Jeep Cherokee KJ (2001-2007) has been discontinued and replaced by Jeep Cherokee KK.
2003 Jeep Cherokee KJ Limited (4x4) Blue 4 Speed Automatic Wagon
I have only just bought as of the day of writing this review my 2003 Jeep Cherokee KJ Limited (4x4) Blue 4 Speed Automatic Wagon. this car had 309812 km done on it but that's expected for a 2003 model.
this car is amazing. its a bliss to drive and I enjoy driving it. defiantly recommend it so far. I am looking at adding an apple CarPlay radio in the car in a week or so just so can have maps and my music playing in the car and hands free calls. other than that, over the next year I am looking at possibly doing a few other modifications to the ...car but nothing major. at least this will be one car I can finally customise to be my own. as it is now I am happy to take the car as it is and if any issues arise with the car I will handle them all as they come. I have read both the "good" and "bad" sides of the arguments about this car and while it may take a bit of work and money with repairs, it's an older car so I'd expect that. my last car was a tiny hatchback so I am definitely enjoying the extra boot and car space. while it is a little cramped in the front when driving due to my small stature and having to sit so far forward to reach the accelerator pedal, everything else has been a dream. handles like a knife through butter, yes a little bumpy on some roads and a wider turn angle than I am use to, but that's part of owning a 4WD I guess. only issue I have with it, which is more my own issue, is that the indicator and wipers are on the opposite sides to what I am use to but that might be because the car was manufactured overseas. I'll get use to it in no time. I will be updating in a few months just so I can give an update in the future on how the car has gone after a few months, just incase any major issues arise that I think should be alerted on here.
Purchased in August 2020 for $5,000.00.
Best jeep I’ve ever had
Love it. 2005 automatic. 115,000 miles on the clock. Smooth, classy, solid and very comfortable. As they say; look after your car and it will look after you. Get it serviced, don’t hammer it on the roads, enjoy the ride. I’m smitten
Purchased in May 2020.
Be aware! My Jeep Cherokee 2002 sport airbags exploded when I was driving!!!!
Was like a bomb!!!
On driver side the airbag from fire exploded have fire burn spots!!!!
The car not having any single scratch no accident involved !! I can’t find any recall for airbags on this model!!!!!!!
I still havent found anything good enough to replace it!
I bought this car over 6 years ago with 112k on it. It is a great tow vehicle (2.8 ton), great on fuel (2.8 Diesel), small enough to get around everywhere, tight turning circle, and plenty of power I did thing about trading it at the beginning of the year but I couldnt find anything that was suitable and could do the same things as this puppy! To date the only problem is it will jump out of first gear if you dont know what you are doing, (it seems to have a fake first gear) the driving position is not ideal and to reach the pedals the steering...wheel needs to be a bit closer than I would regularly have. Spare parts from Jeep Australia dealers are ridiculously priced, but I always buy them genuine from Jeep dealers in the US (1/4 of the price) Get it serviced by a local mechanic rather than a dealer and you cant go wrong!
Jeep KJ Renegade CRD 2005 - Brilliant
It has never missed a beat. As long as you don’t neglect you vehicle you shouldn’t have any issues.
The Turbo Diesel engine seems great, no complaints.
The only issues would be my roof lining kinda sagging down and the rear window shocks not holding the window open.
Great all round 4wd that seems robust.
Jeep Cherokee CRD Renegade - Brilliant.
I have had the Jeep Cherokee CRD Renegade for a long while now. Other than the usual log book servicing I can fault it.
Whilst I only do lite FWD on the sand & snow a few times it goes great. It has that good old fashioned turbo diesel feel & has never let me down.
