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Jeep Cherokee, SUV
Apr 15, 2003 (5:51 am)
That price seems OK to me, perhaps a little high depending on what options are included and the condition of the vehicle. Be sure to check out Edmunds True Market Value calculator.
If all you are concerned about is mechanical reliability, 75k miles is not a problem. If you want all the gadgets to keep working, you will probably have to invest some money from time to time. I recently got rid of my 98 Classic because I wanted a sports car (miata), and I was averaging about $200 per month on unscheduled repairs to keep the heavily optioned vehicle 100% operational. I probably could have let most of the problems slide without effecting how the vehicle ran, but I liked my power windows, fog lights, infinity stereo, air conditioning, etc. to work as well. Good Luck.
Apr 17, 2003 (11:51 pm)
75k isn't anything to worry about with the motor. The 4.0 is a strong motor that will last well into the 200's with regular maintenance. The auto tranny is also a good unit that will go the distance.
The Chrysler electrics and accessories are less reliable, so the more options on the vehicle, the more likely the nice things (pwr windows, seats, etc) will go bad on you.
#1134 of 2589 Replacement with a 2003
Apr 22, 2003 (5:17 am)
If your Cherokee was stolen (mine was not - just asking) and the fairy-princess handed you $30,000 to replace it, and you HAD to buy a new vehicle and it could NOT be a used Cherokee, what would you buy? I have a garage limitation in that the height at the opening is a mere 68 inches, so the only similiar vehicle I could buy (and I also like it) would be a Subaru Forester Limited, at 64 inches in height, same as our Cherokees. But, THAT is my problem not yours. What would YOU buy to replace the dear Cherokee?
#1135 of 2589 Cherokee Replacement
Apr 23, 2003 (9:20 am)
Well, I bought a 2003 Mazda Miata to replace my Cherokee, but I doubt that is the sort of answer you were looking for.
I think a good option is the Mazda Tribute. Since Mazda re-engineered Ford's crappy transmission, I understand that these are quite nice. I drove one when I was looking at Miatas, and its ride was similar to the Cherokee while being a little more controlled. Handling was typical of a minivan.
Another option is the Saturn Vue. I know several people who have purchased one, they all love theirs. As a bonus, it will fit in your garage. The downside is some consider it a "chick car."
Both of these are pretty lightweight compared to the Cherokee for off-road duty, but they are built in the US of mostly US/Canadian content, so that is a plus for you compared to the Forester. I really like the Forester as well. I drove one while shopping for my wife (we got her a Mazda Protege5).
I know you are "just asking," but why do you ask?
Apr 23, 2003 (9:46 am)
I bought a VW Jetta TDI last year not so much to replace my Cherokee but to supplement when I didn't need hauling or 4X4 capabilities. I'm planning to sell the Cherokee soon. I'm looking for a 4cyl Tacoma 4X4, something that'll get better mpg and be cheaper overall to keep sitting around.
But to answer your question directly, I'd buy a Double cab Tacoma 4X4 TRD with a Supercharged V6 and throw a topper on the back to use for hauling cargo. IMHO the Tacoma is the next best off-roader that's not a Jeep. I had a '95 Tacoma before my Cherokee and it went pretty darned good. Averaged 24mpg too which is much better than the 17-18mpg the Cherokee gets. It's rather thirsty for all the bigger it is. We have a V8 Tahoe that gets 20mpg on the highway and generally averages around 17-18mpg. 50mpg Jetta sorta makes them both seem like pigs but that's another story.
#1137 of 2589 I know you are "just asking," but why do you ask?
Apr 23, 2003 (2:02 pm)
Marketing has always fascinated me. Corporations spend billions for what I think are called "Path Surveys" meaning this. 40,000 persons bought a Spitzmobile in 1999, of the 40,000 21,000 have replaced it, of which 13,300 bought a Mercon 500. So then they target the remainig 19,000 who still have their Spitzmonile with hoards of Mercon literature! They never try to expalin away the finding, they just use them in marketing.
After looking at all of the available Cherokee type choices, I concluded the the closest in weight, size, price, options, engine and overall looks was the Forester Limited. I just wondered if any current XJ owners felt any warmth to it, or if we were off in another direction for next time, when ever that might be.
A Mazda Protege5 and a Maita and a Toyota Tacoma 4X4 (Supoercharged,yet) certainly indicate off in another direction!
#1138 of 2589 Cherokee replacement
Apr 25, 2003 (12:44 am)
If I was handed that cash, I'd buy an 03 Rubicon (tho I've heard they stopped taking orders for them). Rumor has it that in 05 or 06 the Wrangler goes IFS and unibody (think 2 door Liberty). If DC execs thought XJ fans complained after production was stopped, just wait for the anger to flow when Jeep no longer produces a solid axle, short wheelbase, body on frame 4x4.
If I'm not allowed to get another XJ, I'll get the newest Rubicon I can find and drink a toast to the passing of Jeep.
#1139 of 2589 Mercedes + Chrysler = ERROR
Apr 25, 2003 (3:48 am)
Oh 'ya, I agree! Mercedes has no a clue what to do with Chrysler. Chrysler had a whole line-up of youth orientated new product for Plymouth. PLYMOUTH?? Mercedes had no idea how to market a lower priced car, so they killed it! It was too late to kill the lead-off car, the "Plymouth Touring Cruiser" so they renamed it "PT Cruiser" and gave this unlikely Chrysler TO Chrylser.
Then turned their attention to Jeep, never once understanding the Jeep owner base. You WILL see the Wrangler go the way of the XJ Cherokee and you'll also see it get "cute" in the same vein as the Neon and the Liberty. Chrysler had thoughts of bringing back the Imperial and putting it in the $45 to $48 thousand market, just a notch under Cadillac and directly at Lincoln Town Car. Mercedes killed that. THAT'S Mercedes price territory (C to lower E Class), we can't have that! Dead.
Next to go? Dodge CARS. Dodge will be soley Trucks & Vans (Minivans, too).
It's Sad. 2003 to early 2004 I read will be the end of the Wrangler, as we now know it.
#1140 of 2589 boggse and sebring95 - selling??
Apr 26, 2003 (5:29 am)
Please say it ain't so - you guys are selling your Cherokees? And after all the words of encouragement you have given me during my troubled times with my 01 Sport!
I'm just about to replace my stereo with an aftermarket unit because it seems the "bugs" are finally gone.
I am going to miss your advice as my Cherokee outlives it's warranty.
Apr 26, 2003 (7:46 am)
Go back to message 1134 and re-read the very first sentence, and pay attention to the very first WORD (IF) in that sentence. You can relax. Then read the final sentence of 1134. r e l a x