Great drive, nearly car like in comparison to a disco or shogun. Comfy seats for long journeys, but if youve got a bad back it would be too soft. Running costs are expensive if you use maindealers. I used US imported stuff - about 1/2 price of UK prices. Had lots of problems with leaks around windows and boot. Apparently Im not the only one. Mine was gas converted thank God and I got equivolent of 35mpg. BUT - off road it was amazing. wow!
For two years now, myself and my younger brother have been shifted around Scotland in our parents' 1999 Jeep Cherokee TD.
There has been no faults with our Jeep yet, only two suspicious dead batteries since Christmas 2005. For the first, we replaced the battery, and the second time we recharged it(which took ages).
The downfalls of the Jeep include the lack of legroom in the rear, boot space, fuel economy, handling in the wet, and the rear wheel being situated on the passenger-side window in the boot, which blocks the view out of that window, resulting in my mum reversing into a lamp post just days after we had the Jeep resprayed!
On long journeys, the Jeep is comfortable enough, gliding over the rough roads up here in Scotland. Also, the four-wheel-drive could not have been better, when we were trapped in our house by the freak snow blizzards this year.
The Jeep has now 70,000 miles on the clock and is still going strong, apart from the recent flat battery which left the Jeep unable to leave the drive. Overall, the Jeep is a great family 4x4, which still turns heads on the daily school run.
I've just bought a 4.0-litre Limited to replace my Classic that a friend bought. I've had it less than two months and have driven 1800 miles (bringing it from London to Scotland was 500 straight away!).
It drove home without fault and since then I have used it for a trip round the Highlands (700 miles).The car has been possibly the best vehicle I have ever purchased. The only advice I can offer someone looking for a older shaped Cherokee is to try and get a one-owner car with full history, preferably one that has not towed and has had a relatively easy life perhaps in city.
A genuine mileage car from a private caring owner is preferable to a low-mileage one with dodgy history from a dealer. Parking dings, scrapes and faded paintwork are the least of your worries.
They're pretty bulletproof and if you're half clued-up, you can service it yourself, as the engines and mechanicals are pretty basic. The only thing I can fault it on is rear legroom and access for large/awkward or older people. If fuel consumption is your thing, then look elsewhere, however it will return 25 mpg on a journey.
Remember, they're a real 4x4 and not a posh people carrier and it won't drive or have the road manners of a car.
Niggles aside, it's a tough, durable, practical mini-truck that'll transport most things to most places.
Its been said before and it`ll be said again. 4x4s like the XJ Cherokee (93-01), Nissan Patrols, Shoguns will ALWAYS, in the eyes of the public be looked down upon simply for being good at what they`re supposed to do. `The high/low shifer requires a hefty tug`, `Windnoise`,`Difficult to park` Who`s testing them? Hairdressers? `The engines are noisy`. I LIKE the fact I have a loud 4.0 ltr. If it needs fuel it gets fuel. I know its a case of horses for courses but i have the course and I love the horse I`ve bought to do the job.
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