"A/C evaporators will be a definite fix required, which runs $1000+, also cylinder misfires are common in this Jeep. Beginning to hear a rattle in the front wheel, which is about the same time my other jeeps UV joints went. Be aware."
"I bought my Jeep with 34,000 miles on it and now 5 yrs later I have 170,000 miles (mostly highway). This is a very solid vehicle. Knock on wood, I have only done regular maintenance. My next vehicle WILL be a Jeep. Too bad the Patriot is smaller."
"Great vehicle, very dependable, great engine (4.0L), A TRUE CLASSIC. This has been more like a friend to me having put over 145,000 miles on it since buying it new in '98. I would highly recommend this model if only Jeep still sold it. Unfortunately I now have to sell it as I just bought a '06 Tacoma. I know it won't be long before I regret selling the Cherokee."
"The Cherokee is the Chief of SUVs in my opinion, it is versitile and extreemly reliable. I have owed cherokees with over a quarter million miles without any major repairs required. The 1998 model is my second in 15 years. I bought it used from an adult driver and have used it for business, vacation, moving, and family events. My teenagers have found it to be exteemely safe and easy to drive in any weather conditions. I have personally driven in major weathers systems to include a huricane, floods, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms. While others stay parked or pull off the road, I navigate easily with considerably limited risk thanks to shift on the fly 4 wheel drive, superior tracking, and a basic but exceptional brake system. Fuel injection works flawlessly giving optimal fuel economy for an SUV. I added a cargo carrier that loads my camping equipment, small boat and motor and handle superbly. I also tow the family 17 ft Jet boat with ease. I have used it to move my kids to college dorms, and shipping off to military duty. If you have teenagers, consider the safety offered to them in this vehicle, inclusive of the air bag system with padded covers. All in all the best SUV we have ever driven."
"I've had my Cherokee for almost six years now (I bought it used with about 35,000 miles), and I've driven it across the country no less than six times--two of those times I was towning a U-haul trailer. It has over 120,000 miles on it now, and I've never had a problem with it on the road. There have been some minor repairs (brake rotors, fuses, wipers, and speakers), but nothing significant to to make me shy away from buying another Jeep some day. The only complaint I have is the comfort of the front and rear seats. The front have no lumbar support, and the rear seats have no head rests. All in all, my Cherokee has served me very well, and I could not be happier with what I have gotten out of it these last six years."
"I have owned 3 jeeps and all have been very reliable vehicles. I would reccomend one to basically anyone. Not the best city-based vehicle, because of the gas mileage, but I live in downtown portland and it's still a great car to me. Excellent in snow. You can basically run them to the ground (250K miles!)...excellent car!!"
"This is about as basic an SUV as you can get. It is essentially a box on a truck chassis. The ride is relatively noisy, without much insulation from the road. There is plenty of glass area, making it easy to see out of while driving. The square design, with clearly defined corners, enables the vehicle to be maneuvered with surprising precision.
The engine is extremely reliable, the transmission slightly less so. With regular maintenance it should not be difficult to put 200-250k miles on the truck before encountering significant problems.
I have just purchased my 2nd Cherokee- this one is for my daughter- which should give an indication of how I feel about the Cherokee. From 1996-2003 I put 115k a '94 model. Other than a water pump, radiator and an AC compressor, it was reliable and trouble free. Maintenance items during that time included oil changes every 3kmiles, transmission services and tune ups every 30k miles, new serpentine belt at 60k miles.
The rear cargo area is easy to access but there were times I wished from more space. The back seat is neither roomy, nor comfortable for long periods.
Overall the Cherokee is an excellent value for anyone looking for basic, reliable transportation."
"I am on my second Cherokee a 99, and i love it. The first one i had got totalled and i walked away without a scratch. So i went out and bought the same exact thing just a different color. Best vehicles i have ever owned hands down. This Jeep will get you through anything so its well worth dealing with the bad gas mileage!"
