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Have had the Jeep for 5 years have done over 50 K in that time including some very long trips towing Yea sure it is heavy on fuel but that's a Jeep for you if want something that is cheap to run buy a push bike ,but you won't get the smiles if you drove a jeep
Purchased in May 2017 for $17,000.00.
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.
Get a 2 inch lift and can't go wrong
Unstoppable in the sand on Moreton and Fraser Islands with a 2 inch lift and AT. Great style and motor is a V6 with plenty of Power. I use it as a daily commuter. After 10 years I've changed general stuff like radiator, Starter motor. I've owned bigger 4wds like T. Landcruiser, and N. Patrol but like this beast better. Goes like the V8 box Range Rover in the 80s without the electrical Probs. Very underrated vehicle.
Purchased in March 2012 at Jeep Dealers for $20,000.00.
Packs a punch
I do 650k a week commuting to work Monday to Friday
Comfortable drive with great features, only issue I've had is slight build up if Brake dust on the callipers.
3 Years complimentary servicing which was hand due to the amount of kilometres I do.
Certainly got me hooked on JEEP
Purchased in January 2017 at Jeep Dealers for $38,000.00.
I Try to be supportive of Jeep But their Customer service is ridiculous
Had a 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk that was the best and most reliable car I ever had until it suffered a PCU failure in the 4WD differential assembly at 85,000km and 4 years (out of warranty)! Worked out a deal with Jeep and the dealer to buy a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk (Five year warranty) with appropriate discounts and trade in allowances. It was a good deal and my Firecracker Red Trailhawk was delivered in Early April 2019. Absolutely great car and the paintwork and fit and finish is definitely superior to the 2014 model. Only issue was that the u...-connect system was missing the sat-nav. Whatever the fix is and you would think it's a simple fix, Jeep Australia seem unable to communicate with myself or the dealer on what the fix is. Like, it's unbelievable, Jeep has such a great product a great dealer network (excellent) but the Staff at Jeep Australia seem to be unable to communicate with their valued customers on solution based outcomes. It's unbelievable. I have been waiting over 3 weeks now for an outcome, with no communication. It's a minor issue but jeeze I paid for Sat-Nav. I don't have it. Jeep Australia you ruin the whole Customer Experience. with abysmal communication. Further to the above, Jeep Aust, after 4 weeks agreed that the u-connect system needs to be replaced. A new U-Connect system has been ordered from the US, but as at today, closing in on 3 Months of ownership I still don't have a U-Connect System with Sat Nav. I will say for anyone with a 2014 - 18 Cherokee Trailhawk, upgrade to the 2019 model, it's much improved and fantastic off road.
Purchased in April 2019 for $50,000.00.
Had cherokee sport for 3 1/2 year. Trans was replaced under warranty. No other issues. Fine road car, good economy ave. 7.6 lts per 100. Well inder that on country touring.no squeaks or rattles. Been on Flinders ranges tracks with no problems, in dry weather. I would buy another but might go for the trailhawk.
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.
- Cherokee KK (2008-2013)
The last proper Cherokee
Good, commanding driving position. The 3.7L V6 doesn't like being hurried but produces reassuring torque (if thirstily). The Limited trim level is plush. Heated seats are very effective, the AC is positively arctic and the stereo is excellent. Cargo space is ok, better with passenger seats down - they lie almost flat. Up front, legroom is a little cramped due to a fairly intrusive drivetrain tunnel and no rest pedal for the driver. The ride is truck-like, but that is expected from a body-on-frame 4x4. We like it. Would buy again.
Love my Jeep!
Had my Jeep for a few months now and it's going strong. Previous owner looked after it well and I plan on doing the same. Had a few adventures in it already and we're definitely learning to trust each other :-)
Looks wise - it's a brick! A tough looking 4x4 and though it may not appeal to all, it certainly hits the spot for many. It does look even better coated in a nice thick layer of mud too ;-)
Those complaining about fuel consumption from the 3.7L (and those comparing it to much smaller and lighter cars) - did you expect better? The d...iesel is definitely the way to go if you can get your hands on one with the tried and true Mercedes t/diesel and 5spd. The 3.7 V6 has been used in a few trucks/4x4s (Dodge Ram, Dodge Nitro, Dodge Dakota, several Jeeps and even a Mitsubishi!) and has proven to be a tough unit - albeit a petrol guzzler. Off road this thing is effortless and the torque down low coupled with the Selec-Trac 4x4 system makes it almost too easy. On road it actually handles better than other 4x4s I've driven, however on wet roads if you have a heavy foot you may want to engage 4x4! Very roomy, and at 6'4" I have no complaints there.
