We purchased the Jeep about 3 weeks ago to feel secure in the Highlands of Scotland in the winter. In part time four-wheel drive, the vehicle hates corners! You just don't feel in control. We seriously regret buying this car as not onlydoes it not perform well in the snow, but it has already been back to the dealer for an engine problem as well!
This is my second Jeep Cherokee from new in 2 years. The first one was a 2.4 Sport. The clutch disolved in a cloud of smoke at 13,000 miles, fixed under warranty and a new flywheel fitted as well.
I changed it immediately after repair for the CRD. This model has the power the vehicle needs, the 2.4 being under-powered. The auto gearbox failed at 3800 miles, reasons unknown to dealer or anyone else.
The gearbox was replaced under warranty, with no quibbles and a replacement vehicle was provided for the duration. Very much an American highway cruiser, the auto box struggles with the rapidly varying road types in rural Aberdeenshire, however it chews up and spits out any of the rough stuff off tarmac.
All in all, I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the Jeep, looks great, well kitted but my faith in them has had a serious knock.
I doubt I would get another.
Horrible, absolutely horrible. I had the dubious honour of driving the V6 for six months. The only good thing about it is that the fuel consumption is reasonable.
What didn't I like? The transmission was harsh, noisy and vague. It performed well off-road. Maybe not as well as the other 4x4's but you get what you pay for. My wife drove it for five miles, pulled over and vowed never to drive it again.
I stated that the transmission felt a bit vague, but that was nothing compared to the steering and suspension. It seemed if I drove over a matchstick the thing would almost lurch across lanes. The suspension, in true American style, meant that you were never sure if you'd make it out of each corner in one piece.
I thought that I may have had a pup, but I used another Cherokee while the regular one was being serviced. The same! If you like your cars rough (and I mean rough) and ready, then this'll do for you. If you want a vehicle that makes you feel confident and comfortable, then find something, anything, else.
Happiness was dropping off the beast back at the hire company the day I collected my LandCruiser. Yes, more money - but chalk and cheese.
Jeep Cherokee, you are the weakest link. Goodbye (and good riddance).
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