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Jeep Cherokee

2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV

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2000 Jeep Cherokee

The XJ series Jeep Cherokee was a compact unibody SUV. It shared the name of the original full-size SJ model, but being a cross between a station wagon and truck with little pickup truck heritage, it actually set the stage for the modern SUV. It was built in the United States and Beijing, China.

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Jeep Cherokees of any style or year have been popular with off-road enthusiasts for their off-highway abilities, the plentiful selection of OEM, and aftermarket modifications available. Suspension, drive train, and other mechanical upgrades are still being manufactured and sold for many older Cherokee models.


Comment "One thing to say about the Grand Cherokee. It will crawl you out of hell and back when the big boys won't...."

The XJ Cherokee was introduced in 1984 as the first unibody Jeep. It was to be replaced by the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1993, but the continuing popularity of the original Cherokee caused the company to rethink this decision.

Designs of the XJ Cherokee date back to 1978 when a team of AMC and Renault engineers drew several sketches. A few clay models were based on the existing SJ Cherokee. Early sketches of the XJ Cherokee had a European influence, and most of the styling cues were done by AMC engineers. The ongoing debate suggests that Renault sketch artists were involved right after the 1979 partnership with AMC. A former Renault engineer would come on board and design what is known to XJ Cherokee enthusiasts as the Quadra-Link suspension.

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Jez's 1995 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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A variation on the Cherokee from 1984 through 1990 was the Jeep Wagoneer. It was sold in two trim levels: the Wagoneer and the Wagoneer Limited. Both Wagoneers were distinguished from the Cherokee by the four headlights. The Wagoneer Limited came with vinyl wood trim on the sides.

Available engines:

  • 1984-1996 2.5 L AMC I4, 121 hp-125 hp
  • 1984-1986 2.8 L GM 60 LR2 V6
  • 1985-1987 2.1 L Renault turbo diesel I4 (initially sold in US and until 1993 in Europe)
  • 1987-1990 4.0 L AMC I6, 173-177 hp
  • 1991-1996 4.0 L AMC "High Output" I6, 190 hp
  • 1994-1996 2.5 L VM Motori turbo diesel I4 (sold in Europe)



The Cherokee was slightly redesigned in 1997. Both 4 and 6-cylinder engines were offered up to the last year, when only the six was available. The Cherokee was eventually replaced in 2002 by the Jeep Liberty (KJ), although the vehicle is called the Cherokee in most foreign markets.

Available engines:

  • 1997-2000 2.5 L AMC I4, 125 hp
  • 1997-2001 2.5 L VM Motori turbodiesel I4 (sold in Europe only)
  • 1997-1999 4.0 L Power Tech I6, 190 hp
  • 2000-2001 4.0 L Power Tech I6, 190 hp

Available transmissions:

  • Manual Transmissions

AX4 - 4 speed manual - manufactured by Aisin - used 84-86 with 2.5L I4 and 2.8L V6 engines

T4 & T5 - 4 & 5 speed manual - manufactured by Borg Warner - used 84-86 with 2.5L I4 and 2.8L V6 engines

BA10/5 - 5 speed manual - manufactured by Peugot - used only up to 89

AX5 - 5 speed manual - manufactured by Aisin - used with 2.8L V6 and 87+ with 2.5L I4

AX15 - 5 speed manual - manufactured by Aisin - used with 4.0L I6 engines

NV3550 - 5 speed manual - manufactured by New Venture - used in 00-01 in SE models with 4.0L I6 engines

Jeep Cherokee SUV 17 MPG

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"It gets about 17 miles per gallon" - Jeep Cherokee

  • Automatic Transmissions

Torqueflight 904 - 3 speed automatic - used 84-86 with 2.8L V6 and 2.5L I4 engines

30RH - 3 speed automatic - used with 2.5L I4 engine 94?-00

AW4 - 4 speed automatic, electronically controlled - manufactured by Aisin - used from 87-01 (87-91 models include a Power/Comfort button that adjusts the shift points)

Available Transfer Cases:

All the transfer cases used are chain driven with aluminium housings. T-cases were designated either NP or NV. They are essentially the same t-case, just a different "brand name". NP was used for the purposes of this list:

NP ="New Process" NV = "New Venture"

NP207 - "Command-Trac" part-time only - 2.61:1 ratio low range - used 84-87

NP231 - "Command-Trac" part-time only - 2.72:1 ratio low range - shift pattern 2H - 4H - N - 4L - used 87-01