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.
Great car but needs some tweaking
I bought my Jeep in September 2014. It is the Limited Edition fully loaded with all the goodies. I had a Ford Territory before that which I loved. The new design of the Jeep Cherokee is what really caught my eye and once I sat in one and drove it I was sold! I am super happy with the car except it is quite thirsty (but now comes in Diesel). My Territory was quite thirsty and I was told I would get all this great mileage etc. from the Jeep sales guy. This wasn't the case. Also the twice yearly servicing is disappointing and a rort in my opinion....You get 6 years extended warranty but you have to still have it serviced twice a year for 3 extra years which is just another ploy to get your money. I used to have my Territory service once a year at Ford for around $230. So twice a year at $300-$400 a go is just ridiculous. I've driven 26,000km in 2.5 years so the hefty servicing is just not justifiable. Anyhow that's JEEP but I believe they are now offering better deals on servicing of new cars. About time they got with the programme. To late for me though. I've also had 3 recall notices on it which is a pain having to take it in to get work done and my boot kept refusing to open which Jeep looked and said they fixed but the next day it go stuck again. I can live with that. It only happens occasionally and usually when its pouring rain and I have hands full with groceries! Lol. Some slight adjustment of the air vents for the driver would be better as I find the steering wheel blocks the air onto your face and when its 40 degrees in summer you need AIR! I also find the aircon not that powerful or cold. But whatever. Now I'm just nit picking. Its a fab car and very nifty. The power drops on occasion when I put my foot down and there is nothing there - a bit scary when you are trying to zoom across oncoming traffic, but I am taking it into Jeep for another service soon so will see if they can run an update to fix that. All in all an awesome car and lots of fun to drive. The stereo system is awesome and the main navigation screen is big, bright and easy to use. The map function is not great. It always sends me on convoluted routes and I have no idea how to update the maps as the current version is old and often can't locate new building developments. The system is also geared to Android software (Samsung) and not Apple. I've used both phones in this car and Samsung is a much better experience. It will read your texts out loud and keep a log in the car of your texts so you can go back and read them. It won't do that with Apple. I have the charging plate as well and it won't work on Apple devices which is slightly annoying! Anyhow all in all a fun and zippy car with lots to keep you interested. I would highly recommend buying one. You wont regret it.
My first Jeep after a life long wait!
Have nothing to complain for its performance and design. I love everything about this car as for it was my first Jeep and my dream car. One small issue would be improvement of boot space but we can put up with it for now. Another big issue would be "service". I had my first service a few weeks after I picked up my car from dealership and everything went horribly wrong. My car had a big deep scratch under the armrest on the driver side as well as oily mark on the interior of the door. Shortly after I then discovered that my parking sensor ...was not there anymore. Calling dealership to have these sorted out has been a nightmare!! Now is 18/03/2017 and I have just been scheduled to go in for parking sensor fixing. My door trimming part that was ordered ages ago still on its way from USA. I had to physically visited the dealership to have all these finalised. Big room for improvement on this part Jeep!!
- KL Limited (2014-2021)
Most comfortable car I have driven
Update on the Jeep, Still going strong, Even been towing a caravan with it now, I had to ask what the GCM for towing was from FCA. GVM 4628kg. GVM 4495kg Average 12L per hundred K's 2300t Caravan. My next car will be a new Jeep. Bought the Cherokee in August 2016 after test driving other cars in the same class, I even hired cars so I could test and compare a car over a few days of driving, When I first took the Jeep out I knew straight away this felt more comfortable and quiet, More refined and classy. So bought one, A limited 2L Deis...al. I am yet to achieve the 5.8 L/100 on the open road I'm getting 6.2 to 6.6. This I expect will improve as the motor wears in and frees up. I am achieving nearly 1000klm on the HWY and around 700 in the City, 60L tank. None of the other cars in class can tow to 2500kg with a ball weight of 280kg which I need to tow a tandem trailer. I read many things about the problems Jeep owners have experienced eg: Gear box 9 speed auto, I had the slow to change 1st and 2nd gear with a little clunk, My car had yet had the latest firmware update on the gear box now the Auto is perfect, Smooth and quiet and gives plenty of power when you need it, Very happy! My wife owns a Mazda 3 with auto stop/start, When you turn the steering wheel the engine starts as well as lifting your foot of the brake and won't start to work untill the engine is warm. On the Jeep the stop/start operates when cold, And the engine starts by lifting your foot only which can be annoying if your on a slight hill and want the engine to start, Mazda 3 I would turn the wheel a bit to start the motor keeping my foot on the brake. It's just a different setup. The guy on caradvise.com said he didn't like that there was no foot rest, Well I like that there isn't one because I can stretch my left leg out without some lump being on the foor getting in the way. I love the infotainment 8" screen, Interior is wonderful and comfy. The rear space my be small to some but unlike other cars the rear seats can be moved forward, Very handy. Services are now caped for 5 years as with warranty. My wife and I love the Jeep.
