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2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility

4dr Sport 4WD

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2001 Jeep Cherokee for Sale

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  • $21,915 original MSRP
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Spy Shots: Jeep Cherokee

Source: The Car Connection

A replacement is waiting in the wings, but Jeep’s tough old codger refuses to die.

by Nick Twork

Last Wednesday, DaimlerChrysler announced that it would continue production of the current Jeep Cherokee at its Toledo, Ohio, assembly location for an unspecified period of time. Originally, production of the present Cherokee was scheduled to end in November of this year. The company is nearing completion of a second assembly facility in Toledo, a new factory that until recently had been scheduled to produce a new generation of the venerable Cherokee. The plant is scheduled to go online in the spring of 2001.

"We have a unique opportunity to continue production of the current Cherokee while we ready a new plant for production of a future Jeep model," said Martin Levine, Vice President of the Chrysler/Plymouth & Jeep Division, in a news release last week.

But it seems Jeep may keep the current Cherokee, and call what was supposed to be the new Cherokee something else. Another scenario would be to rename the current product Cherokee Classic and call the new one Cherokee.

For the Cherokee, it’s a case of déjà vu. Back in 1991, what is now the Grand Cherokee was scheduled to be the replacement for the Cherokee. Since the Cherokee was selling so well, Jeep decided to keep the old model in production and rename the new one Grand Cherokee. The gambit has paid off - the Cherokee remains in production today, and last year sales were up 13 percent over 1998 levels.

The current Cherokee first entered production in 1984. While it has since been updated extensively, the basic sheetmetal remains the same. Consequently, DaimlerChrysler makes a handsome profit on each Cherokee it sells.

The profitability of the strong-selling Cherokee may be causing DaimlerChrysler second thoughts about canceling the current sport-ute in favor of the newly developed vehicle pictured here. The new model, codenamed KJ, derives its underpinnings from the current Cherokee. Power will be supplied by a new 3.7-liter overhead cam V-6 derived from the Grand Cherokee’s 4.7-liter V-8, and a 2.4-liter DOHC four derived from the Dodge Neon engine. The Jeep Varsity concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show foreshadows the styling cues of the new vehicle. Underneath, the KJ is said to employ an updated platform with an independent rear suspension. A diesel engine is slated for select markets.

As these spy photos show, the KJ has a profile reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler Dakar concept shown at the Detroit auto show a few years ago. While the KJ has a similar greenhouse, those who have seen an uncamouflaged KJ say the front is more akin to a Grand Cherokee than a Wrangler. Inside, we saw an instrument panel with a pronounced brow over the gauge cluster and white gauge faces on the prototype visible in these photographs. Leather seats, a manual transmission and power window switches mounted on the center console were also visible. The rear hatch has a separately hinged glass rear section and the spare tire mounted to it. The high roofline and steeply raked tall windshield should give the vehicle abundant headroom.

With independent suspension and good interior room, questions have been raised within DaimlerChrysler as to whether the new KJ is an acceptable substitute for the rugged Cherokee. The new KJ was described to us as having more refined road manners, which usually equals diminished off-road prowess. That may work fine for Lexus, but Jeep’s stated brand characteristics include strong off-road capability. A lack of off-road mettle kept the Jeep JJ (Junior Jeep) from the market back in the ‘80s.

So far, DC spokespeople aren’t saying exactly how long the Cherokee may live, or if it will instead gain a sibling. “The decision has not yet been made,” said DaimlerChrysler spokesperson Jodi Armstrong. “The Jeep brand can accommodate both vehicles.” But for how long? At this point no one is willing to say.

© 2000 The Car Connection


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 7 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Jeep Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2016 With Less Than 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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