History After Nine Years
Purchased pre owned in 2012. First 6 years basically faultless. then the auto transmission failed in the planetary gear train, In 65 years of driving I had never experienced a total transmission failure before. A rebuilt transmission installed and shortly afterwards the front propeller shaft failed at the transfer case coupling. Coupling replaced, and 8000kms later the front shaft failed again, due to the rubber boot tearing and allowing dirt and water to enter it. Fed up with this I left the front shaft off and now use it as a 2 wheel drive on...ly. No further problems in this area since. Other problems are retractable mirrors, which if knocked break the plastic gears inside. $750 for a new mirror or about $100 for a rebuilt kit to DIY if you are good at brain surgery. Dont be fooled by $130 mirrors on Ebay as these are not motorised. Other problems can be electrical if you live in a high humidity area, with surface corrosion on contacts to lights, fans, etc. but a bit of maintenance can rectify this. Series 1 had better parking brakes with disc drum combination. Series 2 with discs all round had a less effective parking brake due to a smaller diameter. The 5 speed auto transmission on this model was dumped when the KK was released. The XJ had a transmission set up that was bullet proof. I drove one for 19 years. Why did Jeep change it for the KJ? The KJ is good in the engine , suspension, brakes, ride, room, comfort and towing ability areas. A superb car for interstate trips when every thing is working right. Do I still love my Jeep? You bet!
Purchased in September 2012 for $15,400.00.
Worst car I have ever had in my life
Purchased a brand new Jeep Cherokee Limited KL top of the range just over 3 years ago. The vehicle had broken down 5 times and each time required towing. Almost every failure was a major failure... ranging from starter motor failure to transmission failure/replacement. Every break down required the car to be with the dealer for repairs from ~1 week through to 7 weeks (typically due to no available parts). The car has only done 60,000 km at present ... not the quality I expect
On top of this there were numerous quality issues that had to be ad...dressed ...bent drive axle, leaking seals, loose consoles.... some of these issues were identified by an independent mechanic and were not picked up by the authorised Jeep service Dealer Despite my constant written correspondence with FCA requesting them to buyback the vehicle, they still maintain that the company is acting in accordance with Australian Consumer Law. Even now the vehicle has rough gear changes and the transmission feels as though it is going to break down again. Out of all the cars I have owned during the last 30 years this is the worst car I have had in my life
Purchased in August 2018.
Bought my 2015 Cherokee Limited from a dealer in 2018 with only 85,000 kms on the clock.
Yes, I had read that Jeep was unreliable and the vehicle had less than favourable reviews but I thought no way would it happen to me, I pity those unlucky people who got lemons!
I duly had it serviced on time, every time by the dealer in accordance with the mechanical warranty (which is useless, but that's another story.)
For the first year it was great, comfortable to drive and its a beautiful looking car.
After only buying cheap cars before this, I was ...
Long list of expensive issues never again
Bought the car new(2015 kl) and nothing but issues from the start, replaced everything underneath. Including rear diff,ptu, tailshaft twice, rear axle seals a couple of times. Well over $30000 in repairs, sold the vehicle at a massive loss to get it out of my life. Would never ever get a jeep again
Purchased in January 2016 for $52,000.00.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hemi 6.4 Motor
For the past 20 years our family has had the pleasure of owning many Jeeps and Chrysler’s from Cherokee, Grand Cherokee Overland, Wrangler unlimited, 3 x Grand Voyagers and in 2014 the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT which all have been a pleasure to drive and own for our family.
The last few months however have caused me so many issues mentally dealing with the fact that after just 150,000klm and all services being completed at either Jeep Brisbane, Jeep Gold Coast and Canungra Auto Clinic that I am now with a Jeep sitting in my yard with the motor ...removed and it sitting in the back of the car in pieces. It started with a regular service when a warning code light came on which was a Misfire in a cylinder. This then manifested to a complete new engine being required and quoted at $21,000 from Jeep Gold Coast. Jeep Gold Coast had to pull the motor apart costing me $1500 just to tell me it’s no good and make me have it towed back home. After some online research it appears this is a common problem with the Hemi 6.4ltr V8 motor in the US so much that they no longer produce them in the latest Jeeps. Jeep won’t take any responsibility at all and I don’t have the money to put a new engine in so I’m stuck owing money on a car that has no motor. What do I do ? Jeep have washed there hands from it all, nobody wants to talk to me from Jeep.
