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post #1 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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2001 Cherokee Sport 2WD Opinions

Hello everyone, this is my first time on this forum. I am looking at a 2001 Cherokee 2WD w/ 4.0L engine and 55K. I would appreciate any opinions on this year and model. I haven't test driven it yet (will after christmas). How does the 2WD handle in snow and ice. I am in south-west ohio so snow is not a major issue but would like to hear other opinions. Also, what kind of gas milage could I expect?

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 03:32 PM
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First Jeep are not good on gas. The have a great motor in the 4.0 6 but io would say I am getting about 15mpg in my 01'

second dont buy a 2wd Jeep, because in like 5 months from owning it you will want a 4wd.

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post #3 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 03:46 PM
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I agree.

Don't buy 2WD. It's kind of like a dog with three legs. Sure, it can get around, but it really wants to be like all the other 4x4 dogs.

I would look for a 4x4. They aren't much more expensive, gas mileage isn't a whole lot better on 2WD, and you will love 4x4 in the snow.


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post #4 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 03:51 PM
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I'm gonna' say go with a 4by also. They're easier to find than the 2bys and much more capable. As far as mileage, my '93 averages about 17 mpg, my wife's 99 gets about 14 mpg. Mostly city driving on both of them. Also, if you do a search for "2001" in the Cherokee forum, you'll get a good idea of the problems people have with that specific year.

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noooo get a 4x4, the first time you get stuck in snow or a ditch you will wish you had got the 4wd

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post #6 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 03:58 PM
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Steer clear of 2x4 if you are gonna be doing snow. Look for a 4x4 def.

If you are worried about gas mileage, you should look somewhere else too LOL I get about oh 13-15 on a GOOD day.

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post #7 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 06:59 PM
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Ive pulled 18/19mpg out of my Cherokee before. Could have been better if I had cruise control. I would look for a 4wd if you are gonna see snow/ice, like the others said. However, if you just want it as a daily driver then its your choice. My freind has a '99 2wd and he has a set of mud terrain tires on it, and he gets around the fun trails just fine.

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post #8 of 23 Old 12-23-2005, 09:57 PM
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The 2wd can be fine if you have it set up properly, even in snow. I've owned my 01 2wd sport since new, have a 2" BB on it, front and rear receivers, BFG All Terrains and an ARB locker out back. Have never had any problems with snow and have done some pretty amazing trails considering it's "only" 2wd. I've even pulled a beefy 4wd XJ out of the mud before, kind of ironic

My $0.02, if it's a great deal, then don't let the fact that it's 2wd stop you. Just realize that an open diff, 2wd stock XJ has limitations. But it's also cheaper to maintain (no transfer case, front diff or front driveshaft) and cheaper to insure. And with the low weight the 2wd's will flat boogie!
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post #9 of 23 Old 12-24-2005, 07:05 AM
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I'll back the 2wd crowd

I've got around 6" on mine, 33" A/Ts and do just fine on the trails I've been on, been thru some pretty decent mud... and still ain't managed to stuck myself

Maybe '88Cherokee will see this. He and I have wheeled several times... and he's the one that gets stuck !!!!!

And breaks stuff !!!!!!!!!


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Seriously, 2wds can be pretty capable in the right hands, and I'm sure Kaker's with an ARB ( ) is probably down-right amazing for a 2wd. Swapping to 4wd is super easy... if the price is right (mine was $900 ), grab it
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Thanks for the posts everyone. Your insite is greatly appreciated. I hope to test drive on monday.

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post #11 of 23 Old 12-25-2005, 12:11 PM
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Well if you'e not planning on off-road wheeling much the 2x4 is fine and weighs less than the 4x4 model so should get a little better mileage. However I don't see the point in owning a Jeep unless it has 4x4 capability myself (even though I was willing to settle for a 2x4 if it was the only thing I could find when I was looking). My '01 with 77,000 miles on it was getting around 17-19 mpg around town during the summer but since winter has arrived that has dropped to around 15-16 mpg, (perhaps related to winter grade fuel even here in the South?)

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My '01 with 77,000 miles on it was getting around 17-19 mpg around town during the summer but since winter has arrived that has dropped to around 15-16 mpg, (perhaps related to winter grade fuel even here in the South?)
same here i was getting 300+ miles per tank in the summer and now im doin good to get 250-260. im just chalking it up to winter. we'll see when it warms up again i guess.

definately try to find a 4x4. youll want it about 6 months after you buy the 2x4.

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Get the 4x4.

The 2x4 Cherokees still use a solid front axle, and whats the point of enduring the craptastic ride quality that a SFA gives when there's no benefit of having a great 4x4 system? Might as well get a Liberty 2x4
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post #14 of 23 Old 12-25-2005, 01:09 PM
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2wd is fine; I've driven around in the snow in 2wd.


Then, I pop it in 4hi and I think, "What was I doing???"

Big big big big difference.

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Yeah.. I agree with Basset. Ill be running a trail in 2wd, chugging along lugging the engine.. stop, pop it in 4-hi and just roll right through it, and even 4-lo if I dont feel like touching the gas..

2wd's can be decent offroad, like said it all depends on your setup. My freind has a stock heigh 2wd w/ an open diff and a set of 235/75/15 MT's on it. He can take it in dirt and shallow mud, but anything fun he has to stay out of.. He had to sink it to find that out, but then again hes not the best of drivers, which plays a HUGE roll in how you wheel. I will say im decent when it comes to picking lines and turning in tight spots, angles, hitting holes off road. Im just comparing that to other people I know.

I would take a 2wd Cherokee any day. Lighter, alot less stuff to break, slightly better MPG, and a little more power. The XJ is seriously a GREAT choice no matter what you do.. Think about it, you can build one for the trails, a cruiser, or one freakin quick SUV, and *IF* you treat it right it will be ultra reliable. Not to mention its rugged good looks..

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