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Anyone got a 2008 Jeep Cherokee? been thinking about buying one and can get a good deal including 3 years servicing at the moment just wondered what peoples views were on it i.e is it any good off road.

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Best deal going right now is on a new Dodge Durango...

5.7 Hemi SLT, 8 seater with reversing camera and other little toys, all for under AED 105K...
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We have a 2005, not a 2008

Haven't driven one of the new ones, but had a sit inside, and they definitely seem to have addressed the issues I've got with the old model. More toys, more room, more comfortable, better interior design. It's the same engine as the old models, though.

As for offroad ability, if you want something that will do a lot of the driving for you, go Japanese - you'll get computerised this and assisted that. The Cherokee can go where any other offroader can go, but like most Jeeps they're a bit more old-skool and you get less technological assistance.

What this means is that you need to have a better understanding of the principles of offroad driving to get the most out of it (which isn't a bad thing, obviously), whereas lots of the Japanese ones are just "point and go", and do a lot of your thinking for you. Naturally, all that extra technology makes them more expensive too, and the big advantage of American cars out here is that they're dirt-cheap. If you need the space, that Dodge Durango deal sounds stunningly good for a brand-new car.

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Originally Posted by Eeyore View Post
We have a 2005, not a 2008

Haven't driven one of the new ones, but had a sit inside, and they definitely seem to have addressed the issues I've got with the old model. More toys, more room, more comfortable, better interior design. It's the same engine as the old models, though.

As for offroad ability, if you want something that will do a lot of the driving for you, go Japanese - you'll get computerised this and assisted that. The Cherokee can go where any other offroader can go, but like most Jeeps they're a bit more old-skool and you get less technological assistance.

What this means is that you need to have a better understanding of the principles of offroad driving to get the most out of it (which isn't a bad thing, obviously), whereas lots of the Japanese ones are just "point and go", and do a lot of your thinking for you. Naturally, all that extra technology makes them more expensive too, and the big advantage of American cars out here is that they're dirt-cheap. If you need the space, that Dodge Durango deal sounds stunningly good for a brand-new car.
I think the Durango may be a touch on the big side for the mrs to drive but if that if the price mentioned for that is true then thats a great deal.

Think I can get the cherokee sport with 3 years servicing for 100k which seems pretty reasonable to me had a look at the Pajero as well but with the engine I want could probably only get the swb which will be tight for space

Few of the guys at work have got the Xterra which is great off road but is lacking in any toys really
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I think the Durango may be a touch on the big side for the mrs to drive but if that if the price mentioned for that is true then thats a great deal.

Think I can get the cherokee sport with 3 years servicing for 100k which seems pretty reasonable to me had a look at the Pajero as well but with the engine I want could probably only get the swb which will be tight for space

Few of the guys at work have got the Xterra which is great off road but is lacking in any toys really
The price is true... I know coz Im looking at it on the order form for the missus' Durango....lol
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We bought a second hand Jeep Cherokee and have had no major problems.
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Originally Posted by Eeyore View Post
We have a 2005, not a 2008

Haven't driven one of the new ones, but had a sit inside, and they definitely seem to have addressed the issues I've got with the old model. More toys, more room, more comfortable, better interior design. It's the same engine as the old models, though.

As for offroad ability, if you want something that will do a lot of the driving for you, go Japanese - you'll get computerised this and assisted that. The Cherokee can go where any other offroader can go, but like most Jeeps they're a bit more old-skool and you get less technological assistance.

What this means is that you need to have a better understanding of the principles of offroad driving to get the most out of it (which isn't a bad thing, obviously), whereas lots of the Japanese ones are just "point and go", and do a lot of your thinking for you. Naturally, all that extra technology makes them more expensive too, and the big advantage of American cars out here is that they're dirt-cheap. If you need the space, that Dodge Durango deal sounds stunningly good for a brand-new car.
Jeep Wrangler 4 door vs Cherokee Sport?
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Jeep Wrangler 4 door vs Cherokee Sport?
The Cherokee comes with a few more creature comforts.
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The Cherokee comes with a few more creature comforts.
and a roof... (that's a bad thing by the way)...
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The Cherokee comes with a few more creature comforts.
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Durangos and Cherokees are not off road cars. I really wouldn't expect taking any off the road. Despite what anyone may think these are strictly on-road.
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Durangos and Cherokees are not off road cars. I really wouldn't expect taking any off the road. Despite what anyone may think these are strictly on-road.
What an odd thing to say.

Can't speak for the Durango, but the Cherokee most certainly is an off-road car - just take a look at some of the Jeep user forums on the web with photos of where they've taken their Cherokees (or, rather, Libertys), or have a look here on YouTube at all the Liberty/Cherokee off-road videos. The Liberty/Cherokee is a hugely popular off-road car in the USA, and ours served us well enough when we used to go desert driving in it.

If you're going to say that the Cherokee isn't an off-road car you might as well say that the Pajero or Prado aren't off-road cars. Which I guess you might.

Are you sure you're not getting the Cherokee confused with the Jeep Compass?

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Dont even try to take a durango offroad not without some heavy modification 1st. The radiator sits too low and will get damaged.
Cherokee can be used offroad with great sucess but its not a hard core offroader like say a wrangler or swb patrol. That said your unlikely to ever do the type of offroading that will scupper a cherokee, need some local blood and a death wish for that stuff
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