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Opinions on 1996 Jeep Cherokee???


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#1 SubieDaddy80

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:22 PM

Hey everyone, quick questions to the Jeepers here. My sister is looking at a 1996 Jeep Cherokee to buy. Its the regular Cherokee, not the grand. Specs are: 4.0L High Output I-6, Automatic, 2WD, 125,000 miles, runs and drives very good, everything seems tight.
Any issues with reliability on these? Any known quirks they have to watch for? Safe?
I told her I would ask on here to see if its a good buy or something to stay away from. I have no experience in them. Thanks in advance!

Edited by SubieDaddy80, 24 July 2010 - 04:44 PM.


#2 The Dude Abides

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:24 PM

Hgs on the motors but there real easy to replace. The auto trannys kinda suck. If shes lookin jeep she should look manual. I also know they have a pretty good rollover rate when getting radical. But there pretty safe.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

So the auto trannies are weak or they just have no guts to them??

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

Dodge buy habbit makes bad trannys. Most of the dodges i find in the junkyard are there because of the trannys. the 4.0 inline 6 is a great motor but the auto trannys seem to be the weakest link. If you get a 5 speed no worries.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for the info! I am still trying to talk her into a Forrester but she is dead set on a Jeep. Maybe the info about the tranny will help. lol

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 12:36 AM

Yeah - Chrysler hasn't made a good automatic in decades.

Purchasing a 14 y/o Chrysler product is a mistake no matter how you look at it. Might as well just open the wallet and empty the contents into the toilet. :rolleyes:

You can lead a horse to water...... tell her that you don't endorse that choice of autmobile and that if she buys it you will not be there when it breaks. That's how I treat family that disregards my warnings about vehicle choices..... except my Mom - she gets a pass cause of that whole baby carring for 9 months and raising me for 18 years bit :rolleyes:.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:23 AM

I would tend to disagree with you only if you can find a standard transmission. We know the 3.0 chrysler engine was garbage ok. The 3.8s have also had HG problems as well. But i know the inline 6 4.0 and the 3.3 like in my van are very good engines with a long history of reliability. Is it a chevy 350, no but you get my point. When i bought my 05 caravan i was like why am i buying this thing. I know the transmission is garbage. But at that point my wife wanted that one and she wouldnt drive a astro van. Ill pay for it eventually but i guess if your going chrysler stick with a standard transmission.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:39 AM

Well - I stay WAY clear of any Chrysler product unless it's old-school mopar stuff. Chrysler gets a free pass on the garbage they made prior to the early 70's since they just look so damn good and can be fast as hell - I dig the old school Mopar's and if I had the coin I would drop it on the new Challenger. And I would bend over and take it in the pooper every time it broke because that sexy car gives me wood. :grin:

But there's nothing sexy about a Jeep. That's just a wallet humper.

Anything Chrysler builds is automatically suspect simply because of their relationship with Mitsubishi - which actually IS the automotive anti-christ. They made a deal with the evil one and a little more of that evil creeps into their products every year. :lol:

They actually made manual transmission Cherokee's? I figured them for pure soccer mom pavement pounders. Though sadly I see more and more of them lifted since they are so cheap. I can't imagine that's a good idea in the long run. Too many electrical "options" to cause issues when wet :rolleyes:

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:03 AM

They made manual cherokees until the very end and as far as i can remember up until 2001 or so they still had the vacume actuated shift on the fly 4wd. They didnt go full push button until the mid 00s. Or so i remember.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:26 PM

Your too much GD!! :lol:

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:01 PM

Jeep = Cheap Junk

The 4.0 HO I6 is a good engine, but the rest of the car is just about ready to
die after 100k.

And I'm sorry, but why would your sister want a nose heavy RWD vehicle
that is easily rolled, esp in Washington?
Is it just me or is that Heep screaming "I WANNA GET STUCK!"?

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Edited by Twitch de la Brat, 26 July 2010 - 02:42 PM.
Wrong state, Sorry SD80 :P


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:42 PM

Thats exactly what I am trying to tell her Twitch!:grin: Maybe I will have her read this thread!

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:51 PM

Thats exactly what I am trying to tell her Twitch!:grin: Maybe I will have her read this thread!


Just send me her number and I will convince her that Subaru's are a godsend
and anything else is complete garbage :grin:

And yes, yes she should read this thread.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 04:39 PM

SUCCESS!! The thread worked! :banana: She has agreed to go and look at a few Forresters tommorow with me! Who knows, we may have another new USMB member soon! Woo Hoo!

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

SUCCESS!! The thread worked! :banana: She has agreed to go and look at a few Forresters tommorow with me! Who knows, we may have another new USMB member soon! Woo Hoo!


YAY!!!
Good for her, I'm glad she finally saw the light ;) :lol:

Hope to see her around the board :)
Oh oh oh, if she's on a budget you should get her into and EA81 wagon :banana:

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 06:43 PM

Probably not a good idea for me. I would end up buying the car instead of her if we look at EA81's! :lol:

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:26 AM

Is it just me or does the forrester seem top heavy also. Dont know there roll over rate but i would try to convince her to get a legacy.




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