Jeep Cerokee Puechase

Submitted: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 18:53
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Hi fellow travellers.
I have been looking at a Cherokee late model 2003 To 2005 turbo diesel. They drive and look great, but people I talk to seem to think they are a vehicle to avoid. Does anyone know of problems with these vehicles, maybe expensive and hard to get spare parts? (I live in Perth Western Australia)
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Reply By: Exploder - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:10

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:10
Did they say why to avoid them?

My limited knowledge of jeep’s tells me that in stock form they are fairly reliable it’s when people start to modify them and take short cut’s is when you run into problems That and they ant no Toyota or Nissan meaning you should have it looked after by a Jeep specialist and not the local Workshop round the corner.

Any way that’s my understanding of em, I haven’t seen a Jeep broken down on the side of the road yet that i can remeber.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 20:29

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 20:29
That may be because they don't get outa the work shop.
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Reply By: jon p qld - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:40

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:40
Electrical and diffs are the main problems. The diffs often have problems with whining or binding on turns, especially if they have been worked hard, this can often be fixed if they're not to bad with a friction modifier added to the diff oil. It is quite important that the vehicle has had regular maintanance by a Jeep specialist, as a lot of the fluids etc. need to be genuine. Parts are readily available but are expensive, brake pads and rotors wear very quickly due to the softness of the material. The motors and transmissions are generally reliable if they have been treated and maintained well, most problems will be electrical/electronic related. They are a good vehicle but drive and handle differently to a Japanese vehicle. So if the car suits you go for it. There are several Jeep dealers and specialists in Perth.
Hope this is a help to you, regards Jon
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:20

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:20

I have a 05 Cherokee CRD Limited.

Two problems with that model.

(1) EGR valve ( dud batch from Bosch which are oreplaced immediately under warranty.

(2) Torque converter - one of the internal vanes lets go on the drive shaft and slips causing major 'conniptions' with the computer management systems. 4 of these reported so far in Aust including mine. Once again replaced immediately under warranty.

Design deficiencies.

As with all new 4WD'S they are trying too hard to make them 'soft' to appeal to domestic market.

In JEEP'S case the Cherokee suspension is more suited to on road than off road, however ther are shockspring kits that fix that and give a 2.5ib lift.

Also the oil filter on the diesel is in a precarious position for off roading. Great for servicing. Really requires a bash plate for serious off roading.

Other than that they are fantastic and my ever doom, gllom & despair wife thinks it is the best ever (for her that is)


Ken Robinson
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