I've had my Cherokee 3.7 V6 for three months now and it still puts a smile on my face every time I get in it.
I'd never even considered the Cherokee until a friend suggested it. I test-drove one and never looked back.
The Cherokee blends into the background because it doesn't look all flash and blingey like many competitors, and you don't see that many around so it feels a bit aloof from the school-gate-mafia image that some 4x4's have. It has all the American refinements; electric everything, and a silky smooth 3.7l V6 that turns into a rip-snorting beast when you put your foot down. What's more, I get better mileage (25 mpg on the motorway)than the 2.0 Litre PT Cruiser I used to have which only ever got 23 mpg with the wind behind it.
It is also a seriously sophisticated bit of machinery - it doesn't handle like a car, it handles like a big, versatile, rufty-tufty, posh, solid, highly-capable on and off-road 4x4. It's got leaf-spring suspension on the back and it's high off the ground because thats what you need to go off road, and that means you have to drive it just a tad more thoughtfully compared a regular car when you're on-road. This isn't a disadvantage, it's kind of the point of driving a big ruft-tufty car. The payback is that if I wanted to, I reckon I could park my Cherokee on my upstairs bathroom window ledge.
I have owned this car for a few months now and have had a major problem - the oil keeps being dumped out of the engine for no reason.
I had a warranty with the car, but they keep charging a £50 diagnostics fee, although why they can't permanently fix the problem I will never know.
The car itself is quite meaty to drive, but it is rather slow. I use the Jeep to pull a speedboat on and off slipways. It is very practical in that sense. The three kids have plenty of space in the back too.
I would not buy the same version of this car again - maybe a BMW X5 next time.
This is my first Cherokee CRD. I test drove both the manual and automatic version before making a desicion to purchase. My preference pushed me more to the manual verision due to the fact the computer was showing on average a better fuel consumption of between 8 - 10 miles per gallon. During the 40 mile test drive in both vehicles, I was averaging 18 -20 miles per gallon in the automatic and 26 - 30 in the manual.
I have now had my new vehicle for two months. It drives and handles superb for a 4x4. I regular achieve 28-32 mpg. I have had no problems with the vehicle apart from the front brakes reguiring adjustment that was carried out by the supplying dealer. My regular 40 miles per day journey to work and back is completed without any fuss.
Mixed driving conditions in town and on the open road is made without effort thanks to the new six speed gearbox. A truly awsome vehicle and a bargin to buy. I have driven the Mercedes 270 M class and it is not a patch on the Jeep.
This is our third Cherokee CRD. The earlier cars were both 2.5 CRD Sport models and both gave rugged reliable service, clocking some 32,000 miles between them.
The only problem was with the electric mirrors on the first car. Replacement electric motors were fitted and there were no further problems.
Both cars regularly achieved around 30mpg with a light foot on the accelerator in day-to-day driving. The US mpg figure given by the on-board computer wasn't too far adrift of my calculated figure when divided by 0.8.
We took delivery of a new 2.8 CRD Renegade a week ago and the new six-speed box is much easier to use than the notchy five-speed 'box of the earlier cars. There are one or two trim problems which will be dealt with at the first service.
Improvements to the front seats have made journeys more comfortable. The 2.8-litre engine is certainly more refined and the extra power is welcome. We tried a BMW X3 Diesel for four months but came back to Jeep!
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