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post #1 of 13 Old 01-29-2019, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Cherokee Vs Grand Cherokee

What is the main difference between these 2?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-29-2019, 02:31 PM
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Everything. Completely different vehicles. They share absolutely nothing in common.
Jeep.com has a very comprehensive breakdown of their products.

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'01 XJ Sport
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Depends what year vehicles you're talking about.

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Depends on the years, the Cherokee is either bigger or smaller than the Grand Cherokee.

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Need more information on years to give a decent answer.

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Completely different body, suspension, unibody, transfer case, transmission.. it really depends on what you want in a vehicle to make a decision on which one you should buy.


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What is the main difference between these 2?
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Completely different body, suspension, unibody, transfer case, transmission.. it really depends on what you want in a vehicle to make a decision on which one you should buy.
Obviously dependent on year.

XJs and ZJs have identical front suspension, both had the option for 4.0s and 231 and 242 TCs also early ZJs had the AW-4 and AX-15 transmissions. The PCMs from OBDII XJs and ZJs are interchangeable in certain circumstances.

So yes they are completely different vehicles but there is some interchangeability and shared parts for sure.

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What is the main difference between these 2?
Sticker price.
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Not to mention, at least from what I have seen, if you're talking older model Cherokee's and Grand Cherokees, the ZJ and WJ models of Grand Cherokee can be had for dirt cheap.. I paid $1400 for my 89 Laredo with a 4.0, and an XJ of the same year and mileage runs $4-5,000 in my area. That's what pushed me into a ZJ when I was looking to get into another jeep. Cheap and just as reliable as any other jeep model of that year, in my opinion.


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Not to mention, at least from what I have seen, if you're talking older model Cherokee's and Grand Cherokees, the ZJ and WJ models of Grand Cherokee can be had for dirt cheap.. I paid $1400 for my 89 Laredo with a 4.0, and an XJ of the same year and mileage runs $4-5,000 in my area. That's what pushed me into a ZJ when I was looking to get into another jeep. Cheap and just as reliable as any other jeep model of that year, in my opinion.
There was no 1989 ZJ. ZJs are from 1993-1998 and WJs are 1999-2004. XJs were from 1985(?)-2001.

But, yes I wholeheartedly agree with you. I call ZJs the bastard child of Jeep. Dirt cheap and extremely capable but cast off as garbage. They are ignored and critized by the XJ and TJ crowd. They have identical suspension to TJs with more creature comforts along with a longer wheelbase which is a huge plus in my book but I have seen TJ guys say they aren’t “Jeeps”. Wrangler supremacy is a real thing.

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Wrangler supremacy is mostly in their head, although they can wriggle though a tightly treed forest with the best of em. But I'm always dragging them out of mud pits and lending them tools because they can't carry much, and there's always one in the crowd that wants to know if I'll tote his cooler cause he doesn't have room for it.

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You are correct... That was a dyslexic typo.. My ZJ is in fact a 98.

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There was no 1989 ZJ. ZJs are from 1993-1998 and WJs are 1999-2004. XJs were from 1985(?)-2001.

But, yes I wholeheartedly agree with you. I call ZJs the bastard child of Jeep. Dirt cheap and extremely capable but cast off as garbage. They are ignored and critized by the XJ and TJ crowd. They have identical suspension to TJs with more creature comforts along with a longer wheelbase which is a huge plus in my book but I have seen TJ guys say they arenít ďJeepsĒ. Wrangler supremacy is a real thing.


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