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Jeep Cherokee KJ

Jeep Cherokee KJ (2001-2007) Questions & Answers

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Joshua P.

Joshua P.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

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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Mohammad

Mohammadasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

What is the size of piston ring gap please?

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Joshua P.

Joshua P.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

hi,

im buying a 2003 Jeep Cherokee KJ Limited (4x4) Blue 4 Speed Automatic Wagon. I am wondering if there are any issues with these cars.

ive read the reviews here and the responses to the questions.

the one im getting has 309812km done and is the 3.7l 6 cylinder version.

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Lee
Lee

I looooove mine . I’d the MOT has all the parts done - get an engine service and off too go. It’s best vehicle I’ve ever had

Joshua P.
Joshua P.

thanks for the tip

Brettski

Brettskiasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Are the deisel models all have turbo ? 2007 model

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Paul T.

Paul T.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

i have a 2003 jeep renegade 3.7l v6 would like to know when is the service intervals. it has 97,000km which is low..i have put 2500km since imported..also i bought a new exterior door lock/unlock key from jeep but how do i program to work? it does not have panic button, only open close and back window.. there are no jeep garages in Mozambique so need online help with this..

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John T

John Tasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

2005 2.8l turbo diesel - everything randomly shuts down when taking off after idling or parking but not while travelling.

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Keith C.

Keith C.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

What causes my litre per 100 to vary from 10 litres to 15 on the same drive daily.one day it will use with cruise on or off.so nothing different in driving style

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Keith C.

Keith C.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Are auto gearbox the same in 2002 and 2004

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Ian W.

Ian W.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

My interior lights won't come on when doors are opened , why

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Phill B.

Phill B.asked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

2005 Jeep Cherokee when The Air conditioner is used a lot the charge light come s on and the motor stop will not start again till the motor is cool . Don't seem to have any problems with the vehicle when the air conditioner is not used. Happened twice now.

Phill

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Annette

Annetteasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Considering buying a Jeep Cherokee 2007 65th Anniversary model manual diesel. Any advice or experience would be welcome - the one we are looking at had done 250,000 km mainly long stretches and looks very tidy.
Thanks
Annette

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Peter.H
Peter.H

Hi Annette,
Don't listen to the horror stories about Jeep sure some are real but in my mind they are very reliable as long as they are serviced like any other Vehicle sorry for the spelling just make sure that you have service logs for the Jeep mine is a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Longitude and after as small problem that was resolved by a different dealership who actually cared about service I will buy another Jeep no problems . As for the long stretches they are better than stop start city driving . That's my take any can feel free to disagree

Annette
Annette

Much obliged - thank you!

Wendy V

Wendy Vasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Thinking about a 2007 jeep Cherokee just wondering if they are reliable for towing a 20ft caravan?

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Stevo
Stevo

Hi Wendy V,
My Jeep is a 2006 KJ diesel manual version. I have a hybrid camper trailer that weighs 1800 kgs, it tows that perfectly. If you bought an auto I would make sure it had a transmission cooler fitted. (I would recommend that on any car not just the Jeep). They have a weight limit of 2.8 tonnes for the diesel version so obviously take that into account when you are looking into a caravan. Me personally, I wouldn't tow anymore than 2200 kgs just to be on the safe side. Hope this helps you out :-)

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnsonasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Thinking of purchasing a 2003 jeep renegade. 186000 kms. Diesel. Anyone have any advice about this model? Cheers in advance.

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Stevo
Stevo

It depends on what engine is in it, if it is a 2.5 diesel they are pretty sluggish, if it is a 2.8 diesel they are a lot more powerful. If you buy a Jeep, stay clear of the Jeep Stealerships and buy your spares from overseas. They are one of the most popular vehicles in the States and you can get anything sent over for next to nothing in comparison to what you would pay in Australia. For example (alternator) $1200 Jeep Australia dealer. $400 US delivered from Garden City Jeep in New Jersey US. It took 4 days to get it!!! Example 2 Same Jeep dealer wanted $800 for a drivers side window mechanism, same dealer in the US I paid $125 US delivered! Bought a starter motor from a UK Jeep dealer for the equivalent of $250 Australian dollars and got it in under a week. My Jeep is a 2.8 Diesel Sport 2006 model and I still havent found anything worth trading it in on. Owened for over 6 years and has 200k on the clock. Only stuff other than what is previously mentioned is I did the major service (timing belt etc) at 150k

Rusty Bear

Rusty Bearasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

I am thinking of buying a 2005 jeep Cherokee renegade MY05. I have heard mixed reports does any one own one and can you advise if you would recommend 1? I need a reliable 4x4 that won't break down. It has 190,000 km on the clock

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Maureen Flood
Maureen Flood

Yes it is a reliable vechice, but you would have to consider the miles it has done

Jackson Burton

Jackson Burtonasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Hi, im looking at purchasing a kj jeep cherokee extreme sport and was wondering if it is worth it? the car i am looking at is 2005 with 103'000km on the clock. i have heard some horror stories and was wondering if it was worth going through with it as i quiet like the car. i know there have eben known issues with transmission failure and electrics i was wondering if anyone could tell me other issues they have had with them and personal oppinion on whether its worth going through with the purchase of the vehicle.

