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Jeep Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by chipdaddy, Feb 1, 2010.

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  1. chipdaddy

    chipdaddy Member

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    Down sizing from a Suburban, any thoughts on these two rigs. I know the Explorer has more room but the Cherokee caught my eye. Never owned a Ford or a Jeep. Thanks, Jerry
     
  2. spitter

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    I've owned a 2nd Gen (1997) Explorer with V6 and put 200K on that with minimal issues - engine and body stayed great, but trans went. Bought a 2004 and have 100K on that (also a V6), again with minimal issues.

    Mileage is mediocre at best. 2004 is very comfortable to drive over the road. The new Explorer coming out for 2011 is expected to have a 25% increase in gas mileage over the 2010.

    I'd buy a third if I have the use for that type of vehicle when this one bites the dust...

    regards,

    Jay
     
  3. TNCoach

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    I owned a Jeep Cherokee Sport a few years ago and I will never own another one. It was a real piece from the day that I bought it and the dealership failed to recognize a real lemon.

    I bought it in the winter and noticed how hot it ran even though the temp was below 0. I thought great heater until next spring and it overheated sitting in the drive - it was 55 degrees. I took it to the dealer until they told me not to bring it back...

    A coworker has Jeep Grand Cherokee and once it was paid for the real bills started coming in 1500 for electrical, 2000 for ac, and then another 1500 for brakes. etc

    Buy Ford from a good dealer and don't look back,
    TNCoach
     
  4. Jim In FL

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    I have to say that my experiences have been quite different than those of TNCoach.

    I've had two Jeep Cherokees (1 Sport, 1 Grand Laredo) both purchased new. Drove the Sport till I gave it to my son at 157K miles. He drove it to about 170K and traded it because he wanted a pickup. I bought the Laredo and put 160K on it (and traded it for a pickup as well). For both, I put tires, batteries, brakes, etc on them. I'd buy another one tomorrow - loved that 4 liter - and the transmission on the Laredo tolerated FAR more than I'd have ever expected, pulling boats, and in general, not taking as good care of it as I should have.

    Can't comment on the Explorer.

    Jim In FL
     
  5. g7777777

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    I have a grand cherokee diesel--- in many ways the best vehicle I have ever owned

    Mercedes engine

    tows big stuff too

    awesome on ice

    as good on snow as the tires you put on it

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I have owned Jeep Cherokees continuosly since 1987 and I think they are fine. Routine Maintenance yes but no serious problems. The last regular Jeep Cherokee (with the 4L) not the Grand Cherokee was built in 2001 so finding a used one in good shape will be a chore. I would not avoid a Jeep Liberty either.
     
  7. tanda1

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    I have had both. Drove both to very high mileage. 250k+ on the Jeep and sold it in running condition. My son is still driving the Explorer at 255k, original motor and trans. Get the Ford! No doubt about it.
     
  8. gusto777

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    I owned a 2000 Grand Cherokee. Four wheel drive. I had over 100,000 miles on it when I sold it to my son and daughter-in-law. They have been driving it a few years now and have not had any problems. I liked the Grand Cherokee enough to buy another in 2007. Bought the Overland model and have had no problems with the vehicle. Very comfortable and fun to drive. I consider the Jeep a step up from the Ford.
     
  9. W.R.Buchanan

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    GN77777: Gene:

    Where did you get a Grand Cherokee Diesel? Since they weren't avaiable in the US, did you import it from Germany/Europe or Canada? I bet it gets 25-30 MPG too, doesn't it?

    I would really like to see a picture of the engine in that car, would it be possible for you to take one and email it to me? I would appreciate it greatly.

    I am currently building a Jeep Scrambler with a 4BT Cummins engine, from scratch, simply becasue they won't sell a diesel Jeep in the US. Other friends of mine have installed 3.0L 5cyls ((MBZ OM617) diesel motors in various Jeeps like Cherokees, Wranglers, and Commanchees.

    "POLITICAL BS" once again making our lives better for us even if we don't want them to. Only reason for no diesel cars in the US. In Europe 60% of new cars are diesels. They always say it's the emmisions keeping them out, but both Cummins and MBZ diesels both boast about cleaner air coming OUT of the engine than going in!!!

    As far as the Ford vs Jeep question, There is 25 times the aftermarket stuff available for the Jeep, and if you are looking at keeping the thing for a long time then this will matter. More support means longer life.

    As far as the Ford Explorer. We don't call them "Exploders" for nothing. They are fine on road, pure junk as soon as the pavement turns to dirt. The Jeeps just can take more abuse. So if you are actually going to use the thing, get the Jeep.

    Randy
     
  10. KEYBEAR

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    A friend bought a Jeep Liberty Diesel (2006)?? It has been one big headache Mileage is around 18 at best . Every thing about it cost more then a gasser
     
  11. TOOLMAKER 251

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    I would only buy from a financially solvent company. I only owned 1 Jeep a 1967 Jeep Commando with a Buick V6 engine, POS. Most people could care less about off road or climbing over rocks, they buy a SUV be it foreign or domestic for ordinary transportation and when weather calls for it FWD. Ford has been the leader since 1991 with the Explorer.
     
  12. Bruce Specht

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    Having owned all three including the suburban by the ford I had my last one for ten years still would if the kid hadn't run in to me and totaled it. Jeeps not so much
     
  13. chipdaddy

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    Thanks, Jerry
     
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    When I married my wife, she came with an 05 Grand Cherokee. It is a 2 wheel drive six cylinder. Gets 15-16 MPG at best. On the highway from Texas to Ohio it averaged about 22 MPG. Not very good in my estimation. AS far as performance, it runs great and has no problems, just not very economical so it sits a lot.

    Dave
     
  15. cubancigar2000

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    If you do your research on the net as to repair rate % on Jeeps, you will buy the Ford. Anybody who has had one and had good luck has been in the lower % of the owners. Gene may have the answer because Jeep has always had a weak engime
     
  16. CalvinMD

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    If you are going with what is the most current models out there...get the Ford...with the V8....it gets the same mileage as the 6cyl..is very powerful and smooth...and will get better mileage when loaded down
     
  17. Captain Bud

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    Jeep Grand Cherokees were available in the U.S.A. (select states)with the diesel. Not any longer.

    Mercedes has the ML320 Bluetec as well as the GL320 Bluetec diesels available most states for 2010. $45-65k price range. Hwy mileage about 25-6.

    Volkswagen has a 3 liter diesel available in thier Torareg(?), it gets in the high 27-29 on the highway. You gotta check it out!! awesome power, tows 7,000 pounds or so. Very comfy.

    Jeep until 2010 had an unlimited warranty on the power train. Check for a left over 2009 if want a HEMI!.

    JMHO

    Phil Santos
     
  18. birdogs

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    Look at a Tahoe!
     
  19. Catching Chrome

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    HMMM, We have grand Cherokee's at work and i hate the new ones. I had a 98 grand cherokee and it was OK but overall turned out to have alot of problems and I am not a hard driver by any means. As for the Explorer aka EXPLODER. I would never have one of them.
     
  20. Browning Boy

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    I thought Ford stop making the Explorer in 2009. They had stated the were going into the crossover cars(Flex}. I have owned 2 Explorer and would not mind owning another great SUV.




    George Ware
     
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