Very good but room for improvement as with all machines, especially the Service Centre, customers kn
Excellent around town & country roads with outstanding ride, handling & comfort, so quiet as it has laminated side windows at the front too. Better & very easy to use features & available affordable options than the competition have with a best in class braked towing capacity (2397kg, that's the bar but it is actually 2500kg for the vehicle) of the turbo diesel they cant even dream of. Mine has all the options including the Luxury Pack (no sunroof) with active ventilated leather seats, try getting that in a MX5 or a Rav 4, & the most comfortabl...e seats ever! The safety is the best in class, second to none with brakes that will pop your eyes out. But I had the ZF transmission issues (just the cable crimps) which are not caused by Jeep but yes they still should be better at the Service & Customer service which is where my problems lie as with many others brands, not just Jeep. I had much worse at Volkswagen. I also has an exhaust leak for 20 months with this KL that my service centre did not listen to me about & it took my sales person to smell it & get him to prove it to get it fixed which also put the fuel economy back to 6.7kml not the 8.9kml average it was getting, no compensation though, this is my point. Now they are much better as the Service Advisor is no longer there, see a staffing not vehicle issue to a degree. If you actually do some research you will find even the premium brands have recent major recalls for some things like cars possibly bursting into flames, Porsche, Ferrari, this was on Top Gear, Range Rover, (same ZF transmission issues) even Commodores a while ago, whoosh & its gone, I am led to believe on vehicle problem & recall websites didn't they? Toyotas were killing people with Prius's weren't they as did Tesla autonomously just last year, this is a well known fact? How many recalls for faulty airbags did Toyota & other manufacturers have, 100000's, good job you were not in a crash. Machines will be machines & even the so called best have problems (Mercedes worst customer survey poll reviews in the USA too) but the difference is either the manufacturer or the owners themselves usually wont tell us about them to save face & pride but the fact is they can all be as bad as each other (a bit like politicians) so stop rubbishing one brand, just accept the fact how privileged we are to even be able to own any of these amazing cars, especially a new one. Many in this greed driven world may never have the protection of one let alone all the luxury & comfort a modern car offers, warts an all! Although whether I'd buy another Jeep we will have to wait & see, yes room for improvement but otherwise it is a very good & a better all round vehicle & option to the competition in my opinion especially if you want to tow an actual caravan, actually as it is a 4x4 with low ratio gear box, something a magazine review wont tell you too as most of the time the bias is towards outright speed & handling not an overall package, not all SUV's are 4x4. Why don't they compare a MX5 & RAV4 to a GT Forrester for example, all are SUV's as we know which one they would pick to win this comparison but its not apples to apples is it. The KL CHEROKEE is different to them too & better for it & not to say there is anything wrong with them, great cars but built with a different design purpose & will fall, probably apart if used off road unlike a Jeep & certainly wont get you as many places either with a 2+ tonne off road van loaded up with extra goodies behind to enjoy at your away from all the whiners destination! We need to be patient, just like we should drive at all times & be with all other road users, with FCA & Jeep please & believe it as they are trying at least to fix it as seen by the latest There and Back campaign. Since 1941 remember!
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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|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.5 L/100km||9.8 L/100km||9.8 L/100km||10.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||60 L||60 L||60 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.4L||6 Cylinder 3.2L||6 Cylinder 3.2L||6 Cylinder 3.2L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 6400rpm||200kW @ 6500rpm||200kW @ 6500rpm||200kW @ 6500rpm|
|Max Torque||229Nm @ 3900rpm||315Nm @ 4300rpm||315Nm @ 4300rpm||315Nm @ 4300rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||USA||USA||USA||USA|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg||2,200 kg||2,200 kg||2,200 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm||185 mm||185 mm||221 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2014||Jan 2014||Jan 2014||Jan 2014|
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