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1999 Jeep Cherokee Consumer Reviews

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Best vehicle I have owned

by from Richmond, VA on July 22, 2011

My wife brought the 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport to the relationship. We used it for several years without ever giving us a problem. When it was no longer needed for daily duty I put larger tires on it an...
My wife brought the 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport to the relationship. We used it for several years without ever giving us a problem. When it was no longer needed for daily duty I put larger tires on it and started using it off road for fun on the weekends. It was great on the beach and the most capable stock vehicle I have ever wheeled off road in the mountains. It could be counted on to tackle some rediculous trails and get me home after. The biggest automotive regret I have in my life is getting rid of it. I traded it for a 2005 Grand Cherokee Limited. Most people would find that a much better ride but I never trusted it off road (everything is electronic, not mechanical like in my 99) and it drank gas like nothing else I have ever had. I miss my 99 Cherokee Sport.
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I want my Jeep back :(

by from cold Tundra of Wisconsin on December 22, 2010

I recently totalled my 99 Jeep Cherokee in a head-on collision. Prior to that, it was the greatest vehicle I have ever owned. I never worried whether it would start, never worried whether it would get...
I recently totalled my 99 Jeep Cherokee in a head-on collision. Prior to that, it was the greatest vehicle I have ever owned. I never worried whether it would start, never worried whether it would get my family & me from point A to point B, never worried about a thing! It was so low-maintence....The last hurrah of this awesome vehicle was to save my family's life recently. It it weren't for its sturdy steel frame, I'm certain we wouldn't have walked away from the crash the way we did. If you are fortunate enough to find a 99 Cherokee for sale-snag it up. If you own one now, don't ever let it go...you will not find a safer, more reliable vehicle. I wish they still made these!
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Wish they still made these... or something similar

by from Arlington, VA on December 29, 2011

Bought my 99 XJ in 2005 on ebay - took a chance because I was looking for a green 5-speed manual. Never regretted it one bit. I had always had my eye on these for their design, rather compact size, an...
Bought my 99 XJ in 2005 on ebay - took a chance because I was looking for a green 5-speed manual. Never regretted it one bit. I had always had my eye on these for their design, rather compact size, and ruggedness and this hasn't disappointed one bit. If you take care of it you will be rewarded!! It shares a ton of components with the Wrangler but without the soft top and WITH a ton of extra storage for gear, etc. Back seat isn't very comfortable for actual adult human beings, but it folds down completely flat and can haul a TON of stuff back there (or a very happy dog with his head out the window :)). Four wheel drive has been amazing - has yet to let me down in the snow or on the beach. Gas mileage isn't terrible for a rugged suv - I just filled up yesterday and got 17.3mpg in my most recent tank with about 40/60 highway/city driving. Two main issues in its 12 year existence: AC Compressor went in 2008. Acquired the dreaded "Death Wobble" which has been known to plague jeeps, but replaced upper control arms and got new tires and it was gone. Beyond that, with regular maintenance and care this vehicle will last you a long long time. I'll be sad to see it go when the time comes... the jeep is part of the family now :)
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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Tough, Durable, Dependable

by from Medical Lake, WA on March 28, 2009

After years of owning Volkswagens, I was convinced I'd never find more durable, reliable vehicles. That changed when I gave a guy $7000 for my Cherokee Sport seven years ago. At the time it had 97,000...
After years of owning Volkswagens, I was convinced I'd never find more durable, reliable vehicles. That changed when I gave a guy $7000 for my Cherokee Sport seven years ago. At the time it had 97,000 miles on it. It now has over 170,000....and all I've had to do is change the oil twice a year and buy new tires! There are no leaks anywhere on the engine, transmission, transfer case or axle. And to be honest, I'm no maintenance nut...this thing does not make regular trips to Jeep folks for preventive maintenance (although I must admit I finally took it to a lube place once to have all fluids checked, just in case). With its 4X4 it is great in the snow, the 6-cylinder engine is plenty potent, all power locks and windows still operate flawlessly, the gas mileage is decent, and the AC is very cold. It's old enough that I don't baby it when banging around the back roads on fishing and hunting trips. And it cleans up very nicely! The only con is that I sometimes have to swat the underside of the steering column to get it started (my redneck anti-theft device). Beyone that it's better than the Energizer Bunny. I would not hesitate to buy another, even one with high miles. Why can't all manufacturers build vehicles like these? And why in the world did Jeep discontinue this one?
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The Greatest Jeeps Ever Built

by from Dallas, TX on August 16, 2011

The XJ or Cherokees are truly the best Jeeps ever built. Especially the 1999 model year. 1999 has the most up-to-date body with the great 4.0l engine WITHOUT the multiple coil ignition (it has a stand...
The XJ or Cherokees are truly the best Jeeps ever built. Especially the 1999 model year. 1999 has the most up-to-date body with the great 4.0l engine WITHOUT the multiple coil ignition (it has a standard distributor) and the flawed casting head (0331 casting number).
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I love my Jeep like family...