Great Car and Keeps going if you look after it
Owned our KJ since 160000Kms used. 2.8 litre CRD She's been a solid workhorse, although plays up with the wife from time to time lol. We are at 250000kms and have done usual wear and tear repairs such as the timing belt, water pump Ball joints etc... Tows beautifully and we love it's aesthetics. We have a young one now and are looking at doing some camping trips in the near future and believe she'll old up for another 250000 if cared for. Would recommend if budget is of concern and you need a true 4WD that will go anywhere without breaking the ...bank. If you have a local mechanic who isn't afraid of troubleshooting unfamiliar turf you're home and hosed. If you only have fitters (Mechanics who guess the issue and replace unnecessary parts) in your town and no real mechanics don't buy a Jeep or European cars it will cost u a fortune. Stay Clear from a Jeep Dealership for repairs they have no idea. Ironic considering they sell the products. You'll love it we sure do :)
The worst car I've ever bought , expensive to run and repair
Awful to drive no take off up hills, noisy to drive and expensive to run and repair. Back seats very uncomfortable. In summer when it was very hot the back door would not open . The drivers seat had to be close to the under dash to reach the pedals so cramped.
I purchased a 2003 Jeep Cherokee Sport and loved it! Manual transmission was easy to drive. Great visibility with no blind spots. Could park it anywhere and was nice to drive on road. When it got real, it could climb the steepest and roughest hills off road with no dramas. Towed without a struggle and felt safe. Whilst it had a few issues mechanically, I did drive it 140 klm's every day and it rarely let me down. Even my mechanic said "She just keeps on going doesn't she!". I would definitely have another one.
Poor Quality, continuous break downs, very expensive parts
Had the Jeep for 4 years now, its a 2.4 Diesel.
It was problems from day one and then ever since. I've had many second hand cars over the years and with basic maintenance I have had a good run from them .. until I bought this money pit of a car.
The first thing that happened was a cracked oil line, just days after I bought it .. that was $1500 to fix that and a week off the road.
Then we had belt failure, leaving me on the side of the road broken down (the first time that has ever happened to me !).
Then the rear hand brake failed causing the wheels to lock up sometimes while driving and a massive banging sound (thought it was the diff at first).
Good car for us
My KJ is a 65th Anniversary Sport CRD Manual. Drives well, but not a rocket by any means. Gearing could be a bit higher (e.g now 2,200 rpm @ 100 km, and would work if 1,800 rpm). Fuel consumption is in line with the sticker that was on it when bought: 10.5 l/100 km city and 8.5l/100 km country. I've had some electrical problems, though: 3 of 4 window winders broke down. 2 on back had less than 20 uses, maybe less than 10, and all just out of warranty of course. Dealers didn't want to know me. Others have been transfer case indicator switch and ...now a/c fan resistor. Ground clearance could be up a bit, but managed Fraser Is. sand OK in high range. Towed only less than 1,500 kg and all of this OK. All round happy with the car. I do services strictly by the book at independent mechanics and am just now on Continental tyres now after Coopers, up to 80,000 on these, but hopeless in the wet. Total km now 145,000. More electrical troubles. 4th window winder just gone, rear window demister wire detached and clutch cut out switch gone -- can't start it without this!! A bit of an electrical lemon.
This Jeep has really surprised me. Ive taken it all over Cape York and despite a leaking radiator, it hasnt missed a beat. They modify really well and you can turn them into little beasts! Mine is the 2005 Renegade V6.
I raised mine 2" (OME spring lift + Bilstein shocks), added ARB Front lockers, bullbar, winch, a snorkel and some aggressive tyres. Its a weapon! Its a comfortable car to drive and has all the modern conveniences.
However, i really didnt like the limited storage space. The boot (trunk) is tiny. Once i added my recovery gear,...
Unstoppable but dealers are poor
Bought the Jeep new in 2005 and have used it constantly ever since. Use is 60% city 40% country with towing a car trailer regularly.
Performance is quiet and responsive. Handling depends on tyres. I have had Cooper AT's on for 90K Klm. For wear they are great but in my view too hard a compound, particularly on the rear.
Problems - mostly minor issues which are of little concern. Upgraded transmission oil radiator to a larger one as the standard radiator was not coping on long hard country trips. Very worth while exercise.
