Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 2001 - 2008 reliability

Category: Large SUV

It's a great off-road workhorse, but it's also unrefined and uneconomical

Jeep Cherokee 4x4 (01 - 08)
  • Jeep Cherokee 4x4 (01 - 08)
  • Jeep Cherokee 4x4 (01 - 08)
Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 2001 - 2008 review
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What should I look for in a used Jeep Cherokee 4x4?

Owners have criticised mechanical reliability, but generally the Cherokee is a robust piece of kit.

The suspension and axles are the weakest area, and that can hit your wallet hard. If you come across an automatic gearbox on a diesel model that jumps out of gear, walk away unless you want to risk a big repair bill. There're plenty of others that work just fine.

The cabin trim on a small number of Cherokees can be a bit rattly when it's very young, but Jeep dealers are pretty hot at sorting this out under the three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.

There was also a suspension-related recall in June 2004 - on some vehicles, water could enter the front suspension ball joints, posibly causing them to corrode and separate. There have been a few precautionary brake-related recalls, too, so ensure any Cherokee that catches your eye is up to date on its recalls.

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Is a used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 reliable?