One of the best 4x4s you can still buy! Dont knock it, it's not a new fancy pretend 4x4!
I have a love-hate relationship with this vehicle. I initially bought an early 4.0-litre petrol second hand and found it an absolute joy to drive. I had it for eighteen months and then chopped it in for a brand new 2.5 diesel 25th aniversary model, which I bought from a main dealer.
When I bought the car I found the service from the main dealer to be dreadful and would never consider buying another vehicle from them. I have found the car to be fun to drive and excellent off road though I don't do any very serious competition stuff.
Fuel economy is OK, though not wonderful. The car had a good number of serious failings in the first three years and I was very relieved it was under warranty. The standard of workmanship from the dealer was very poor.
Would I buy another? Not sure to be honest... I fancy a Grand Cherokee 2.7CRD but am concerned about the high cost of parts, which seem to break with worrying regularity. However, it is certainly better built than any Range Rover or Land Rover I have owned.
I have a 1999 Limited that I run every day and use for my work in the building trade.
If you want something to impress on the school run and the nearest thing to off road you are likely to see is the occasional curb, buy something Far Eastern. If on the other hand you want a capable off-roader with good road manners, buy a Cherokee.
For a proper off-road car, its road handling is refreshingly composed. If you don't believe me, try a Jeep then a Discovery. Landrover could learn a lot from their American rivals.
As for the interior, I think some people are confusing the Cherokee with a family saloon. The trim maybe a little plasticky, but everything you could reasonably expect to see is there and a lot that you would have to pay extra for on most of its rivals.
As for the size of its interior, yes, it's lower than most - but then it's less imposing on the road, which is a good thing considering the bad press 4X4s get.
I've found the Cherokee to be very reliable with none of the failings mentioned in the What Car? review.
Finally consider this: you can buy a 1999-2000 Cherokee for around £8000; a Discovery the same age will cost you closer to £16,000 and, in my opinion, it is inferior.
Buy a Cherokee and with some of the money you save have it converted to LPG. I did and now it costs the same to run as my wife's 1.6 Focus.
I have just bought a P reg Jeep and I would like to know about the fuel consumption. I was expecting as it is diesel when I filled the tank £55 that I would get in excess of 400 miles out of it. The fuel light is on now at 350 and I wondered if it is normal for the fuel gauge to be not that good and that I may have a lot more fuel left to use up. Any comments appreciated.
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