherokee. Was not forewarned about the Jeep Death Rattle. I too have the problem of the vehicle shaking uncontrollably when traveling at 45 mph or better and hitting any significant bump. Have yet to find a definite answer.

31st Aug 2003, 09:37

Just a question for all of you who have had the front-end vibration and had it serviced: Did you have the steering stabilizer replaced? I've seen 3 Jeeps with this problem and as soon as the stabilizer was replaced the vibration disappeared.

Jason- North Carolina.

31st Aug 2003, 12:29

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is locked. I insert the key, but it won't turn. The steering wheel is locked and I can't shift gears. I am using the original key. Does any one knows what's wrong. Is it the ignition switch that needs to be replaced? Thanks.

13th Sep 2003, 16:47

I have a '99 XJ and I love it. I've had no major problem with it. I am currently having a problem with the ignition shutting off repeatedly when I start the vehicle. It doesn't happen often. Seems that it happens when I let the gas get too low and fill the tank. The Jeeps cranks strong, kicks right over, but dies in about 5 second. It will do this 20 times in a row, then it just starts and doesn't give me another problem for weeks. Any idea what is causing this? It doesn't seems to be plugs or wires because it doesn't misfire. It simply shuts itself off.

3rd Oct 2003, 10:04

1999 Grand Cherokee Limited with the key not turning in the ignition. I live in Arizona and this is not a fun problem to have when the inside of your car is 180 degrees. jiggle key, reinsert, turn it over, swear, turn steering wheel, engage brake, swear, sweat. Eventually it starts. Then every third or fourth time the shifter won't move out of Park. Happens with all of our keys. Otherwise no problems with this jeep at all - 50,000+ miles. Have appt at dealer to fix on Monday. Anybody else with this problem???

4th Oct 2003, 04:54

I too have a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport and have replace the steering stabilizer, front wheel joints, and have had the tire expert work with the new Firestone Dayton tires (trying 10 other tires) to end up with the same steering wheel vibration around 50-60 mph. Hope someone comes up with what the problem is... Drives me crazy.

16th Oct 2003, 23:12

My 1998 Cherokee Sport also has a problem with the ignition switch. The assembly seems very stiff to turn and in a short time we have managed to twist and break several keys. I brought it into a repair shop to have the mechanism replaced for $232 Canadian including parts and labor. It worked fine for about half a day and now we are back to fighting with this same problem. Occasionally the key will turn far enough to engage the starter, but will not spring back to the Run position, causing the starter to grind once the engine has started!

Is there a recall notice or some place to contact to get some action or permanent fixes to this problem?

18th Oct 2003, 15:27

I bought a "brand new" 2000 jeep cherokee, now it has 18,800 miles on it. I take good care of this jeep. waxed every month, 3000 miles/ oil changed. From time to time, tires wobbles for no reason at all. One time the ignition switch locked up and I cannot turn the key. Called Chrysler on the road 24 hour service and was told that it has been reported as a problem. Then after I missed the august 2003 warranty period, my car's AC decided to stop working. Got several estimates and the culprit was an evaporator which will cost me between $900.00 to $1200.00 to fix. I search the internet and it is not only me who's got a problem with Air conditioning unit. Looks like the German ownership is doing a good job of putting reliable parts on new jeeps!!!

20th Oct 2003, 17:05

I also have the ignition problem with my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It started as just an annoyance about 4 months ago. That is, occasionally it would lock, but usually after one or two jiggles or reinsertions, it would turn.

However, I just spent an half hour down at the supermarket parking lot trying to get the blasted key to turn. No avail. Just walked home, found this site, and placed this comment. I will now walk back to my car and try using my spare key in the ignition. Does anyone think this will work?

Could it be the RF-ID(radio frequency identification) chip in the key wearing down causing the ignition to be unable to identify the key as the correct one??