Purchased in January 2015 for $90,000.00.
Purchased my KL last year interstate was told it had a 5 year warranty with 12 month fixed priced services by the dealership. Recently tried to book a service locally and was told it was out of warranty because FCA had the Cherokee in there system as having a 3 year warranty with 6 month services even though the vehicle had been complianced in May 2017 three months after Jeep Australia had introduced the new 5 year plan. After making a complaint to FCA they refused to reconise the 5 year warranty leaving me up the creek without a paddle basically. Great customer service for some who has purchased 4 Jeeps in 15 years.
Purchased in May 2018 at Northern Motor Group.
- Cherokee KL (2014-2021)
Go to Recalls.gov.au and look up the number of recalls before you consider buying a jeep. Most of t
Had a Jeep and had numerous problems, in the workshop continually and the dealer couldn't even get it started and had the gall to say there was nothing wrong with it!!!! we traded it in at a loss of $18,000 and they would not accept that there was a darn thing wrong with the car....It would not even start in their workshop!
Car was fine until they did an upgrade on the parking computer problem, then downhill from there,
Too many issues!
My vechicle is only 4 years old and has now been under repair for 1/3 of the year and counting. During this time, Jeeps communication has been appalling and I still do not have an answer to why my car is not fixed. I have made a complaint to Jeeps head officer with still no answers. This issue may not be the same for everyone but from what I have experienced I would never has purchased a Jeep if I had known the inconvenience this would of caused me and the lack of customer service I have been receiving from my issue.
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!!!!!!!
Comfortable Drive but a Few Niggles
Our Jeep Cherokee Limited KL with the sunroof is nicely appointed and is a very comfortable drive with great leather seats. The V6 engine is powerful enough and I love the hill assist.....no roll back on steep inclines. The stop-start function can be bothersome in school traffic and I really doubt there is a fuel saving benefit associated with it. You really have to think about the wear and tear on the engine etc when it’s constantly stopping and starting; hence I usually turn it off when driving. It would be better if the stop-start functi...on was off when the car is started and leave it up to the driver to actually turn the stop-start function on if they wanted it on. The heated seats in winter are very welcomed as are the air conditioned seats in summer. The boot space is a good size and I appreciate the full size spare tire in there......I can’t stand space saving tires.....they are not very reassuring if you want to take the car off road or in the countryside where tire dealers are limited. The only bummer with our Jeep is that there have been a few issues with squeaks, rattles and other noises coming from the rear seats and roof, which is quite annoying and is even more frustrating when the service department can’t isolate or fix the issues. And lastly, I still can’t work out what the flappy thing with toggles is that’s hanging off the rear seats in the boot??? It seems pretty useless and gets in the way when I want to load my shopping or the kids’ school bags.
Has some issues
The car is comfortable to drive, however, there were annoying squeaks in the car that should not have been present in a $50k car, I persevered for a very long time before I found a mechanic who knew how to resolve the problem. I also have a non functioning 'stop start', I have taken the car for repair twice being told that the computer takes time (2weeks) to adjust once they 'repaired it' and it would be fine, however, it does not work and I'm sick of trying to get it repaired. The car is still under warranty. The tyres are also now needing rep...lacement, not sure if quality of tyres on the new car were up to scratch. It is a BIG shame because the car is a nice car. June 5th 2018 Update: Look out Jeep owners Whilst I love driving my Jeep......Ouch, look out Jeep buyers my Jeep has a problem with its transmission and gears It started making a fizzing noise. The car is nearly 3 years, old not even out of warranty, thank goodness! Be forewarned and forearmed!! I think the Jeep is a great car but possibly not the best quality workmanship or mechanics.
