I got me one of these 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sports as we were having a tough winter and I had to be able to get to work through ice and snow. I ended up leasing the Jeep because it was Cheap. It the staes it runs me $260 per month, no money down for 48 months and 48,000 miles. My Cheap Jeep allows me to Creep through a snow heap when it is steep and deep. I push the horn and it says beep, beep, I hit a curb and it makes me leap. But then I smashed into my house and it made me weep. I got like total free maintenance for the life of the lease so they give me free oil changes and check the fluids whenever I want. I also got free roadside assisatnce for the first 36,000 miles. I liked the Jeep because it was made in Toledo Ohio where I was living and likewise maybe if I was a goofy Korean I would think it would be cool to drive a Kia. Actually I almost bought a KIA, I drove down to Columbus because there are more auto dealerships there and I saw a bunch of KIAs parked by the road and I though it was a kia dealership because it was all Kias. But it turns out that it was the staging area for teh gay pride march so you can see what I am saying. Plus who would drive a car with an acronym meaning "Killed in Action" like couldn't they be the Myonphong Industrial Autos, so they would be like Missing in Action instead of Killed? Anyways, back to Jeeps, and please do not interupt me again about Kias, I have had pretty good luck with them in general except I had a bad battery at 8,000 miles and then while I was driving down the road the one day my window just fell down inside the door. I am not lying it just fell down. The dealership was jerky about fixing it under warranty and gave me a big run around over the parts so I had to take it to another dealership who treated me better. But for a week I had to drive around with my window all taped up to my door like a garden snipe street dweller. I will tell you ano ther thing about my Jeep, it has that 4.0l in it and it is very fast. I couldn't believe it the first time I got into it and it took off. It only gets about 17 MPG though. And the rear stereo speakers always fall down and teh winshield wipers suck. But really this is just a major waste of time since those Germans took over and discontinued the Cherokee and now we will have the Jeep Liberty which is a total crock because they look like Kias. If you think my opinion sucks then send me an e-mail and ask me whatever else you need to know about Jeeps. Oh yeah, you can't shift into 4 wheel on the fly only up to 50 miles per hour which is bogus. Oh yeah, another thing if you buy a Jeep they send you this silly crap about getting together with all the Jeep owners in America in Tennesee to drive Jeeps around the woods and obstacle courses and show off the Jeeps and then there is a Leann Rimes concert the last day. My Jeep is an awesome truck, I drive through mud and muck. I have lots of luck, speeding like a hockey puck, I miss a big buck. I drive with skill and pluck, but I hit a duck and shouted, "Oh rats"
The optional 4.0-liter six engine and the four-speed automatic transmission, coupled with nimble handling, made the Jeep Cherokee Sport a joy to drive. The engine seemed to get a little noisy at speeds over 45 mph, but it quieted down at cruising. The suspension is what Jeep calls "Quadra-Link." It includes a solid front axle, coil springs, track and stabilizer bars in the front and rear and gas-charged shock absorbers. Quadra-Link works well on the street but struggles on offroad terrain. You often find yourself stuggling up hills. The diff does not allow true four wheel, as it does not have a function to lock all wheels together. The interior is functional, but a little bland for my liking. The sports version does benifit from the onboard computer, which will tell you various stuff such as fuel economy and out side temperature. Air condtion is on options but beware it will drive fuel economy down Overall this vechicle is practicle, and fun with the 4lt engine under the hood. Though for the offroad work i would choose the discovery any day of the week.