Dealers - hopele...
Still the best car I have ever experienced in 60 years
My second Jeep after 15 years. Even better than the XJ. Fuel consumption in city hopeless, in country a lot better. Happier to pay for fuel than tow trucks. Gas struts a common failure after five years, bonnet, tail gate etc.Still, cheap to replace. Found Jeep dealers service?(2) hopeless. Find a good independent mechanic and stick there.
Still waiting 17 months for a part (tow bar) to be replaced under a world wide recall!
Jeep Cherokee 2002
Our Jeep has 223,000 kms on it now. It has cost me next to nix in extra repairs from a used purchase at 20,000 kms and 12 months old (after it had already been around Oz as a lead tour vehicle). It has original everything and has never had the gearbox oil or air gas changed (and everything works). You can get duds, you can get beauties...I am a happy camper but I do change (the basic engine etc.) oils and filters personally and frequently.
Over 10 years running
Bought 2002 Cherokee 3.7L in 2005 and 10 years later she's motoring along. Have only had to repair a few things over the years as you'd expect across the lifetime like a new battery (years ago) and wipers once in a while. I use public transport for work so only gets driven to football training and at weekends. Only problem I've had is water leaking in after heavy rain on front passenger side - which I can't figure out!
Love my jeep
Love my 2007 jeep Cherokee, purchased a couple years ago and still going well. The only problem we've had is the back wiper stop working.
It's reliable, feels safe, is affordable to run (diesel) etc. Cant fault it.
I think I've been well and truly converted into a jeep fan.
i have a 2003 jeep cherokee renegade and started giving me gearbox problems at 128000kms and was told it needs a rebuild costs around $4000,so i waited at 130000kms the ecu stops working and the the car stops working,jeep australia cant supply a new ecu and cant reprogram a second hand ecu,so the car is useless and for wrecking now,unless i come across a jeep 2003 cherokee renegade wrecking and take out its ecu,control module,key reader with keys and replace it with mine i have no chance of getting this car back on the road,what a dissapointmen...t in jeep australia,this does not happen in the usa,they ask for for your vin and reprogram your ecu unkike here in australia it cant be done,i will never own another jeep due to this reason,i cant believe in this day and age with so much technology around us jeep australia cant fix such a simple thing as a cars computer to get you back on the road,in the mean time my car is off the road not working waiting for the right parts to appear on wrecking sites and i have leaned towards a japanese made car to get me through this problem,i hpe no one has to go through the stress ive had to in the last two months because of jeep australia...................
MY05 Jeep Cherokee Rubbish
Everything fine (except for the normally excessive fuel consumption) until the oil warning light came on, and, half a minute later as I was pulling off the highway the motor seized. The wreckers all over Australia know how much trouble these vehicles are and want around $3500-$4000 for a motor in any condition as long as it is going. The problems I have had are less than my Laredo diesel (which I sold to the wreckers to save anyone having any more trouble with it), but are still numerous and expensive to fix.
Easy for my wife to park in the city, good radio.
Average 18L/100km, noisy transmission, expensive parts (which you need often), hard on tyres.
Brilliant and suited me. Work rest and play. Does the long haul, adventure and daily work and family
Only consumable required for a 2002 jeep sport. Batteries and brakes. Travelled with the family and work. Still going strong. As a note have had Toyotas, mitsubishi and VW as well as holden. Actaully a really well built car that does run heavy on fuel but in terms of carbon print and it durability and multi use the premium of $1000 fuel a year over a high pressure refrigerator or no use other than travelling to the shops is totally inconsequential.
On a final note with the car over 12 years old and servicing the family all this time no matter what happens now it is memories for litre for all of the family.
Questions & Answers
is a 2007 diesel with 240,000kms on it with full service history still have life in it? as in how many km's can you usually get out of them?
what are the biggest problems with a 2007 jeep limited auto cherokee?
has anyone had issues with petrol consumption on the 3.7 limited that only gives you 250km to the tank on 2WD mode?
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