We bought the Jeep as a second car - my company car being a Mercedes ML270. The Jeep is twice as good and half the price!
The diesel engine is a bit noisy, particularly when cold or at tickover, but otherwise a great car, and great to tow with.
My only disappointment is with fuel enconomy - we've done 4500 miles and only acheive 18-20mpg. The 'combined' figures are in the high 20s or into the 30s. Overall, a great buy and recommended.
I've had my Jeep Cherokee for six months now. In general, it's a decent enough car although I find its boot a little small. It drives nicely on-road, although it's by no means quick. Off-road performance is adequate but not anywhere near as good as the 3.0-litre Isuzu Trooper I had before it.
Daily running costs are reasonable and no more than would be expected from a car of this size. It has not had a major service yet so I cannot comment on that. My one problem is its lack of reliabilty. Although mechanically sound, it has suffered all sorts of minor niggles that have meant it's been back to the dealers on four occasions.
Key amongst the niggles is the power operated retractable door mirrors. It's on its fourth. The motors used to operate them are not powerful enough. I've also had loose pieces of trim as well as knocks and rattles that you shouldn't have to put up with on a car in this price range.
On the plus side, it generally feels well put together and dealer service has been very good.
Would I recommend it? Yes and no, for the reasons above. Would I buy another? Probably not.
I live in the highlands of Scotland and this car is superb in the snow and it handles very well also in the mud (tough off roading). Had a small problem with the turbo but overall a good car.
Many people seem to be under the illusion that if you buy a four-wheel drive it should match up to a Range Rover. The Cherokee may not be the fastest thing on the road or have the biggest pose factor but that is not what it's all about.
The Jeep is comfortable to drive, has reasonable fuel consumption and parts & labour are fairly reasonable compared to other main dealers. American styling is something you either love or hate it and the Jeep has plenty of it.
I would recomend one of these to anybody, they are alot of fun and comfortable on a long journeys, loads of boot space and generally better than Vauxhall, Nissan and Toyota who for this price range are the nearest rivlas.
Still buying a 4x4 is down to personal preference, and what I like you may well hate, so don't take anything anybody says in these reviews to seriously until you have been out and driven them all yourself!
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