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Jebby
Jebby

I've recently bought a 2007 KJ CRD, 130,000km - did so because they are good value for what you get by comparison with the Japanese equivalents. I like mine. You can get a lemon but most of the horror stories you hear are because the owners neglect them. They must be serviced regularly, and find an independent mechanic with Jeep knowledge. Don't buy one without a full service history. Make sure you budget to have the cam belt replaced as it is due at 100,000 km (get the whole kit with the pulleys etc). Parts can be bought from VM Diesel http://www.vmdieselspecialist.com - ring them during UK business hours
Don't buy parts from Jeep Australia because they are three times more expensive than parts from the UK or US. There's a good KJ forum at http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=158

mark

markasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

hi, I'm looking at buying a 2006 2.8l turbo diesel cherokee with 106000k"s, it hadn't been started for four weeks and needed a battery boost, when it fired up there was an initial blow of black smoke then ran clear, but standing behind the vehicle the fumes were quite strong, i have only had a small diesel car years ago and never really noticed any smell, is this normal for an engine of this type?

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DeeTee
DeeTee

Hi, I don't have much knowledge on the CRD Jeeps. I suggest heading over to LostJeeps or JeepKJ forums. They have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to answer questions.

Nanny

Nannyasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Hello. We have just bought a Jeep Cherokee 05 Sports model by private sale, in pristine condition with low mileage and all service books well up to date. So we are very happy with the well kept condition of the car and the honesty of the seller. We have always had sedans in the past and this is our first 4WD. My question is - Is this model supposed to sway on the highway at speed and are these cars well known for loud tyre bumping noises while travelling on sealed highways (not 4WD) which we find quite disturbing? We test drove the Jeep before we bought it but that was for just a short distance in Melbourne traffic so did not get a good picture of highway driving unfortunately. Would the swaying be because of the higher vehicle than we are used to or is this indicative of all 4WDs? And the same with the tyre noise? Or is it something we will just have to get used to & live with? Looking forward to your answers & thank you in advance for taking the time to reply. - Marj.

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Flat
Flat

I have a 2014 model so not the same but have none of those problems.

Wombat
Wombat

Hello Marj, This model should not sway even in strong cross winds. This symptom firstly leads one to suspect soft shock absorbers, or the anti sway bars have been disconnected. Loud thumping tyre noises may be due to pressure too high, or worn suspension components. Tyre noises vary from brand to brand, tread pattern and road surface. I recommend at thorough inspection at a SPECIALISED steering and suspension workshop who will find the cause. It should not be too expensive.
regards
Wombat

Fred
Fred

Dedicated off-road tyres can get a heel and toe wear in the tread, when used on bitumen roads, which makes them awfully noisy; might be worth checking as well.
Fred.

R1c3y

R1c3yasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Looking to buy 2004 Cherokee 100,000 klms is there anything I should be aware to check apart from the normal list ?

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Wombat
Wombat

the first thing to look for is the owners handbook, looking for owners names and service records and intervals aligning with current odometer readings. If it doesn't exist, don't touch it! If OK here, look for any signs of discoloured lubricants, coolant, axles, transmission and engine leaks, fumes, etc. Make sure every thing works, e.g. door locks, windows, mirrors, lights. radio, CD player, clock, instruments. Observe tyre conditions for irregular wear and when test driving check for biased steering either side indicating alignment problems. Listen for smooth operation of the transmission up and down the gears, and firm positive braking when applied. 100000 kms is a relatively low distance for a vehicle this age. Physical condition of bodywork,, upholstery and carpets, should also be considered. If it passes all the test, should be a great vehicle, mine is!

R1c3y
R1c3y

I am extremely greatfull for the advice I now feel
capable to go out and do a deal there are plenty
to chose from I will buy the best available happy
4SWing .

Rara79
Rara79

Are you still looking for one?? My partner has one for sale in black

bluedog

bluedogasked

Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)

Any consistent issues with the diesel model?

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Luke
Luke

Hi, I think it depends which year model you're talking about - mine is a KL (from 2014 onwards). The diesel versions in the KL use the same transmission as the petrol (9-speed auto). Jeep had some programming issues in this transmission in the early days - mine used to have occasional rough downshifts, but I mentioned this to the dealer at the first service and they re flashed (updated) the transmission software, which addressed that issue.

Silver Fox
Silver Fox

The 4 cylinder 2.8 Diesel motor is a very reliable motor but is heavy on diesel, I average 7 kilometres per litre in town driving and is not much better on the motorway. The motor has to be serviced according to manufacturer specifications and can only run on synthetic oil as will cause serious damage to the motor. The lower turbo hoses are prone to breaking which brings the car to an almost standstill, cam belt, cam belt tensioner, idler pulleys and water pump need to be changed every 100K and is very expensive. I used Repco parts and supplied to the mechanic, total cost was $2.6K. The motor can be tuned to deliver extremely high power and torque, I have had mine tuned and is producing 167kw and close to 700nm of torque, the Jeep KJ is a fantastic tow vehicle and provides a very stable ride under load. They are expensive to run and maintain but it depends what you want it for, the motor is made by Italians and is well renown as a "million mile" motor. The Diesel engine can run a little hot when doing low range driving and this can be managed through driving style. Jeep Agents are pretty hopeless and send my vehicle to a diesel specialist for servicing. Parts are available from the States at a fraction of the price of Australia but you have to shop around for affordable couriers services. There are a lot of accessories for the Jeep KJ and can be turned into serious 4wd machines. The models up to 2007 were still built tough and reliable and like any motor vehicle need TLC. ARB supplies a full range of aftermarket accessories which do the vehicle justice and improve the ride and presentation. Good luck with your hunt and remember to check service records and find out if the cam belt has been changed.
Cheers, Silver Fox

FCV
FCV

Seriously helpful Silver Fox!

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