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.
We recently had two recalls completed, both were software related, within 24hrs we had a completely drained battery. RACV came out, load tested the battery - advised it was ok and something was running in the background which caused the fault. They did a temp reset to enable us to take the car back to the dealer where we were advised a new battery was required @ $700.00. Has anyone else experienced this after a software update - seems very coincidental to me especially when we have not had one issue with this car.
Purchased in November 2014.
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 Trailhawk (2014-2021)
Lots of problems
Quality is very bad - my car is now on it's 3rd transmission, the air conditioner is unreliable and doesn't blow the temperature it's set to and the USB ports don't function sometimes. The interior is well laid out and the steering controls good. Note that you can only control the heated seats from the console.
Purchased in June 2015.
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Comes in few models
More features in hemi
Nice exterior look
Every thing perfect if u see in other hands
But eat huge amount of fuel because of heavy weight
Electronic problem is normal after few years
American made not rally for Australia because of fuel cost
- Cherokee KK (2008-2013)
I think my jeep Cherokee 2012 consumes a lot of petrol on open road at 500km only ? From a 69 full t
I feel it up with 66- 69L of petrol , then I make 522km only on open road . not happy with that only , All the features are my dream. Comfortable , well holding on the road , an interior to die for nice radio fitted with built in GPS .
- KL Limited (2014-2021)
Had high hopes, only to be disappointed
First issue I had with my Jeep Cherokee MY15, was sunroof rattling. Took it to the dealership and they had a look at it, claiming the rubbers were "dry and dusty" and needed lubrication. Two weeks later the issue came back again, and I had to book another service, and they claimed the same thing. Another month later same issue, this time however it stayed for about week, and they changed the panels, and the sunroof. For eight months I was driving the car noise free.
Nevertheless, I wasn't driving the car within those eight months issues free.... Before December 2015, the car started lunging forward due to transmission issue. "Luckily" I thought, by then I already had my 12K service. They had updated the transmission software and promised the issue was fixed as they have "tested" it. You could imagine, that the issue wasn't fixed, and the car kept lunging. A week later I had to take it back again, and then they told me that they sent the data to FCA and they advised I need a new transmission. This took about two months to arrive. By now, I had already raised a complaint to FCA, but more about this later. A new transmission has been installed, this time they said it was a generation 2 transmission and I shouldn't have any problems with it.
Very comfortable to drive, very safe in accidents, terrible transmissions
I'm in my 2nd KL Longitude (the first was a write off after being hit by a truck & the vehicle absolutely saved my life). I love the comfort (great adjustable seat - the main reason for choosing this as my work vehicle). Plenty of power & handles well. Both vehicles have had the same transmission issues (which I've now found out is more than common). I've had drive shafts replaced on current vehicle under warranty which solved one issue however it still has niggles which at times can be dangerous. I love the vehicle but wouldn't personally buy ...one. I have had one issue with opening the fuel cap flap and an episode where I couldn't get into or start the vehicle due to a tailgate malfunction. Frustrating yes but I've had other new cars with small issues, it happens! If it wasn't for all the transmission issues, it would be a perfect vehicle for me.
Looks great, feels great, shame it's always under repair.
One of the first Trailhawks off the boat in 2014 I loved the car for comfort and driving, just some little Transmission glitches at the start. It took 17 months and 3-4 re-flashes to get the transmission to kick down at the right point.
In the meantime I've had bluetooth issues, oil leak on the left rear axle, broken oil pressure switch, intermittent sensor failures (intermittent), Tailgate lift failure (intermittent), broken cargo blind stopper (design flaw), Flat tyre pressure warnings on cold days. I wouldn't risk buying another Jeep but series 2 will probably be better.
Fuel usage is about 12/100 mixed urban on petrol.
Looks great, but it has some major flaws
I purchased a Jeep Cherokee KL Limited (the new Cherokee, released in late 2014) with a 2.0 Litre Diesel engine and 9-speed gearbox. The car looks great and you will get many comments about that (with the "You bought a Jeep" and "You need a bigger boat" comments as well). The car is feature rich and in the same price league as it's competitors. I wanted a Diesel and I got wone over by a huge media screen with navigation, ventilated leather seats and a proven Diesel engine (Fiat/Alfa/Holden).
The gearbox is not that great, as is has a manufac...turing fault, which is well known. All 9 speed boxes suffer this, regardless of the engine. It is nearly impossible to change gears manually, as the car overrides the gear anyway, the gear changes from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd are very harsh and the box get's noisy after a while. My gearbox was due for replacement. The cabins built quality is not that great and the car has very audible noises. The Navigation system has some glitches and the routes it takes are very weird and longer than necessary. Some other electronic feautres, like the park distance control sometimes have a life on their own. My alternator belt snapped after only 1,500km and the replacement belt (the only in Australia) snapped after only 2,000km after replacing the first belt. This belt was taken out of a stock vehicle.
not that bad...
2006 diesel has let us down with a blown turbo hose...carry a roll of rescue tape....When the bottom turbo hose failed 2 months later, we felt the engine faltering and made for a large town a.s.a.p. as obtaining parts in country areas is slow and expensive. Suggest roadside assist through your insurance if travelling and towing as we do. We dumped the front seats for a pair of Recaro's ...wonderful...Shop around for servicing, tows reasonably well, good fuel economy but thirsty when towing..15l per 1ook with a 12 ft poptop@95kph. Same figures f...or an 18ft van... Kumho all terrain have been my best tyres, squeks and rattles have been removed by a cheap visit to a local panel shop. Ours came with a 2inch lift kit and it needs it if in sand , mud ,or rocky ground.Air con has weakened over the years and cannot find fault neither can local auto elecs so we put up. Wife loves the turning circle. Auto annoyingly sticks in park at times...try rocking the car... 250000k's and we will see more of Oz before we soften and buy a soft new cherooke. turning circle; fuel efficiency; height in rear area...can fit 2 large bikes in with front wheels removed jeep parts are expensive when no alternative; hard seats; a bit plasticy
Surprisingly not good
My KJ jeep worked wel for 50,000 kilometres and then went berserk... Fuel line issues, terrible to start and the Canberra Jeep people were appalling. I spent nearly 8 grand trying to fix it and gave up, bought a hilux and no troubles after 180k. Don't buy a jeep in ACT is my advice.
After 50k no service or support
- Cherokee KJ (2001-2007)
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JEEP - Just Empty Every Pocket...
I have now owned 2 Cherokee's an XJ and a KJ, great cars to drive, but when the start to go wrong... it never ends.
Both vehicles, although well maintained, started to develop electrical problems at the 9 year stage.
In both cases, numerous visits to Jeep servicing centers, several over the years, resulted in often being told "nothing is wrong with this Jeep" or "we can't find the problem"
In the last ten years I have spent nearly $15,000 in repairs, ay present my current Cherokee has an transmission problem, I have replaced the PCM, t...he Valve Body and am currently replacing the transmission so it will be roadworthy enough to trade in.. Would I buy another one.... I would rather walk, you'll probably have to if you own a Jeep anyway.. No wonder the US army doesn't use them anymore..
We really liked our 2005 CRD but the high cost of maintaining it and ongoing issues made us decide to trade it in. While I did not like it, I think the low resale price is justified. I would not buy another Jeep (though it was great to drive).
Driving position and general feel of the car. The CRD diesel is a great towing vehicle for our large camper trailer, except it will overheat under heavy load (i.e. going up hills) even on quite mild days. Relatively Economical to run. Good turning circle and safety features.
Very expensive parts (CRD fuel...
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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