by from Van Nuys, CA on June 26, 2012

I had a 1987 4WD Jeep with 290k miles that (thanks to an oil slick) I drove into a wall at 60mph. I drove it home from the accident... and it still ran. I gave it to a family member - still running - ...
I had a 1987 4WD Jeep with 290k miles that (thanks to an oil slick) I drove into a wall at 60mph. I drove it home from the accident... and it still ran. I gave it to a family member - still running - a couple of years later (and it's STILL running in 2012). When I came into a few bux and needed to purchase another private-party vehicle, I looked for a Jeep - specifically the 4.0L engine. From what I understand 1999 was the last year of the "square" body, and that was what I wanted. I found a 2 door Sport with leather, all the bells and whistles, running boards, etc with 87K miles on it. The engine will last to 300k without complaint, it is SUPER safe, and crazy reliable. I have NEVER had to tow a Jeep... they just keep on going. Although I have had a couple of minor issues with electrical (all the bells and whistles tend to cause issues like that), but I have NO complaints. I am about to come into a large chunk of money and I was looking at new cars (mostly for mpg)... and I just can't help but wish that they still made them like they used to. This thing is a ROCK with a forever-engine... and I cannot see myself buying one of the new plastic models. People who have older Jeeps LOVE their Jeeps... it becomes part of who you are. Whether I keep it or not remains to be seen - but I love it so much that if I do give it up I will require visitation.
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These Engines last forever

by from Chambersburg , PA on October 19, 2010

We have 2 Jeeps with over 200,000 miles on each and they are still running strong. As long as you do your regular maintence these babies last forever.
We have 2 Jeeps with over 200,000 miles on each and they are still running strong. As long as you do your regular maintence these babies last forever.
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exactly what I WANTED!

by from on December 21, 2010

This is an excellant jeep for being 12 years old. It is in great physical and asthetic shape and runs---well, like a jeep. The 4.0 inline six is a bear of an engine. One of the best torque producers e...
This is an excellant jeep for being 12 years old. It is in great physical and asthetic shape and runs---well, like a jeep. The 4.0 inline six is a bear of an engine. One of the best torque producers ever built. Truly bullet proof. Heated seats, power windows, door locks, power front seats (both),heated and power side mirrors. More bells and whistles than I ever thought came on a jeep, AND they all work! The one major drawback is I have to feed this beast!
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1999 Cherokee Limited

by from PA on December 31, 2011

What a great buy for the money. This is the iconic SUV. All of the other's are copies. Some of them are more comfortable and many get better gas milage but for the money none offer a better value. Th...
What a great buy for the money. This is the iconic SUV. All of the other's are copies. Some of them are more comfortable and many get better gas milage but for the money none offer a better value. The Cherokee limited has all of the features of the 97-99 model years considered by Jeep Cherokee enthusiasts to be the best of the breed. It adds the much needed ABS and the great advantage of the NP-242 shift on the fly 4x4 transfer case. You also get the luxury of a full leather interior, heated seats, and an overhead console. Considering the current price of these capable offroaders and their creature comforts they represent a value hard to beat if you can find one with a resonably low amount of mileage. Anything under 125k is considered just broken in. At the current prices even the relatively poor fuel economy can be forgiven. If kept in good repair they hold their value very well. If your looking for a great winter vehicle and don't want to spend a fortune these are great.
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This car will never fail

by from Wyoming on March 27, 2010

I had owned my jeep for almost a year, and I loved it. It never got stuck even in the worst winter storms here and I got great gas mileage with it. It had 136,000 miles and had much more to give. I bo...
I had owned my jeep for almost a year, and I loved it. It never got stuck even in the worst winter storms here and I got great gas mileage with it. It had 136,000 miles and had much more to give. I bought it private party for what was left on the loan; it was a great deal. My husband and I rolled it twice driving down the interstate in NM, 3-24. We were not injured in any way, and the jeep doesn't even look like she was really rolled, but it is considered totaled. If we had been in our other vehicles, we wouldn't have survived that crash. If you don't mind the front speakers giving out, get one. They last forever. I just wish I could have mine back.
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