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The Cherokee is old-fashioned and trucklike. Its a good off-road vehicle, but its noisy and uncomfortable on pavement. Cornering is clumsy though secure enough at the limits. The standard Six delivers readily available power, but its noisy and thirsty. Selectable full-time four-wheel drive is optional. The front seat is too low and doesn't slide back far enough, while access through the small doors is difficult.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags.
Model Summary
The Cherokee is old-fashioned and trucklike. Its a good off-road vehicle, but its noisy and uncomfortable on pavement. Cornering is clumsy though secure enough at the limits. The standard Six delivers readily available power, but its noisy and thirsty. Selectable full-time four-wheel drive is optional. The front seat is too low and doesn't slide back far enough, while access through the small doors is difficult. The rear seat is cramped and uncomfortable, and cargo space is so-so. Replaced by the Jeep Liberty in 2002.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter 6 (190 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Jeep Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Poor compressor, poor air for length of car ownership”

F P., NM (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace compressor because the compressor clutch was worn out”

Patricia E., LA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Failure of the complete A/C system due to leakage. (Replaced every thing)”

Henry D., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“No cold air last October , brought to jeep , they replaced the compressor and charged system . Had to bring it back this week for no cold air . Lets see what happens”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Heater/evaporator core went out. Leaked antifreeze inside vehicle”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Repair at this age is not worth putting the work into”

Matthew D., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to completely replace the compressor and other parts”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Heat/air conditioning control not working. Valve is stuck. Car is either hot or cold. Valve has to be changed manually by mechanic”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“failed. difficult to repair due to air conditioner pipe in the way”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

“Replaced leaking heater core”

Tom F., CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“heating failed”

Anonymous, DC (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The radiator went out last summer, and I had it fixed, but this winter I discovered that the new radiator had a coolant problem which led to the heater not working. Once the new radiator was replaced, the heater started working”

Teena G., OK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Does not hold refrigerant during summer”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Needs to be gassed up very summer and only lasts 2 months”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“leaking from the heater box in the passengers side”

Anonymous, AR (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“intermittently the gauges and lights would go off. it would appear that the engine was off - the RPM was 0. other electrical items like the sun roof is having intermittent issues. sorry but this is a 2005 Jeep mountain rated type. i couldn't find 2”

Bruce S., FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The dash gauges and lights, including the speedometer and rpm, have intermittently been going on and off. It is in the shop, but apparently there is a short between it and the main computer”

Teena G., OK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“speedometer not always working”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Not positive of this, but it appears the sockets for flasher/ turn signals, on the left side front, are corroded and not making very good contact”

David S., IA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Short in the system”

Jean T., CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Reverse lights not function even after replacing fuse and bulbs”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“did not work”

Richard W., PA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A never ending issue involving the check engine light. The codes point to problems with the ignition and fuel injectors, and even though I've replaced both the entire coil bank and all injectors the issue is still present and though I've taken it to numerous shops none of them can find the exact problem”

Robert P., TN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cruise control

“After turning it on and setting it, sometimes it will turn itself off in a matter of minutes and sometimes an hour or more, but once it does so the only way to set it again is to shut the engine off then re-start and it works as it did before. I've had several parts replaced, but none have solved the issue”

Robert P., TN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

“The "0" ring went bad and spills gasoline all over the ground directly under the Jeep so as by the time you realize the danger the spill is huge and very dangerous indeed. The spill should be directed so as to warn or inform the driver much sooner of”

David C., MO (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“It has been leaking a long time. Was taken to garage to be fixed has continued to leak”

Linda G., FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee)

“standard”

Richard W., PA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“don't know how to explain”

Anonymous, AR (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The rear main seal leaks”

Ken W., CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“rear main seal leaked expensive to repair”

Anonymous, MO (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leak for4 years”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Small oil leaks are present”

