My Favorite Cars – Jeep Cherokee XJ

2001-jeep-cherokee1Here it is – my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4.  It’s got 63000 miles but runs perfectly and is in near showroom condition with just a few battle scars from the suburban front.  What’s a Jeep without a little patina? The thing I love about my Jeep is what I call Clarity of Purpose. It knows exactly what it is and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Solid axles both front and rear, the Jeep Cherokee XJ was one of the first SUVs on the market and it shows.  Compared to modern SUVs, the XJ is short on cabin room, the steering lacks any on center (or off center feel), interior noise levels are high, and the ride is rough. But you don’t have to live with the other compromises that come with 3rd row seats, below the floor spare tires, low step in heights, and suburban lifestyles. The Cherokee also has a great stance, superb ground clearance, a tight turning circle, and that boxy no-nonsense solidity of a true off-road vehicle. Click here to read why Automobile Magazine’s and Auto and Design’s Robert Cumberford voted the Jeep Cherokee as one of the 20 Greatest Cars of All Time.

2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited
2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited

6 Replies to “My Favorite Cars – Jeep Cherokee XJ”

  1. seldom do i agree with cumberford, but he hit it with this one, albeit with some different reasoning than i. the XJ is a great, utilitarian vehicle. they drive nicely, are reliable, not fussy nor pretentious and work surprisingly well in adverse conditions. the shape is good today as it was when introduced, and by george, theyre just fun.

  2. Great article. True statements about the Jeep Cherokee. Your Cherokee is a baby at 63000 miles. You should be able to easily triple the mileage without any trouble if you maintain it well. I plan on driving mine well over 200000 miles. I hope you aren’t one of the many who took the cash for clunker challenge last summer. It is sad to see so many dismantled Jeeps in the junk yard.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy many more miles with your Jeep.

    1. Yeah – everytime there was a cash for clunkers piece on the new, you could see several XJs. I kept mine though and am now up to 70,000 miles. The only repairs I’ve done lately are a pair of liftgate struts. The old ones were useless in the cold.

  3. Great input and all I can add is “FLUSH THE COOLANT SYSTEM”. I just purchased a 2001 and the coolant system was a mess. Orange rust glop abundant. Even with a bottle of SUPER FLUSH, it took a good hour to back wash the system. Every year is a good idea. Prestone makes a flush kit that’s easy to install and makes it easy to flush. Your Jeep will love it !!!

    1. Just had the cooling system flushed and replaced the thermostat and some hoses. I also replaced the shocks and that really helped get the bouncy ride under control. Now on to fix the heated driver seat where the element appears to be broken – not bad I suppose after 9 years.

  4. I have a 2001 XJ it had 68,000 miles on it and now it has 94,000. And yes colant flushes are a must, i also had the gloppy rust in my engine. it cost me $2,500 to completely take the engine apart and clean it and flush the whole system not to mention it caused the head to blow. but even after all that time and money im glad i did it, she runs great and i love my jeep!

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