"I have owned my 2000 Cherokee Sport 4x4 for 7 years, bought it new in june 2000. I have put 176,500 miles on it and have never had a serious problem. Oil changes every 3500 miles, a couple drivetrain fluid changes, a new battery, two exhausts, three sets of tires and thats it. This is awesome, it simply wont die. Engine is still strong, transmission is getting a bit clunky. Overall, a great jeep, my only bad comment is gas mileage, but i knew this when i bought it, being only rated for 14/20 cty/hwy"
"At first i did not like it, rough, moved from one side to the other on the road. Gas milage is fair about 19 miles to a gallon. Solid body, have not run it pass 75 miles an hour only to pass another auto. Use standard 4 wheel drive on wet raining weather. Will go just about anywhere, their is a road. Need to sell it, just need a newer car for comfort, jeeps just don't have this, I would buy another one and recommend it, buy one. This mule been in the family for over four years, might not sell, grand kids need somthing to try to tare up, not this mule, LOL."
"My a/c evaporater has a leak, which costs an estimated $1100 to fix. Apparently it is common repair item with jeeps. Other than that, this is a very reliable vehicle with good handling and is generally fun to drive. I wish Jeep still made the cheerokee; what a bad move to discontinue the line."
"In 2001 I traded in my '96 Grand Cherokee Limited for this 2001 Cherokee Sport, ..new.
The Grand Cherokee Limited AWD Drive train was not satisfactory for my need for a selective differential; so the part time 4WD in the Cherokee was more suitable to my rough service needs.
170,000 miles later, three sets of tires, three sets of brake pads (the original rear shoes lasted 165,000 miles), 34 synthetic oil changes @ 6qts each, one trans/fluid change, one battery, one radiator flush, 12 wiper blade replacements; here I am.... I average 23/24 mpg at highway speeds, 15/16 in city.
I recently tried to replace it with a new SUV; but there was nothing on the new vehicle market (not even Jeep) that would come close to replacing it.
I have decided to keep this vehicle and see how long it will continue to serve my needs. I intend to invest the money I would have spent on new car payments on a new satellite radio system, and gasoline at $3.25/gal."
"I just bought a 2001 cherokee sport about 6 months ago. I thought i got a screamin deal 3 inch lift and only 58000 miles. Considering one of my buddies had a 91 and it simply would not die i figured i was in good luck. I have not drove it hard just to and from work and around town and two thousand miles later i have a blown head gasket and my oil pump is going out. now both things are cheap fixes but both can also lead to bigger things. i bought it under the impression that it would run for at least another hundred thousand miles"
"I have about 60000 on my Jeep and the only problem is the AC went out about 45000 miles- bad evaparator I am told and it is an expensive repair. Great in bad weather. I hope I can get the engine to last over 100000."
"I owned a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Loved it!!! Ran great, looked great. One evening my daughter and I were coming home from the movie theater and was struck on the drivers side by a Dodge Ram truck that had ran a flashing red light. My Jeep was totalled but I was O.K. Thank goodness for the Jeep frames!!! Well built hardy little vehicles. I made a huge mistake purchasing a used Saturn wagon because I couldn't find another Jeep like the one I owned in my area. But I will keep looking, and driving my horrible little wagon. I highly recommend the Jeep Cherokees (especially the Sport model). Too bad Jeep stopped making them. Big, big, mistake, Jeep."
"This is my 3rd Cherokee. My son is still driving my last one. My only complaint with the '98 is the lack of storage in the front seat. My '89s were full of little storage areas. That said, I have heaped incredible abuse on these Jeeps, and they have never let me down. From mixing it up with taxis in NYC, to trails that an ATV would think twice about, these Cherokees will go anywhere. Other posts have mentioned the engine's reliability, and I agree. My office is next to a transmission shop. I see Grand Cherokees coming in on flatbeds all the time, but almost never see a Cherokee there. The owner tells me they have a different transmission, normally good for at least 300,000 miles."