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Jeep Cherokee, SUV
May 05, 2004 (2:05 pm)
We purchased our first Jeep Cherokee in August of 2003 for my son's first vehicle. He wanted a Wrangler(still does)but we found a green 1996 Cherokee with a 5 speed standard and ABS for $1500.00. Our mechanic recommended it as he knew the owner and had done the servicing since it was new. The body, with a wash and wax was in excellent condition. He installed front wheel bearings and gave the vehicle a going over including an inspection before we brought it home . What a great first car! Since then we've added 10,000 miles, new tires for winter and a muffler. My son had a minor mishap and took off the side mirror and rear window sliding down a hill backwards on ice and then just recently hit a deer doing 50 mph. The insurance gave us $2,100 of which we spent$600 to replace the grill, lights, and take care of the other minor damage. Now we have a free Jeep with a couple minor dents. Can you beat that?
Recently my wife and I set out looking for a new vehicle to replace our '94 Blazer and considered both a Wrangler and a Liberty. The Wrangler was out as a family vehicle, at least for now. It's more for fun. But the Liberty caught our eye. After doing extensive research and shopping I decided we'd have to order one to get it the way we wanted it. If I'm going to buy a new car I want it the way I want it. My son and I both test drove a Liberty with a V-6 and a std. tranny and though the ride was fun, we both got out of it saying to each other it wasn't what we expected. You're supposed to get excited and want one. He was more excited about his $1500.00 Cherokee. So I started looking and searching the web for a Cherokee. There are no new ones available and it's a shame. The Liberty is no replacement. It doesn't have the space in the rear and I didn't think 16 miles to the gallon sounded like what I wanted from a new $21,000 auto. The Cherokee was the answer. A good practical SUV without all the BS. I found a beauty. Slate Blue, Aluminum Wheels, Auto (I'd rather'd had a standard) 36,000 miles, clean and polished. The dealer was about 1.5 hours away and I decided on a Friday to just go look. I looked, test drove it, bought it and drove it home that day. Now we have two. All the shopping paid off with a good decision.
I had the dealer send me the printout of standard features and options and I'm confused as to what the Up Country package includes. It doesn't list it specifically but has the following as options: a 3.55 axle ratio, L&R front and L&R rear spring (upgrade I assume), two customer preferred packages 2TJ and 26J and TZAP Goodyear Brand tires. I know these options come a la-cart, but does anyone know the specifics on this?
It rides good but it's stiff. I paid a little more than I had planned $14,500, but if this has everything on the list he provided, it explains it - along with 1 owner and a 3 month bumper to bumper warantee. The vehicle had been serviced and gone over, including new brakes and nice tires. I'm happy the shopping is over and that the dealer was so accommodating. I just hope it makes the 245,000 miles our '96 has got.
Next is the Wrangler. We're already looking and with 3 Jeeps I'm sure there'll be nothing but a big fight over who who gets to drive the Wrangler. Good luck out there. This is a great site and I'll be sure to visit it often.
#1317 of 2589 Re: Two Cherokees [tolincjrs #1316]
May 06, 2004 (3:11 am)
What year? I have a build spec sheet from when I bought mine that has the description of the codes. If yours is an '01 (and the codes might be similar for previous years, I dunno) I'll try to find it.
#1318 of 2589 Re: Two Cherokees [sebring95 #1317]
May 06, 2004 (8:23 am)
That'd be great if you have it available. The one I bought I'm in question about is a 2001 Cherokee Sport. I have the codes for the springs and such and have read about the up country pkg. The left front spring for example reads ZFKP The list I have kind of tells you, but it doesn't unless you can figure out what it all means. Thanks!
#1319 of 2589 tune up and more
May 06, 2004 (1:07 pm)
You're right the mark up is the parts. I had that shop change out the serpentine belt, they said they saw a crack. Total cost $98, the belt was $53 (Goodyear).
I did changed out the spark plugs/wires, cap and rotor myself and worked on one wire at a time. From here on out, I'm changing my own plugs/wire and cap/rotor. Yes, they wanted $275 for the work.
Agree with tolincjrs. The Liberty is no replacement for the jeep, I rented one for a week.
#1320 of 2589 Over heating issue
May 06, 2004 (1:19 pm)
Another question. The past 2 weeks my temp gauge has gone a tad beyond 210, I open up the heat vend and the temp drops down. The only time the temp has gone up was on the freeway either moving slow on a hot day or accelerating to pass or going up a slight incline. Never had this problem before.
I will try and change the thermostat this weekend, if thats not the problem the next thought was to flush the radiator, but figure it might not be the problem because last Dec. I had the changed the water pump upper/lower radiator hoses due to a slow leak.
Any thoughts on determining the possible causes for the temp to rise? Thanks.
May 07, 2004 (8:20 am)
Yeah, anything you can do or learn to do will save you some major bucks. I bought the Goodyear Gatorback serp. belt at Autozone for around $30 and put it on our 2000 Sport in 10 minutes or less, wasn't to worn, but had over 80,000 miles on it so better safe than sorry. My wife got me the Jeep/Chrysler ASE service manual for the 2000 Cherokees, it has more information than I would ever need, but its nice to have. I have a Haynes repair manual (much cheaper) for my 1991 Dakota truck, it helps explain things as well, good investment if you don't have one already.
#1322 of 2589 Jeep 2000 weird noises Help!
May 19, 2004 (5:38 pm)
I have a 2000 cherokee sport with 77,800 miles
Recently had some weird noises start, First one is a loud screeching sound that comes and goes when driving, and for some strage reason it stops when I slow down, It is not my brakes I checked them, maybe a wheel bearing?
The other is a constant low rumbling coming from the engine compartment,this noise is their all the time, seems to be on the passenger side. Anyone have any ideas what these could be ?
#1323 of 2589 screech and rumble
May 20, 2004 (8:28 am)
Screeching could come from the serp. belt, how does it look? Loose or glazed? Rumble, early on had to have some sort of bushing in the transfer case replaced that caused a rumble. Was under warranty so I don't have any idea which one or where it is.
#1324 of 2589 Screech on 2000 jeep
May 22, 2004 (2:01 pm)
I did replace my serp belt about a month ago, goodyear gatorback, but the screech seemd to develop two weeks later.I did tighten the belt up the other day but it did not help screech came and lasted 20 seconds then stopped. Can it be an idler pulley?
#1325 of 2589 largest tires for cherokee classic
Jul 01, 2004 (12:44 pm)
does anyone know the widest tires i can put on my cherokee classic without lift kit. im thinking about 235s