Its an older vehicle, but reliable if cared for
I had to take one star off primarily due to the minor electrical issue. I have a 2001 XJ with the 4.0 liter engine. I have had this particular one for a little over 10 years now and have owned a few older ones XJs as well. I have noticed the later models (98-01)seem to have a bit of electrical hiccups that weren't present in older models. Its currently sitting at 196,000 miles and most of the parts I replaced were either routine maintenance items or items that failed due to me getting in an accident. (example- ran over a deer carcass going about 70mph. I didn't see it in time to dodge and messed up the steering box. Installed a new steering box, did a front alignment and was good as new) If you are willing to cruise at 60mph with stock tire-size and suspension, my Cherokee routinely gets a tidy 19-20MPG highway, even when towing a loaded cargo trailer cross-country. I find replacement parts are readily available and comparably cheap (especially if you have a wrecking yard nearby). A refurbished PCM (powertrain control module) the computer that essentially runs all the electrical in the car is only $350, and fis mounted right in the open in the fender with 2 screws, and 3 electrical plugs... rather than buried under the dash or impossibly hidden on the firewall somewhere. Aftermarket parts are also plentiful and relatively cheap. I recommend this car to anyone who does their own oil changes, and wants an easy vehicle to expand their skill-set. The inline engine gives you plenty of room to see and work in the engine compartment. And the electrical system is delightfully simple for a vehicle equipped with the luxury of OBD2. The transfer case (4wd) is excellent for the snow and rain I experience regularly, and I can attest that the gearing allows the vehicle to become a towing BEAST when using 4-low. I regularly rescue heavily-loaded mail-trucks from snow-filled ditches and snow-banks here. Hope this helps any potential buyers. I can also attest that there are TON of friendly communities and learning materials available to the Cherokee 'Classic' owners. If you get stumped by a mechanical or electrical problem and ask online... there is definitely someone who knows exactly what is wrong and can show you how they fixed it.