David G., NE (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“It will cost close to $1800 for mechanic to pull engine and put in new seals. Since it is not a severe leak that would cause me to add oil every week I don't worry about it”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water on floor inside jeep after it rains”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A roof leak came about from rust through. This caused the air bag clock spring to rust and malfunction. I had it replaced”

G S., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“replaced rotted radiator”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“leaking cooling system”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The outside molding on the roof is leaking. Needs to be sealed”

Frank H., DE (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Leak from unknown source dripping water onto front passenger carpet. Bad enough that it requires a container to trap water during heaving rains while parked outside”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“It's noisy on hwy. wind leaks and pinion bearing in rear differential”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Jeep Cherokee 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The Jeep is so loud on the interior when I drive at the speed limit on major highways (75 mph), that I almost completely unable to hear or talk to someone on my cell phone, even holding it up to my ear. I also can't talk on it using the after market bluetooth adapter I bought due to the noise. Generally, this is only a problem when I am driving on highways”

Teena G., OK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“had to replace master cylinder because of brake loss. To be expected after 14 years”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“replaced brake pads and rotors on front brakes”

Carl G., NC (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“had new break pads at 55000”

Robert N., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Intermittent"grabbing"”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“brake fluid leaked (bad line)”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“pad wear indicater”

Carl G., NC (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

“needed brake job. Just maintenance”

Carl G., NC (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“I have "intermittent" door locks that only work above 60 degrees!”

G S., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“in fact this is a 2005 Jeep Cherokee not 2001 all handles of each door broke ...common problem on this model”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“tailgate has not worked properly for yrs. It no longer will stay up. So have to be cautious”

Linda G., FL (2001 Jeep Cherokee)
Glass defects

“Jeeps use plastic headlights which became dull and scratched over the years compromising visibility . I replaced them after twice polishing them over the years”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

“loose connections inside the drivers door cause the windows to not function”

Michael M., NH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The headliner came loose, but it may have been cause by grandkids climbing on the roof and denting it”

Henry D., OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

“Rusting through on lower door panels”

Shirley S., IA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Rusting in a lot of areas. had it removed but is rusting again”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Passenger side back wheel well is rusting away”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“the rear quarter lowers tap moisture and rot -out”

Michael M., NH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“The "check engine" light came on twice. I replaced the fuel cap and the light has not come on again”

David G., VA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Frequently causes warning lt to go in dash, several times this has occurred”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Jeep Cherokee Unsure 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Injector number three bad”

Anonymous, CT (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The fuel pump was original. It rusted and almost fell off the vehicle. It was replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The sensors caused the check engine light to come on. They were replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Freeze plug on rear of engine rusted out, allowing antifreeze to leak. Engine needed to be removed”

Lawrence W., CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cooling fan

“Plastic housing deteriorated and failed”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

“Had to replace radjiator twice”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

“Pump started leaking and was replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Leaking at valves at 180000 miles”

Lawrence W., CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“It is a known issue that cylinder head code 0331 on 2000 and 2001 Jeep Cherokees is prone to cracking. This is the 2nd time I have had a cracked head with this Jeep”

David G., NE (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“ran low on oil”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Oil was leaking and the dealer attempted to patch the gasket. This didn't work, and they needed to replace the entire gasket”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Hole in the muffler”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Exhaust hangers rotted away”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The supports rusted through & had to be welded back in place”

Mary L., IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“Replaced converter”

Lamar T., IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“because of front gear box (differnetial) the 4-wheel drive was un-USble and grinds when engaged”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

“Front "differential' and U-joints went bad Costly fix”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“I frequently have to take it to the shop to have them "chase down" an electrical short. When my AC quit working, it was because the fan kept shorting out due to other electrical problems”

Teena G., OK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“Ball joints are a part of the upper and lower control arms - replaced”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Replaced front axle wheel bearings and u joints”

Lamar T., IL (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

“Would fail to engage after stopping”

Curt A., TX (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“several don't work”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

“Needed replacement”

David G., WA (2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
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