1997 Jeep Cherokee User Reviews

1997 Jeep Cherokee Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 33 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"rough ride" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews

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KMXStick writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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This reliable old vehicle is everything the typical boxy jeep cherokee is supposed to be - it's reliable, adaptable, stronger than you'd expect, and the gas mileage is less than ideal. For a 17 year old car it's in great shape with low miles. Having the capacity for 4wd makes this car incredibly useful for camping, off roading, etc..

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Low gas mileage compared to more recent vehicles, needs a paint job, and the rear of the headliner is starting to fall.

KMXStick
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Utilitarian — Aside from the sentimental value attached to this Jeep (it was inherited from a dear friend), this Jeep has always been trustworthy and useful. No major engine problems, no surprises with the regular maintenance, and frequent usefulness all make this a great vehicle. It's the kind of vehicle that inspires ideas to go off road and take it out to actually use.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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dantheman60 writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country Review
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4

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will go most anywhere in any road condition

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not very fuel eff.

dantheman60
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One Of The Best Fowl Weather Beasts Out There — even though this old jeep only gets 15 mph in the city it will go when nothing else will it drives great and runs good for 200+ miles. 4 wheel drive is easy to operate and I feel comfortable when the wife and kids need to go in bad weather.the truck accelerates well and drives quite well. I bought this old jeep wrecked last summer for 500 dollars and spent about that much more to fix her up and after this winter have decided it was money well spent .its a keeper!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Steven writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Powerful

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Nothing

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Nice All Around — Amazing car drives good, beautiful paint and exterior shape, great acceleration and handling, interior is nicely redone for the 97 XJ's, Good gas mileage for the straight inline six, the cherokee is amazing to drives and is well worth its value

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

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adventures writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Handles great. reliable, love this jeep

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Nothing to dislike here!

adventures
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Jeep Cherokee With Lift — I have nothing bad to say about this jeep She is so reliable and so strong Gets me home in the snow! Has power door locks and windows, love the keyless entry Lots of space in the back. Looks sexy as hell with a brush gard and lift BFG's hold up extremely well.

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Rebecca writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 2 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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Made In America

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They Dont Make Them Anymore

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Xj — Really Can Not Even Express My Love For Jeeps and Off Roading. I've had a few Wranglers, A Grand Cherokee and a Cherokee, but this one.. my toy.. is Definitely my Favorite. Had to get the 5spd, I-6. It has a 3" Susp Lift wth 31" Mickey Thompson MTZ's. Motor is strong, it runs incredible on and off road. I can't believe the Liberty replaced it, and now they don't even offer this great old I-6 AMC motor anymore :(

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Alex writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr SE 4WD Review
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It has plenty of room for people and cargo. Plus it goes almost anywhere!

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Rear springs were sagging.

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Amazing Value For The Money! — Best vehicle I've owned yet. It could go almost anywhere. I never did manage to get it stuck. Throw on some mud terrain tires and these things are awesome in the snow. The manual 6cyl is very quick. They are very roomy inside and the rear seat folds down for more room. Only problem I had was that the spare was inside the vehicle and was a donut. I ended up taking it out all together for more room.

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

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Justin writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Sport 4WD Review
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I love the 4x4 the most, its great going offraod.

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theres nothing to hate about it.

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Its An Awsome Jeep — This is a really nice Jeep, its great for going mudding, offroading, and driving in the snow. It also is really good on gas, i put about 40 dollars in the tank at 3.36 a gallon and it fills it to almost full.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joseph writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country 4WD Review
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roomy, quick, great on the trails

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cooling system is funny

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Great Family Vehicle For Those Who Like To Get Out Doors — We loved our jeep. It got great mileage it looked great and handled the trails we drove it on just fine. The only thing we didnt like was the crazy kinks in the cooling system which lead to its demise.

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

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Wally writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country Review
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It's a Jeep

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It's not a Porsche

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A Man's Car. — I mean seriously? Review an SUV Icon? Why? It's exactly what you'd expect. it's a truck, you can beat the crap out of it, it doesn't break, and if it does, it's cheap as hell to fix! This is my 2nd, and I'll always have one around, even if it's not my main car. It's roomy, hauls all my gear, is relatively comfortable, and is a monster off-road, even in stock form. If you've never driven one, you should, and you can pick them up cheap nowadays.

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

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Marco writes:
1997 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country 4WD Review
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Bumps and hole can kiss my ass

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Gas every third day ...

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Street Tank — It's a though guy heavy but fun its braking its pretty decent considering that its a big jeep handling might be hard some times but when you get to dirtroads its soo good and fun to drive, this is a tank really it has more that 13 years and works like a swiss watch its pretty bad on gas and maintenance every 10000 miles

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

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