Jeep Cherokee XJ Reviews – JeepReviews.com

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Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

XJ

The Jeep Cherokee XJ mid-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) was produced from 1984-2001. In 2002, the Jeep Cherokee XJ was discontinued to make room for the introduction of the Jeep Liberty.

Jeep Cherokee XJ

Vehicle: 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ

Summary:

Second jeep I bought (Completely obliterated the first). Awesome truck. When you think of a Cherokee, you think of a big fat SUV, but really it’s quite small.

It’s about the length of my old camry, and about half a head shorter than me (I’m 5’10). But it’s roomy inside, enough to comfortably fold the seat down and sleep in, and it still gives you that high-up feeling that people like when driving a truck.

See, the Cherokee is what I think of as one of the one of the only real Sport Utility Vehicles. The design is very simple and minimalistic, the 4×4 shifter is actually a shifter that takes a good amount of arm-strength to force into gear, and it’s a straight 6 (at least mine is) which gives you that tire-spinning low-end torque. It makes strange whining noises like old factory machinery and handles more like a giant ATV than an actual car, which at first makes you think there’s something wrong with it but after awhile driving anything else is extremely disappointing.

That all said, you definitely have to know how to turn a wrench to hold onto a Cherokee. The engines and automatic transmissions are solid, never have to really worry about them. More abused ones tend to rust in strange areas though (product of hard 4-wheeling in wet areas), the cooling systems are problematic, and a front end job after 15 years isn’t a bad idea.

The front end is built sort of as the minimal about to get by. Nice for servicing and if you want to do a lift, but at some point they’ll all need a bit of maintenance.

Strengths:

Simple. Very generic style truck.

Built to actually 4×4 and lift and tow stuff

Easy to work on and create your own stuff rather than rely on obtaining OEM parts

Ridiculous amount of low-end power. Awesome to drive in-town.

People will buy them in almost any condition whole

Parts are stupid easy to find, and tutorials to do almost anything are online.

At least one employee at your local autoparts store will own one. Seriously, there’s always one parked out front of every store.

Fun to customize. Enough aftermarket parts to make them appear unique.

Rear hatch fold-down seats

Top-post batteries, no side-post bolt-stripping BS.

You can fit under it without jacking it up

Jacks won’t dent up/destroy the unibody frame-ish rails

REAL 4-wheel drive. Ability to muscle it into 2wd or 4wd unlike electric switches which can get stuck in one or the other

Auto trans lasts forever, even when I’m behind the wheel

That distinct Cherokee engine starting running noise.

Cherokee only has 2 letters in it. XJ. Makes finding stuff online really easy.

Has 8 places to install speakers into, though it only comes with 4 usually.

SINGLE DIM STEREO DECK. No special-ordering stereo decks or installing finicky plastic adapters that make it look. stupid.

Rear wiper option, and easy to add-on if yours didn’t come with it

Probably about 90% of the parts from models 1984-1996 are interchangeable, and later years aren’t really that different either.

Total chick magnet. All girls love Jeeps.

If you hear a bad noise, it’s not actually broken. It just does that.

Old-school armrests with the handles you can actually hold onto when you think you’re about to die.

It looks better dirty

Weaknesses:

Older front end can have death wobble, but they’re extremely easy to work on compared to other trucks. Lots of room and minimal specialty tools.

Gas mileage, I get around 15 but I’m an extremely obnoxious driver

Cup holders have to be ordered from dealership or online. You can, however, get up to 4 mounted to the center console (above e-brake and right side of shifter).

No full-size spare, at least in either of mine. It’s also not a bad idea to re-locate the spare to outside the hatch because it takes up a lot of room in the cargo area.

Odd stock tire size. Hard to find used ones in salvage yards when you’re broke, but you shouldn’t be putting used tires on 4wd vehicles anyway.

Not something they could anticipate in 1995, but there’s not much room between the dash and the windshield. Difficult to find a good place for a GPS

The differentials don’t have much room from the ground stock. Needs to be lifted for serious 4×4-ing, but for some (like me) that’s just a good excuse to start a project.

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