- KL Limited (2014-2021)
I Bought a Lemon
I bought this top of the range Cherokee and it has been nothing but problems. Continual driveline problems where engine / transmission warning light comes on and car goes into limp mode and becomes dangerous and undriveable. Just happened for the 4th time this week and got towed back to dealership. Not happy.... I bought a lemon. This lemon has been back to dealership for around 25-30 days so far for going into limp mode problems.
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.
20 breakdowns, 4 tows and still faulty
In the 6 years we owned it, it spent over 6 months at the mechanics. Never did solve all the issues, and we are talking about major failures brakes, ABS, Cooling system,and more. Mechanics replaced so many parts and after 3 years the brakes failing to release randomly did get resolved. Sudden full engine management failure causing limp-home-mode was never resolved.
Purchased in June 2011 for $54,500.00.
Jeep Australia what a poor vehicle to put on the market in this country. The dealer network doesn't seem to understand what the vehicle is all about, on 3 separate occasions after 20K 30K and 40 K service the vehicle broke down in the forecourt after picking it. On these occasions I returned the vehicle to the dealer due other issues arises within the week of the regular routine service. The vehicle has now done 105k for the last year dealer on dealer cannot get a EGR valve which is intermittently failing ( limp mode ) nothing in Australia is my constant reponse
I am now in the state of mind to get rid of the lemon.
Questions & Answers
Hi am looking to buy a 2001 Jeep Cherokee KJ
As my first car. I am on a very strict budget and can't afford experience upkeep. I have hirde a Jeep is a experience car to own is it troo
Hi. A 2001 will have drum brakes on rear axle. Being 20 years old could have in vicinity of 200000kms on odometer. Does service book exist and validate this, or is it ridiculously low with suspect entries, same dealer as seller, same coloured ink and signature? Walk away! Limited can be expected to be more expensive than Sport with leather electric seats and a more expensive sound system. Petrol engine only comes with auto transmission, while diesel is manual gearbox only. Petrol variants can be used full time in 4 wheel drive but diesels cannot due to different transfer cases used.
Does it appear as standard or has it been tricked up for extreme off road use with bull bars, winches, non standard wheels and tires, suspension lifts? Walk away!
Is it fitted with a tow bar and electric brake controller? Could have done a lot of heavy trailer towing but they are good at that.
Don't expect good fuel economy with suburban use. Much better in high speed highway use. Before final purchase make sure everything works, right down to every speed on the ventilator fan, as this is one of their weaknesses.
Other potential problems are failure of front propeller shaft, and retraction of electric door mirrors, both very expensive and time consuming to repair.
A well cared for KJ is a great, comfortable, reliable highway cruiser.
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?
May I quote a mechanic, "" .. change motor oils, oil and air filters every 10,000 ks Dusty conditions every 5000ks the same, don't over heat you can get 320,000ks. When finding out about change Gearbox oil for manual ' manual states "life of vehicle" hence Life of vehicle if maintained is as above 320,000ks(200,000 miles). Another point regards Timing Belt in Australia Manual indicates 100,000ks in the US 100,000miles(161,000ks). Reason was I could not find any records regards this service even via the JEEP Service at Hillarys WA, even the book had all other services bar that service . When I got it had 164,000ks, so I was a little concerned and got it done around $1100. Suggest buying any over 160,000 ks seek proof regards the Timing belt if proof can't be produced take $1100 off the price and wheel to your closest Jeep agent or mechanic buddy. IF not all 16 valves will fall into the motor making the value of the vehicle close to $500
what are the biggest problems with a 2007 jeep limited auto cherokee?
Hi Damien. The biggest problem with any KJ Cherokee auto transmission is that It proved to be not as reliable as the Jeep before or after the KJ. It was a 5 speed unit that had 2 second gears( one for standing start and one for changing down).
It was dropped and returned to the bullet proof 4 speed unit for the KK. The front propeller shafts are notorious for premature failure due to the use of CV joints. The rear propeller shafts use conventional old fashioned open universal joints and last forever.
I speak from experience, as I am on my second auto trans, and third front prop shaft. ( that's if I ever decide to refit it)
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