NP228/NP229 - "Selec-Trac" - 4Hi(full-time) - N - 4Lo (part-time) - used 84-87

NP242 - "Selec-Trac" part-time OR full-time - 2.72:1 ratio low range - shift pattern 2wd - 4part-time - 4full-time - N - 4LO - used 87-01

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Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
Manufacturer American Motors (AMC)
Chrysler Corporation
Production 19842001 (USA)
19842005 (China)
Assembly Toledo, Ohio, United States
Beijing, China
Successor Jeep Liberty
Class Compact SUV
Body style(s) 2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 2.5 L (150 CID) AMC 150 I4
2.8 L GM 60 LR2 V6
2.1 L Renault diesel I4
4.0 L (242 CID) AMC 242 I6
4.0 L (242 CID) AMC 242 H.O. I6

4.0 L (242 CID) 242 Power Tech I6
2.5 L VM Motori diesel I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed Aisin AX-4 manual
4-speed Borg-Warner T-4 manual
5-speed Aisin AX-5 manual
5-speed Aisin AX-15 manual
5-speed Borg-Warner T-5 manual
5-speed NVG NV3550 manual
5-speed Peugeot BA-10/5 manual
3-speed Chrysler A904 automatic
3-speed 30RH automatic
4-speed Aisin AW-4 automatic
Wheelbase 101.4 in (2576 mm)
Length 1987-1990: 165.3 in (4199 mm)
1991-93: 168.8 in (4288 mm)
1994-96: 166.9 in (4239 mm)
1997-2001: 167.5 in (4255 mm)
Width 1987-1993: 70.5 in (1791 mm)
1994-96: 67.7 in (1720 mm)
1997-99: 67.9 in (1725 mm)
2000-01: 69.4 in (1763 mm)
Height 1987-88 2WD: 63.4 in (1610 mm)
1987-1993: 63.3 in (1608 mm)
1994-99 2WD: 63.9 in (1623 mm)
1994-2001 4WD: 64.0 in (1626 mm)
2000-01 2WD: 63.8 in (1621 mm)
Curb weight 3,057 lb (1,387 kg) (approx.)

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Had my cherokee 4.0 auto classic xj for over 4 years ,ultra reliable,its all black..looks good and is good...I will never part with it...hell it wants for nothing..xj rules ..UK jeep man.

yip, I love mine.

Rough and reliable

I wish they would of never stopped making the XJ. I am an owner and love it, I just wish i could buy a new one.

I have a 2001 Cherokee Sport with 76,000 miles. I have owned over 50 autos and currently have (3). The cherokee is my favorite of all times.
One thing to say about the Grand Cherokee. It will crawl you out of hell and back when the  big boys won't.
i got my 95 country as my first car, drove it from California to Ohio with 157,000 on the clock, no problems now I'm at 165,000 and still running stronger then most SUVs around today. the Cherokee was truly a titan of its time and to see the engine and style revived would be earth shattering in that such an amazing truck could never be born twice
I have a 98 grand cherokee with a 7" lift 33x12.50r15 n beadlock wheels with high steer knuckles and custom bumpers, roof rack, body armor, spare tire rack, light guards front and rear, long arms, rock sliders, and all steering and track linkage built by me. all my links are heim jointed. its got lockers front and rear with 4.10 gears, flowmaster exhaust, k&n air intake, and undercarriage lights front and rear for night crawlin, i put that thing through hell and back too many times to count, its got 150,000 miles on it and it runs stronger than anything its age. not to mention there's no where that it cant go even without a winch. i love it and don't think i'll ever switch to anything besides a cherokee or grand cherokee.
1991. I should know as this is the year of my Cherokee. - Dion
What was first year of the high output 4.0? Was it the 92 or 93...Does anyone know?
I am on my third cherokee my first, the OG 84 ran for 250 thousand extremely hard miles and I hear someone around town got running again, my second 97 sport got passed onto my brother after surviving a winder run down the alcan highway and round trip to the arctic circle and back.  Finally my project, my 98 classic soon to be lifted locked.  I will always own a cherokee, nothing also compares except maybe those rubicons!
i have a 1990 cherokee xj limited. it has a high output badge on the rear, but everywhere i look on the net it says that high output xj`s started in 1991

The XJ is a true hero. I have never driven anything else and would like to acknowledge that Chrysler has made a fatal error in discontinuing its production. My 2000 XJ sport is named "The Blue Dragon" and its spirit will forever flow in my veins.

Q. I have just purchased a 97 2.5 petrol, Cherokee but I am finding it hard to find info on rear suspension upgrades for towing
can anybody help

High Wheel Base Jeep Grand Cherokee out in the Snow


High Wheel Base Jeep Grand Cherokee out in the Snow


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