1996 Jeep Cherokee User Reviews

1996 Jeep Cherokee Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 54 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 21 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews

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PJ writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Best vehicle ever made.

Cons

They stopped making them

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There's Only One. — Jeep built the perfect vehicle in the Cherokee. Able to climb mountains, ford rivers & blast through snow banks, yet cruise the highway comfortably and take exit ramps at 60 MPH without fear of tipping over. Lots of creature comforts for the money and decent gas mileage to boot. This vehicle is a real work horse too. But the most impressive thing is that after 225,000 miles, it still starts on the first try. By the way, still has the original clutch too.

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Dave writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr SE Review
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5

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Off-road ability, Power, Solid build

Cons

I don't like the buzzer when you start the car.  That's about it.

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96 Jeep Cherokee Classic 2wd — Lots of power from the 4.0L HO. Brakes are pretty good. Maybe a little touchy. For a tall SUV, it handles nice. Tight turning circle for a truck. Haven't needed any major repairs yet. Doesn't have any obtrusive squeaks or rattles. Gas mileage ain't great, but it's an SUV. Stock AM/FM stereo has a surprising amount of volume and sound quality. l Love driving it.

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Dale writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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4

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Reliable, strong vehicle.

Cons

Floors intensely vulnerable to rust.

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Cherokee: Jeeps Red-headed Stepchild. — Jeep has always made some solid off-road vehicles. Probably some of the best. The Cherokee, while it may not be the most popular, is still one of the better vehicles that Jeep made. The 4.0 HO straight six puts out excellent torque and power and can pull the Cherokee through just about anything. Build quality can be questionable when considering how vulnerable the floors are to rust. Cherokees are notorious for rotted floors and the unibody construction does not help to make this an easy fix. If you pick up a Cherokee with solid floors, however, expect to find that it's one of the most reliable vehicles made. The 4.0 engine will turn 300,000 miles if it's taken care of properly and will outlast the rest of the vehicle. Gas mileage ranges. With 30 inch MTRs and a 5 speed transmission, I manage to get about 23/24 mpg.

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Yodie1996 writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr SE 4WD Review
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5

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Reliable, FUN to drive, rugged, solid, a true work horse.

Cons

idiot light gauges - Installed a water temp gauge, now it's fine.

Yodie1996
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1996 Jeep Cherokee - Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned !!! — Bought this little baby used, never owned a Jeep prior to this one and I can't imagine being without it now. The six cyl. is great, plenty of power. It can tow just about anything. It has a great feel to it, Very safe feeling when riding in the Jeep, There are practically no blind spots, you can see all around easily. Runs nice and cool and does not overheat. The interior is nice and roomy and the controls are easy to access and feel natural. This Jeep will never be for sale, it will stay in our family. If you're considering buying a four wheel drive, there's no need to spend 20 to 30 grand, you can pick up a nice used Cherokee, give it a little love and have a great 4 wheel vehicle that you will have a great time driving. You will love it!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Josh writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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5

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4 WD

Cons

unirail bodies are weak off road

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Jeeeeeeep — Owned it for years love it for everything handling braking acceleration, just watch pulling with it as the older they get the rear unirail frame rails get a little weak

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Nick writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country 4WD Review
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engine, acceleration, driving comfort, winter traction, on-demand 4wd feature (allows for
AWD on pavement.)

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fuel tank design, driveline issues, mediocre brakes, small interior

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Good All Around Vehicle — This vehicle was a good, solid truck. not overly roomy inside but comfortable to drive.. almost car-like. fuel mileage was ok for an SUV but if the fuel tank was low the fuel would slosh in the tank so bad that during cornering, the fuel pump would not pick up any fuel, causing engine hesitation. these vehicles are also prone to rust on the body. Only other issue i had with mine was a driveline imbalance that caused shaking at freeway speeds. you could remedy this somewhat by putting it in on-demand 4wd.

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Edgar writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Off Road Ready

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None

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Great For Me — I love the power and the amount of torque that the 4.0 litre straight six puts out. The AX-15 5 speed manual transmission is a great mate, along with the NP-231 transfer case. The Dana 35 rear and Dana 30 front seem to be holding up fine to my style of harsh driving. With 30x9.5 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, this rig is capable of doing everything i need it to do, and more.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jordan writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Amazing.

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Top speed.

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This Car Will Last Forever And Take A Beating. Amazing First Car. — This car is amazing. The only thing, not quite fast enough. get a newer one, but not after 2001. Its style is classic and its built like a rock. Unfortunately its about as fast as one, but it gets the job done.

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gdl writes:
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country 4WD Review
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great suv

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MPG>

gdl
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24th Chrysler Vehicle And 10 Have Been Jeeps!!!!!!!!!!! — 296000 miles same engine 4.0 same transmission auto not rebuilt has some tranny and engine seal leakage but still a solid ride some rust needs painting, AC.out replaced waterpump, cat converter,hoses, starter brakes , still original drums only matiance, items.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sara writes:
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It's a jeep

Cons

It has rust

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Kick Ass — Cool car, it's fun. Big. Cool. Grey. Old. 1996. Breaks suck. Racks. Tires work. Smelly = good. MINE. This car is cool, high up and its easy to drive, and fun to go out with friends in. I love it. Yay!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

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2001 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Agressive And Fun To Drive. By Builderboy80

Love mostly everything about this car except the roominess now that we have a family of 5. Would buy this car again and again. Road noise is an issue once we are on the freeway, but that seems to be... Read More

I Fell In Love With This Car At First Sight! By ilovelax

I love simply everything about this car. I knew it would take me where I needed to go and the viability is beyond great and it's just a perfect and great and fun car for anyone interested in a Jeep! Read More

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2000 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Wish That Jeep Still Made This Model By ambpd

I purchased this vehicle new, never had any problems other than the usual maintence, Love the high feeling on the road without it being over large. Easy parking, Fantastic in the mud,snow, anything..... Read More

Too Bad Jeep Does Not Still Make Them. By Sly_Fox

This is a great car for mixed use, varied climate. We owned it for 8 years and had a ball with it and it always started and always ran well. Trips long and short were always enjoyable and its load c... Read More

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1999 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

Well Taken Care Of And Excellent Running. By Craig

Great reliable, do it all jeep. Efficient and smooth running. Very inexpensive to up keep. Just a solid overall vehicle. From the smooth shifting to the engine power. 4.0 jeeps are one of the all time... Read More

I Refuse To Get Rid Of It, Currently At 228,000miles By erin9821

I love my car, it is very reliable. Keep up with maintenance and don't drive like a jerk and it will treat you good. Some parts start to get tired once you get to the higher miles so expect to replace... Read More

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