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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Is a Jeep Cherokee '' NORTH edition'' reliable and as durable as a Honda CRV

Hello everybody,

I have to change my 2001 Honda Accord (237500 KM) for a new vehicule this week and i wanted to continue with Honda for their reliability and durability... Than my wife and i sat in a Jeep Cherokee (Not Grand Cherokee) and fell in love with the interior, the quality of the finishing, the power and fuel economy of the 6 cylinder, the smooth run while driving and what off road fun we could have ( i say off road not in the mud but in terain more difficult where an accord was not able to go) ... It seems a very comfy suv compare to the CRV with it's hard surface, not comfortable seat etc...

I am not a driver who loves speed nor agressive driving and i want to keep the vehicule a good 12 years and more... I know there are issues with Honda CRV and when i read on FB, Youtube, Google there is a lot of people who talks bad about Jeep, chrysler and Fiat saying they are not reliable at all and will not las long but they say that without giving more details so that confuses me a lot... I will not dive in a pool of mud with my Cherokee nor will i push it in rough terrain but i will want to go laces where the road is somewhat rougher than were i went with my accord. I often push the accord in some rough road but going slowly and especting it's limits, that is why i kept it so long...

Will i make a good choice if i go with the jeep Cherokee, is it built well, is it reliable, is there any issue with it and will it last as long as my Honda Accord ? I always do the preventive inspection... I want to buy the 7 years 115000 km warranty to m ake sure nothing major happens because i dont want to pay big repair and be free os any mechanical problem for that period .

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As far as reliability, all manufacturers have issues, even the great and mighty Honda. The initial issues with the Cherokee were in model years '14 and '15 and mainly related to the transmission. Those issues have been resolved so would definitely recommend a 2016. Back to reliability, we have a Member, @Desoto, who is running several Cherokees for taxi service in San Francisco in California.

Feel free to search the site for all the reports that people have posted both good and bad but, always remember no car company is perfect. That is what warranties are for and you've already gone the right path by choosing the extended coverage.

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Welcome to the forum, Serge

Let me guess : you are in Québec ?

There are no simple answers to your questions, unfortunately. This Cherokee (KL) is only into its third model year, so *reliability* can't yet be defined. What you've read are likely stories about the 9-speed transmission ; well, the first model year and early 2015s were at risk because of a faulty snap ring (and/or surronding hardware), and this situation may have been corrected as far as reliability goes. Time will tell. As far as other components : the engines appear very robust, the AWD systems are too new to tell. As far as the electronics go : time will tell.
Wish I had more convincing answers but I don't.

Is the Cherokee as *reliable* as a Honda ? That's a pretty big generalization and I can't comment, really. Historical data is on Handa's side though, and Toyota is probably top of the list (historically). But now we have a new CR-V with a CVT tranny that is unproven, so who knows. Honda uses the same 9-speed (that we have in Cherokees) in their Pilot Touring.
If you want a 12-year reliable vehicule, it's impossible to predict which SUV would last that long, with reasonable maintenance costs.

If you are not willing to allow a little risk in your buying experience, go Toyota (RAV4) maybe or even Mazda (CX-5).

FWIW, I was going for long term reliability as well before buying the KL (North in my case). But one test drive got me hooked for pretty much the same reasons you posted.

It's a competitive segment (considering you won't do any hardcore off-roading) and there are great vehicules to look at for sure.

Good luck !

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... It seems a very comfy suv compare to the CRV with it's hard surface, not comfortable seat etc...
You nailed it AFAIC.

I had a 2005 CR-V and, while dependable and had little problems with it, it was the worst driving vehicle I think I've owned. It was so noisy I stopped listening to the radio. The seats were a boon to my chiropractor. It had torque steer worse than a power boat.

My Cherokee is a dream compared to the Honda. I got the unlimited max care warranty. Plan to keep it 10+ years.

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We owned a '14 Cherokee Trailhawk for a year and a half and drove it, trouble free, for 13,000 miles both on the pavement and off-road. We finally traded it for a boxier Wrangler as, being elderly (I'm 83), we needed greater storage space for everything we need to carry on our long trips. That said, I can strongly recommend the Cherokee as it took us everywhere we wanted to go, both on and off-road, and never required anything except an oil change. - Ted
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