One of my all-time favorite vehicles
By skyline44512 on Friday, December 16, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "RELIABLE, great offroad/in snow, FUN TO DRIVE!"
Cons: "seat adjustment, interior space, insurance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"2000 Cherokee Classic, AT, black, selectrac 4WD, overhead trip computer
I am on my 3rd Cherokee and if it was possible to have a post-graduate degree in Cherokees, I would have it. When I was younger this was my dream car, as unusual as it may be, and I will never be without one now.
4.0 I6 is nearly perfect. Incredibly reliable, great torque, good power, surprising fuel economy. I love the 97-01 body style. Rugged but not outdated looking. Like the Wrangler, it has a classic look that will always look good. I get 22-23mpg highway and 18 city, better than many comparable SUVs 10 years newer. For something as aerodynamic as a school bus, 23 is great. I have had 3 of these and have never been left stranded. They are fairly easy to work on too. Excellent offroad abilities stock and cheap to build into a serious offroader. RWD when it is in 2WD makes it much better to drive than other SUVs. Surprisingly comfortable ride. PHENOMENAL visibility in all directions. Too easy to drive! Will bury the needle and do about 130mph on GPS, and feels stable the whole time. Quite impressive for a box on wheels. There's something about driving this that makes you feel unstoppable. It look great muddy, and doesn't mind the occasional stream crossing or deep snow. It just feels solid and bulletproof to me.
No door pockets, small glove box, no rear cup holders. Front seats do not recline very far or move back far enough. Full sized spare tire takes up a lot of cargo room. Cheap interior plastics (but it's a rugged vehicle, not a luxury vehicle). Speaker wires are prone to failure in all models, so the front speakers quit working. Not that expensive to fix and you should only have to replace them once. The gas mileage will suffer majorly in 4WD. Some cars like the RAV4 get great MPG all the time, but in 4WD I only get about 14 city 17 highway. Rear drum brakes makes braking feel heavy and inadequate, but when you really put your foot down it stops perfectly. I recommend upgrading to rear discs from a Grand Cherokee.
With the right options (selec-trac 4WD and overhead trip computer) this is car is a keeper. I have seen them with over 300k. I plan on driving it forever. I can't believe Jeep dropped this for the Liberty. Almost everything (except the Wrangler and MAYBE Grand Cherokee) that rolled off the line after 2001 has been garbage. They are Chryslers now not real Jeeps. There will always be an XJ in my garage though.
PS I towed a nearly 4000lb trailer over 1100 miles with this. I had no trailer brakes and my Jeep pulled it wonderfully the whole way, although it did only average 12mpg towing."
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